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Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Wandsworth, Earlsfield, Southfields SW18, Tooting, Balham SW17 & Streatham SW16

Jennifer Jaques 0208 672 5791
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Monkey Music in Wandsworth is enjoyed by hundreds of families every week. With captivating and stimulating activities, there's always plenty of fun and learning in our award-winning age specific classes for babies, toddlers and young children. We’d love to see you – just scroll down to see our timetable and to book your first free class. Book now for spring.

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With my own family I know the joy that music brings, regardless of ability, which makes Monkey Music an exceptional place to start. Local families have enjoyed our much-loved weekly classes for over 25 years. Here in Wandsworth we have a very talented team, teaching our Award-Winning Curriculum, which is at the heart of our pre-school classes. With their high energy and creativity, they provide children's musical activities within a family friendly environment.

Families

As with so many families' music has always been part of our daily lives and we welcome parents, grandparents, nannies, carers of babies, toddlers and nursery aged children to share our classes. My own background is in musical theatre, and so at home my family still happily trips over the much-loved instruments to gather around the piano for a song.

I wouldn't be able to run my classes without my fantastic team of teachers. This highly skilled team dedicate so much time and effort into attending training courses, planning and refining their lessons to ensure each child gets the most they can from every class. They enjoy teaching the classes as much as the families enjoy attending and it is a pleasure to introduce them to you. Please read below to meet our fantastic team!

Music Groups and Learning

Music plays an important role in the pre-school early development of a child. As a baby we are instinctive music makers and as parents we naturally use music to sooth and calm. At Monkey Music our curriculum and resources use songs and activities that are carefully selected for each developmental stage. The children will learn to move to music, communicate effectively and develop their fine and gross motor skills through playing, singing and dancing.  The benefits of music are enormous, and our activities and resources are used to stimulate and educate your child at every stage. We will teach your child the structure of our classes from the very beginning.

Classes are deliberately small and make full use of the sessions to captivate your child and family. Monkey Music's tried, and tested children's musical activities use 300 original and traditional songs, a wide range of resources, musical games, and exciting movement ideas throughout the curriculum.

Pre-school babies and toddlers are grouped for our children's musical activities  to ensure the 'best fit' for your child with our four unique groups:

Rock'n'Roll Classes - Babies from 3 months enjoy gentle songs and absorbing activities learning with sensory stimulation, specialist instruments and resources.

Heigh Ho -  Toddlers from 10 months get up on their feet and develop gross motor skills, learning activities such as clapping rhythms and dancing to a favourite song.

Jiggety-Jig Classes - 2 and 3 year old children are now displaying a range of musical skills on a variety of instruments, learning singing and even beginning to compose their own music.

Ding Dong Classes - 3 and 4 year old children at this stage can read music and explore instruments of the orchestra. Our musical activities and songs are looked at in more detail and so they are learning to compose, listen and start singing in groups and on their own.

In all our classes, unlike nursery and kindergarten, our musical activities are a shared experience with other families.

Making Progress

Some children that have spent the entire first class glued to a grownups lap will grow in confidence and self-esteem so rapidly participate fully in the same song or activities only a few weeks later. This development is gained by understanding the structure and routine of the class, knowing what to expect and being involved in the experience. 

We have yet to meet a toddler or nursery aged child whose face doesn't light up with a drum to beat or a maraca to shake.  In fact, all children are born with instinctive musicality, but it takes early encouragement to enable a baby or child to reach their full musical potential and our Monkey Music curriculum and resources have been honed over many years to allow them to do so.

Monkey's Story

Monkey Music has provided Award Winning Children's Music Activities for nearly 30 years. They are the longest running pre-school music classes in the UK. Thousands of babies, toddlers and nursery aged children are learning in our weekly classes all over the country. Here in Wandsworth, Tooting and Streatham our classes have become highly sought after.

Since classes started Monkey Music has been nominated and won many prestigious mother and baby awards, including Best National Pre-Schooler Development Activity Award and the Best National Toddler Development Class. We have been named as the Franchisor of the Year, bronze winner in the UK 2022! There are now more than 50 franchises across the country operating in more than 300 locations in the UK.

Wandsworth SW18, Tooting SW17 and Streatham SW16

For over 25 years we have continued to teach classes in venues in our local area. 

 

Many lasting family friendships are formed in our classes.

I would be absolutely delighted to meet your family  so please have a look at the current timetable on this website and book in for your class to experience the magic of Monkey Music.

 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

BOOK YOUR FREE CLASS HERE!

Monday

St Barnabas Church Parish Room, St Barnabas Church, Lavenham Road, Southfields, London, SW18 5EP

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Balham Leisure Centre, Balham Leisure Centre, ELmfield Road, Balham, London, Greater London, SW17 8AN

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:05am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book Online

Tuesday

NatureScope, Wandsworth Common, NatureScope, Wandsworth Common, London, SW18 3RT

9:40am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:20am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Wednesday

East Hill Baptist Church, East Hill Baptist Church, 182 East Hill, Wandsworth, London, SW18 2HD

9:50am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:10am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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St Barnabas Church Patio Room, St Barnabas Church, Merton Road, Southfields, London, SW18 5EP

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Trinity Road Chapel, Trinity Road Chapel, 205 Trinity Road, Wandsworth Common, London, SW17 7HW

9:50am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:10am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Thursday

St Michael and All Angels Church, St Michael and All Angels Church, 71 Wimbledon Park Road, Southfields, London, SW18 5TT

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Earlsfield Library, Earlsfield Library, Magdalen Road, London, SW18 3NY

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:05am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book Online

Friday

NatureScope, Wandsworth Common, NatureScope, Wandsworth Common, London, SW18 3RT

9:40am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:20am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Monkey Term Dates

Spring Term 2024

Term Starts:
Monday 8th January
Half Term:
Monday 12th February - Friday 16th February
Term Ends:
Thursday 28th March

Bond with Baby and discover how music supports early development. This 5-part musical programme for newborns up to 16 weeks old is a mix of in-person classes and pre-recorded sessions delivered by our specially trained teachers and is designed to compliment Monkey Music's progressive 4 stage curriculum.
Each booking includes a kit bag with instruments and a sensory scarf to be used at home.
Book now and make new friends!

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"Becky is gem of a teacher. I’ve done lots of classes during my mat leave and she’s simply brilliant. Her engagement with every single child in the class is incredible, something I haven’t seen anywhere else."

Monkey Music parent in Balham

"You provide a ray of sunshine and we are so thankful for having you as our teacher, funny, caring, talented, thoughtful, positive, super-dynamic and engaging. Keep on doing what you do. We love you!"

Mum in Fabienne's class

"Thank you SO much - that was absolutely brilliant - well done! Freddie and Toby joined in way more than with anything else we’ve tried."

Heigh-Ho Mum

“K’s development has really blossomed since starting her weekly classes and the care and attention that she receives every week always brings a smile to my face!"

Rock'n'Roll Customer

"I have attended many classes with both kids over the years and I always looked forward to Monkey Music the most. Thank you so much"

Charlie's mum from Rock'n'Roll

"Monkey Music has been a staple of my Wednesday mornings, thank you. It is a well structured programme and introduces musical concepts in such an accessible way - really clever”

Mummy in Jiggety-Jig Class

Celebrate with Monkey and Mo!

Monkey Music parties are great fun for babies and children of all ages. Parties are tailored to suit every occasion and always include the birthday child’s favourite Monkey Music songs!

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"I just wanted to say how brilliant Fabienne was on Sunday at my son's first birthday party. Max loves her classes and he and his friends had a great time"

Monkey Music Mum

Holiday fun for all with our Holiday Workshops!

Monkey Music holiday workshops are a popular way to keep children entertained during the holidays. Unlike our regular classes where children are strictly grouped according to age, the holiday workshops cater for a mixed age group of children.

Book your Workshop here!

Monkey Workshops

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'So great to bring both my children to this mixed age workshop, Esme loved being with her big brother, sharing Monkey Music together.

Jiggety Jig and Rock'n'Roll mummy.

Monkey Music Events!

Join us at one of our Monkey Music Events and find out what happens at Monkey Music! Since they began, in 1993, over 4.8 million classes have entertained hundreds of thousands of families across the UK!

Book your space for some magical music making with your family. Suitable for babies and young children. Be quick! Places are limited.

Monkey Events

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"What a great introduction to music, so pleased to go along and meet others, we will definitely join"

New Monkey Music customer

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The Monkey Team

Jennifer Jaques

At home my family happily trips over the much-loved instruments to gather around the piano for a song. I have seen the joy that music brings to the very young, regardless of ability, and to share that each week as a Monkey Music teacher is my pleasure. 

Beckie Topsom

I trained and worked as an actress for years. I used to take my daughter to Monkey Music and as we'd enjoyed the classes when the opportunity came up to train as a teacher I snapped it up.

Sarah Higginbotham

I have been teaching for Monkey Music for 11 years. I am passionate about music education - for all ages! When I'm not at Monkey Music I am a school singing teacher and keen trombonist.  I love Monkey Music as it sets the foundation for a lifetime of music.

Fabienne Borget

I am a French Soprano with a diploma in Post Vocal Training from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and I have performed opera on various stages until the birth of my second child in 2008. I started Monkey Music in 2017 and I enjoy it so much. Peekaboo is my favourite Monkey Music song!

How old does my newborn baby have to be to join the Beautiful Noise programme? Parents and carers can join our Beautiful Noise programme with their newborn baby anytime from birth up until their baby is 16 weeks old (taken from the date of their first face-to-face class).
Can my partner and I both bring our baby to Beautiful Noise? Yes, our Beautiful Noise programme is perfect for parents who attend on their own or with a partner.
How long is each Beautiful Noise face-to-face class? Each Beautiful Noise face-to-face class is an hour long. This gives everyone lots of time to settle/feed/change before the class begins and at the end of the class before leaving.
Can I feed my baby during Beautiful Noise? Yes, of course. We understand that you will want to make yourself and your baby as comfortable as possible during your Beautiful Noise class and you may feed/change/sleep whenever you feel like it!
What happens if my baby sleeps all the way through the class? Beautiful Noise has been created so that you and Baby can share precious time together whilst enjoying the class for mutual reasons and for different reasons. Our teachers understand that our youngest babies need their sleep so if your baby sleeps peacefully during your class then you will be encouraged to join in whilst they sleep close by.
Where can I find my local Beautiful Noise programme? You can click this link https://wwwapi.monkeymusic.co.uk/Beautiful+Noise/ and enter your postcode to find Beautiful Noise programmes near you. If there are no programmes happening in your local area then email hello@monkeymusic.co.uk for an update on programmes which may be opening soon.
How and when do I receive my Beautiful Noise online sessions? Our Beautiful Noise online sessions are sent via email to all members of our face-to-face classes immediately after their first and second classes. Both sessions have been created so that you can practice at home what you and Baby have learned in class.
What is in my Beautiful Noise Kit Bag? Inside your Beautiful Noise Kit Bag (a linen tote) you will find a Monkey Music wave drum, Monkey Music maracito and a sensory scarf. You will be encouraged to use these instruments and the sensory scarf at home when joining in with the online sessions.
Is there any social distancing at Monkey Music Classes? Our class set up ensures that our families participate at a comfortable social distance from each other.
Will it be necessary to wear a face covering to a Monkey Music session? Face Coverings are no longer required at Monkey Music. However, if you wish to wear one, please do so.
What is your Health and Safety plan around Covid-19? Please see our Monkey Music Covid-19 Health and Safety plan <a href="/monkey-music-covid-19-health-safety-plan">here</a> which details the measures we are putting in place to keep everyone safe at Monkey Music.
What do the classes involve? Monkey Music is an interactive award winning musical curriculum. Classes are small and tailor-made for babies and young children who are grouped according to their age. Each child is accompanied by their carer. Little ones sing, dance and play musical instruments. Grown ups join in the fun too!
Do you offer ‘mixed age’ classes? Because of the progressive nature of our curricula which is age specific, we do not offer regular weekly mixed classes. However, during the holidays, many of our teachers offer mixed age holiday workshops.
What do you expect of the children, do they have to sit down the whole time? Each class is carefully structured and formatted so that every child and carer is encouraged to join in with the fun. Classes are paced according to each age group with the opportunity for little ones to be up on their feet during ‘Time to Move’ and sitting with their carers during ‘Time to Play’ and ‘Time to Sleep’. Most children quickly learn what is happening next and Monkey helps them with friendly encouragement!
Why are Monkey Music classes 30 minutes long? Our classes have been honed and developed over 25 years and are designed to fully captivate babies and young children for the duration. The very interactive nature of every class means that our little monkeys need to rest again after 30 minutes of magical music making!
Why is Monkey Music more expensive than the other music groups around? Monkey Music has been established for over 25 years and is proud to have a rich musical heritage. We offer a unique and progressive learning experience for your child, which is supported by over 500 original songs and musical activities. Our talented teachers are carefully chosen and trained to offer the highest standard of pre-school music education.
What makes Monkey Music classes so special? Monkey Music classes are considered a leading light in pre-school education. Come along for a free class to see for yourself what make Monkey Music classes the highlight of the week for so many families across the UK!
What if I miss my usual class? Should you miss a class you are invited to contact your teacher to book a catch-up class at a later date in the same term. These are subject to availability. If your teacher is unable to teach, you will be contacted to be offered a make-up class at a later date in the same term.
What do I need to bring with me? Everything you need to enjoy our classes is made available by the teacher, however, should you prefer not to use the Monkey Music instruments provided at class (these will have been freshly santised for each customer prior to use), you may bring your own Monkey Music approved instruments purchased from our online shop or identical items bought elsewhere. You may also bring along your own small blanket for your child to sit on.
Can I bring a newborn baby too? Babes in arms accompanying older siblings are welcome in our classes free of charge, please speak to your local classes for more information.
Why don’t you offer drop-in classes? We value musical education as a fundamental part of early development, and as such our regular weekly classes are progressive to maximise the learning potential of each child.
Do I have to be musical? No! Our teachers will make you feel welcome whatever your musical ability.
Do I have to sing along? We love it when families sing along and your children will benefit from hearing the sound of a familiar voice, no matter how good or bad! But – there is no pressure to sing because listening, watching and playing the instruments will keep you and your child busy enough! Customers may enjoy our songs at home by purchasing our class specific download albums or books - all available from our online shop
Can I bring an adult friend/relative to class? This is usually possible, but we do ask that you contact your local teacher to ask permission beforehand. This is because some of our teaching rooms have maximum levels of occupancy and our teachers need to know who is attending each session, thank you.
Can I opt out of the membership fee? No, our online club is designed to support the learning experience of children at our regular classes and is a popular go-to places between classes to enjoy making Monkey Music at home.
Is it OK for me to take photos or video in class? No, we politely request that you refrain from taking photos or videos at class.
Why pay a membership fee? When enrolling in Monkey Music for the first time, a child becomes a member of our online Monkey Music Club. New members receive a Welcome Pack, including a Monkey Music T-shirt, beautiful sticker pack and milestone card as well as access to our online club which supports the child in their learning experience at Monkey Music. The membership fee is payable when registering each child in regular weekly classes at Monkey Music and we offer a discount to siblings who join at any stage. Siblings receive their own welcome pack and T-shirt to wear to class. Ask your local classes for more details.
How do I cancel my class booking? You can cancel your booking at any time within 15 calendar days from your booking confirmation date if you have not had face to face contact with your franchisee when making that booking. To exercise your right you must inform your franchisee in writing of your decision to cancel within the cancellation period. Notice can be provided by emailing the email address or writing to the address provided to you in the booking confirmation email, including your name, home address, details of your booking and, where available, your phone number and email address or you can print off and post or email to the email or postal address shown in the booking confirmation email a completed model cancellation form, a copy of which is available from your franchisee.
In addition to the above you can end your enrolment for terms of regular classes with Monkey Music on giving at least one month’s prior written notice to be received by your franchisee by 1st day of the month prior to the month your next payment is due.
For those paying termly: If you have opted to pay for classes termly this means that notice must be received by your franchisee by 1st day of the month prior to the month the next term is due to start. If you seek to terminate the contract before this date your franchisee will try to fill the place(s) you have booked with other customers but if your franchisee is unable to do so then you may not be entitled to a refund.
For those paying monthly. If you have chosen to pay monthly then notice must be received by the first day of the month prior to the month your next payment is due.
Provided your notice to terminate has been received by your franchisee by the 1st of the month before the next payment is due then the contract will end and you will not be required to pay the next payment.
Where can I buy Monkey Music merchandise? Please click <a href="/shop">here</a>.
How do I become a Monkey Music franchisee? For more details, please click <a href="/franchise">here</a>
What happens at a Monkey Music Birthday Party? See <a href="/more-fun">More Fun</a> on the main website.
Do classes just run during term time? Regular classes run during term time. Many areas also run seasonal Holiday Workshops during school holidays.
How many children are in a class? During our transition to classes due to Covid-19, places are limited and will vary from venue to venue. Our maximum capacity is 15 children per class.
Do I have to pay in advance? Yes. After your first complimentary class you reserve your place and you may choose to pay for our regular weekly classes either monthly or termly.
Monthly payments will be due on the 1st of a month for classes booked in that month. Customers joining midway through a month will be charged for the remainder of classes in that month. Customers booking prior to the start of term will be charged for classes in the first month of booking.
Termly payments will be due on the 1st of the month that each term commences. Customers joining midway through a term will be charged on booking for the remainder of classes in that term.
Customers booking prior to the start of term will be charged for the term on the day of booking.
How much does a class cost? Please ask at your local Monkey Music Office.
Can I try a class before I sign up to a course? Yes. You and your child are invited along for a free complimentary class when making an initial booking enquiry.
At what age can my child start Monkey Music? From 3 months old.
How long is a class? Half an hour. Each 30 minute class is a significant step in our progressive curricula. Classes are carefully planned to maximise the attention span of a very young child so that they learn from sharing a rewarding, enjoyable and worthwhile experience.
Are all the teachers musically trained? All Monkey music teachers are specifically trained on delivering the Monkey Music curriculum. Many of them are professional musicians and teachers.
Are the classes different for each age group? Yes. Our curriculum is structured and progressive.
Rock’n'Roll: from 3 months
Heigh-Ho: from 12 months
Jiggety-Jig: 2 + 3 year olds
Ding-Dong: 3 + 4 year olds
Can babies relate to music at such a young age? The ear is the first organ to develop fully in the womb. From five months, an unborn baby can hear the world around them. Early exposure to music encourages babies to develop their musical ear which supports all aspects of early learning and development.
Just as language skills are developed early in life, so is musical talent. Regardless of the level of music aptitude with which children are born, they must have formal and informal experiences in music to maintain that level of potential.

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