Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Watford, Radlett and Bushey

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Welcome to our classes

Hello, I'm Claire and I am delighted to be running Monkey Music classes for babies, toddlers and pre-school children across Watford, Radlett and Bushey. Nurturing a love of music in children and enabling all our families to share precious time together is a delight!

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My Monkey Music journey first began as a mum, enjoying all 4 classes with my children and in 2016 I was privileged to take over and run local classes in Uxbridge and Harrow. When the opportunity arose to open more lessons in Hertfordshire too, I jumped at the chance! Nurturing a love of music in young children and enabling all our families to share precious time together is a delight! 

Music has always been a great passion of mine. I started playing the violin from the age of 7 and joined the Harrow School for Young Musicians soon after. During this time, I had some amazing opportunities to play at wonderful venues including the Royal Albert Hall. Later in life, I met and married a fellow violinist who is an incredibly talented musician. Music plays a big part in our lives!

We were therefore delighted to discover Monkey Music with our first child, Noah. Knowing how music helps in all aspects of a child's development and wanting to instil a love of music with him at an early age, this was the perfect activity for us and now both our kids have now progressed through all four stages of the Monkey Music curriculum.

The baby class, Rock'n'Roll is a lovely gentle introduction to music and a great bonding time for baby and carer. Babies are fascinated by all the wonderful sounds they hear and sights they see, offering a sensory experience to help develop your baby’s innate musical ability.

The next step around a year old is Heigh-Ho! Here, our toddlers love exploring all the large colourful props and the instruments. This class takes advantage that your little one is on the move giving them ample opportunity to individually respond to the music and explore the instruments and the sounds they can make

At 2, it is time for Jiggety-Jig and in this class the children really develop their listening skills, playing different rhythms and exploring the multitude of ways different instruments can be played and the different sounds they make. This class sees your little one grow in confidence, developing their sense of rhythm, interacting with the teacher and each other and using their own initiative to move and play along to the music.

Next is Ding-Dong, the preschool class. This class is incredible – the children learn to read music, write their own compositions and identify the instruments of the orchestra as well as singing along to all the familiar songs with gusto! It is an amazing springboard from which to continue developing their musical career in school and beyond.

Not only do children attending Monkey Music develop all the skills needed to start playing an instrument, and instil a lifetime love of music, they also learn so many skills that will benefit them in other areas as well. Early music education is well-known to benefit many areas of the brain and our Monkey Music curriculum has been specifically designed to help all areas of development. Action songs and rhymes build language and numerical skills; playing handheld instruments such as maracas, drums and castanets refine fine motor skills while movement helps facilitate the awareness of space and of each other. Being within a group helps build children's confidence and social interaction. But the children don't realise this, they just know they are having fun and enjoying themselves!

It is a privilege each week to teach the babies, toddlers and preschoolers, to see them captivated by the class and to see them develop through a love of music. And it is not just the children, the grownups have such fun too and it is lovely to share in their enjoyment as well.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you soon, so book your complimentary class today and come and join us on your own Monkey Music journey with your child. 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

Tuesday

Red Lion Radlett, 78-80 Watling Street, Radlett, WD7 7NP

10:00am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:20am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Red Lion Radlett

Wednesday

Thursday

Sacred Heart and St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, London Road, Bushey, WD23 1BA

9:35am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:55am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Sacred Heart and St John the Evangelist Catholic Church

Friday

Watford Quaker House, 150 Church Road, Watford, WD17 4QB

9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:25am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:05am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Watford Quaker House

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 23rd September
Half Term:
Monday 21st October - Saturday 26th October
Term Ends:
Friday 20th December

Spring Term 2020

Term Starts:
Thursday 9th January
Half Term:
n/a
Term Ends:
Friday 3rd April

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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Holiday fun for all!

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.

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Come along to our FREE open days and 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.

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The Monkey Team

Claire Taylor

Hi, I am Claire and am excited to be starting classes in the Watford area in September! Both my children attended all 4 stages of the Monkey Music curriculum, I currently run classes in Harrow and Uxbridge and am looking forward to meeting lots new families soon!

Becca Arlington

Hello, my name is Becca and I started as a Monkey Music party host before becoming a Monkey Music teacher the following year. I have a Performing Arts degree and an Advanced Certificate in Singing, and I love sharing my passion for music and performance with the children in our Monkey Music classes!

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 monkeys sing, dance and play musical instruments. Big monkeys join in the fun too!
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.
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
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.
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.
At what age can my child start Monkey Music? From 3 months old.
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.
How much does a class cost? Please ask at your local Monkey Music Office.
Do I have to pay a term in advance? Yes. After your first complimentary class you reserve your place and are invoiced pro rata for the remaining classes in the term. Families who attend our classes will often bond with their teacher and other members of their group. In order to reserve places so that everyone can be together we facilitate a termly booking system. This also encourages our families to attend regularly so that everyone learns new skills at the same pace.
How many children are in a class? Maximum 15
Do classes just run during term time? Regular classes run during term time. Many areas also run seasonal Holiday Workshops during school holidays.
What happens at a Monkey Music Birthday Party? See More Fun on the main website.
How do I become a Monkey Music franchisee? For more details, please click here
Where can I buy Monkey Music merchandise? Please click here.
Why pay a membership fee? When enrolling in Monkey Music for the first time, a child becomes a member of the Little Monkey Club. New members receive a Welcome Pack, including a Monkey Music T-shirt and beautiful sticker pack 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.
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.
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.
Can I bring a sibling? Yes! We offer discounts for siblings, ask your local classes for more details.
Do I have to sing along? We love it when our customers join in and your children benefit from hearing the sound of a familiar voice, no matter how good or bad!
Do I have to be musical? No! Our teachers will make you feel welcome whatever your musical ability.
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.
Can I bring my newborn too? Yes! Newborn babies are welcome in our classes, please speak to your local classes for more information.
What do I need to bring with me? Everything you need to enjoy our classes is provided by the teacher.
What if I can’t make my usual class? You are welcome to catch up with any classes that you miss. Speak to your local classes to book a catch up class.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.

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