Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Wimbledon, Raynes Park & Merton Park

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I’m Lucy and I’m the new Principle of your local Monkey Music. When the opportunity arose to join this fantastic business, I knew it was something I wanted to do as I feel so strongly that music is good for us all, especially children. So, book today and join us for your complimentary class!

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I’m really excited to be continuing to offer Monkey Music's award-winning classes here in Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Merton Park, covering all of SW19 and SW20. As a child I learned the violin and treble recorder and sang in school and local church choirs. Then for a long-time music wasn’t really part of my life, unless you count teenage rock concerts and dancing ‘til dawn to the latest tunes. However, as my children grew up and I found myself with a little bit more time I joined a local community choir and have been singing my heart out there, on Monday evenings, for the last 4 years. I know that my love of music stems from having been involved in it from an early age. And I really believe that it is good for your soul. When I sing at choir I forget everything else and my brain gets a rest from life in general. For our children the benefits are even more profound. I’m really fascinated and excited by the amazing benefits we can be bringing to our children through active engagement with music. Studies have shown that music affects the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of babies and children. It strengthens cognitive and sensory development and exposing your baby to music can activate the neural pathways responsible for many skills such as creativity and spatial intelligence. Coming to Monkey Music classes is such a fun and special way to have precious time with your little one as well as helping their development.

Our Monkey Music classes are for babies (from 3 months old), toddlers and children up to 4 years and have been honed over the past 25 years to ensure we are making the most of the 30 minute lessons.  The progressive lessons are written especially for each age group. They are packed with learning opportunities, specially written Monkey Music songs and lots of wonderful instruments which the children play along with. We know that children learn best when they are enjoying themselves so our small classes captivate and educate through structured, social music making.

Studies show that babies who engage in moving to music and music making use more communicative gestures, smile more and are more confident than babies whose experience is to listen more passively to music. Moving to music with our babies also triggers the release of oxytocin which is the hormone that helps us bond with them. Further research has shown that playing with patterns in music helps to set firm foundations for early maths and reading skills. As you can see the overall benefits to their development are really very profound.

At our lessons, kids learn to use their own instruments to make sounds and they move their bodies to the music, developing co-ordination and fine motor skills. All the instruments are designed especially for little children and are cleaned before use to ensure they are safe in tiny hands! Babies from 3 months begin with our gentle Rock'n'Roll class where there is plenty of emphasis on using music as a lovely bonding exercise for carer and child, whilst providing social, interactive and musical learning experiences for both. Babies are encouraged to track the beautiful musical sounds and to reach out and grasp the specially chosen percussion instruments. At around 12 months our toddlers love to be up on their feet so they are ready for Heigh-Ho! In this exciting, up-beat class, they learn to play their instruments with greater autonomy and join in with the music by watching and responding to instructions and through their own wonderful creativity. By 2 years, our little ones are more independent and want to play for themselves! So in Jiggety-Jig we harness their sense of rhythm as they learn to play in time with the music and grow the confidence to contribute their own ideas and compositions. They learn to concentrate a little more and develop skills of sharing and turn-taking that they will take to Pre-School. Ding-Dong, our final stage for 3-4 year old children, introduces our very grown-up pre-schoolers to the wonderful world of the orchestra! We learn how to read and write music using graphic and traditional notation and the children play their compositions to each other.

Of course, it’s not just the children who love Monkey Music. All the adults (and siblings) who come along have a great time too, sharing precious time together and singing along with the children. What a wonderful way to make friends locally and maybe pop to a café after class. We all share in the milestones your "little monkey" reaches at each stage of development and we feel so lucky to be there for first claps, waves, steps and words.

Although I won’t be teaching much myself I am delighted to have a small team of amazing specialist teachers who will be leading the way, whilst I am very much running things in the background. You can read more about our teachers below in the "Our Team" section. 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

The Mansel Road Centre, Room 1, Trinity Church, Mansel Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4AA

9:30am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
10:05am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:40am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Book a class at The Mansel Road Centre

Tuesday

West Wimbledon Bowls Club, 55 Durham Road, Raynes Park, SW20 0DE

9:25am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:00am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:35am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:10am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at West Wimbledon Bowls Club

The Mansel Road Centre, Room 1, Trinity Church, Mansel Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4AA

2:20pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
3:00pm
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
3:35pm
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
4:10pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Book a class at The Mansel Road Centre

Emmanuel Church, 24 Ridgway, Wimbledon Village, SW19 4QN

9:20am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
9:55am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:35am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Emmanuel Church

Wednesday

Avenue Hall (West Wimbledon Society), Richmond Road, Raynes Park, SW20 0PQ

9:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
10:05am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:15am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Book a class at Avenue Hall (West Wimbledon Society)

Thursday

Everyday Church, 30 Queens Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8LR

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:45pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
2:30pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
3:10pm
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
3:45pm
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Book a class at Everyday Church

St Mary's Church Hall, Church Path, Merton Park, London, SW19 3HJ

9:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:15am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at St Mary's Church Hall

Friday

The Mansel Road Centre, Room 1, Trinity Church, Mansel Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4AA

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:05am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
10:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at The Mansel Road Centre

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 9th September
Half Term:
Monday 21st October - Friday 25th October
Term Ends:
Friday 13th December

Spring Term 2020

Term Starts:
Monday 6th January
Half Term:
Monday 17th February - Friday 21st February
Term Ends:
Friday 3rd April

"I cannot recommend enough. From the colours, textures, sights and sounds for the babies, to teaching 3 & 4 year olds to read (and play along with) simple music. Both my boys and I love our sessions"

Monkey Music Mum

"Thank you for yet more amazing classes. Jack and I have sadly just had our last class and I can't express how much Jack has loved it, particularly how brilliant Dawn has been. We shall miss it so much."

Monkey Music Mum

"Jane is incredibly engaging and my daughter adores her classes. Ava has fun and learns something new each time, which is great for her development."

Monkey Music Mum

"A fantastically engaging environment for our daughter to play, learn and enjoy herself. A mix of new experiences and familiarity mean every week is something to look forward to."

Monkey Music Dad

"I'm so excited this week I'll start my next term of Monkey Music with my third child.....if he's anything like my other two it will be the highlight of his week. We love it!"

Monkey Music Mum

"I'd just like to say how wonderful these classes are. We look forward to more classes and introducing our newborn to classes soon too!"

Monkey Music Mum

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 thank-you to you and Jane for making my daughter's birthday such a success. Both the adults and children really enjoyed it."

Monkey Music Parent

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.

Book your Workshop here!

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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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"I wanted to thank you for the wonderful Monkey Music sessions you provided. I heard such amazing feedback from so many families. They were loved by all who took part!"

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The Monkey Team

Jane Maddocks

Jane has taught violin and recorder for many years although her real passion is singing!  She discovered Monkey Music taking her own children to classes and realised she could use her musicality, love of singing and teaching experience as a Monkey Music teacher.  That was over ten years ago!

Suzanne Gilbey

Suzanne is a talented singer and voice coach. Prior to joining Monkey Music Suzanne was the co-choir leader at a primary school where she taught new songs and voice skills to the children. Suzanne is looking forward to sharing her passion for music with our families and little ones.

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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