Welcome to Monkey Music! Classes in Winchester, Chandler's Ford & Fareham

Paula Taylor-Williams 01489 565443
Welcome to our classes

Hello, I’m Paula!  As a teacher, musician, and mother, I’ve had a life-long passion for the importance of music in early-learning. I’m a qualified primary school teacher and headteacher of 25+ years’. Alongside Monkey Music, I love barbershop singing, and am an award-winning conductor, quartet singer and competition judge.

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I’ve been running Monkey Music classes in the Winchester, Chandler’s Ford and Fareham area since January 2017, where enjoying learning together through music, is at the heart of what we do!  Vital building blocks for future learning are nurtured and developed, as children progress through our innovative music curricula. Classes are small, personal and inviting - we fill the room with warmth and creativity to enable you and your child to share many precious moments together! Every child is special - no child is lost. Each thirty-minute class is jam-packed with super songs, stimulating props, fabulous instruments, and lots of activity, as we take your little one on a magical musical journey! Babies, toddlers and pre-school children are totally captivated by the whole experience!  

Music has always played a central role in my life: singing in church choirs, playing the violin and guitar and performing in shows. Before I embarked on my career as a teacher, my degree was in drama; and music and performance have always been an important part of my work with children. I have served as a music leader: whether putting on shows, leading choirs and music groups or teaching the recorder. Outside the workplace, my love of close harmony singing has taken me across the world. In my role as a Singing Judge for the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS), I am in demand as a vocal coach to quartets and choruses and have served on the education faculty of Harmony Colleges many times in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Germany. I have also taught choral directing at national education events. As a singer, I have twice won quartet medals in UK competitions and directed top-flight choruses. In LABBS, I have been responsible for leading the “Education and Judging” arm of the organisation and am currently serving as the assistant category director, leading the team of singing judges.

Combining this lifelong passion for music with my love of teaching - you can see why I’m so infectiously enthusiastic to help little ones discover the joy of music for themselves!    

The popularity of our lovely music activity classes is growing in the area, so I was delighted when Sarah, a professional musician and a Monkey Music mum herself, wanted to join the teaching team here at Monkey Music. 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club, Bereweeke Road, Winchester, SO22 6AN

10:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
12:10pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
1:00pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club

The Woodland Community Centre, 55 Savernake Way, Fair Oak, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 7FA

10:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at The Woodland Community Centre

Tuesday

Fryern Pavilion, Greenways, Chandler`s Ford, Hampshire, SO53 2LE

10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:50am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Fryern Pavilion

Wednesday

Thursday

Meadowside Leisure Centre, Whiteley Way, Whiteley, Hampshire, PO15 7LJ

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

Friday

Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7DR

10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Book a class at Ashcroft Arts Centre

Monkey Term Dates

Summer Term 2019

Term Starts:
Tuesday 23rd April
Half Term:
Monday 27th May - Friday 31st May
Term Ends:
Tuesday 23rd July

Autumn Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 9th September
Half Term:
Friday 25th October - Friday 1st November
Term Ends:
Friday 13th December

"Best class by far! I think I tried every class going during my maternity leave and without a doubt this was my sons (and mine) favourite class!"

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"A huge thank you to Paula for creating such fun and engaging sessions. My daughter joins in happily and starts dancing as soon as we walk in the room. We absolutely love starting the week with Monkey Music!"

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"I wholeheartedly recommend these lessons to all parents and carers, musical or otherwise. You will not be disappointed and wonder only why you didn't start with Monkey Music sooner!"

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"Monkey Music is THE best music class! All my three children have loved the engaging classes. Paula is brilliant fun and all smiles and the children immediately warm to her. Keep up the great work Paula!"

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"As well as being educational, the classes are essentially really great fun and you’ll never get the songs out of your head! Definitely five stars."

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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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All the children absolutely loved it and Paula did a fantastic job of keeping their attention despite the age range being between 6 months and 6 years. I would absolutely recommend Paula and Monkey Music!

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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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"My daughter did a taster session at Victorious Festival! Thank you for being so attentive and making music fun!"

Monkey Music
has come to town!

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

Paula Taylor-Williams

As a teacher, musician, and mother, Paula has had a life-long passion for the importance of music in early-learning. A qualified primary school teacher and headteacher with 25+ years’ experience, she is also an award winning barbershop quartet singer, certified judge and vocal coach.

Sarah Dodd

Sarah has been a musician and specialist flute teacher for nearly 20 years. Both of her children have been huge Monkey Music enthusiasts and are often found singing some of the catchy Monkey Music songs around the house, in the car and out and about! Children love her classes!

Esme Phillips

Esme has a degree in music and is a qualified primary school music teacher working in various schools in Hampshire. She loves making music with our little monkeys too! A talented musician - she plays the clarinet, violin and piano. She's looking forward to meeting you all soon!

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 a singalong promo CD 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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