If you are looking for a baby or toddler class, then music classes for kids should definitely be at the top of your list! Not only are they fun and a great way to meet other parents or carers, they are also a fantastic way of developing your little one’s social skills, fine motor skills, speech as well as instilling an early love of music, rhythm, singing, beats and dance.
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We have put together this list of 15 of the best music classes for kids available across Hampshire to make it much easier for you to decide which would suit you and your child/children the most.
Various Locations including Chichester and Petersfield
Monkey Music have been offering their weekly music classes since 1993. Children can join age-specific classes anytime between 3 months and 4 years. Monkey music says that by the time your child reaches 4 years old, they will have developed a sound musical knowledge and be ready to learn a musical instrument. For babies, it is a chance to copy actions from the teacher and their parents, it is a way to socialise and learn as well as having fun.
“For lots of little monkey families, Monkey Music means much more than just learning impressive musical skills! As they copy their teacher and make music with their friends, our children are honing a whole host of new skills which will support their future development.”
Various Locations Jiggy Wrigglers Basingstoke, Fleet, Hook and surrounding areas
Jiggy Wrigglers is a music and movement class which has been running since 2008. With a large variety of activities, songs, games, dance and play this class offers so much to your child and their development. They have three main programs designed for Babies, Tots, and a mixed class depending on your preference and even better, all classes are pay as you go- you can just turn up, no pre-booking necessary.Their ethos is all focussed on fun and they don’t have teachers, they have entertainers!
“We like to think of Jiggy Wrigglers as a musical wonderland intended to introduce your child to music, develop their sensory capabilities, and become sociable.”
Various locations including Basingstoke, Winchester, Isle of Wight, Odiham, Fleet, Hook, Bramley, Farnborough
Caterpillar Music has been providing a fantastic, creative learning experience for babies and young children across the UK since 2001. Each week has a theme which includes action songs, puppets, sensory props and instruments to help stimulate your child as they develop their language, music and motor skills.
“Give your child a head-start with our weekly music classes which use exciting themes, colourful instruments and baby safe puppets to encourage creative learning.”
Fleet, Aldershot, Church Crookham, Yately
MAD Academy are high energy, fun and interactive music and dance classes which are offered across the UK. MAD Academy has been operating since 2004 with the inspiration behind it coming from a desire to offer free-spirited music and dance to suit all children. It follows the EYFS so has a structure but with a little bit of MADness thrown in! Classes are offered from birth up to 4 on a weekly basis.
“Our approach to learning through music is funky, energetic and bouncing with fun, whilst providing an educational benefit. Shhhh, don’t tell the children!”
Music for Little People is an award-winning music class developed by Karen Dickinson MA (music education). The classes follow an original programme which is aimed at developing learning, musical awareness, communication and having fun with your baby or child. Each class is run by a qualified teacher and are perfect for those aged 0-5 years.
“Come along and learn about rhythm and rhyme, or join in with the dancing and singing, it’s all part of the musical adventure.”
Music with Mummy is made up of three streams Age 0 – 1 Jolly Babies Age 1 – 3 Music With Mummy Age 3 – 4 Three Four Time. The structured weekly music classes use baby songs and fun activities to encourage their listening and social skills as well as developing a sense of rhythm. It is a fun way to bond with your baby/child whilst developing social, speech and motor skills.
“Watch your child grow in confidence as they come each week and take part in our small, friendly classes full of music, educational games and fun activities.”
Sing and sign is a unique baby class which incorporates the learning of music, singing and sign language in one. Developed with the help of Speech and Language professionals in 2001 and recommended by experts, Sing and Sign is Britain’s longest running and best-loved baby signing programme.
“Now is a good time to introduce some extra gestures to help your baby communicate. It’s easy to do and your baby will really enjoy it! Why not try milk, more, change nappy, or tired? Baby signing is wonderfully rewarding and fantastic fun. You will be amazed by what your baby is capable of telling you before being able to talk!”
Fiddlesticks is a music programme aimed at 6 months up to 4 years of age and run by Lyndsey Gilbey who took over the role in 2008. The music sessions are largely vocally based and emphasise on simple to learn songs with set movements and props such as puppets and pictures. The aim is to assist children in improving their social, motor and learning skills through repetition and mirroring.
“Connecting movements with the words and rhythm, helps with this learning process as well as, on many occasion, developing language comprehension skills”
Southampton, Eastleigh, Romsey, Portsmouth, Southsea, Gosport
Music Bugs offers classes full of nursery rhymes, counting songs, finger-play rhymes, knee bouncers and action songs. Each lesson will help to develop your child as they sing and play with props such as hobby horses, puppets, parachutes, teddies, pom-poms, bubbles and plenty of percussion instruments.
“Singing with your child is one of the most enriching and important activities that you can do and research has shown that music and singing are an excellent way to develop language and communication skills. Our 40 minute sessions will provide your children with a lovely opportunity to socialise and develop in a creative and stimulating environment.”
Fareham, Stubbington and Portsmouth
Melody Tots enjoy getting you and your little ones singing familiar nursery rhymes and fun interactive action songs led by the teacher, Ruth who set the groups up in 2014. Each song will feature either percussion instruments, fun actions or sensory props for you to play and learn with your child. Ruth will even bring along her violin to bring you live music!
“If your little one enjoys familiar nursery rhymes LIVE, action songs, percussion instruments, sensory props like bubbles and parachute and a chance to play along with a violinist….not to mention play/social time with free refreshments then this is the music group for you!”
Musical Steps is an award-winning music class for everyone, from newborn babies through to toddlers, preschoolers and young children. Their classes aim to help in developing communication, language, listening, creativity and co-operation, plus they are a great way to meet other parents or carers. Each class uses instruments, props, movement, games, nursery rhymes and songs to create a magical fun-filled experience.
“There’s something for everyone, with our newborn music class, baby class, toddler class and pre-school classes – and most of our local teachers run term-time and holiday classes.”
Farnborough and Yately
Hartbeeps is a musical and sensory class which, since starting in 2004, now boasts 170 franchises worldwide. With its own songs which have been composed by Sarah Godwin (the founder) that focus on fun, use beats with a 4/4 beat which can remind a baby of their mother’s heartbeat and have a more contemporary and modern feel than standard music classes, Hartbeeps is perfect if you are looking for something unique for you and your baby to attend.
“Since 2004 Hartbeeps has been delivering it’s unique blend of original music classes and mini productions to 1000’s of babies and children. Challenging accepted definitions of ‘baby and toddler’ music classes”
Fleet, Farnborough, Hook, Church Crookham plus Farnham
Jo Jingles offers music classes from 3 months old all the way up to 7 years. The classes have been running for over 16 years and are led by Kirtsy who is musically trained. Classes are structured and specifically designed to suit each age group. Following weekly themes and with the use of props and instruments each class will help to develop your little ones love of music as well as socialising them with other babies/children and having fun!
“Jo is the colourful, friendly character that actively participates in all of our classes. From his initial welcome, to his infectious waving and enthusiastic cuddles, Jo sings, dances and has a great imagination! It’s not uncommon to find him pretending to be a train driver, a monkey or even a teapot during class!”
Various Locations including Chandlers Ford and Winchester
Moo Music is a great fun and interactive regular music session from birth up to 5-years and their parents/carers where the children sing, dance, play, learn and have bags of fun while doing it. They use over 100 original songs which are all written by a professional songwriter and recorded by professional musicians and vocalists.
“The interactive sessions will help your child gain confidence and develop memory, language and coordination skills in an exciting, enjoyable and multi-sensory way.”
Havant, Hayling Island, Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton
Boogie Mites was set up by Harriet she wanted to create a class that was not only aimed at the children but also the adults. When she was writing the songs she kept in mind that if the adults were having fun they would enjoy the classes and this would encourage the child to join in and learn from their parent. They also use homemade props and instruments in order to promote recycling and to keep costs down. At the heart of their ethos is the evidence of how music and creativity can help children to develop and grow. A great way to bond with your child, have fun, learn new songs and socialise.
“if the adult role model is having fun then the child will be more likely to want to join in and to value the activity as something worthwhile and fun. Harriet did not attempt to dumb down the musical arrangements or the vocabulary. Boogie Mites music uses many different genres of music, many instruments, harmonies and catchy melodies on top of a strong steady beat.”
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