Music can play a fundamental part in the early years of development for your child. Music sessions designed for babies and toddlers are a fantastic way to introduce them to music and the world around them.

Various locations across London & the UK

Mini Mozart gives babies and toddlers an introduction to music. The 45-minute classes give babies the understanding of where music comes from and how it is made. The toddler sessions give the children the chance to make their own music and get creative.

Suitable for: 0-15 months for baby classes; 16 months-4 years for toddler classes

Cost: from £60 per term

Location: Various locations across London, see website for info

Caterpillar Music runs hundreds of classes each week across the UK. The sessions help babies and parents communicate, develop social skills and foster dexterity through the use of musical instruments. The Caterpillar class captivates children with music, puppets and fun activities. Butterflies is the toddler session that gets children more active, jumping, dancing and acting out their favourite animals.

Suitable for: 0-36 months for baby classes; 18 months-4 years for toddler classes

Cost: prices vary

Location: nationwide

Hartbeeps offer classes across London and the UK. Baby Bells, suitable for newborn to sitting, is a gentle class that focuses on baby yoga, baby massage and calming techniques with a soundtrack of remixed nursery rhymes and lullabies. Baby Beeps for toddlers is more interactive with lighting, props and parachutes and a funky soundtrack of baby songs. Happy House is best suited for walkers and centres around play, dance, music and movement.

Suitable for: 0-5 years

Cost: Price varies depending on location

Location: Nationwide, see website for details

Monkey Music knows how important music can be for early years development. Since 1993, Monkey Music has grown and spread across the UK and now has 150 teachers who share their love of music with 12,000 families each week! Rock ’n’ Roll is the first class for babies from 3 months and provides a gentle introduction to music and learning. From 12 months, Heigh-Ho gives children the chance to move around, sing and play. Jiggety-Jig is for older toddlers who will be able to start performing their own music. Finally Ding-Dong moves onto learning to read music and looking forward to a musical future!

Suitable for: 3 months-4 years

Cost: Price varies depending on location

Location: Nationwide, see website for details

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North

Baby Jazz is bring live jazz and contemporary styles to a baby and parent music class setting. The classes are designed to maintain the attention of babies and toddlers and encourage listening and musical play.

Suitable for: 0+

Cost: £10 per child (incl. adult), £4 for additional sibling

Location: various locations in North London

Sparkysongs is a lively, fun-packed weekly show that aims to educate and entertain children and toddlers. Shows include singing, costumes, puppets, props and musical instruments. Sessions are 45 minutes long and introduce children to singing, rhyme and live music.

Suitable for: 6 months-5 years

Cost: £8 per child and £3 per additional sibling

Location: Stoke Newington; Highbury and Islington

Zip Zap Kids provide weekly drama, music and sensory classes for children under 5. The classes combine traditional nursery rhymes with upbeat pop songs and funky beats. Little Zippers is for 10 months- 5 years, while Baby Zappers is for babies up until they’re walking.

Suitable for: 0-5 years

Cost: £9 for a drop-in session

Location: various locations across North London

East

Greenwich Music School offers high-quality music classes for everyone: from early years to school age to adults. Passionate in helping children grow to love music, the classes for young children teach through movement, singing, puppetry and games.

Suitable for: 0+

Cost: from £7.80 per class (£5 for a trial session)

Location: Charlton Road, London, SE7 8RE; 90 Mycenae Rd, Greenwich, London SE3 7SE

Lucy Sparkles & Friends offer drama, music and dance classes across South London, Surrey and Essex. The weekly sessions help children to develop musical, physical, emotional and intellectual skills. All the teachers are professional musicians and have a passion for teaching early years children.

Suitable for: babies, toddlers and up to reception age

Cost: From £5.50 for first child, additional children £3.50 (£1 for a trial session)

Location: Various locations across South London, see website for details

Foxtots is a fun baby and toddler music group in various locations across South East London. Expect live instruments, hands-on props, puppets, bubbles, storytelling and more!

Suitable for: 0-4 years

Cost: 6 classes for £42, £7 drop-in if space in the class

Location: Sydenham, Westow Hill and Forest Hill

Dancing Ducklings is an interactive music class filled with action rhymes, dancing and lots of fun and games. Each session has a theme centred around children’s all-round development.

Suitable for: 0-4 years

Cost: £6 per session and £2 for additional children

Location: Crofton Park

Beanstalk Arts is a creative music and storytelling organisation that offers preschool storytelling sessions, school visits, musicianship classes and live family gigs. Cello Stories is a fairy tale story session with music, songs and puppets. Uke Groups are group ukulele classes for small groups. Gigs see the house band ‘Becky, Boris and the Beats’ get together for family-friendly gigs.

Suitable for: 0-101 years

Cost: Classes from £8

Location: Nunhead and Dulwich

Oren Marshall’s Jazz for Toddlers offers a fun musical experience for all. After realising that children only hear music through mobiles, computers and TV, Marshall decided to bring music to life with a live musical event for toddlers. Expect dancing, clapping and music with the Tuba, Berimbau, Kalimba and Flute.

Suitable for: babies and toddlers, older children welcome

Cost: £5 per session

Location: Lewisham

South

Emily’s Ensemble provides music and movement classes for babies and toddlers. The sessions provide a space for young children to express themselves through singing, dancing and music.

Suitable for: 1-4 years

Cost: 6 classes for £45

Location: Battersea

Music Bus Wimbledon offer 30-minute music workshops that give you and your child the chance to relax, meet new people and learn about music. Classes include the Baby Music Cafe, Mini Bus, Single Deckers and Double Deckers.

Suitable for: 0-3 years plus

Cost: n/a

Location: Wimbledon

Mini Jam offer fun and modern early-years education through music. Babies, Bumpers & Crawlers is a sensory and engaging session for 0-2 years, while Toddlers & Brawlers is an instrument-led session. There are also child-friendly gigs for 0-5 year olds.

Suitable for: 0-5 years

Cost: £10 drop-in; 5 classes for £40

Location: various locations across South London, see website for details

Tin Pan Annie Music provide fun-filled music classes for young babies and children. The sessions are jam-packed with action songs and rhymes to aid the development of language and speech.

Suitable for: 0-4 year olds

Cost: £10 per class and £14 for two siblings

Location: Balham

West

Music House Education believe music awakens and aids child development in the early years. The teaching programmes are filled with various activities to capture the imagination of young children and help them engage with song and dance. Music and instrumental appreciation classes are available for older children as a precursor to music lessons.

Suitable for: 0-5 years

Cost: £8 for drop-in session

Location: 306 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ

Bea’s Baby Music School sees Bea and her professional team sing, play lots of instruments and supplement the performance with puppets, pictures and bubbles. This gives children the chance to familiarise themselves with real instruments, as well as helping them learn about the world around them. Bea also offers piano lessons for children 3½ – 6 years.

Suitable for: Up to 6 years

Cost: N/A

Location: West Norwood and Putney

Jiggle and Jam offer music and movement classes for babies, toddlers and preschool children. Stretch & Sing is a combination of baby yoga, and learning ways to soothe and stimulate your baby. Jigglers features singing and rhymes combined with music and movement for babies aged 5-16 months. Jammers, for 14-36 months, gets toddlers’ bodies and minds more active. Juniors, for 3-4 year olds allows children to make their own music and experiment using ‘grown-up’ instruments.

Suitable for: 8 weeks to 4 years

Cost: Stretch & Sing starts from £60 for six classes

Location: Wimbledon, South West London, North Surrey

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