Music Monkey Jungle
1702 Walnut Street Philadelphia PA 19103 (215)732-2661
The Children’s Boutique on Walnut Street offers a series of kid programs throughout the week. Today we checked out the Music Monkey Jungle music class ($8.00). I have been around the music class circut and I will say this is a good class and you should check it out. With that said for the parents that have plenty of music class expereince under your belt you will fully understand what I am about to describe.
We all know that the instructor is the one that makes or breaks the class. There are commercial type classes like Gymboree where a teenager that loves to perform in their high school plays sings directly into your child’s face. It is akward and the longest 45 minutes of your life. There are the tired group classes where the kids are crawlers and the parents are happy to have simply gotten out the door like The Music Class in Rittenhouse. Then there are the community feeling classes like the Firefly Music class we go to at the Northern Liberties Community Center on Saturday’s. That kind of class is like hanging out with a bunch of friends, very social for both kids and parents and very relaxed – just a great way to start the day. Then there are the type A instructor classes that are like a step aerobics teacher leading a music class. That is kind of where Music Monkey Jungle registers with me.
Both of my boys enjoyed the class. They clapped, they jumped, they stomped and so did all the other kids. She has a great voice and her song selection is great. But it is the kind of class where the instructor demands a certain level of audience participation. You know the ones…that if you don’t all say HELLO! loud enough we will say it until she is satisfied. The one other thing that was a little off was what happened with the chain like shakers she handed out. Half way through a song she yanked a set away from a little girl that was sitting there interlocking them. Then she told the crowd “I am the one in control.” She then announced that she will need a parent to volunteer to take them apart. I am not sure if she has kids but I found that to be the reaction of someone that works with kids but doesn’t live with them. It seemed really weird and I would not let my kids yank something out of a person’s hands the way she did. At the end she demanded applause for “your fearless leader.” Again weird. Does she have any concept of what it is like to get to, through and back from a center city music class that is on the second floor with two kids?
Oh and she does not let you take pictures. So don’t try to capture any precious moments.
Would I go back? On one side the bizarreness was highly entertaining on the other I can’t really support her behavior. The class with parking ended up being $30 for me and the boys…Oh Rittenhouse you are so pricey. So I am going to say no. There are other music classes with a better vibe.