Baby and Toddler Music



Jackie Macdonald
188 Pleasance, EDINBURGH, EH8 9RT
0131 667 3043
North East, North West, South East, South West


Who is the service for?
Adults, Parents, Early Years (0-5), Families
What age range is it suitable for?
0 - 1, 1 - 3, 4 - 12


188 Pleasance, EDINBURGH, EH8 9RT
0131 667 3043


MONDAY: 11:15am - 12:30pm / 1:00pm - 2:15pm / 2:30pm - 3:45pm
THURSDAY: 11:15am - 12:30pm / 1:00pm - 2:15pm / 2:30pm - 3:45pm


Run in small groups at the centre and online.

What is Baby and Toddler Music with Jackie?

Our music sessions have traditionally been live and interactive led by Jackie and her guitar. They involve singing and music making, movement and most of all fun! Sessions are tailored to each age group to help stimulate and develop your child’s senses and abilities.

During the restrictions placed upon us due to Covid-19, we are able to offer small group sessions at our centre at 188 Pleasance for babies under 12 months. These sessions are led by Jackie and she is playing her guitar and using lots of different instruments and props but her singing is pre-recorded due to guidance. Our baby sessions will run for 1h 15 mins with 45 mins of musical fun and then half an hour support time; an opportunity for you to meet and get to know the other parents in the session. All sessions at the PPC are socially distanced and we will share lots of info about how we aim to keep you safe, once you have been offered a space.

For babies over 12 months we are offering online Music with Jackie sessions (which are conducted from our centre and so the background will be familiar to you when the wonderful time comes when we can welcome you to our centre). In these sessions, Jackie will be singing live on the stream.

Age appropriate activities range from clapping, bouncing and tapping with young babies through to going on sound journeys through story telling with the 3 and 4 year olds. And in between there are percussion instruments to explore; stimulating multi sensory props and puppets, and balls, hoops and the parachute to have fun with in a musical context. Because of the online nature of the older baby sessions, some of the activities are restricted in terms of props but Jackie will always let you know in advance if there is a theme in advance of the class so you can bring the appropriate props with you.

These are rough guidelines to the age of the group and are flexible depending on the stage of your child. If you have 2 or more children please choose the age range to suit your oldest child and their younger siblings can come along to that class to join in the fun. The family class activities aim to involve all children in the session.

How will it benefit my little one?

The emphasis of all classes is on the child’s experience of music. For music to be understood it has to be felt so it is important that we create the feel of the beat for our children (particularly when they are young). Engaging with our children in this way will help to foster musical comprehension, coordination and expressive sensitivity.

The sessions go further than just helping to develop musical understanding, the sessions encourage basic communication skills such as waving or pointing and the ability to share. Recent research has shown that classes involving interactive music-making and learning set songs benefit babies and young children than listening to recorded music.

How will it benefit me / my partner?

The Music sessions here at the PPC are very much a social and fun time. It is a great opportunity for parents not just to bond with their child but also to meet other parents, to make friends and share experiences.

All of our sessions include time for parents to have a cup of tea and get to know one another. We hear from many parents that they have met good friends for themselves as well as their children in the PPC music sessions.

What to expect

Our usual welcoming and relaxed approach to music and groups have had to be adapted to ensure we are meeting guidelines around Covid-19. We have social distancing in place, our groups are smaller and we have adapted our centre to ensure your group not going to come into contact with other groups. When a space is offered to you, our friendly office team (Sara, Kasia and Val) will share lots of info around keeping you safe.


Once you have a space on the music classes you can continue coming along for as long as you wish or until your baby is ready to move up to the next age group. Usually, for 6 consecutive weeks it is £45 per adult and child. If siblings are coming along we charge half price once they are mobile and able to join in.

Please note that we never turn anyone away due to financial restrictions and so if you feel this is unaffordable, do get in touch; we will come to an arrangement that ensures you can attend our sessions.


Age 0 to 12 months: Mondays & Thursdays, 11:15am - 12:30pm and 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Online for over 1 year olds: Mondays & Thursdays, 1:00pm - 2:15pm

More Information and How to Book

If you are interested in joining a session please get in touch with us to check if there is a space. We run the music classes during holidays as well so if you are interested in joining a summer music class please get in touch to be added to the interest list for this.

Other Services Run By

Pregnancy and Parents Centre

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