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Alison Sneddon


Caterpillar Music offers parties for either 40 mins, 60 mins, 75 mins or 90 mins and can be tailored to meet the needs of the child and your special requests. With a combination of simple party games, fantastic instruments, amazing puppets for all the children to use during the duration of the party, We can also make use of parachutes, bubble machines, bean bags and for the older children our rhythm sticks or ribbon sticks.

Why not try one of our new themed parties: pirates and princess, down at the bottom of the garden, Jungle Safari, Farm, Superhero's or Circus.

Included in the party price a pass the parcel present and a present for the birthday child. Why not try a Caterpillar Music party and give your child a day to remember. Why not have one of our special guests to help make the day special. Choose from Mickey or Minnie Mouse, Chase or Marshall from Paw Patrol.


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  • Caterpillars
  • Butterflies
  • Parties
  • Nurseries

Contact Details

Phone Number
01506 411762 or 07450226991
Book With Hoop

Term Date Information

Term Dates
TERM DATES 2019/2020

Summer Term - 23rd April until 29th June 2019
Autumn Term 1- 20th August until 11th October 2019
Autumn Term 2 - 22nd October until 13th December 2019
Winter Term - 6th January until 13th February 2020
Spring Term - 24th February until 3rd April 2020

David Lloyd Classes at Corstorphine and Newhaven please book direct with David Lloyd

Tots Spot Play Café - Free entry into Tots Spot when attending a Caterpillar Music class

Livingston Village 9.40-10.20am will be a Baby only class come along and enjoy our relaxed "new" baby class for babies not yet on the move.

Special Offers

We offer discounts for siblings, childminders, twins and multiples

"Like" our Facebook page Caterpillar Music Livingston and Edinburgh to keep up to date with classes, themes, special offers and competitions.

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Classes at Tots Spot will also gain free entry into the play centre so you can make the most of the facilities

About Me

Welcome to Caterpillar Music Edinburgh and the Lothians. My name is Alison Sneddon and I run Caterpillar Music Classes throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. Caterpillar Music has been running now since 2009 so we are 10 years old this year! A little bit about me I am Married to Graham and we have three children, Hannah 21 years, Aaron 18 years and Aimee 11. I came across Caterpillar Music when I was looking to go back to work part-time after having Aimee. I have had a lot of experience working with children in nursery's, creches, running rainbows and brownies and also working with children with special needs. I also have a real passion for singing and music and I have played the piano since I was younger, I thought how wonderful it would be to combine working with children with doing singing and music and that's where Caterpillar Music fitted the bill.  Although is is extremely busy running your own business it is so rewarding teaching the classes and meeting new people and watching the little ones enjoy the classes and grow in confidence every week. Our Classes: We have several parent/child classes and nursery sessions running and with lots of exciting weekly themes and lots of props to accompany them you will enjoy fun and relaxed classes which enhance learning, language development and confidence and help children and adults make friends in a creative environment. . I think my favourite theme for classes has to be the circus as I love using all the clown hats and puppets and props, I love all the action songs, but my favourite has to be the Hokey Cokey that we do at the end of every parent/child class!

Class Leaders play a very important part as I always feel there is no I in team, they help me deliver classes and also come up with new ideas. We are lucky to have the following Part-time class leaders: 

Elaine Gnarra: My name is Elaine and I am a mum to a 5-year-old little girl. I have been a part time class leader for Caterpillar Music for over 3 years now. I like being a class leader as it brings my two passions music and working with children together. I enjoy exploring different themes each week with the children and making each class enjoyable, exciting and engaging. My favourite theme is transport and creepy crawlies and my favourite song has to be Big Fish Little Fish!!!! or the ugly bug ball. 

Gemma Gough: Hi, I’m Gemma and I’ve worked at Caterpillar Music for a year and a half. I have two children, aged 10 and 7 and they keep me busy when I’m not at work. I love running the classes - the children are so engaged with the props and instruments and it’s lovely to see. I especially love it when I see children coming out of their shell and gaining the confidence to come and stand at the front or give an answer during circle time. My favourite theme is Jungle/Safari and my favourite song is Never Smile at a Crocodile although Shake My Sillies is a very close second!

Lorna Gardner: My name is Lorna and I started with Caterpillar Music in January 2018, I am qualified with a BA in Music during which time I volunteered in many different childcare settings. I went on to qualify with an HNC in Early Education and have worked in childcare for 6 years. I met my husband at university and we have an 18 month daughter who loves attending her Caterpillar Music class. I understand the importance of music to a childs development including speech, coordination and confidence and love to see children learning while enjoying music. I have really enjoyed the Dinosaur theme but I think my favouite song would be catch a falling star!

What do we do at Caterpillar Music Classes...... Caterpillar Music classes are based around different weekly themes each session is fun, relaxed and full of surprises. We use amazing puppets and props which keep the children engrossed and with our fantastic instruments everyone loves our band. We also do active action songs where everyone no matter how small joins in and has lots of fun. Caterpillar music sessions are not only educational but help children gain confidence, develop language and listening skills. The children bond with the other children in the group and all our classes involve adult participation. It has been shown children benefit more from activities in which their parents or carers interact with them, it also helps develop social skills and confidence as children love learning, playing together and making new friends. Our classes are suitable from birth to 5 years old and all our equipment is suitable for the age range. Please contact me by phone or email and come along and experience Caterpillar Music for you and your little one. Book your FREE trial now. You do not need to wait until the start of a new term we have new customers joining every week. We also carry classes over for you if you are unable to attend if you can drop us a message before the class starts.

Follow us on Facebook at Caterpillar Music Livingston and Edinburgh for special offers and class updates.

Refund Policy: Please note that Caterpillar Music does not offer refunds we can accomodate you in a different class if your situation changes. 

User comments



Blackhall Nursery’s Fancy Dress Fundraising Event We are writing to say a big thank you to Alison and Elaine for the above event. It really made a difference - we are very grateful. We raised over £1200 (match funded) and the children had a wonderful time in the process. Your generous contribution was acknowledged at the event and you will also receive a mention in our forthcoming newsletter which goes out to 56 parents and carers. As a registered charity, Blackhall Nursery relies on fundraising for all purchases of new toys and equipment. This is made possible by the success of such events and the kind donations from businesses such as yourself. Yours sincerely, The fundraising team at Blackhall Nursery 

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Thank you for Amy's fantastic 2nd Birthday Party! (10/01/15)

I have dealt with Alison and Graham over the past few months, in arranging my daughter - Amy's - 2nd birthday party. Both very lovely, professional and a pleasure to deal with!
On the day, Simon and Alison were absolutely fantastic! They made the party fun, interactive and stress-free for all involved, and we had 24 children ranging in age from 1-4, along with special needs children. Having advised Alison prior to the party, about our nephew's learning difficulties, she went out of her way to engage him, which worked a treat! this has been the first party he has not only stayed at, but thoroughly enjoyed which has delighted us, as a family. I cannot recommend Alison and her team enough. My daughter and her brother (age 4.5) thoroughly enjoyed the day, which was tailored specifically to all her caterpillar music favourites (she attends classes at nursery). I have received many positive comments from parents who attended also, who were particularly impressed by the way in which Alison and Simon kept all the children's attention throughout and remembered and used their childs name.
We have been so impressed by the whole experience, we have already booked Caterpillar Music to do our son - Adam's - party in June.
Thanks again to Alison and her team for their fantastic work!!

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Caterpillar Music Birthday Party

Alison came to do our son’s 2nd birthday party earlier this year, and WOW! She had everybody singing and playing along with the musical instruments which were a big hit with everybody – including the adults! It was brilliant to see a group of 2 year olds so engaged in the activities and songs. Alison was so brilliant and so enthusiastic and made sure everyone felt part of the party. I would highly recommend Alison and the caterpillar music parties and we cannot wait till next year to book again! Thank you for a brilliant experience.

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Caterpillar Music Classes Edinburgh

My daughter has been attending classes since she was 4 months old- she is now 3 1/2 and still loves it! Currently she attends with her little brother who is 1 and they both have a ball!!! Great fun for mummys too- would highly recommend it! Alison is a fab teacher

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