Welcome to the home for multi-award winning, Boston-based family music performer, Vanessa Trien, and her band of musical friends, lovingly called The Jumping Monkeys! Packing concert halls, preschool fundraisers, libraries and outdoor venues with dancing kids and families, she is known for highly interactive and energetic shows, featuring plenty of group singing and movement.

The Jumping Monkeys regularly includes Adam Michael Rothberg on lead guitar/mandolin, Fabio Pirozzolo on percussion, and Richard Gates on bass. Together with Vanessa, they create a joyful, acoustic instrument and harmony-rich folk/pop/world sound all their own. 

With Vanessa's four Parents' Choice Award-winning albums of original songs based on her years of teaching preschool music and parent-child music classes and, more importantly, on her 13 years of parenting her two kids, she brings a warmth and connection with audiences that makes her shows extra special. We hope to see you at a show soon!

"Katy Perry of the toddler set"

Boston Globe


New York City native, Vanessa Trien has been performing music for kids and families for more than a decade with her lively band the Jumping Monkeys. Her music for kids and families has won a NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Association) Award, an Academics' Choice Award, and four Silver Parents' Choice award.


Vanessa packs concert halls, preschool fundraisers and outdoor venues with dancing kids and families. She is known for highly interactive shows, featuring plenty of group singing and movement. One of her most requested songs is "Tickle Monster", has families tip toe-ing around and then, on cue, tickling each other!


In addition to performances, Vanessa also teaches early childhood music in preschool and pre-K classrooms and has taught parent and child group Music Together classes for ten years. Vanessa moved to Boston to attend Harvard's Graduate School for Education and decided to call it home, diving into the Cambridge folk music scene and festival production first, and then embracing with her whole heart the wild and wonderful world of children's music!

"One of the top musicians... in the world of children's music"

The Record-Journal, CT








February 01, 2020

Saturday, 3:00-5:00 pm

Brookline, MA - Clinton Path Winter Carnival with the Jumping Monkeys!

Excited for our annual Jumping Monkeys show at Clinton Path Preschool in Brookline, MA! Where both my kids went to preschool so it holds a very special place in my heart. They'll have a bake sale, hands on crafts, magic and of course, a sing and dance along show with us! Hope to see you!

February 02, 2020

Sunday, 11:00 am-Noon

Newton, MA - Tu B'Shevat Birthday of the Trees Singalong with Vanessa

Celebrate Tu B'Shevat, the birthday of the trees, with PJ Library and lil ole' me at the Newton JCC! Warm up with hot chocolate while your kids get out all that extra indoor winter energy while they move and groove to nature related and other happy tunes! Older siblings welcome. For more info visit https://www.bostonjcc.org/classes-and-events/pj-library-vanessa-trien-tu-bshevat-singalong

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