SPÍRA

EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC



We are thrilled to announce that Kokopelli Choirs is growing a little smaller in 2019-2020! Spíra is our new early childhood music program for children aged 2.5 to 4 years. 

Using the excellent research-based curriculum developed by Musikgarten, Spíra (pronounced SPEE-rah, an Icelandic word meaning "sprouts") gives parents and young children the chance to bond through making music together. With games, songs, and activities, Spíra immerses your child in music and movement to help them grow and develop.
  • WHEN
    Spíra is now taking registrations for our January-March 2020 class sessions. Each session consists of 10 45-minute classes.
  • WHERE
    Calvary Lutheran Church (10815 76 Ave) on Thursday mornings or St. Paul's United Church (11526 76 Ave) on Sunday afternoons.
  • AGE RANGE
    Children must be at least 2.5 years of age as of January 1, 2020, and must not be older than 4 years of age on the same date.
  • PARENT PARTICIPATION
    Parents or guardians will participate in Spíra along with their child. Don't worry – no musical experience is required!
  • COST
    The fee to participate in Spíra is $200, plus a one-time per-family purchase of a curriculum packet for $50 that includes a cloth carrying bag, music tracks, and music books for home use. If you are a returning family from the fall Spíra sessions, you already have your packet!
Spíra is led by Susan Farrell, a long-time member of the Kokopelli Choirs artistic team. Susan combines her training in piano, singing, and conducting with her experience working with children, and her passion for early childhood development. In addition to her years of leading children's choirs, Susan brings some very practical experience as a mother to two children aged 4 and under!

Spíra is offered at two different times and locations:

Thursdays, 9:30 AM, 10815 76 Ave
January 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2

Sundays, 3:00 PM, 11526 76 Ave
January 26
February 2, 9, 16*, 23
March 1, 7**, 15, 22, 29

*Family Day weekend
**Saturday class in lieu of Sunday due to Kokopelli Choirs concert

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What's Included?
Included in your registration in Spíra:
  • professionally-led music classes
  • songs, games, and activities you can do at home
  • ability to make up two missed classes through attending other Spíra classes in our offerings
What's Not Included?
  • Each family must purchase the Wind Dancers curriculum packet ($50) to participate. This can be re-used in future classes and shared within your family. If you participated in our fall Spíra classes, you have this packet!
  • Spíra classes involve both parent and child, so supervision is not provided for your child
  • Due to the highly-targeted nature of the class curriculum, Spíra can't accommodate children who are aged under 2.5 years as of January 1, 2020, nor children who are over 4 years of age on January 1, 2020. Those seeking music enrichment for older children should explore our choir offerings! 
Can I register more than one child?
Yes, you can register two or even three children in the same Spíra class if you wish! Please remember that each registration is a separate fee, and that it's up to you to ensure adequate support and supervision for your child during Spíra classes. You may wish to bring help for more children!

Please also remember that we cannot accommodate children outside the stated age ranges.
Will there be concerts?
Spíra is an early childhood music class that uses singing and instruments to foster a love for music in your family. Spíra is not choir, so there are no concerts or performances (other than what you cook up in your own home during playtime!)
Do you have to be part of a Kokopelli Choir to participate?
No! Spíra is open to anyone in the community who has a child aged 2.5 to 4 years.
What's your refund policy?
We understand that plans can change and you may need to cancel your registration in Spíra! Please read the following fee refund policy for cancellations:

  • Cancellation more than one week prior to first class: full refund, minus $25.00 per child cancellation fee
  • Cancellation one week before first class: full refund, minus $50.00 per child cancellation fee
  • Cancellation prior to second class: full refund, minus $80.00 per child cancellation fee.
There will be no refunds given after the second class.

Please note that there are no refunds available on the Wind Dancers curriculum packet. You can pick up your packet and it's yours to keep even if you cancel your registration, however!
What if we have to miss a class or two?
We understand schedules can change with busy families and busy little ones! If you need to miss a class for any reason, you may attend another class session offered by us to make up that missed class. We allow two make-up classes like this per session. 
Will there be more class offerings?
We hope to run Spíra again in the fall of 2020! Stay tuned for details here in the spring of 2020.