music program Hybrid

Music is our specialty at the Préville Fine Arts Centre!  Join us and learn how to make the music you enjoy. We offer individual lessons for a variety of instruments, as well as group classes and ensembles. There is something here for every age and budget. No one should have to live life without music to cheer them on!

Note: Due to COVID-19, group lessons will be held online with an in-person rotation. Private lessons will continue to be in-person (or online) and will follow COVID-19 safety protocols. Some group classes and all musical ensembles are currently on hold.

Private MUSIC LESSONS

Note: Private lessons are available online or in-person with COVID-19 safety protocols.

We offer one-on-one music lessons for a variety of instruments. Lessons are offered in blocks of 30, 45, or 60 minutes by our expert and dedicated teachers.

Semi-Private Lessons 
Semi-private lessons are also available for voice and most instruments. Lessons shared between two people are ideal for siblings and/or friends. Parents are responsible for finding the two students who will share the lessons prior to registering. The Préville Fine Arts Centre is not responsible if one of the students discontinues in the middle of the session.

Feel free to contact us to find out more about teacher availability.

As of Fall 2020, new and returning students will be able to directly select their teacher when they register. 

TEACHERS:
Online-only: Viktor Lazarov 
Hybrid (in-person/online): Phillip Cho, Tanya De Villiers, Rose Nemeth, Suzanne Ozorak, Aset Sabdullaeva  
PRICE:  Fees

Violin
TEACHERS: Olga Semenova, Anne St-Cyr, Anastasia Virlan
PRICE: Fees

Cello
TEACHERS: TBD
PRICE: Fees

Upright Bass
TEACHER: Solon McDade
PRICE: Fees

Harp
TEACHER: Justine Azar
PRICE: Fees

Suzuki Violin
TEACHERS: Alexandre Desjeunes, Ophélie Jobin
PRICE: Fees

Suzuki Cello
TEACHERS: TBD
PRICE: Fees

Suzuki Harp
TEACHER: Justine Azar
PRICE: Fees

Flute
TEACHER: Danielle Baro
PRICE: Fees

Saxophone
TEACHERS: Matthew Souaid
PRICE: Fees

TEACHERS: Contact us
PRICE: Fees

Note: Due to COVID-19,  group lessons will be held online with an in-person rotation. Private lessons are available online or in-person with COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Suzuki Method was conceived in the mid-20th century by Shinichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist who desired to bring beauty to the lives of children in his country after the devastation of World War II. As a skilled violinist but a beginner at the German language who struggled to learn it, Suzuki noticed that children pick up their native language quickly, and even dialects adults consider “difficult” to learn are spoken with ease by children at 5 or 6. He reasoned that if children have the skill to acquire their native language, they have the necessary ability to become proficient on a musical instrument. He pioneered the idea that preschool age children could learn to play the violin if the learning steps were small enough and the instrument was scaled down to fit their body. He modeled his method, which he called “Talent Education”, after his theories of natural language acquisition. Suzuki believed that every child, if properly taught, was capable of a high level of musical achievement.

Pupils take both individual and group courses. The price for individual lessons includes the group Suzuki classes. 

TEACHERS:
Online-only: Alexandre Desjeunes
Hybrid (in-person/online): Ophélie Jobin
PRICE:  Fees

The Suzuki group lessons are intended for Suzuki method violin students aged 3-18. The purpose of these classes is developing ensemble skills, learning in a group setting and creating a peer group to encourage and motivate the students. The public is welcome to come observe classes and learn more about this string instrument and the Suzuki method!
Note: The price for individual Suzuki violin lessons includes the group Suzuki classes.

*Due to pandemic-related health and safety considerations, Préville is planning to offer hybrid group activities: those who wish, can participate in person (up to our class size limit) and others may participate online.  As per usual, Préville reserves the right to make changes to class availability.

Level 1
DAY & TIME: Saturday 9am-10am
PLACE: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
TEACHERS: Alexandre Desjeunes, Ophélie Jobin
PRICE: Fees

Level 2
DAY & TIME: Saturday 1pm-2pm
PLACE: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
TEACHERS: Alexandre Desjeunes, Ophélie Jobin
PRICE: Fees

Pupils take both individual and group courses.  The price for individual lessons includes the group Suzuki classes. 

TEACHER: TBC
PRICE: Fees

The Suzuki group lessons are intended for Suzuki method cello students aged 3-18. The purpose of these classes is developing ensemble skills, learning in a group setting and creating a peer group to encourage and motivate the students. The public is welcome to come observe classes and learn more about this string instrument and the Suzuki method!
Note: The price for individual Suzuki violin lessons includes the group Suzuki classes.

*Due to pandemic-related health and safety considerations, Préville is planning to offer hybrid group activities: those who wish, can participate in person (up to our class size limit) and others may participate online.  As per usual, Préville reserves the right to make changes to class availability.

AGE GROUP: 3 to 18 years old
DAY & TIME: TBD
PLACE: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
TEACHER: TBD
PRICE: Fees

Description coming soon.

AGE GROUP: 5 to 18 years old
DAY & TIME: TBD
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Justine Azar
PRICE: Fees

Note: Due to COVID-19 some group classes are currently not available. Group instrument lessons will continue to be available online with an in-person rotation.

Préville Fine Arts offers many group music classes. Due to the pandemic, group classes  for Winter 2021 will be offered online, with students who wish rotating in studio at a ratio acceptable to pandemic restrictions. Students from the same family may do their in person rotation as a group.* Please consult the list below for class details.

*Due to pandemic-related health and safety considerations, Préville is planning to offer hybrid group activities: those who wish, can participate in person (up to our class size limit) and others may participate online.  As per usual, Préville reserves the right to make changes to class availability.  

Préville Fine Arts Centre and Alison Notkin of Music By The Season introduce “River Music”, a hybrid outdoor/indoor music program for children from 6 months to 7 years, 15 minutes from Montreal in St Lambert, QC by the South shore of the Saint Lawrence river.  Classes will be held both outdoors and in our large indoor space, or on our online platform if necessary as per public health directives.

The songs we will be singing are based on seasonal and nature themes and are Alison’s original compositions, children’s folk songs from around the world, and songs from, or inspired by the Rudolf Steiner tradition. Props are used to support the songs and often represent sounds, systems, and movements in the music.

Music By The Season is an educational seasons-inspired group music program founded by songwriter, guitarist, and educator Alison Notkin and designed to get little ones and their caregivers singing songs, moving to rhythm and music, discovering instruments and thinking about music and nature together in a fun and relaxed environment.

Participants 6 months to 4 years old will be accompanied by one caregiver. Each registration includes a supplies kit delivered to your home!

Group 1:
AGE GROUP: 6 months to 4 years old
DAY & TIME: Saturday 9am-10am
PLACE: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
TEACHER: Alison Notkin
PRICE: Fees

Group 2:
AGE GROUP: 6 months to 4 years old
DAY & TIME: Saturday 10am-11am
PLACE: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
TEACHER: Alison Notkin
PRICE: Fees

Group 3:
AGE GROUP: 5 to 7 years old
DAY & TIME: Saturday 11am-12pm
PLACE: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
TEACHER: Alison Notkin
PRICE: Fees

Note: Due to COVID-19,  classes will be held online with an in-person rotation.

Welcome to the musical worlds of 12 keys and 10 digits! Regardless of the instrument you play, basic training at the keyboard is indispensable. The keyboard provides students with a “hands-on” approach to the concepts that form the foundation of western music; and for instrumentalists, the keyboard provides an enriched understanding of the accompaniment parts to their solo repertoire. In addition, if an interest has been piqued, this course can serve as an introduction to private piano lessons. An enriching musical experience is at the tip of your fingers!

Group 1:
AGE GROUP: 5 years +
DAY & TIME: Saturday 11am-12pm
PLACE: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
TEACHER: Tanya De Villiers
PRICE: Fees

Group 2:AGE GROUP: 5 years +
DAY & TIME: Saturday 12pm-1pm
PLACE: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
TEACHER: Phillip Cho
PRICE: Fees

Semi-Private Lessons
Lessons shared between two people are ideal for siblings and/or friends. Parents are responsible for finding the two students who will share the lesson prior to registering. The Préville Fine Arts Centre is not responsible if one of the students discontinues in the middle of the session.

Please contact us for details.

Note: Due to COVID-19,  classes will be held online with an in-person rotation.

Acoustic guitar has always been the ideal accompaniment in songs. This is the notion behind the global approach of the group class. The acoustic technique more specific to folk, pop and blues is played using a pick on the guitar’s six metallic strings. In the class, we will study a variety of chords and rhythms drawn from popular music and learn to decipher the tablatures and chord charts for your favorite tunes.

The classical guitar is a plucked string instrument. Most of the music composed for this solo instrument comes from Europe or South America. With six nylon strings, it is played with the fingers only and produces a soft and melodious sound. In this class, we will study the different techniques and scales particular to classical guitar. We will also learn to read musical scores, the key to unlocking a full musical repertoire!

Guitar Group Level 1
AGE GROUPE: 8 years +
DAY & TIME: Saturday 11am-12pm
PLACE: St. Barnabas
TEACHER: Robert Rioux Calogero
PRICE:  Fees

Guitar Group Level 2
AGE GROUPE: 8 years +
DAY & TIME: Saturday 12pm-1pm
PLACE: St. Barnabas
TEACHER: Robert Rioux Calogero
PRICE: Fees

Note: Due to COVID-19,  classes will be held online with an in-person rotation.

Learn to play popular music on the ukulele; it’s fun for the whole family! Originally a folk instrument, the ukulele has inspired many a musician around the world. With four plucked strings, it is similar in many ways to the guitar. In this group class, we will learn a series of chords and instrument-specific techniques with the objective of playing well-known tunes while having a good time.

AGE GROUP: 6 years +
DAY & TIME: Saturday 10am-11am
PLACE: St. Barnabas
TEACHER: Robert Rioux Calogero
PRICE: Fees

These classes allow participants to expand their artistic range, bringing music to mix with other disciplines, such as theatre, dance and visual art.

Note: Due to COVID-19,  classes will be held online with an in-person rotation.

Please see class description on our Performing Arts page. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 all our Musical Ensembles are currently on hold.

We offer the following musical ensembles. The Préville Big Band is an affiliated group with its own fee structure, however registration is still required with the Préville Fine Arts Centre.

*Due to pandemic-related health and safety considerations, Préville is planning to offer hybrid group activities: those who wish, can participate in person (up to our class size limit) and others may participate online.  As per usual, Préville reserves the right to make changes to class availability.

This multi-generational, multicultural choir is open to all and has at its core the belief that everyone can sing. If you have always been a singer you’ll love this choir. If you are new to singing or have been told you can’t sing … this is the place for you. The repertoire is eclectic, and includes classics in the three main languages at the Centre: French, English, and Spanish. No music reading ability is necessary as the music is learned in the oral tradition. Let’s build community by singing together! There is no audition, all you need is a desire to sing in harmony with others.
*Because of health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, the multi-generational choir is on hold until further notice. 

A first orchestral experience for students who have mastered the basics of their instrument and are able to read music. The students will prepare 2-3 concerts, one at the end of each session, and will work on ensemble and musicality. 

AGE GROUP: 8 years +
DAY & TIME: Saturday 1:00pm-1:45pm
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Olga Semenova
PRICE: FREE for students who take private string lessons.

The main objective of this ensemble is to live the pleasure of playing music with other people through learning a varied repertoire (popular, classical, folk and contemporary). In order to focus on ensemble music skills, musicians need to master the basics of their instrument and read the music.

AGE GROUP: 17 years +
DAY & TIME : Saturday 2:00pm-3:00pm 
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes 
TEACHER: Olga Semenova
PRICE: $150 for full-year 

Although affiliated programs have their own fee structure, registration with the Préville Fine Arts Centre is still required. For pricing information, please contact the affiliated programs directly.

Préville Big Band swings! It rocks, too! You’ll love the great sound of saxes, trombones, trumpets, a full rhythm section, plus two amazing singers. Préville Big Band has the right music for every occasion: The hit tunes of today as well as the great standards of the past. Triple swings from Glenn Miller… to the R&B of James Brown… to the latest Ricky Martin and Madonna. How about Michael Bublé, or Boule Noire?

Wonderful music! An amazing sound — 100% live. Dance or just enjoy the show. You’ll have as much fun as we do!

DAY & TIME: Saturday 11am-12pm
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
THIS IS AN AFFILIATE GROUP: for more information please contact Tommy Green (514) 952-0419.