The Préville Fine Arts Centre launches a nation-wide, arts-based community education platform, Préville Online!


14 December 2020 – Saint Lambert, Quebec

Préville Online! was born of the desire to provide our clientele with uninterrupted access to their favourite classes and teachers. What began as our Centre learning to adapt over the past several months, evolved into discovering new opportunities for growth and for filling important needs in our community. 

Reaching New Markets & Connecting Across Canada

Music and dance are our specialities and Préville Online! makes it possible for us to enlist renowned artists from outside the Montreal area. Jera Wolfe, a leading Canadian dancer and choreographer of Métis heritage, will be teaching a Contemporary Dance Masterclass from his home in Alberta! 

Karen Natho, an award-winning special needs program developer, teacher, and advocate who lives in British Columbia will be teaching, Music & Movement for Kids with Autism (ages 3-6), and, Living Out Loud — Group Activities for Young Adults with Special Needs (18+). The flexibility afforded by our online platform allowed us to seek out Karen, whose expertise is key in the creation and delivery of these two new special needs classes. 

Tailored Content & Added Technology for Music Students

Music Explorations, for voice, piano, strings and guitar, offers musicians of all ages and levels the opportunity to explore and learn to improvise in a non-judgemental, group-class environment. All of our Préville Online! music classrooms are equipped with new, embedded recording technology and can boast excellent sound quality.

Supporting the Homeschool Community 

In Québec, the homeschooling community has recently grown by 50%. We can help homeschoolers with our expanded tutoring program, which allows for private and group tutoring, in any subject area, from elementary to Cegep-level. We also offer homeschoolers a variety of weekday classes to complement core-subject learning, such as music, art and coding – subjects and areas of interest that parents themselves may not be comfortable teaching.

About the Préville Online! Platform

Students will have secure access to our classrooms and communal spaces, like the lobby, library, and games room. Our web-based platform, built using Jitsi technology, is easy to use, interactive and fun! Préville Online! classes are bilingual and are taught live by our expert instructors.

There is nothing to install and no links necessary to get to class – one click and you’ll find yourself in our lobby, where you can access all of our classrooms – each personalized with shareable apps and other features to suit teachers’ needs. Class sizes are kept small because that’s how students are engaged and stimulated best. 

Préville Online! allows students to take classes evenings, weekends, and weekdays. The virtual nature of this platform means we can welcome participants who experience physical barriers or limited access to participation, such as those living in underserviced or remote areas, and those with health issues. On the horizon, we will be looking into working with hospitals to see if we can bring adapted classes to children with chronic illness and to people living in long-term care facilities.

Préville Online! Winter 2021 Session Highlights

Highlights include a music production and software class with Mixart Studios’ Boris Petrowski, casual multi-genre musical Meet Ups with Juno Award-Winner, Solon McDade, and classes in chess and technology with our partners Chess ‘n Math, and Robot in a Can. Many of our classes include activity kits that are delivered to your door; others feature equipment loans, and in the case of Mixart Studios’ class, a possible visit to a live recording studio.

Classes start Jan. 11 2021. Registration on now, through our website.

View the full list of Winter 2021 Courses.

About the Préville Fine Arts Centre

The Préville Fine Arts Centre is a not-for-profit organization that has been a leader in bilingual, arts-based education since 1974, when it was founded by musician and visionary, Belva Thomas. Located in Saint-Lambert, on Montreal’s South shore, Préville welcomes learners of all ages and levels. We are proud to put our Belva Thomas Bursary front and centre to ensure our courses remain accessible to everyone–applications can be made directly from our website! 

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For more information, interview requests, logos, photos or for a virtual tour of Préville Online! please contact:

Veronica Thomas, General Director

Erika’s story – a Préville Online! Success Story.