music program

Music is our specialty at the Préville Fine Arts Centre!  Join us and learn how to make the music you enjoy hearing. 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!

Private AND SEMI-PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS​

We offer individual 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 are also offered for piano. Please contact us to find out more about teacher availability. Visit our Fees page for pricing.

  • Brass
  • Cello
  • Drums and Percussion
  • Guitar and Bass
  • Piano (private and semi-private)
  • Suzuki Cello*
  • Suzuki Piano*
  • Suzuki Violin*
  • Violin
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds

Préville Fine Arts offers many group music classes. Please consult the list below for class details.

This group course aims to work on various vocal techniques. Students will learn to sing with others, to be able to sing vocal harmonies and to improvise. We will also work on self-confidence through singing by performing solo pieces or small groups. The styles worked will be popular music, blues and jazz.

AGE GROUP: 8 years +
DAY & TIME: Saturday 12pm-1pm
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Marie Eve Chaput
PRICE: Fees

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: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Pierre Clément
PRICE:  Fees

Guitar Group Level 2
AGE GROUPE: 8 years +
DAY & TIME: Saturday 12pm-1pm
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Pierre Clément
PRICE: Fees

A child who can walk, babble and play can also dance, sing and make music! This course uses songs, games, hand signs, rhymes and movement to explore musical concepts and develop a love of music while stimulating the child’s verbal and motor development. Symphonic instruments will be introduced and simple rhythmic instruments played during each course.
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*Parent or guardian attendance required

AGE GROUP: 18 months to  3 years old
DAY & TIME: Saturday 9am-10am
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Poppy Kipfer
PRICE: Fees

The goal of this fun, bilingual course is to instil a love of music and provide a solid base for individual or group musical instruction at a later stage. Songs, games, rhymes and movement are used to explore musical concepts and develop a sense of rhythm, dynamics, tempo and phrasing. A highlight of the course is the hands-on experience of symphonic instruments and simple rhythmic instruments.
*Parent or guardian attendance recommended

AGE GROUP: 3 to 5 years old
DAY & TIME: Saturday 11am-12pm
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Poppy Kipfer
PRICE:  Fees

The goal of this active, bilingual course is to continue to inspire a love of music and provide a stepping block to the next level, individual or group music instruction in a particular instrument. More songs, rounds, games, rhymes and movements are used to explore musical concepts and further develop a sense of rhythm, dynamics, tempo and phrasing. Age-appropriate music appreciation and theory, stories about famous composers and their music, and basic music notation will be added. Hands on experience of the symphonic instruments will continue, allowing development and recognition of personal preference in instrument and tone.
*Parent or guardian attendance optional

AGE GROUP: 5 to 7 years old
DAY & TIME: Saturday 10am-11am
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Poppy Kipfer
PRICE: Fees

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 accompanimental parts to their solo repertoire. In addition, If an interest has been piqued, this course can also 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 10am-11am
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Rose Nemeth
PRICE: Fees

Group 2: 
AGE GROUP: 5 years +
DAY & TIME: Saturday 11am-12pm
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Jessica Charron
PRICE: Fees

Group 3:
AGE GROUP: 5 years +
DAY & TIME: Saturday 12pm-1pm
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Tanya De Villiers
PRICE: Fees

Semi-Private Group
Semi-private group classes available. 2 students per 1 teacher ratio. Class duration: 30 min. The semi-private piano classes are ideal for siblings and/or friends. Parents are responsible for finding the two students for the semi-private class prior to registering. The Préville Fine Arts Centre is not responsible if one of the students quits in the middle of the session.

DAY & TIME: based on student and teacher availabilities
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: TBD
PRICE: Fees

Please 
contact us for details.

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

AGE GROUP: 3 to 18 years old
DAY & TIME: Saturdays 11am-12pm
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: TBD
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.

AGE GROUP: 3 to 18 years old
DAY & TIME: Saturday 9am-10am
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHERS: Erica Jacob-Perkins
PRICE:  Fees

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 objectives of playing well-known tunes and having a good time in the process.

AGE GROUP: 6 years +
DAY & TIME: Saturday 10am-11am
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Pierre Clément
PRICE: Fees

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.

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.
*The multi-generational choir is FREE and open to everyone

AGE GROUP: 5 years +
DAY & TIME: Saturday 11am-12pm
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Marie-Ève Labrie
PRICE: Free

DAY & TIME: Saturday 2pm-5pm
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-lourdes
TEACHER: Philippe Ménard
PRICE: Contact Us

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 12pm-1pm
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: Oliver Clément
PRICE: Contact Us

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 1pm-2pm 
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes 
TEACHER: Veronica Thomas
PRICE: Contact Us

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.

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

AGE GROUP: 3 to 18 years old
DAY & TIME: Saturday 11am-12pm
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHER: TBD
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.

AGE GROUP: 3 to 18 years old
DAY & TIME: Saturday 9am-10am
PLACE: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
TEACHERS: Erica Jacob-Perkins
PRICE: Fees

Pupils take both individual and group courses. Intermediate and advanced students in the Suzuki program join the string orchestra at no extra charge. The price for individual lessons includes the group Suzuki classes. It is possible to only take the string orchestra without taking individual and group lessons.

TEACHER: Erica Jacob Perkins
PRICE: Fees

The teacher teaches the cello using the Suzuki method (also known as mother-tongue method) for children and a more traditional approach for teens and adults. Students take both individual and group lessons. Intermediate and advanced players join the string orchestra. Intermediate and advanced students in the Suzuki program join the string orchestra at no extra charge. The price for individual lessons includes the group Suzuki classes. It is possible to only take the string orchestra without taking individual and group lessons.

TEACHER: TBC
PRICE: Fees

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.