Mr. Andre Pretzel

Violin, Viola Teacher

Andre Pretzel

SAA Member


5886 Cunard St Apt 1004
Halifax NS B3K 1E3

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I’ve been teaching violin, viola and strings for more than 15 years and always believed that everyone can learn how to play an instrument and that skill can bring many positive things to our lives, either in a personal or social levels. I was born and grown in São Paulo the biggest city in Brazil (12,000.000 population!!) where i received most of my musical education and worked for more than 10 years as a musician and music teacher. I came to Halifax/NS to teach Suzuki violin where the Suzuki community has grown a lot in the last few years. My Suzuki experience beggin when i was searching for a method which i could identify myself as i thought that “how to teach” was so important that we needed to get a specific training. My Suzuki training includes institutes, workshops, masterclass and practicum with experienced teacher trainers from SAA (Suzuki American Association) as Marilyn O’Boyle, Nancy Lokken, Shinobu Saito, Eduardo Ludueña, Amy Matherly, Martha Shackford, Caroline Fraser and Ann Montzka-Smelser. In São Paulo i co-founded of the first Suzuki Method school in that city.

I have a Bachelor in Music with emphasis in Viola degree from Universidade de São Paulo (the most important university in Brazil) and a Graduate Certificate of  Music Education from Faculdade Cantareira. As a string teacher i worked in two of the biggest social programs in Brazil (SESC and Projeto Guri), which aims to bring music education and culture to all layers of its society, at Projeto Guri, i’ve worked with children and teenagers from 6 to 18 and at SESC mostly with teenagers and adults beginners leading them to this new phase of their lives where they could fulfill their love for music and life.

As musician my career includes playing violin and viola in many groups and orchestras in Brazil, playing different genres of music like classical and rock. As member of Orquestra Barroca de Juiz de Fora i did several recordings using period instruments.

My goal as music teacher is bringing whats best for the student. Everyone can play with a beautiful tone, tunning and musicality, experiencing the joy of learning music and an instrument!

Lets learn and play!