Andre Pretzel was born and raised in Sao Paulo, the largest urban center in Brazil, where he built most of my education and professional background, having worked for over 10 years as a professional musician and music teacher. He is a Bachelor of Music with a major in Viola from Sao Paulo University, the most prominent educational institution in Brazil, and a Graduate Certificate in Music Education from Faculdade Cantareira. As a string teacher, he has worked in two of the biggest social programs in Brazil (SESC and Guri Project), whose goal is to bring musical education and culture to underprivileged Brazilians. At Guri Project, he has taught children and teenagers ranging from 6 to 18 years of age, and at SESC mostly with teenagers and adults, supporting them in their quest to begin a new phase in their lives where they could find their passion for music.
He moved to Halifax, NS in 2015 to teach Suzuki violin, and he was glad to witness a sudden growth in that community recently. His Suzuki experience began when he was searching for a method that resonated with my beliefs, and his past training includes institutes, workshops, masterclass and practicum with experienced teacher trainers from Suzuki American Association – SAA, such as Marilyn O’Boyle, Nancy Lokken, Shinobu Saito, Eduardo Ludueña, Amy Matherly, Martha Shackford, Caroline Fraser, and Ann Montzka-Smelser. With that background, he eventually co-founded the first Suzuki Method school in Sao Paulo. You can find his SAA profile at https://suzukiassociation.org/people/andre-pretzel/
He’s teaching now at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, where it offers a wide range of activities and possibilities of collaboration between teachers and students.
As a musician, he has played in many groups and orchestras of different genres in Brazil, ranging from classical to rock. As a member of Juiz de Fora Baroque Orchestra, he’s performed several recordings using antique instruments.
His goal as a music teacher is to allow students to uncover their true talents. Anyone can play on a beautiful tone, tuning, and musicality, experiencing the joy of learning music!
Let us learn and play!