David Pretlow

David P.

Atlanta, GA

About David P.

David teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 1997
Last sign in: 2 days ago


I grew up in Birmingham, AL, Boston, MA, and Cleveland, OH, and was classically trained on violin in all three cities by members of their respective orchestras. I began studying theory in 7th grade at The Alabama School of Fine Arts. I continued theory lessons while in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music. I attended Summer music programs at Apple Hill (New Hampshire) and Sewanee (Tennessee) and have extensive experience in orchestra, quartet, and chamber group environments.

Upon graduating Emory university in 1992 I played professionally in Destin, FL as a bassist, guitarist, violinist, and vocalist. I performed as bassist and backing vocalist with "Salty Dog" for nearly a decade. I am the co-founder of the Destin, FL band "Beach Mice." We perform for several weddings, corporate events, and benefits every year. Beach Mice is also popular on the festival circuit on the Emerald Coast.

I relocated to Atlanta in November of 2013, and currently perform weddings, and at various restaurants and events in the Atlanta area.

I have taught individuals and group lessons on violin, bass, and guitar since 1997 and for several consecutive years at Playground Music in Fort Walton Beach.

I have several videos available on YouTube, and a website which is easily located through a simple Google search.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you fulfill your musical goals and ambitions. Happy Playing - Cheers! dp

Photos and Videos

"Only for Awhile" - an original song by David Pretlow featuring Dave Posey on Djembe. This song features the electric 6-string violin


Music Instructor

Jan 2014 - Present
Boutique Guitar Exchange

Guitar teacher of weekly half hour lessons at music store in Atlanta

Music Instructor

Nov 2007 - May 2011
Playground Music

Violin, guitar, bass, and piano instructor. Taught weekly half-hour lessons at music store. Clients ranged from 5 years old to early 70s.



Aug 1988 - May 1992
Emory University

B.A. Philosophy

Aug 1988 - May 1992
Emory University


Suzuki Association of the Americas

Sep 2015

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.

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5 Reviews on David P.

ANDREW R. May 20, 2016
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
The best.

Even to me (who is a beginner), it's clear that he understands music and its theory on a deeper level than most. He's been working to develop my basic technical skills (eg scales, chords, etc.) but also to learn songs that I love and listen to everyday. He's patient, friendly, not-rushed and just a generally all-around great teacher and great person. Highly recommend!!!
Varun M. Jan 22, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I had a great experience with David. He is really patient while also making you push your own limits. I learned a lot in the first class and I'm hooked.

He is very knowledgable about music and at times, I had to ask him to slow down and explain some of the terminology but at the same time it gave me the impetus to go and learn more. Loved the experience :)
Turquoise Jan 12, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I had a great first lesson... looking forward to many more.
Amanda M. Oct 9, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very nice, helpful, and patient!
Jim P. Jun 25, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
lst lesson-- excellent.
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