The Prindle School is a music school in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts offering private music lessons, classes, and ensembles. We have two convenient locations:
123 Union St., Suite 301 in Easthampton, MA
31 Campus Plaza Rd. in Hadley, MA
Our faculty have a wealth of experience delivering exactly the right program of lessons for each individual client: young children as they begin their music journey, highly dedicated professional musicians, adult learners who hope to bring more joy into their lives, and everything in between.
Christine Mann is a professional cellist and teacher currently completing a Performance Certificate at UMass Amherst. She received her BM in Cello Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she studied with Astrid Schween and currently studies with Edward Arron.
Through UMass Amherst and summer festivals like Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Christine has extensive experience performing in chamber ensembles, ranging from string quartets to contemporary percussion duos. She has served as principle cellist of the UMass Symphony Orchestra. Christine played in pit orchestras for musicals and theatrical performances at UMass Amherst as well as at the Barrington Stage Company working under William Finn, a Tony award-winning composer and lyricist. She has worked with dancers, choreographers and composers on new works and enjoys collaborating with different types of artists.
Christine taught ear-training and theory classes as an undergraduate teaching assistant for three years, and she volunteered with the UMass Amherst string department outreach programs for children K-12 from schools around western Massachusetts. After completing her undergraduate degree, she started her own cello studio in 2017. Christine teaches students of all ages and levels and believes in incorporating creativity, freedom, and structure to learning the cello while creating unique and achievable goals that incorporate the teacher, student, and parental figures.
Dan Prindle is an experienced performer and recording artist, having shared the stage and the studio with a diverse collection of commercially and critically successful artists. He began his career with Rane, an award-winning rock ensemble who, in addition to becoming a success in their own right, opened for such acts as The Allman Brothers Band, The Jerry Garcia Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco, Rusted Root, and Santana. After working with Rane, Dan became a freelancer, playing bass and cello with artists like Simon Kirke (of Free, Bad Company, and Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band), Kurtis John (of The Last Goodnight), Jennifer Hartswick (of the Trey Anastasio Band), Sean Kelly (of the Samples), and Rex Fowler (of Aztec Two-Step). His innovative and tasteful cello playing can be heard on recordings from innumerable artists, notably Frank Black (of the Pixies) and Mark Mulcahy. Dan appears on several tracks on Mulcahy’s 2005 release, In Pursuit of Your Happiness, an album that Thom Yorke of Radiohead called the best of that year.