About The Prindle School
The Prindle School is a music school in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts offering private music lessons, classes, and ensembles. We have three convenient locations:
123 Union St., Suite 301 in Easthampton, MA
31 Campus Plaza Rd. in Hadley, MA
221 Pine St., Suite 320 in Florence, 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.
About the Instructors
Zack Cross began his formal classical piano training at the age of 6, quickly developing a passion for music. After being given a Thelonious Monk CD in high school, he joined the community jazz band and switched his focus. Since then he has become an international performer of all styles of music, from country to electronica.
He studied with jazz education legend David Baker during his time at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he earned his Bachelors in Music for Piano Performance in 2010. After graduating he moved to Western Massachusetts and established a studio of private students. While developing a local reputation as a teacher he began performing with the country artist Jamie Kent & The Options, touring the US and performing at South By Southwest in multiple years. When he is not supporting a myriad of performers locally and nationally, Zack is also an active songwriter and music producer, working on his own project, the electronic indie-rock band Mammal Dap.
Zack wants all of his students to feel excited about their study of music, and will work to build knowledge on every level including music theory, composition, ear training, and proper technique at the piano.
Nate Christy is a music entrepreneur, producer, engineer composer and performer. He has been running his company, Nate Christy Music, for over ten years. Nate produces with four-time Grammy nominated musician, songwriter, and producer, Larry Dvoskin, whose songs have sold more than 27 million copies worldwide.
Jimmy Robitaille has almost 20 years of experience in the percussive arts, and has spent the better part of the last decade exploring various musical styles on the piano and other keyboards. After receiving a degree in Jazz Studies from Westfield State University in 2011, he spent the next several years in Australia performing on cruise ships. He eventually became musical director and immersed himself in an array of different genres, all the while gaining musical insite performing along side musicians from around the globe. Jimmy has performed in a multitude of local groups including the Berkshire Jazz Collective, The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Pionneer Valley blues/rock trio, and The Medicinal Purpose. He has also worked several times with Berkshire Theatre Group’s productions featuring Broadway-credited cast and directors. Jimmy believes in exposing his students to as wide of a range of music as possible while also allowing them to direct their focus to technique, theory, and composition. Combining all this gives Jimmy’s students a much deeper knowledge and appreciation for the music that surrounds them and allows them to improve on their own abilities.
Nina Gross studied viola and piano performance at Interlochen Arts Academy. She holds her BA and MA degrees from Yale University where her focus was social science and education. She has been a private strings instructor, writer, and musician-composer. She taught elementary music and violin at Atlanta Montessori International School, general music and choral instruction on the elementary level in the Bronx, NY, and Suzuki viola at the Atlanta Conservatory of Music.
Nina has played in several symphonies including The Bronx Symphony, The Yale Symphony, and Georgia Philharmonic. She also enjoys chamber music, studio work, and improvisation.
Nina believes musical expression should be a right for every child. In her teaching, she seeks to establish a strong musical foundation and joyous relationship with music. She tries to meet each student where they are and takes an organic approach, incorporating ear work, body movement, music theory, and the language of emotion and musical expression.
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.
Chris Foe is an emerging composer whose work is performed and recorded widely throughout the New York, Boston, and Western Massachusetts areas. Originally from West Michigan, Chris graduated summa cum laude from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music where he studied guitar and composition under the internationally-renowned Jazz guitarist, John Abercrombie. During his years there, he was designated a James Moody Scholar and saw his music performed at major venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and The Falcon.
Having recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with an M.M. in Jazz Composition and Arranging, Chris now works as a freelance arranger and engraver and is active on the national competition circuit. His successes in this arena include a second-place finish in the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC) Pete Rugolo Big Band Arranging and Composing Competition where his piece, “The Western Shore”, was judged against a record number of entries by a panel of judges that included Bill Holman, Gordon Goodwin, and Nan Schwartz.
Janine Neprud is a graduate of UNC Greensboro with a Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education, and is currently working towards her Masters of Music in Flute Performance at UMASS Amherst. Janine has studied flute for 12 years, with additional background in piano and ukulele. She has experience teaching students of all ages. Her performance experience includes performances with the UNCG Symphonic Band, the UNCG Wind Ensemble, and the UMASS Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Janine took part in the Corciano Arts Festival in Corciano, Italy and lead in the creation and performance of a collaborative work for composer, flutist, actor, dancer, and poet during her undergraduate career.
David is an accomplished vocalist, pianist and actor and has been involved in the performing arts from a very young age. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, he has entertained audiences in several different countries and brings a unique blend of multicultural experiences into everything he does.
Performance credits include: Off-Broadway, Cabaret and Regional Theatre plays and musicals, roles in several independent films, solo piano recitals, experience as lead singer, keyboardist and back-up vocalist for acts in a variety of genres ranging from Blues, Jazz and Soul to Rock, Pop, alternative and Spanish and Latin American folk music. He maintains an active performance schedule in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York City and the greater New England area.
With over 10 years of teaching under his belt, David has developed a holistic approach honed by years of practical experience in many different areas of the performing arts. He has an intense passion for music and acting, and is deeply committed to helping his students find and nurture what makes them unique, while at the same time giving them the tools they need to be able to meet and exceed the demands placed on today’s performers.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and a certificate in Acting for Film from the New York Film Academy. He is a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Emily Schwitzgebel is a recent graduate of the College of Wooster where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Music Theory at UMASS Amherst. She serves as a Graduate Assistant for freshman music theory at UMASS, and has tutoring experience with topics related to Orchestration, Counterpoint, Post-Tonal Theory, and Tonal Theory.
Emily’s compositions have been selected for award under auspices such as “Women’s Works,” and “Golden Key International,” and have been premiered in Wooster, OH, Cincinnati, OH, and Ithaca, NY. She is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and has worked as a salaried music preparation specialist, formatting scores and instrumental parts for the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
A violist with 11 years of experience, she performed for four years as a member of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra and Wooster Chamber Music Ensemble, and currently plays in the UMASS Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she has played the piano for 16 years, and the guitar for 9 years.