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 130 in Florence, MA
We also offer online REMOTE LESSONS to English-speaking students worldwide! Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently only offering remote lessons, but we are still accepting new students to begin right away. When we return to on-site in-person lessons, you would have the option to continue with remote lessons, switch to in-person lessons, or develop a blended approach that uses both types of lessons.
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
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.
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.
Jason Davis has completed a Doctorate of Music from McGill University and a Master’s in Music from University of Massachusetts. He is a highly skilled teacher on electric bass, guitar, acoustic bass, and piano in jazz, classical, latin, and pop styles. Jason is extremely patient, encouraging, and supportive, and believes in always tailoring music lessons to fit individual student needs.
Mical Henriquez is a member of the class of 2020 at UMass Amherst where she is a double major in Composition and Vocal Jazz Performance. She has been playing the violin for 10 years, singing in vocal jazz ensembles for 9 years, and arranging and composing music for 5 years. She is also involved in leadership roles in the UMass community, where she is the president of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and serves on the Religious and Spiritual Life Council. Mical is a multi-talented musician who has extensive experience teaching voice, violin, music theory, and composition. She also teaches guitar, ukulele, and piano to beginning and intermediate students.
Karl Rausch has been teaching guitar for over 30 years and he loves watching his students grow and succeed as guitarists. Karl grew up in Hamden, Connecticut. After graduating from high school, we went on to study guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After college, he lived in Germany playing music and meeting musicians. Later, he worked with New York jazz saxophonist Marion Brown and recorded on November Cotton Flower. He also worked with Hungarian singer and composer Agnes Zsigmondi, performing both original and traditional folk music. These days, Karl plays solo, small group, and big band gigs throughout Western Massachusetts.
Killian Karlsson has been a professional educator, session player, and nationally touring musician for the past 8 years. Since attending Berklee College of Music, he has played with many great artists including Alan Evans (Soulive, Play On Brother), Beau Sasser (Z3, Play On Brother, Melvin Sparks), DarbyWolf (Rubblebucket), and Miro Sprague (Thelonious Monk Institute Graduate) among others. He is a founding member of the Massachusetts based psych-fusion band Mammal Dap, as well as a member of rock/pop group Polar Planet. As a session player Killian teaches a variety of styles and techniques with a central focus on understanding the instrument in a holistic way. This empowers
students to more fully understand the language of music and excel in any genre or situation regardless of age or skill level.
While attending Berklee, Killian also became part of the college’s first Turntable Ensemble, and became a Teaching Assistant for the Turn Table Technique class. Teaching along side two of the best in the field and leading practice sessions for students Killian gained a deep understanding of DJing, scratching, and beat juggling.
As a writer and producer Killian also teaches music production with Logic as his primary software. He also plays and teaches piano.
At age 18, Jon Carroll was a founding member of Starland Vocal Band, recording the #1 Pop hit “AFTERNOON DELIGHT”. The group went on to be nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning two, one for Best New Artist and one for Best Arrangement for Voices. Vocal arranging was one of Jon’s roles in the group. Since winning two Grammys at such an early age, Jon has not slowed down as a performer, composer, arranger, producer, songwriter, and musician. His works have appeared in films, commercials, episodic dramas, and comedies. He is highly sought after studio session performer and has appeared on many recordings. His songs have been covered by artists such as Linda Ronstadt (her 80’s hit “Want Love? Get Closer!”), Tom Jones, and Kenny Rogers. He is the long-time keyboardist and backing vocalist for Mary Chapin Carpenter and has done touring stints for countless others including Rodney Crowell, Dixie Chicks, Peter Wolf, and Eric Lindell.