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
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.
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.
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.
Brian O’Connell is widely known for his kinetic and inventive playing on bass guitar and touch guitar with several bands. Active on the Northeast music scene and beyond for over 20 years, he has performed widely with Uncle Sammy, Gordon Stone, Gary Backstrom, Jo Henley, Rev Tor, Dave Brunyak, Sarah Blacker, under his own name, and with many others.
He currently leads The Brian O’Connell Fellowship, which performs his original rock-fusion compositions and features his bass playing in a lead role. Over the last several years he has been appearing at clubs, festivals, and theaters with The Steal Your Peach Band, a tribute to the music of The Grateful Dead, Allman Brother’s Band, and The Band. Brian’s multimedia theatrical rock opera, Over The Line, debuted in 2012 in Boston, MA. Most recently he has launched a podcast called “Witch Hunt – history told in music, sound, and story”. Originally conceived as a rock opera, Witch Hunt is a prog-rock telling of the Salem Witch Trials in the format of an old time radio drama.
He has had shared the stage or recorded with: Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead), Mike Keneally (Zappa, Vai), Prarie Prince (The Tubes), Kasim Sulton (Utopia/Todd Rundgren), Peter Prince, members of moe., and many more.
He teaches lessons on bass, guitar, upright bass, ukulele, piano/keys, and drums; as well as composition, songwriting, and music theory.
Brian has a Music Degree from Berklee College of Music and a Master’s in Education from Temple University.
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.