Cello Lessons

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

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.

Shannon Merciel

Shannon Merciel is an American cellist with a passion for travel, teaching, and collaboration. She earned her bachelor’s degree in cello performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2016 and her master’s from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018. During her time in the UK, she won apprenticeships with Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She performed in London’s West End with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s musical theatre department and performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2017.

For the past several years, Shannon has attended summer music festivals including the Meadowmount School of Music, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Montecito Festival, and Festival MusicAlp in Tignes, France. She was a member of the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival’s orchestra in Sicily in 2017 and 2018. This summer (2019), she returned home to Missouri as a full-time member of the Missouri Symphony for the Hot Summer Nights Music Festival.

Shannon has taught privately for the past five years at home in Missouri and in Massachusetts during the school year. She taught private lessons through the Community Music Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia during her undergrad and now holds a teaching assistantship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she teaches undergraduate and graduate elective cello students. While living in Europe, Shannon served on the faculty of the Eduardo Ocón International Music Festival in southern Spain, and participated in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Community Outreach Program, traveling to the suburbs of Glasgow to demonstrate string instruments to primary school children.