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.

Amanda Armstrong Lapell

Amanda began playing the violin in 1987.  She developed a sincere love for the instrument and endeavored to dedicate her life to the pursuit of advanced musical study.  She studied Music Performance at the prestigious Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music and the Crane School of Music at S.U.N.Y. Potsdam.  While at Crane, Amanda studied Suzuki Teaching Principles, which she enjoys incorporating in her teaching regimen today.  In addition, she studied with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, School of Orchestral Studies and also worked as a counselor, which gave Amanda hands on experience mentoring music students.  This led to her calling as a music teacher, allowing her to share great enthusiasm for music with students of all ages.

Amanda has performed in multiple ensembles including the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, the Lake George Chamber Orchestra and the Skidmore College Orchestra.  Most recently, she has performed with the Woodstock Symphony Orchestra and Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra.

Amanda’s approach to teaching music is enthusiastic and fun.  Her lessons are aimed at preparing students for their unique goals, while nurturing the singular abilities she believes we all possess.

Amanda teaches both traditional and Suzuki methods and is a certified Suzuki Violin Instructor.