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.
Clair Cangialosi graduated in the spring of 2017 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in music education with a concentration in bassoon. She is an avid bassoonist and contrabassoonist, performing with ensembles in both the Pioneer Valley and the New York City area.
Clair is a native of White Plains, New York. Her primary bassoon teachers are Janet Grice and Stephen Walt. She studied conducting with Dr. Matthew Westgate.
Clair is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Women Band Directors International. She was one of two people in the country to receive the 2016 Collegiate Professional Achievement Award from the National Association for Music Education.
During her studies at UMass, she served as the music director for Sigma Alpha Iota, as well as the Secretary, Vice President and Chapter President of the UMass Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education.
Steven Yarbro is a prolific musician with experience in a wide range of musical styles and capacities. A seasoned performer, his highlights include a tour of the Midwest U.S. and Japan with the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, a feature solo saxophone performance with the Arizona State University Concert Jazz Band, several performances as a saxophonist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and a solo saxophone recital at Hawaii Public Radio’s Atherton Hall in Honolulu. Yarbro was a founding member and the clarinetist and saxophonist for the Grammy-nominated Dixieland Jazz/Funk quintet The Primate Fiasco from 2004-2014. He continues to perform in a variety of jazz, funk, soul, and folk groups based in Western Massachusetts. In addition to playing woodwinds, Yarbro is also an accomplished pianist, and he is frequently an accompanist for chamber groups and soloists from middle-school-level through University-level students. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Indiana University, where his principle studies were with renowned saxophonist and educator Eugene Rousseau. Yarbro has led a number of instructional clinics in schools in Central Arizona and Western Massachusetts and he has been teaching private saxophone, clarinet, and piano lessons for over 20 years.
Emily Thomas is a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in clarinet performance and music education. While at UMASS, Emily has been a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Studio Orchestra, Clarinet Choir, Clarinet Quintet, Woodwind Quintet and Oboe, Clarinet and Piano Trio. As a clarinetist, Emily has over twelve years performing and eight years teaching clarinet students of all ages. A student of the piano since age 5, Emily has many years of experience as a performer and teacher to students through middle school. Emily is dedicated to creating and fostering an individualized and supportive approach to learning to optimize her students’ potential to reach his or her goals.
Michael Brignolo is an active clarinetist throughout the Pioneer Valley, teaching students of all levels and performing with various ensembles. He is currently on the music faculty of Mount Holyoke College and Westfield State University. In addition to solo and chamber music, he performs frequently as principal clarinetist with The Valley Winds (winners of the 2016- 2017 American Prize in Wind Band Performance) and is a regular member of the Panopera Orchestra. A graduate of the UMass Amherst, he was awarded the prestigious Howard Lebow Memorial Scholarship for demonstrating the highest standards of artistic achievement and participation in the life of the Music Department, and a winner of the University’s Concerto Competition. His principal teachers include Michael Sussman and Steven Jackson. With an emphasis on theory and composition during his undergraduate studies, he also enjoys composing and arranging music. Most recently, The Valley Winds performed the world premiere of his wind band transcription of the first movement from Witold Lutoslawski’s Symphony No. 1.