Viola 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 Instructor

Nina Gross

Nina has played in several symphonies including The Bronx Symphony, The Yale Symphony, and Georgia Philharmonic. She also enjoys chamber music, studio work, and improvisation.

Nina believes musical expression should be a right for every child. In her teaching, she seeks to establish a strong musical foundation and joyous relationship with music. She tries to meet each student where they are and takes an organic approach, incorporating ear work, body movement, music theory, and the language of emotion and musical expression.

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.