Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

Montessori School of Northampton

Music, Ukulele, and Instrument-Making

with Dan Prindle



  • Student Age Range: entering 1st through 3rd grade
  • Previous Experience: none
  • Individual private lessons arranged with instructors
  • One group lesson each day: Instrument Making from 1:00-2:00

Program Description: Each day of the week will be filled a variety of fun musical activities featuring a combination of pre-recorded video activities that you can complete at your convenience and live ZOOM meetings with lively interactions among the students and teachers.  Every day will include: a ukulele lesson video, a sing-along music and movement video, a general music lesson video that will introduce students to new musical concepts and ideas (like reading music, kinds of instruments, and new styles of music), and a live ZOOM meeting where students will get to make their own instruments from simple items they find around the house.  Each student will also get a 20-minute private ZOOM lesson with their ukulele teacher during the week. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORSDAN PRINDLE is a Ph-D candidate in Music Theory with an emphasis in pedagogy who has over two decades of experience teaching music privately and in the classroom at the elementary, secondary, and college levels.  He is also a successful composer, performer, and session musician. Dan has played 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.

MICHELLE MARINELLI PRINDLE is an active soprano with a Bachelor of Music degree in classical vocal performance from The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2002. She is an active performer, having appeared most recently in PANOPERA's productions of Sweeney Todd, Carmen, and The Ride of the Valkyries from Wagner's Die Walkure.  In addition to performing throughout southern New England throughout her singing career, she has performed concerts and lecture-recitals internationally in Salzburg, Austria; Heidelberg, Germany; and Florence, Italy.  Michelle is a certified Waldorf early childhood educator, has completed the Kindermusik instructor certification, and is currently training in John Feierabend's First Steps in Music program. Michelle is also an experienced and accomplished private music educator in piano and voice. Her students have been admitted to competitive voice and musical theater programs throughout the United States, including those at Wagner College and the Conservatory at Shenandoah University, and have been accepted to Regional and All-State Music Festivals in Connecticut and Massachusetts. 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: A ukulele, a ukulele tuner, crafting supplies (we will provide a specific list shortly, but it will be mostly things around the house.  The one item they might find really useful if they don’t already have it will be a hot glue gun, but we’ll include that on the more complete list shortly). 

Here are some links to online vendors who sell provide ukuleles, tuners, etc.

  • Jul 13 - 17th, 2020
    Mon - Fri for 1 week

Online Class

For more info, call us at (413) 586-4538

Forgot password?