Trumpet 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

Phil Rodriguez

Phil Rodriguez has more than two decades of professional experience as a freelance trumpet player, touring artist, session musician, composer and teacher. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, Phil earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied with the great jazz trumpet guru Bobby Shew among others. He is also an alumnus of the prestigious Henry Mancini Institute. Phil spent several years cutting his teeth alongside some of the top jazz, studio and commercial musicians in L.A. before relocating to New York City in 2006, where he spent nearly a decade performing, touring and recording with a wide range of musicians and ensembles, from rock, pop, funk, soul and folk groups to singer songwriters, jazz small groups and big bands, commercial and pops orchestras, contemporary music chamber ensembles, as well as avant-garde jazz and improvised music ensembles. He has also led several of his own small ensembles focused on his original compositions.

In 2011, Phil joined the funk/soul/pop group Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, who have since racked up over 700 live shows throughout the U.S. and Canada and recorded four studio albums and a double live album. Based in Western Massachusetts since 2017, Phil continues to maintain an active performing and touring schedule. In the summer of 2019, he toured Europe with the internationally acclaimed indie-folk band Beirut, and continues to perform and tour with Burlington, Vermont based vocalist Kat Wright. Over the years, Phil has appeared on stage with such notable artists as Stevie Wonder, David Byrne, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Monheit, Michael Bublé, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Warren Haynes, Amanda Palmer, The Wood Brothers, John Medeski, Oteil Burbridge, Diana Krall, George Porter Jr., Allen Stone, Moe., Barry Manilow, Taj Mahal, Gordon Goodwin, Butch Trucks, and many others. He has performed on the Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, as well as countless music festivals, concert halls, theaters and clubs throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan.

As a trumpet teacher, Phil brings this wealth of professional experience to his students with a focus on developing good practice habits, emphasizing the fundamentals of efficient breathing, tone production, flexibility and range, as well as general musicianship skills for more advanced students like rhythm, sight-reading, music theory, critical listening, transcribing and improvisation.

Kris Danielsen

Dr. Kristoffer Danielsen is an active freelance trombonist and educator throughout greater New England. In addition to maintaining an extensive private teaching studio, Kris has performed with the Albany Symphony, Cape Symphony, Portland Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Handel Society, Moscow Ballet, Nautilus Brass Quintet, Massachusetts Chamber Players, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Windham Symphony, Keene Chamber Orchestra, and Keene Jazz Orchestra. Kris is currently the bass trombonist of The Valley Winds, an American Prize-winning wind ensemble based in Western Massachusetts. He can be heard on the Grammy-nominated recordings “Fantastique” (MSR) and “Johan De Meij: The Symphonies” (NAXOS), and has been a guest recitalist and masterclass presenter at Umass Amherst. Kris is also the founder of The Valley Bones, a low brass chamber ensemble based in the Pioneer Valley.

A native of western Massachusetts, Kris holds degrees from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University (B.M. 2010), The University of Massachusetts at Amherst (M.M. 2013), and Boston University (D.M.A. 2018). He has studied with Gabe Langfur, Greg Spiridopoulos, Toby Oft, James Olin, David Fedderly, and Steven Kellner. Kris has also attended the Spectrum Brass Seminar at the Bay View Chamber Music Festival and the Alessi Seminar in Eugene, Oregon, and served on the faculties of Shepherd University Trombone Day, Northampton Community Music School, The Prindle School, and the Belchertown Schools.

(PRICING NOTE: Kris Danielsen is in our Tier 2 pricing schedule.)

Alisha Lopez-Marrero

Trumpet teacher Alisha Lopez-Marrero is in her final year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music.  Her current focus is trumpet performance, but she is also minoring in Economics, as well as pursuing a Certificate in Arts Management.  Alisha currently performs with the UMASS Symphony Band and has also performed with the UMASS Minuteman Marching Band.  She is a student of UMASS trumpet professor and renowned performing and recording artist Eric Berlin.  Alisha is also a visual artist with a focus on still-life pencil drawings.  As an educator, Alisha strives to allow her students to feel the success that comes with making steady progress.  She finds teaching most rewarding when she can see the growing self-confidence in her students.