Drum 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

Colin Jalbert

Drummer, educator and producer Colin Jalbert found his obsession with music at the early age of 5. His formative years were spent drumming along to everything from Led Zeppelin to Bob Marley, soaking in as much of the language as possible before beginning his formal studies with Clark Seibold at age 13. In 2012, he graduated from Westfield State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and immediately took on the role of middle school music teacher in the opening year of NEASC accredited Commonwealth Academy in Springfield, MA.

When he is not busy touring with his own band, electronic outfit Mammal Dap, he enjoys genre-hopping and supporting folk-rock songwriters like Ryan Hommel and Heather Maloney. His touring career began with psych-folk band Sun Parade and Senegalese hip-hop/world-fusion ensemble Gokh-Bi System. He has also had the pleasure of playing with members of contemporary funk/jazz icons Snarky Puppy, Lettuce, The Motet, Turkuaz, Kung Fu and many more.

With over 20 years of playing experience and 8 years of teaching experience, he brings a fresh, passionate and focused approach to lessons. Colin’s lessons are personalized to each student’s unique experience and musical taste to develop creativity and musicality — building fundamentals and technique while not letting those overshadow the joy of making music.

Jimmy Robitaille

Jimmy Robitaille has almost 20 years of experience in the percussive arts, and has spent the better part of the last decade exploring various musical styles on the piano and other keyboards. After receiving a degree in Jazz Studies from Westfield State University in 2011, he spent the next several years in Australia performing on cruise ships.  He eventually became musical director and immersed himself in an array of different genres, all the while gaining musical insite performing along side musicians from around the globe. Jimmy has performed in a multitude of local groups including the Berkshire Jazz Collective, The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Pionneer Valley blues/rock trio, and The Medicinal Purpose.  He has also worked several times with Berkshire Theatre Group’s productions featuring Broadway-credited cast and directors.   Jimmy believes in exposing his students to as wide of a range of music as possible while also allowing them to direct their focus to technique, theory, and composition.  Combining all this gives Jimmy’s students a much deeper knowledge and appreciation for the music that surrounds them and allows them to improve on their own abilities.

Judy Bruneau

Judy Bruneau is a well-rounded musician with lots of energy and a passion for teaching. Her father was a drummer and she grew up listening to a lot of big band music which fueled her love for jazz. She also had a great interest in parade drumming and participated in drum corps at an early age, followed by musicals, piano lessons, and her first professional gigs with a wedding band at sixteen.

Judy earned a bachelor’s degree from UMass in Percussion Performance and started teaching during college before moving to the DC metropolitan area and becoming a free-lance musician and traveling teacher. She has an extensive performance background including fife and drums, pop/rock/blues/Dixieland and big bands as well as chamber jazz groups, street bands, wind/concert ensembles, orchestra, cabaret, and musical theater.

A caring and supportive teacher, Judy can help you achieve your musical goals whether you’re just starting out, want to sharpen your skills for school/community band, or just have fun playing a hand drum in a drum circle. Students can take advantage of preparation for auditions as well as learn to fix and maintain their instruments and get advice regarding equipment purchases.