Lessons

We offer a variety of lesson types at Jakes Main Street Music. Give us a call at 845-765-8548 or contact us by email at Questions@JakesMainStreetMusic.com for availability and rates.

Violin: Sara Milonovich

Sara Milonovich

Starting her musical career almost two decades ago as a child prodigy on the violin, Sara Milonovich is currently the frontwoman/ singer/ fiddler/ songwriter for Daisycutter, a band of adventurous travelers from the many and varied music scenes of New York, who combine a wide-screen city view with a bracing dose of rural realism. Sara has also been a highly sought-after accompanist in the rock, folk, bluegrass, americana, and celtic music worlds, and has performed and recorded throughout North and South America, Europe and beyond.
Growing up on a working farm in rural upstate New York, Sara began playing when she was four, and by nine was leading her own band (around the same time she learned to drive a tractor.) After a collection of awards for fiddling, singing, songwriting, and composing, she left school at sixteen to hit the road with NY bluegrass band The McKrells. A diverse trajectory led her from there through a busy career as an accompanist and collaborator with such artists as Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger (on his Grammy-winning At 89 album), Eliza Gilkyson, Cathie Ryan, Mountain Quickstep, and Antje Duvekot, among others, while simultaneously earning a degree in Biology from Cornell. Sara Milonovich has also been a highly sought-after accompanist in the rock, folk, bluegrass, americana, and celtic music worlds, and has performed and recorded throughout North and South America, Europe and beyond.

 

Mandolin: Wayne Fugate

Wayne Fugate

Wayne Fugate is one of the New York area's most versatile acoustic musicians. Making his musical home in the space in, around and between the American roots styles of bluegrass, blues, jazz, and old-time music, he can swing gracefully from these styles to any of his other musical loves in the worlds of Classical, Gypsy jazz and Brazilian Choro music. His playing combines emotion and intellect with technical precision and while he puts his own creative stamp on everything that he plays, the respect he has for tradition is readily apparent in his playing. 

 

A founding member of the widely acclaimed, eclectic string band "Uncommon Ground", Wayne also performs and tours with “Mandolin Madness” an ensemble featuring mandolin great, Barry Mitterhoff and “The New York Mandolin Ensemble”, one of the country’s premiere chamber orchestra groups using instruments of the Mandolin and Lute families (Mandolins, Mandola, Mando-Cello, Guitar and Bass).  In demand as 'first call' freelance artist, some of Wayne's other performing credits include stage work with Tony Trischka, Hazel Dickens, Barry Mitterhoff, Kenny Kosek, Walt Michael & Co, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Kenny Kosek, Grammy Award winner Lisa Gutkin, and banjo legend Bill Keith.

Wayne has performed on two continents at noteworthy venues that include Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, The Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle, West Point, SPAC and The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. He can be heard on the soundtracks of Emmy nominatedfilm "Home" and Louis B. Mayer award winning short film, "Respects". Wayne has studied (and performed) with two of the world's mandolin greats, Barry Mitterhoff and Mike Marshall. He continues his musical education with private instruction and has attended several continuing education programs at Boston's Berklee College of Music.  He is active as a mandolin teacher, offering both private instruction and workshops given annually at prominent festivals and music camps throughoutthe Northeast. Wayne is the author of two (soon to be three) instructional and tune books for mandolin available through Alfred Publishing and Mel Bay.

Master Class Jazz and Blues Guitar: Andy Stack

Andy Stack

Andy Stack has shared his love of guitar and music for the past 15 years.
His professional career started when he moved from Buffalo, NY to the NYC region where he earned a degree from SUNY Purchase in Jazz Studies.
Andy has toured and recorded with several noted international acts including Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, Gabriel Kahane, Jonah Smith, The Duhks, NY Ska Jazz and others. He was also a teacher for several years with the acclaimed National Guitar Workshop in Connecticut. Andy Specializes in American Roots guitar.  His favorite players are Ry Cooder, Marc Knopfler, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian and the 3 kings.  

Areas in which Andy would love to help students on any level include:
Basic Chord Playing and Melody,  Reading Music, Rhythm, learning your favorite songs, Songwriting, Ear Training, Recording Skills, Digital Audio, Aocustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass, Voice and Singing, Soloing and Improve, among almost anything else music related. 
Andy is positive and fun to work with. 

 

Electric Bass: Samuel Smith

Samuel Smith

 
Sam Smith is a professional electric bass player in the Hudson Valley, with over ten years of experience.  He has received a Bachelors Degree in Music from SUNY New Paltz, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Education from CUNY Hunter.  Aside from teaching bass privately, Sam plays in a variety of local groups in the area. He's also a heck of a nice soft-spoken gentleman.
We are happy to add Sam to ther Main Street Music family.

 
Stringed Bass: Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy

Mark grew up in a musical family. His dad (the late Dwight ‘Doc’ Murphy) was a public school music educator and he and Mark’s mom (Nancy) performed together in contradance bands until very recently. Mark started playing cello in 3rd grade, electric bass in 10th, then upright bass at SUNY Fredonia. Graduating in 1981 with a degree in art, he dived into professional music with Walt Michael, Tom McCreesh and Company, with whom he’s appeared on Nashville Network’s Fire on the Mountain and NPR’s Prairie Home Companion. He has performed with Pilobilus Dance Company and has headlined shows ranging from the Carter Family Fold to Lincoln Center. 
With the Vanaver Caravan, he has performed at Lincoln Center and the United Nations, and was part of the cast filmed for their historic dance reconstruction, “Boston Fancy,” which was inducted into the National Archives. He has backed up blues artist Guy Davis (a W.C. Handy Award nominee) on Late Night With Conan O’Brien and on tour in Europe. He has toured and recorded in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Mark plays and offers lessons in a variety of styles including Old-Time, Bluegrass, Country, Swing, Blues, and Folk.

 

Percussion: Jeff Haynes

 Jeff Haynes

Jeff, a “Percussion Wizard” according to the Albany 
Times, brings a sound to today’s music scene that takes percussion beyond 
“technique” and “tradition”. In recorded and stage performances, Jeff moves 
effortlessly from varied and subtle textures... to grooving in the pocket... to anchoring 
the rhythm section.  

Jeff has toured and recorded extensively with Cassandra Wilson, for 15 years.  He 
has toured with the Pat Metheny Group, Al Jarreau, Boney James, Lizz Wright, Harry 
Belafonte, Dionne Farris and Peabo Bryson. His talent is widely reflected in over a 
100 CDs with recording credits ranging from prominent names in R&B, Jazz, World 
Beat—to New Age.

​In 2013, Jeff produced and released through Hachet Books "Pete Seeger, Storm King" a series of spoken word narratives set to music and percussion of many kinds. The recording has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Spoken Word Album."

 

Guitar and Songwriting: Dan Einbender

Dan Einbender

From the 1960s to the present, Dan has been part of the coffeehouse,  folk music and children's music scenes.  A co-founder of Chicago's renouned Amazing Grace Coffeehouse in 1968, Dan went on to become a music therapist and teacher.  In the 1970s through the 1990s, Dan did extensive work with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, as cook, as a Sloop Singer and as an environmental educator and storyteller. Dan uses music to inspire thought and action, and as a teaching tool.  Dan's original recycling song "It Really Isn't Garbage ("till you throw it away") has been sung and recorded extensively by artists such as Pete Seeger, Pat Humphries and Bob Reed.  The song was selected as the official theme of the Ulster County recycling project.  More recently, Dan created Kidfriendly music, creating and performing in-school programs about Hudson River history, civil rights, the environment, and songwriting,  In 2009, Dan co-produce "The Clearwater Moment" a daily feature on the WAMC radio network.  In 2008, Dan helped organize The Rivertown Kids, Beacon NY based children's singing and activist group whose 2010 recording with Pete Seeger "Tomorrow's Children" earned him a Grammy Award as co-producer of the year's "Best Children's Album".  From telling pirate stories, to encouraging creativity and thought, Dan is great with both children and adults.  His teaching concentartes in basic guitar, performance skills and songwriting, and focuses on the genres of folk, blues and classic rock.

 

Guitar and Banjo: David Bernz

David Bernz

David Bernz grew up immersed in folk music, schooled by his father and mother who were both intimately involved in the early folk boom of the 1940’s and ‘50s.  Lee Hays of the Weavers eventually purchased the house next door to be close to his adopted family and through Lee and others, David absorbed a musical sensibility that never strayed too far from his folk roots.  Since learning guitar and banjo in his teens, David has  found himself on stage with some of the nations top folk luminaries including Richie Havens, Tommy Makem, Noel Paul Stookey, Peter Yarrow, Jean Ritchie, Oscar Brand, Arlo Guthrie, Josh White Jr., Tom Chapin, Christine Lavin and Pete Seeger.  During the 1990’s, David appeared locally with the groups “Stone Soup” and “Dave Perry Rande.”  In 2003, David Teamed up with folksinger James Durst to form “Work o’ the Weavers” a tribute to America’s quintessential folk quartet.  Work o’ the Weavers has toured through 27 states as well as Canada and Israel and continues its work bringing the music and story of the Weavers to audiences young and old and presenting new material in the Weavers’ trajectory.  David has also produced concerts, CDs and radio.  His credits include WAMC radio’s “Clearwater Moment” and Pete Seeger’s Grammy Winning CDs "Pete Seeger at 89" (2008) and "Pete Seeger and the Rivertown Kids, Tomorrow;s Children" (2010).recent CDs “At 89” (2008) and “Tomorrow’s Children” (2010).  In 2012, together with co-producer percussionist Jeff Haynes, David completed the CD “Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt, A More Perfect Union.”  David also recently produced “Pete Remembers Woody,” a 2-CD spoken retrospective of Pete’s times and travels with Woody Guthrie  punctuated by music, both on Appleseed Recordings.  David's guitar style includes elements of folk, blues, rock, bluegrass, fingerpicking, and flatpicking.  On the banjo, he plays a variety of styles as well, but feels most comfortable with folk and mountain clawhammer.