Music Teachers

Our teaching staff, all of whom are certified and have years of practical experience, are dedicated to giving our students the most enjoyable music and art classes.
Our Music and Art instructors teach students based on what their needs may be and what styles of music or art they would like to pursue. Our teachers over the years have graduated from the finest music and art colleges and universities around the country and the world and, in addition, have performed on the biggest stages in and around the United States.

Frank Rudolph Owner | Guitar, Bass, Piano

Frank has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education as well as a performance degree in modern jazz guitar from Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. Specific studies include jazz composition, classical guitar, theory, jazz harmony, and big band arranging. In addition to performing in and out of the tri-state area and teaching music privately in Boston and New York, Frank started the Orange County School of Music in 1990 with a staff of three and since expanded and changed the name to the New York School of Music and Fine Arts, which employs over thirty teachers who specialize in music, art, and theater. Most recently, Frank has opened Main Street Music and Art Studio in Cornwall-on-Hudson. Mr. Rudolph has a wide range of teaching styles and has shared that knowledge with countless students for the past thirty years. Thousands of students have passed through Frank′s vision of music and art education and Frank and his staff look forward to teaching thousands more.

Erik Dunham Drums, Keys, Guitar, Bass

Erik Dunham became enamored with music at a very early age. He developed an intimate understanding of rhythm (on drums) & melody (on keys) by age 8. At 12, he got a guitar & convinced a couple friends that they needed to start a band. By age 15, he was fluent on drums, keys, guitar, bass & vocals & has been performing live ever since.
During the 90’s, he continued to hone his songwriting & producing skills and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for Songwriting, Performance and Music Production & Engineering. Shortly after returning to NY in ’98, Erik became a highly sought after live musician, offering his multi-instrumental services to many of the top local original & cover bands in NYC. He has appeared on dozens of recordings, been invited to play for months at a time in the Caribbean & has opened for many national acts while touring the entire country.
Erik began teaching in ’01 & really enjoys passing his knowledge of the many different aspects of music on to others. He customizes his approach during lessons to meet the many individual needs of each student.

Andy Drums

Andy is a singing drummer based out of the Hudson Valley in New York. In the classic rock cover band, "Selden" , he sings lead vocals and drums. He also plays drums for the Led Zepellin tribute band, "No Quarter". Andy has a Jazz Studies-Performance degree from New Paltz and has learned to love Jazz and Blues. Since graduation Andy has sang and played drums in many bands on an immense amount of stages and has recorded a great amount of tracks in studios.

Sandy Brandman Violin, Viola

Sandy holds a Bachelor of Science in Music & Arts. She has worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City as a music copyist, editor and librarian for various music publishers including Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer. She actively plays viola and violin in several local orchestras and ensembles including Rockland Symphony, Cortland Chamber Ensemble, Northern Westchester Symphony, and SUNY-Orange Orchestra. In addition, she has performed with Newburgh Symphony and the Family Opera of New Jersey. For nearly 20 years Sandy has been a regular chorus member and librarian with the Hudson Opera Theater.

Geoff Vidal Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Jazz Improvisation

A native of Cape Cod, Ma Geoff Vidal is currently serving in the US Army as Staff Sergeant in the West Point Band as a jazz & pop saxophonist. Geoff received his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance ('98-'03) from UMASS Amherst where he won several Downbeat Student Music Awards as an outstanding collegiate soloist. In 2003, Geoff was accepted into the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and immediately following he moved to New Orleans where he lived and toured until Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005. Geoff moved to New York City in the wake of Katrina and quickly ensconced himself as a much sought-after woodwind player in many big bands and small ensembles among the likes of the Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Orchestra and Etienne Charles. In 2010, he released his debut album She Likes That on the Arts & Music Factory label to critical acclaim. In 2012, Vidal took first place in the first ever Detroit Jazz Festival Saxophone Competition earning a featured spot performing at the 2012 DJF. Geoff lives in Cornwall with his wife Stephanie and their young son, Lucas.

Matt Guitar, Bass, Ukulele,Dobro, Lap Steel, Mandolin

Matt has been teaching full time since the latter 80's. He specializes in all styles and genres of guitar. He is also proficient in bass, mandolin, ukulele, lap steel, and dobro. He has the ability to construct bass lines ranges from Bach style figures to jazz parts. Matt graduated from the Darrow School in New Lebanon N.Y. in 1975. After graduation he went to College at Westchester Conservatory of Music as a jazz performance major. Matt builds his own guitar pedals and high-end guitars. Matt also has a small recording studio in his home where typically Matt will play most of the instruments, and produce, arrange parts for his clients as well as engineer the sound.

Tierny Greene Piano, Violin

In 2013 Tierny graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a degree in music theory and composition. Tierny began teaching private lessons while she was still attending New Paltz. Tierny took classical piano lessons while at school and played the violin in the orchestra throughout her time there. While studying at New Paltz, Tierny found a new appreciation for jazz and took some theory and piano classes studying Jazz performance. Tierny likes all kinds of music and currently plays in local bands around the Hudson Valley.