Music Lessons


Down Home Music Shop features lessons for Guitar; Piano; Vocals; Drums; Bass; Dobro. We are focused on getting to know our students and what styles and techniques they want to learn, from preparing for college requirements, to playing for pleasure, we can meet your musical ambitions.

Lessons are given six days a week, making it easy to accommodate most schedules. Ensemble experience is available where teachers group students of similar levels into small bands so they will gain valuable playing experience. There are waiting rooms where parents are encouraged to relax while lessons are in progress.



Jack Tukey: Guitar, Bass, Ensembles.
Jack is a graduate of the University of Augusta with 20 years of teaching experience. He has been the bass player for the band “The Blues Prophets” for 17 years, and has also played the legendary coastal Jazz scene with Muriel Havenstein,“The Down East Jazz Babies” and played with many more well known professional musicians and their bands.

Patrick Smith: Guitar.
Patrick is a graduate of the University of Augusta and has been teaching at Down Home Music Shop for 23 years. Patrick specializes in teaching Rock and Classical Guitar, as well as teaching many other styles of music.

Mike Rodrigue: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Ensembles.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Maine in Augusta. He is a professional musician and also has experience as part of the ‘music ensemble program’ at Madison High School. Mike is very versatile, teaching his student whatever style they want to learn and can fit your needs from Rock to Country.

Mark MacSoud: Drums.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music (1983). Mark has studied with Tony Williams, Ed Soph, Alan Dawson and Fred Buda. He currently teaches at Colby College. He toured throughout the United stated with the Eddie Madden Orchestra and in Germany and France with the Mark Kleinhaut Trio. He has appeared with Tony Lynn Washington, Cab Calloway, James Williams, Tiger Akoshi and Bobby Watson.  

Ron is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, graduating with a B. Sc. Degree in Music Education. Ron concretized throughout the United States and Canada for more than 30 years as one half of a duo-piano team with his identical twin, Jeffry. They both toured for many years with their identical Baldwin grand pianos, and performed not only in just about every state and Canada, but also made television appearances on the Arthur Godfrey Show, Milton Berle’s Texaco Theater, The Gary Moore Show, Mike Douglas Show, Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, The Steve Allen Show, and The NBC Recital Hall Series.  Ron taught piano lessons at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia for many years and specialized in teaching performance and college preparation. He is a sought after accompanist to instrumentalists and concert singers, including his wife, the soprano, Deborah Cook. He is now teaching privately in Maine, in his studio at Down Home Music School.

Deborah Cook: Voice Lessons.
Deborah Cooks’ experience includes many years in Europe performing in the major opera houses of the world. She lived in Germany from 1972 through 1985 and during that time traveled extensively throughout the world concretizing and performing opera, lieder, and recording for radio productions. She has sung with numerous major orchestras in concert, among them are the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra/London, Australian Broadcasting Orchestra/Sydney, and the Gewandhaus Orchestra/ Leipzig, Germany. Deborah made a specialty of the art of oratorio and sacred music, having performed the repertoire throughout her career in Europe, Australia and the USA. Deborah taught voice in the United States at Harvard College (Mass.), Bryn Mawr College and Westtown School (PA), and in London and in Germany as Instructor of Voice. She now resides in Liberty Maine and teaches privately in her studio here at DOWN HOME MUSIC SCHOOL.

Haakon Kallweit: Fiddle Guitar, Mandolin and Stand-up Bass.
Haakon “Hawk” Kallweit is an American musician who made a name for himself on the Portland roots scene. He was a cofounder of many illustrious bands such as Diesel Doug and the Long Haul Truckers, the Killer Greens and most notably the Piners. The Piners won the 1997 Winterhawk Bluegrass festival new band competition. Hawks songs and the band received accolades in many national publications such as Dirty Linen, Performing Songwriter, Country Weekly and Billboard. Hawk has toured with such musicians as Sean Mencher, Pete Witham and Billy Lee Riley (That Girl is Red Hot). Hawk plays, performs, writes and teaches on an array of instruments including fiddle, guitar, mandolin and stand-up bass. “They tried to give me piano, but it didn’t stick. I found the strings later and got the fever”. He teaches Bluegrass/Americana/ Songwriting and Harmony singing. He believes that children should learn by ear and notation and that the best instrument for them is fiddle. Fiddle puts them face to face with the neck and this engages them. The fiddle has no frets so it helps their brains develop and keeps their ears sharp! Once this musicality is developed, the other bluegrass instruments are a breeze.

Dorothy Cuprak: Piano
Dorothy Cuprak studied piano performance with Harry Franklin at Carnegie-Mellon University and Jacob Maxin at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and New England Conservatory of Music where she received her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance. After teaching and performing in the Boston area for 20 years she returned to Maine where she has been accompanying and teaching privately.