School of Music
School of Music 

MEET OUR MUSICAL FAMILY

Jonathan Schaub

  • Outreach
  • Piano
  • Trombone 
  • Band Instruments

Jake Jacobson

  • Outreach
  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Guitar

Karoline Leal

  • Outreach
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Strings Ensemble
  • Beginning Piano

Terrance McDaniel

  • Drums
  • Outreach

Jon Simpson

  • Guitar
  • Song Writing

Jeff Bryant

  • Outreach
  • Rock Camp
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Voice

Our Team

Your musical family

Kenneth Holmes

  • Viola
  • Violin

Sky Zito

  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Rock Camp

Zak Loy

  • Rock Camp
  • Masterclass
  • Song Writing
  • Guitar

Eric LyDay

  • Outreach
  • Rock Camp
  • Choir
  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Drums

Nick Chambers

  • Outreach
  • Rock Camp
  • Drums
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Voice

Jeff Bryant

  • Outreach
  • Rock Camp
  • Masterclass
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Voice

GUITAR and DRUMS

SKY ZITO

 

GUITAR and DRUMS 

26 welcomes SKY ZITO in 2019! 

 

Guitar is my first instrument. I have over 20 years of experience playing and 15 years of experience teaching.

Beginner GUITAR

If you are a beginner, my approach is to get you playing and enjoying the instrument as quickly as possible by teaching you simplified versions of your favorite songs.  Start playing real music right away!  Keeping it simple will keep it fun!  Based on your long term goals, I will help you to set reasonable weekly goals.  By starting off with proper technique you will never have to go backward, you will never have to unlearn bad habits.    As you progress, we can expand upon your skills and knowledge.

Intermediate/Advanced GUITAR

If you are an intermediate or advanced player, my approach is to first come to an understanding of where you are at musically and where you want to go.  I will analyze both your right and left-hand technique.  I will also analyze your knowledge of music theory and application of music theory in relevance to your specific goals.  Once strengths and weaknesses have been defined we will develop a lesson plan.  Examples of right hand (picking hand) techniques that may be covered include but are not limited to: sweep picking, alternate picking, economy picking, fingerpicking, hybrid picking, raking, tapping, muting, artificial harmonics, tap harmonics…Rhythmic studies include but are not limited to:  how to use a metronome, reading and writing rhythmic notation, understanding time signatures, counting in odd time signatures, advanced beat permeation…Studies of music theory and understanding of the instrument include but are not limited to: learning the notes of the fretboard, playing diatonically in any key, playing modally,  the use of chromatic notes, using and identifying intervals and harmonies, how to build chords and create your own voicings…Left hand (fret hand) studies include but are not limited to: scale fingerings, chord, and arpeggio fingerings, the use of trills, vibrato, bends, hammer-ons and pull-offs, basic slide technique, natural harmonics, how to develop speed and dexterity…Also, how to safely develop your chops; the use of stretches and exercises to keep you moving forward – Shredders Welcome!!

Bass Guitar Lessons

I have been playing bass for over 15 years. There is an immediate transfer from a guitar to bass. The left-hand dexterity and voicing knowledge are immediate. The right-hand flat-pick, as well as classical finger-style techniques, remain solid foundations. Though some things are the same others are not. For this reason, I studied bass independently from the guitar. It is very different from strumming chords just as it is not a lead guitar solo. Learning the role of the instrument in ensemble situations is crucial. Create the groove. Find the pocket. Embrace the use of space. At the same time, the bass can be a solo instrument and offers much in the way of its own unique voice and capability!

 

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DRUMS

 

My background in Drums: I have 20 years of experience playing drums. I took 5 years of weekly private drum lessons at Dicenso’s Drum Shop, located just outside of Boston. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from world-class drummers and instructors such as Vance Gordon, Van Romaine & Mike Mangini (just to name a few)! I was able to attend many lessons and clinics associated with Berklee College of Music (Dave Dicenso being Berklee faculty) and I was able to learn so much about drumming and rhythm from such accomplished drummers. I have continued my studies on drums independently over the last 15 years. My drumming is featured on over 100 studio recordings including the one-man rock show of “The Sky Zito Solo Experience”.
I have vast live performance experience which includes becoming a finalist in the 2016 Austin GC drum-off competition. In addition to “in-home lessons”, I’m proud to offer the use of my conveniently located North Austin studio featuring two complete drum sets!

DRUMS: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

I have a flexible and adaptable system that includes warm-ups, chop builders, rudiments, drum set grooves in correspondence with limb independence, chart study & playing along with recordings.  Any style of music can be approached through this method.  Elements from the daily practice routine can be combined to create something entirely new and fresh.  As a side note, for anyone looking to add some flash to their playing: I love stick tricks, I know a ton of them and I love finding ways to incorporate them into a performance!

 

 

Dr. Jake

 

Dr. Jake joined in 2015. Since moving to Austin in 2009, Dr. Jake Jacobsen has been very involved in the city's music community. He has performed with the Butler Opera Center at UT, as well as the ensembles of companies such as the Austin Lyric Opera, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin, and One Ounce Opera. He has also served as a section leader for the Conspirare Symphonic Chorus.

Dr. Jake received his Doctorate in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Masters Degree from UT, as well as a Bachelors Degree from Boston University. While his training has enabled him to make great strides as a singer, he also has a strong ability to establish his artistic identity by adding his own interpretations to the repertoire he performs.

As a teacher, he uses this knowledge to hone his students' craft, as well as help his students gain the necessary tools which will enable them to better themselves independently. His main goal, though, is to create an environment which motivates his students to continue learning.

Viola, Violin and Piano

Ms. Karli only teaches summers.

4 years with 26:  Ms.  Karli

Master's of Music

Ms. Karoline Leal 

Classical

Ms. Karli holds a Master's of Music from the University of Cinncianati College - Conservatory of music and received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Karli teaches Violin, Viola, Strings Ensemble and beginning piano at 26 in the summer. She enjoys teaching ensembles and preparing students for recitals and school auditions.  She is member of the Round Rock Symphony and is excited to use her expertise and bubbly personality at 26.

Piano and Brass

10 years at 26:  Mr. Jonathan

Mr. Jonathan Schaub

Classical and Big Band and Band instruments 

 

Mr. Jonathan specializes in piano and brass instruction. A former Texas All-State musician, Jonathan graduated Trinity University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education. Jonathan has been a valued instructor at 26-MUSIC since 2009. He has spent previous years as a K-12 music teacher where his students garnered many awards and honors in both ensemble and individual performances. A member of the Texas Music Educators Association, he especially enjoys teaching music theory.

Drums and Percussion

8 Years with 26:  Mr. Terrance

Mr. Terrance McDaniel  "T Mac" teaches many styles.

Classical, traditional, Jazz and Rock Bands.  He loves teaching Drumkit, Marimba and Percussion with 26-Music. Terrance holds a Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance Degree, from Arkansas State University. Since joining 26-MUSIC in 2011, he has been bringng over 23 years of professional music performance, master classes and clinic experience. He believes in making music lessons comfortable, yet challenging. He teach his students how to jam, as well as, how to practice and perform. Enjoying a wide range of styles, Mr. Terrance teaches core fundamentals are taught without loosing sight that the lessons need to be energetic, fun and comprehensive.  He founded the Amarillo Jazz Society non-profit organization, has experience in ASU Symphony and the ASU Marching Indians, Jazz Orchestra and Drum Corp International, Big Bands, Jazz Workshops and Drumline. He’s ready to get your drummer skilled for middle and high school bands, jazz band and rock band!

Guitars and Rock Camp

12 years at 26: Mr. Zak

Mr. Zak Loy (since 2007)

Rock Team, all styles

Mr. Zak Loy specializes in Guitar instruction (acoustic, electric and bass) since 2007.   He is a Founder.  One of our origianl team members, Zak is the Head of the Guitar Department and the Director of Rock Camp. 

Zak is currently a guitarist for the band "Live" and comes in to Austin to work on special projects for us and to teach.

Zak opened for the Rolling Stones in Europe in the summer of 2014.

He is a member of VH1s "Bands You Ougtta Know"  ALPHA REV. You can hear his music on GUITAR HERO 5 or in the movie The Last Song. Their single SING LOUD just hit #13 on the charts. http://www.americasmusiccharts.com/index.cgi?fmt=R1 

You can also catch him on MTV. Zak enjoys teaching budding young artists and comes to us with 18 years of experience in the music industry. He has opened performances for recording artists such as "Avril Lavigne" & "Bush" and has been the featured artist on 10 records. He was voted by the Austin Chronicle as one of the top three guitarists in Austin.

Guitar   

Piano and Guitar

Mr. Jeff

Jeff with Willie

Mr. Jeff Bryant 

Jeff Bryant is a versatile artist and educator that comes to us from the Unversity of Massachusetts and received his Bachelor's degree from Hardin-Simmons University.   Jeff teaches Rock Camp and both Classical and Modern Piano and beginning guitar at 26.  His skills also include organ, accordian, mandolin and pedal steel guitar.  Jeff is the lead pianist with Alpha Rev and has toured with such notable artists as Dwight Yoakam and Merle Haggard.

VIOLIN (ALL LEVELS), VIOLA (ALL LEVELS) and BEGINNING PIANO

KENNETH HOLMES 
 
26-Music welcomed Kenneth Holmes to our teaching team in 2016.  He is currently also pursuing his Doctorate at UT Austin. Kenneth teaches Viola/Violin (all levels) and also Piano (beginning). A firm believer in the advantages of a music education for the successful, well-rounded student, Kenneth enjoys customizing his lessons to meet the needs of each student. Strong in musical theory fundamentals and with the belief that every student can take the discipline/study of music into all professional aspects of their future daily lives, Kenneth teaches confidence and the love of music.
Kenneth completed his Bachelors of Music degree at Texas Lutheran University. He is currently accomplishing is Masters of Music degree at the University of Texas at Austin where he holds the prestigious honor of Principal and Section Violist with the Butler School of Music Symphony.

 

 

Strings and Guitar

Mr. Haydn

Mr. Haydn Vitera 
Mr. Haydn 

Rock, Classical and more

 

Formerly a member of Grammy-winning Asleep at the Wheel, he is a multi-talented instrumentalist who plays guitar, keys, and most notably, electric violin. His 6-string fretted Viper, introduced by Vitera for the first time into the Latin genre can rival the guitar.

26-Music School of Music offers many types of music lessons.

 

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