School of Music
School of Music

Our Team

Your musical family

Kenneth Holmes

  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Beginning Piano

Candace DeClue

  • Voice
  • Rock Camp
  • Beginning Piano

Zak Loy

  • Rock Camp
  • Masterclass
  • Song Writing
  • Guitar

Jonathan Schaub

  • Piano
  • Trombone
  • Band Instruments

Jake Jacobson

  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Guitar

Karoline Leal

  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Strings Ensemble
  • Beginning Piano

Terrance McDaniel

  • Drums

Jon Simpson

  • Guitar
  • Song Writing

Jeff Bryant

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

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

LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS OF YOUR INSTRUMENT WITH THEORY.

The experienced, trained educators at 26-Music consists of dedicated and experienced performing professionals.

WE DON'T HIRE CONTRACT WORKERS.

All teaching staff are employees that are highly vested in the musical education and happiness of our students and each other.

WE ARE A COHESIVE MUSICAL FAMILY.

We have CLASSICAL EDUCATORS and ROCK TEAM. 

Check out their impressive profiles below - you'll want to get to know them. 

CLASSICAL TEAM

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

KENNETH HOLMES 
 
26-Music is proud to welcome Kenneth Holmes to our teaching team. 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.

 

 

VOICE and PIANO and GUITAR

“Dr. Jake”

Dr. Sean (Jake) Jacobsen  joined in 2015. Since moving to Austin in 2009, Dr. Jake has been very involved in the city's classical 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.

Candy DeClue

Voice and Guitar

Ms. Candy DeClue

 

26-Music welcomes our newest team member. Candy teaches Guitar and Voice at 26.

Whether singing through the changes of the most arcane jazz tunes, or hanging sweet harmony notes in pop/rock outfits, the light always shines just right on the carefully crafted yet authentic and grounded vocals of Candy DeClue.

From a young age the singer’s voice earned her audience and even an acceptance letter from Berklee College of Music, which DeClue would respectfully declined in favor of the burgeoning music scene in Austin, Texas. Her vintage vocals pairs well with the modern sensibility and a frankness that puts you face to face with the music. This has won her spots in top Jazz Combos and Big Bands affiliated with Texas State University. Her resume also includes impressive collaborations with San Antonio favorites: The Front Row Joes, The Midtown Jazz Sound, and DVjazz, as well as a principal Vocalist for Austin favorite 'The Vintage 15'.

While DeClue masterfully accents the sound of these and other acts, it is the singer, fronting her own combo configurations (Art and Candy Quartet, Candy DeClue Quintet, etc…) that strikes a mood; high in tonal contrasts and saturated in emotion.  It is accented by her captivating presence on stage and her ability to lead her own small groups and ensembles. Her current project includes the Jazz quartet ‘Art and Candy’, they can be seen around town playing such venues as The Elephant Room, Brass House, Parish Underground, and the Firehouse Lounge. They were most recently featured on KRTU 91.7, as well as the Divas in Jazz Festival in Leon Valley, and Jazz S’Alive in San Antonio. They are excited to begin work on their first album that will be released this year. Keep an eye out for more exciting things to come!

Jon Simpson

Guitar   

Mr. Jonathan Simpson

Mr. Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.  He has been a music educator for 7 years.

He excels at teaching Rock Camp and Guitar lessons at 26-Music.

Mr. Jonathan enjoys providing students with elementary, as well as intermediate to advanced knowledge of guitar playing, including music theory, ear training, technique, improvisation, and instructions on how to effectively practice at home.

 

 

 

 

Viola, Violin and Piano

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. She enjoys teaching ensembles and preparing students for recitals and school auditions.  She is member of the Round Rock Symphony and is excited to bring her expertise and bubbly personality to 26.

Piano and Brass

7 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

5 Years at 26:  Mr. Terrance

Mr. Terrance McDaniel

Classical, Jazz and Rock Team

Mr. Terrance is teaches  Drums and Percussion at 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!

ROCK TEAM:

Guitars and Rock Camp

9 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.  One of our origianl team members, Zak is the Head of the Guitar Department and the Director of Rock Camp. 

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.

Piano and Guitar

Mr. Jeff

Jeff with Willie

Jeff Bryant 

 

Jeff 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 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.

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.

Guitars: Founder

julian mandrake Resident Rock Star!

Mr. Julian Mandrake (since 2006)

All Styles
Mr. Julian Mandrake is also an active performer touring the world. He specializes in Guitar instruction (acoustic and electric) and is the Founder of the 26-Music School Guitar Department. He was a member of  the number one selling music group in America "Blue October" and had the #1 Rock Album in America: Any Man In America. Julian also received the honor of being chosen to open for the Rolling Stones. He is the lead guitarist for Mothers Anthem. In the Spring of 2009, Mothers Anthem SOLD OUT the House of Blues in Dallas. Congratulations on the birth of your new little boy and girl Mr. Julian and Ms. Anne!

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