Landon has played stringed instruments for nearly his entire life starting with violin at age 6, then guitar at age 14, then later in life, ukulele and bass. He received a bachelor’s degree in music in 2001 from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, a master’s degree in Jazz Studies in 2004 from the University of North Texas and a second master’s degree in Music Education in 2005 from the University of North Texas. He taught for about 3 years starting in 2007 in the jazz studies department of Xinghai Conservatory of Music which is located in Guangzhou, China teaching Jazz History, Improvisation, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Styles and Analysis and Jazz Guitar Performance.
Since moving to Hawaii in 2010, Landon has taught private guitar, ukulele and bass lessons at Easy Music Center in Honolulu and group lessons for guitar and ukulele at various schools and churches around Oahu.
He has been a guest lecturer at University of Hawaii at Manoa’s World Music Course on the topic of early African American Music Research and has performed on guitar and ukulele at many of the best concert venues in Oahu including Blaisdell Concert Hall, Orvis Auditorium, Honolulu Museum of Art, Bishop Museum, Halekulani Hotel, Spalding House, Loulu Palms Estate and Queen Emma Summer Palace. Presently, Landon is still studying, creating and recording music, he is somewhat of a regular at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Art After Dark events, performs at weddings and events around Oahu and teaches students in Honolulu where he lives with his lovely wife who is also a musician and teacher.
I took lessons from Landon for about a half of a year every week. He is very knowledgeable and is well versed in his music knowledge including music theory. No matter what songs I brought to Landon he always knew how to teach me and learn the song him self in a very proficient manner.
My son Hunter (age 9) took lessons with Landon over the last year. During our first lesson Landon assisted us with choosing a guitar that was the right body size for Hunter. I was able to sit in on the first few lessons with them so I understood what Hunter needed to practice. Landon's directions for practicing were very clear and easy to follow. Hunter showed improvement weekly when he practiced 15 minutes per day.
I have been taking weekly lesson with Landon for 15 months and I can't begin to tell you how fun, challenging and creative the lessons are. I had never picked up a bass before this and now I'm on my third bass book and creating bass lines. Dream come true.