Landes received the Doctor of Musical Arts from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Master of Music from the University of Maryland, and Bachelor of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He has also done postgraduate work at American University and the University of Arizona, and has studied with Henry Black, Roy H. Johnson, Maurice Hinson, and Jerzy Sapieyevski. In addition to Belmont University, Landes has been on the faculty of Indiana University Southeast, West Virginia University, and Vanderbilt University.
Landes was co-author of The Electronic Encyclopedia of Hymnology and his original hymn tunes appear in The Faith We Sing with The United Methodist Publishing House. Other publications include original music (Sonata for Trombone and Piano), instructional textbooks (Class Piano Resource Materials), and incidental music for productions at the Nashville Public Library (Hamlet, and Mid-summer Night's Dream).
Landes has performed solo piano concerts throughout Tennessee and has appeared numerous times on the Belmont University Faculty Concert Series. Dr. Landes has been Professor of Piano at Belmont University since 1983. His students have participated in concerts and competitions and many are now actively working as professionals in the fields of church music, music education, music business, and piano pedagogy.