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Meet The Teachers

Weatherford Music Academy Teacher Profiles

Phoenix Rose
Ukulele, Guitar, Piano, and Voice Instructor
co-founder of Weatherford Music Academy

Phoenix is currently a full time Elementary Music Teacher for Weatherford ISD, working at Bill Wright Elementary.  His experience seeing the joy music can bring to his students brought about the creation of the Weatherford Music Academy, which began as the Uke Crazy Ukulele program in summer 2018.

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Phoenix holds his degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, the world’s leading school for contemporary music.  During his time at Berklee, Phoenix was able to gain an education in performance, songwriting, music technology, and music business.  This, along with real world performance experience gained through local performances in Texas and performing aboard cruise ships for years set the foundation for the focus of the Weatherford Music Academy -- a focus on both letting students focus on the music they love, and educating parents on all of the different avenues available for performance, education, growth in this digital age.

Along with teaching private lessons at Weatherford Music Academy, Phoenix is responsible for organizing recitals and performances for the Academy, and oversees enrollment and growth of the academy’s programs and staff along with his fiancé, Danielle whose bio can also be found on this page.

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Eliza Williams
Piano Instructor

Eliza Williams holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in music from the University of Texas at Austin, with postgraduate studies at both Indiana University and University ofNorth Texas. With a major in composition, minors in music theory and musicology, and extensive studies in piano and flute, Ms. Williams brings an incredible breadth of knowledge and experience to Weatherford Music Academy.

Ms. Williams has taught classroom, ensemble and private lesson music to people of all ages, from K4 to senior citizens, and from music majors to first timers taking lessons for their own enjoyment.
Ms. Williams' flute instructors were Kaye Hutchins and Jan Crisanti, both formerly with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and her piano instructors included Mary Robbins, Steve Hall and Betty Mallard at UT Austin.
With over 30 years of teaching experience, Ms. Williams is currently an instructor of composition, theory and applied performance at Weatherford College, and has taught class piano, children's choir and class composition at TCC's College For Kids and Dr.Candace Alley's Summer Fine Arts Camps over the past decade, in addition to private lessons in piano, flute and composition.
Ms. Williams is active as a performer and composer as well as being a music teacher.She arranges for, and plays in, the ensembles KLEZZOUP! and Weatherford CollegeFlute Choir, and is co-founder of the Tarrant Area Composers' Forum. A firm believer in adult continuing education, Ms. Williams is herself studying guitar.

Available For:
Daytime and afternoon piano lessons (perfect for homeschoolers and after school)
Flute Lessons
Kids and Adults
Beginner to advanced students

Gannon Phillips
Bass Guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Guitar, and Ukulele Instructor

Gannon Phillips, a lifelong musician, began his professional music career in 2001. Since his graduation from Weatherford High School in 2001 he has worked professionally in the music industry as a performer, educator, composer, clinician, technician, product expert, and leader. Gannon holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Howard Payne University, and a master’s degree in Trombone Performance from Hardin Simmons University. He has performed internationally on Trombone and Bass (electric and upright) in venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, International IAJE convention in NYC, and the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland (twice upon invitation). Gannon has been seen on stage with names including Bill Watrous, Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch,  Wayne Bergeron, Ed Shaughnessy, Eddie Daniels, Eric Marienthal, Randy Brecker, as well as leading members of Broadway and American Idol. 
Throughout his career, Gannon has continually been involved in music education by teaching at public schools across Texas, working with private lesson students, and serving as Professor of Low Brass at Howard Payne University. Most recently Gannon has spent the last 4 years at sea as a Musical Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, which involves leading the onboard ship orchestra as well as managing an international team of all of the live musicians on a cruise ship. Gannon has a deep-seated love for music, and is excited to share that passion and excitement with students of all ages and backgrounds.

Available For:
Daytime and afternoon Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Trombone, Trumpet, (and other brass)
Kids *Great for teens and advanced band members* and Adults
Beginner to advanced students

Danielle O’Donnell
Communications Manager
Ukulele Instructor - co-founder of Weatherford Music Academy

With an incredible start to her career in education, Danielle earned her Masters degree, completed her 5th year of teaching professionally, and completed her Principal’s certification all by the age of 25.  In addition to this, she also helped found the Weatherford Music Academy and spearheaded the development of our unique Ukulele curriculum book featured in our Uke Crazy program.  While Danielle excels at classroom education and currently serves as a Math Specialist for Uplift Elevate Campus in Fort Worth, she also brings her love of teaching to Weatherford Music Academy.  Danielle’s warm relationship-building approach keeps students excited to come to their lessons and work on their instrument outside of class!

Hailey Nicole
String Teacher - Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Ukulele, and Beginner Piano

Cellist Hailey Nicole has been a lifelong musician. Although her roots began in Plano TX, she holds the city of Weatherford close to her heart. Hailey’s love for teaching stems from her passion for music, and her dream to impact her students the way she has been impacted by her teachers.

Her experience in the field has allowed her to create a unique teaching style by combining essential technique with fun and creativity in order to form the perfect balance for every lesson to be both enjoyable and impactful.

Hailey currently studies music performance and education at the prestigious College of Music at the University of North Texas. Her experience with the cello includes studio, classroom, and orchestral environments. Her favorite musical memory was traveling Europe on tour with her cello in 2018. As an adaptable musician and teacher, she is available to teach all orchestral stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, and double bass), beginner ukulele, and beginner piano.

Justin Rowe
Homeschool Small Group Classes
Woodwind Specialist

Has devoted himself to sharing the beauty and challenge of music to whoever has the desire to learn. He believes that music education shows students that they are capable of being apart of something truly unique, and that they can create beauty while working well with others in the process.Justin grew up in Weatherford TX and holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Though his primary instrument of study was clarinet, through the mentorship of his professors he found joy in learning how to teach a wide variety of instruments as well vocal repertoire. Justin has taught both middle and elementary schoolers during his time as a student teacher at Aledo ISD. There, he always encouraged his students to participate in a way that critically engages their listening, performing, and thinking skills, no matter what age group he was working with.Justin loves helping others succeed in their goals and takes pride in building a friendly authentic connection the students he teaches. He recognizes that not everyone learns the same way or at the same rate. He himself had some struggles during his own musical training, but now he uses those experiences as a source of wisdom and empathy for those who also encounter difficulties. He shows his students as much patience as they need, always sure to give constructive feedback and encouragement. Justin is excited to work with whoever comes his way, he is well prepared to help them grow in skill and character.

Barrett Monk
Guitar and Piano Instructor

Raised in Weatherford, TX, Barrett Monk began his music career by teaching himself how to play Johnny Cash songs on the guitar in 7th grade. By high school, he had taught himself how to play the piano, joined the A Cappella Choir and Varsity Men’s Choir, went to various competitions for vocal performance and music theory, taught private guitar and piano lessons, and conducted his high school choir during his senior concert. 

After graduating from Weatherford High School, Barrett went on to Weatherford College and joined the honor society Phi Theta Kappa, participated in college choir and community choir, and graduated with an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Science. 

Barrett is now currently studying music education at Tarleton State University and performing with his band, “The Poorly Governed”.

Available on Weekends
Kids and Adults
Great for singer/songwriters and those interested in multiple instruments.

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