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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

Taylor May
Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Oboe, Piano, and Vocal Instructor - Great with Kids and Adults!

From a very young age, around 2 or 3, Taylor would sit a the piano and sound out songs she knew. She quickly came to understand pitch and visualized music pitches on the keyboard and became a self-taught pianist. At the age of 11, Taylor received a guitar from her great-grandfather, and taught herself how to play basic chords. She received a banjo and mandolin the next year after he passed, and taught herself the respective chords, developing an understanding of fretted string instruments and their similarities. Learning banjo and different styles of picking and frailing, Taylor grew tremendously in skill with guitar, realizing that knowing more instruments encouraged deeper understanding of other instruments. At age 12, Taylor entered school band where she learned oboe. She was introduced to music theory and composition, and her insight on music completely widened. She is now able to teach others of all ages and all learning abilities music and instruments in a way they can understand, retain, and enjoy. She is a songwriter who plays live in Fort Worth, venues including The White Elephant in the Stockyards, Fort Worth Live (now called The Post), and Shipping & Receiving. Taylor’s students love working with her, and her approach as a musician who is self-taught gives her a unique perspective on music that few others have.

Available For:
Daytime and afternoon Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo, Voice, Piano, and more! Great with kids from age 3 to Adults up to age 60+

Shaun Fattig
Drum Instructor

Shaun began his music career very early, starting piano lessons just before entering Kindergarten.

He joined the band program as a percussionist in 6th grade, and also began playing drumset in the school jazz band.

As a student at Brazoswood High School in Clute, TX, Shaun served as the marching band drum captain, continued maturing as a jazz drummer, and was honored as part of the 2013 TMEA Texas State Honor Band.

He also picked up composition, arranging, and recording as an outside hobby, and began to find a passion for teaching.

He has performed at multiple jazz festivals in the state of Texas and professionally in various groups around the southeast Houston area, and has had the opportunity to perform with and learn from renowned jazz artists such as Mike Stern, Stockton Helbing, Ron Wilkins, Wayne Bergeron, Bill Watrous, Jeff Kashiwa, and Mic Gillette. While pursuing a Computer Engineering degree at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, Shaun continued to be part of the university jazz bands and other multi-genre bands in the area.

After completing his degree, he spent 4 months teaching drums, piano, and guitar lessons in Bryan/College Station before moving to Fort Worth in June 2019 to start his career with Lockheed Martin. Teaching is not his full-time gig, but he loves any opportunity to keep music in his life. Shaun is passionate about learning from, teaching, empowering, and exciting others about music!

Danielle O’Donnell
Lead Tutor, Weatherford Tutoring
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!

Danielle also provides private tutoring sessions to students age K-8 in the Weatherford Music Academy building. Please contact us with tutoring inquiries!

Rachel Bates
Instructor: Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Teaches Kids and Adults!

For Rachel Bates, teaching is a passion, whether it is art or music, and she likes to encourage her students to have fun, maintaining the belief that there is no age limit on starting something new.  She loves teaching both children and adults- beginning piano, fiddle, guitar and singing.

Rachel is a 15 year resident of Weatherford, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and ceramics from University of Texas at Arlington.  She believes that art and music expands our vision of the world and can be used to heal.  

She says, “I’ve seen it happen time and time again, and have experienced it myself-with the magic healing power of music making.” 

She took piano lessons as a child, and violin all through school.  But her re-emergence into the world of music began ten years ago when she started playing fiddle with her cowboy church band.  Along the way, she formed an all girl acoustic and vocal trio called Pearl and the Polka Dots, and for four years performed all over Texas, playing bluegrass, gospel, singing leads and harmonies, playing fiddle tunes and accompanying other instruments and voices with her guitar and violin.   They produced three cds during that time.  She presently plays with a five-piece band called Harmony Strings, and still plays and sings with her church band, Branded By Grace.

Hailey Nicole
String Teacher - Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

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
‍Woodwind Specialist

Justin Rowe 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.

Jef Bice
Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Ukulele

When I picked up the guitar for the first time 30 years ago, I had no idea the profound influence it would have on me from that day forward. Music has held me up in the hard times, and celebrated with me in the good times. It has brought me to incredible places along the way, from Hollywood California to Miami Florida, even to jam in Costa Rica with a group of perfect strangers! Dozens of friends, thousands of fans, and hundreds of students over the years have enriched every minute.
I've been very fortunate to have been able to learn from some of the best musicians the industry has to offer. I attended the world famous G.I.T. in California and later had the gift of an opportunity to study with my number one influence and inspiration, the legendary Joe Satriani. Music has put me on stage with people I have admired my whole life as a fan, from Gary Hoey to Eric Johnson, even performed right here in Dallas with Mr. Steve Vai. I've also been blessed to have won a few awards for my efforts: in 1998 I won MARS music's "Ultimate Guitar Challenge" (A nationwide guitar contest), Guitar Center's "Guitarmageddon" (another nationwide contest) in 2004. and in 2013 I won Sam Ash's "Best In Shred". Music has given me patience, discipline, diligence, courage, and confidence.

As a solo artist, I have the amazing support as an endorsing artist for DR strings and most recently was humbled to have gotten my first signature model guitar and the ONLY endorsed artist for BC Custom Guitars right here in Texas.

The picture is Steve Vai playing my arm backstage at the Bomb Factory in Dallas.

Available on Weekends
Kids and Adults
Perfect for Beginner to Advanced guitar players!

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