Meet the Team

Joseph Brandley teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, drums, and bass.
Joseph has been teaching private lessons in Fort Worth since 2010, working with children and adults on guitar, drums, piano, voice, and bass. He has served on worship teams with Frontline at McLean Bible Church in Virginia, the house band at his alma mater, Hope International University in Fullerton, California, as well as mentoring student worship bands for Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, Mission Viejo Christian Church in Orange County, and Church on the Hill in San Jose, California. He trained as a classical pianist growing up in San Jose, and loves playing all styles of music on piano and guitar.

Janell Cherie teaches beginner piano.

Janell is working her way toward a full-time career in classical singing. After finishing two years teaching public school choir, Janell now attends Texas Christian University on a full scholarship and stipend to pursue a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance. She has studied and performed abroad at a collaborative voice and piano workshop in Taiwan, in England at the Cornish-American Song Institute, and at Accedemia Europea dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy where she played the role of Atalanta in Handel’s Serse. Janell has been nationally recognized in singing as a finalist in the National Society of Arts and Letters-Musical Theatre competition and internationally recognized as a recipient of the “Emerging Talent” award in 2015 from the Lotte Lenya competition. She has appeared as a soloist in Bill Doherty’s Requiem Mass and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor performed by Corpus Christi Chorale, and in Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor performed by the Cornish-American Song Institute Chorale. Janell finds joy in writing and singing Christian music; she currently has three singles available on all music outlets. 

Joshua Radke teaches violin.

Joshua has played the violin for 11 years, beginning in the 5th grade. He aspires to be a public music teacher upon the completion of a B.A. in Music Education at UT Arlington. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, and studying a multitude of topics ranging from language and history to science and art.

Natalie Benefield teaches cello and piano.

Natalie has been playing cello for 9 years and piano for 5 years. She attends Texas Christian University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a minor in arts leadership and entrepreneurship. Natalie has experience playing cello in orchestra, chamber music, and solo settings. She also has plays in the traditional music ministry at her church, as well as playing keys and cello for the contemporary services. Natalie’s proudest musical achievement is getting to play in the Fort Worth Symphony at Bass Performance Hall for one of their concerts her senior year of high school. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and discovering local coffee shops.

Funkytown Music Academy is always seeking new talent. Are you an excellent teacher seeking a creative outlet with one of the best music school compensation packages in town? Drop us an email: Funkytown (at) uumcfw (dot) com.
Funkytown Music Academy
2416 West Berry St.
Fort Worth, TX. 76110