Lesson Coordinator: Phil McKinzey
“I guess I could have played trumpet like my dad, but my school recruited for orchestra in 5th grade, a year before band did and I just couldn’t wait to get started in music!” So, Phil McKinzey began studying viola at age 11 ultimately performing with the Austin All City Junior Orchestra. At 14, he traded his viola and classical music for a guitar and began a lifelong journey in rock, blues and roots music.
Midway through his pursuit of a degree, a band he had formed with college friends became so popular that morning classes were made particularly grueling given their 3 to 4 nights a week playing schedule. An album release and subsequent touring finally rendered further college studies impossible and Phil’s pursuit of music went full time. He played professionally with several bands, taught private guitar lessons and worked on various music projects.
Phil eventually earned a BBA from the University of Oklahoma and built a sales and sales management career in technology, telecommunications and digital media. Throughout his career, Phil always stayed involved in playing, writing, producing and promoting music. “I’ve worked professionally as a musician, live engineer, radio air talent and producer, music director, live venue manager, music festival agent. There are so many ways to stay engaged in music.”
As a Lesson Coordinator for Sam Ash Learning Center, Phil has been able to combine his passion for music with his talent for building and developing winning teams. At Sam Ash Dallas, he has the one of the strongest instruction programs in the region whose sole purpose is to inspire its students to achieve their highest potential. “I strongly believe in music as a force for change. Great art, great music, that’s what defines our culture. That’s what people will remember hundreds of years from now. And that’s what I want to help create by empowering the next generation of creatives!”