Kevin Brawley is an educator, children’s choir director, performer, and composer/arranger from Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been a public school teacher for eight years in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at Torrence Creek Elementary, and a private guitar teacher for nine years prior to that. He was recently one of only 30 teachers across the country named a "Music Teacher of Excellence" by the CMA Foundation and honored in a ceremony in Nashville hosted by Dierks Bentley.
As a teacher, Kevin believes in every child’s ability to make music regardless of circumstance or background. He prides himself on having an inclusive and positive learning environment for all of his students – especially those with disabilities. His energetic and unorthodox teaching style is focused on student engagement, a willingness to search for unexpected teaching moments, and honest personal relationships with his students, which make the rigorous concepts he teaches easy to for them to get excited about.
In 2013, he started an after school, elective, non-auditioned fourth and fifth grade choir called The Quarter Notes. Open to any student who wants to join regardless of ability, The Quarter Notes have grown in number and stature every year. Their current roster features 120 students, comprised of over 65% of all fourth grade students and over 55% of all fifth grade students. In 2017, they were recognized by Charlotte Concerts as one of the 13 best ensembles in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools across all grade levels and invited to perform at the inaugural “Musical Showcase” at the Blumenthal. On the strength of that performance, they were invited by Carolina Voices to perform for the 63rd annual Singing Christmas Tree in December 2017. Once again, in 2019, the Quarter Notes were named one of the best in CMS and invited to perform at the third annual "Musical Showcase" at the Blumenthal.
Kevin has been performing solo acoustic shows in the greater Charlotte area for the past 13 years. Two years ago, he founded the duo “TwentyThreeOverFour,” which released their first album in October of 2017. He continues to play regularly and tour with his band "Water From Fire" when his teaching schedule allows. He is also a worship leader at his church. This wealth of performance experience lends legitimacy to his teaching and makes his classroom a literal workshop for students on how to apply the musical concepts and skills he teaches them.
When his schedule allows, you can hear Kevin as a presenter at various local and national educational conferences. He recently presented at the UNCC Teacher 2 Teacher Conference on how to use music to reach students with autism. He has presented "Seven Strategies for Teaching General Music to Students with Autism" to both the North Carolina and Virginia state music educators conferences in 2018. He was selected by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as one of five teachers to present at the 2017 “Teacher Talks” – a TED Talk style evening of presentations aimed at engaging and inspiring other educators. He believes passionately in spreading his unique style of teaching, especially as it relates to students with disabilities. To watch this presentation, click the MEDIA tab above. Kevin was also hand picked by the superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to give the opening address to all 15,000 CMS teachers before the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
Kevin lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, their three children, and two dogs. Aside from all of his teaching and musical endeavors, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, swimming, and travelling with his family.