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.
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 group "Water From Fire,” which released their self-titled EP in April 2020. He performs and tours with the group when his teaching schedule allows. He is also a worship leader at his church. This wealth of stage 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.
In 2015, Kevin began planning and fundraising to outfit his school with a professional level recording studio. After being named one of only 30 National Music Teachers of Excellence by Nashville’s CMA Foundation in 2019, and with grants awarded locally by the CMS Foundation and other private donors – his dream became a reality in the spring of 2020. Kevin believes that students should have access to the latest technology and tools that top-level producers and engineers use, and he is anxiously awaiting the return of students to his classroom so they can begin exploring digital music creation together.