Kevin Brawley

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 six 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 115 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.

 

 

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. They continue to play regularly and tour when their teaching schedule allows. 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.

 

 

Kevin was selected by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as one of five teachers to present at this year’s “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. 

He continues to present at state and national level conferences on topics such as: teaching music to students with autism, never letting good enough be good enough, and reinventing your routine. 

 

 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.