Bachelor of Music Education, UNC Charlotte (2013)
A guitarist and singer, Kevin Brawley performs and tours with fellow UNC Charlotte music alumni John Woodall and Edward Bender as the band Water From Fire. The band put a new album out in the spring of 2020, and Kevin and John were key performers in the UNC Charlotte April 30 Remembrance Concert.
But Kevin is perhaps best known as “The Notorious Mr. B.” The music teacher at Torrence Creek Elementary School in Huntersville for more than eight years, he has developed a reputation for an innovative and inclusive approach to teaching. (Check out his “Virtual Virtuosos” online general music education video channel on YouTube!)
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. 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 2013 he founded The Quarter Notes, an after-school choir for fourth and fifth graders. Open to all students without audition, The Quarter Notes has repeatedly been named one of the top ensembles across all grade levels of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).
In 2018 Brawley was 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. The following spring he was named a 2019 Music Teacher of Excellence by the Country Music Association Foundation. Brawley was one of 30 music teachers nationally who have received recognition “for their commitment to shaping the next generation through music.”