AMPLIFY gives students from around the greater Charlotte area an opportunity to develop and showcase the artist within through singing, performing, and growing together with fellow musicians and teachers from all walks of life.
AMPLIFY helps kids build confidence and artistry by connecting them with other young singers from around our city to learn and perform music that reflects who they are, as well as who they can become.
AMPLIFY is designed to unite the children of our growing city and its diverse neighborhoods through song, and a place where musicianship, diversity, and community are equally celebrated.
Beginning February 2, 2023
1900 Queens Rd. Charlotte, NC 28207
$25 Registration Fee — Tuition is based on a sliding scale
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kevin Brawley is an educator, children’s choir director, and advocate for functional music education. He has been a public school teacher for nine years in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at Torrence Creek Elementary, and a private guitar teacher for nine years prior to that. He has over 25 years of experience as a national touring, composing, and recording artist.
As a teacher, Kevin believes in every child’s ability to learn 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 each of his students, which make the rigorous concepts he teaches easy to for them to get excited about.
As a speaker, Kevin has an energetic and uplifting presence and burns to see a revival in education. He is passionate about removing the limitations of what people believe is possible in a classroom. Where others may see obstacles, Kevin sees opportunity for innovation and an infusion of new ideas. He has spoken around the country sharing innovative ways to teach students with autism, at local business events, as well as to undergraduate music education students at UNC-Charlotte.
In 2015, Kevin began working to outfit his elementary 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 has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, including being named the UNC-Charlotte Young Alumnus of the Year in 2019, UNC-Charlotte Music Department Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 2020, Teacher of the Year at Torrence Creek Elementary and finalist for NLC Teacher of the Year in 2018.
Kevin lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, three children, and two dogs. When he is not teaching or speaking about music, he is most likely found in the studio creating it or on the lake listening to it.
McKenzie Coleman (Co-Director and Music Director) received her Bachelors of Music Education from Norfolk State University in 2014, where her primary instrument was voice. While at NSU, McKenzie was a member of the Norfolk State University Concert Choir, Norfolk State University Spartan Chorale, and the NSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Also during her tenure at NSU she became a lifelong member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, and Order of Omega. Her choral experience has afforded her the opportunity to travel and sing throughout the United States, and in Mexico, England and West Africa. McKenzie is in her seventh year of teaching at Park Road Montessori School in Charlotte. As general music teacher, she educates children in elementary and middle school in the foundational concepts of musical knowledge, and exposes them to the joys of singing in an ensemble. McKenzie also serves as interim choir director for the Opera Carolina Academy Chorus, and is a member of VOX chorus.
Carolina Voices is supported, in part, by the Infusion Fund and its generous donors. The full list of Infusion Fund donors can be found here.