Baldwin County Instructors
Mrs. Brittney Cowart, Director
Brittney is a native of Spanish Fort. She began taking piano lessons at the age of six from Margaret Guenther. Through her years of training and music education, Brittney participated in Sonata Contests and State competitions from 1997 - 2008, placing in the Top 3 contestants every year in both competitions. Upon her graduation from Spanish Fort High School, Brittney pursued a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama where she studied English, Music Education, and Music Administration. She continued her studies with Dr. Noel Engebretson throughout her college career. She joined Musical Beginnings in Tuscaloosa as an instructor in 2012, and was offered the opportunity to bring the program to Baldwin County in 2013. She acted as Assistant Director of Musical Beginnings Baldwin County, until she became Director in 2015. Brittney received the Steinway Piano Gallery Top Teacher Award for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. She is an active member of the MTNA (Mobile and Baldwin Branches) and ALMTA. She believes that all children should have the opportunity for music education, and that encouraging students to dream will result in their success. Brittney resides in Fairhope, and may be reached at MusicalBeginningsBC@Outlook.com.
Ms. Kynsy Bixler
Ms. Kynsy was born in Syracuse, NY and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY until her and her family moved to Robertsdale, AL in 2004. Ever since she was a little girl, she has always enjoyed music. She started learning piano when she was 9 years old and her love for music has flourished ever since. From 2005-2010, she participated in several contests and competitions with the Mobile Music Teachers Association (MMTA). In 2012, she graduated from Coastal Alabama Community College with an Associates Degree in Music. She joined the Musical Beginnings Baldwin County team in 2014 as a piano teacher. Ms. Kynsy has been a part of our team for 6 years, and looks forward to many more years of working with children and teaching them about the wonderful world of music!
Mrs. Lily Cooper
Mrs. Lily was born and raised in Baldwin County! She has been playing violin since she was 10 and has enjoyed every minute of it. When she is not playing violin, she is with her husband, Kevin, and their little bundle of joy, Liam. She has many accomplishments in violin, from placing 3rd in the All-State Competition for Alabama, concert master for the Baldwin County Youth Orchestra 2018-2019 season, and being the sole violinist for the church she grew up in. Mrs. Lily’s favorite part of being a violin teacher is seeing a child’s eyes light up when they finally play that first song and feel so accomplished! She has an extensive past working with students, music stores, and organizations dedicated to music and is currently pursuing her degree in Music Education. She is looking forward to working with each child and help cultivate their passion and love for music as much as she does!
Mr. Kevin Dyess
Mr. Kevin has attained the degrees Master of Music (Vocal Performance) and Master of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to his studies in music, he enjoys performing onstage in musical theater performances in Biloxi and Mobile, and he is a Sacred Harp singer in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia. Mr. Kevin specializes in piano, voice, choir, recorder, music theory, and Music Play. Music Play is an early childhood music learning curriculum based upon the Music Learning Theory of Dr. Edwin Gordon. We are very excited to have Mr. Kevin join us for the 2020-2021 school year!
Ms. Tiffany Johnson
Ms. Tiffany is originally from Bay Minette, Alabama. She has been playing piano since the age of 8 and has not stopped since. She attended City Hope College, which is a two-year ministry school that works alongside CityHope Church. She received a degree in Bachelor of Arts concentrated in applied theology. Throughout her time as a college student she became the music director at CityHope Church’s Foley Campus and she currently still serves there. She studied worship music closely for two years and still pursues that today. She has an extensive background in working with students, in addition to working as a youth leader for the CityHope Church’s youth ministry. Ms. Tiffany loves to serve people, teach music, and help people fall in love with music. Ms. Tiffany teaches piano, guitar, cello, and ukulele!
Ms. Savannah Rhodes
Ms. Savannah was born & raised in Mobile, Alabama. She started taking piano lessons in kindergarten with Mrs. Pamela Loper, who was always her greatest mentor and influence from her early childhood years throughout her early twenties, and to this day. “My favorite memories of performance were competing for scholarship programs, when I first got a feel for true performance on a BIG stage” and participating in high school music programs. She accompanied the choirs at Faith Academy for several years, and even had a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to accompany them in New York City. She also auditioned & was chosen to sing in Alabama All-State Choirs in SSA & SATB, each year. Being able to sing alongside some of the “best of the best” students in Alabama & create those perfect harmonies was the defining moment when she knew she wanted to teach music. Another standout memory during her college years was performing Carl Orff’s epic Carmina Burana with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra at the Saenger Theatre, being a part of a huge collaborative performance! Ms. Savannah studied Music Education with a concentration in Piano & Elementary Education at the University of South Alabama under Dr. Robert Holm, however, ultimately graduated with a degree that led her to pursue dentistry. Aside from taking care of patients, music will always be her biggest passion in life. When she’s not taking care of her kiddos at the dentist’s office or teaching music lessons, she loves to volunteer with local animal rescue: Mobile Cat Society & McKemie Place, stays supportive of local musicians, and supports the presence of arts in our community. She also adores song-writing, poetry & experimenting with music technology in her own home music studio. She says, “It’d be a dream to perform my own music someday, as a singer-songwriter, and to share my heart in that way! Musical Beginnings has blessed me with an opportunity to share my love of music with others. It’s so crucial for little ones and everyone to find a creative outlet that they love, that they truly enjoy & I’m so happy I can play a part in that.”
Mr. Roberto Vazquez
Spirited and passionate, Cuban-born musician and composer Roberto Vazquez's soul has always communicated mainly through the language of music. At 10 yrs old he began his musical studies in his hometown of Santa Clara, Cuba and continued on to the National School of Music where he later graduated with degrees in French Horn and Piano. Since then his musical career has taken many eclectic twists and turns and given him the opportunity to play in such prestigious and diverse settings as a 3-year stint as a French Horn player with the Symphonic Orchestra of Carabobo, Venezuela to shows, television appearances and recordings with numerous celebrities of the American mainstream and Latin music world such as Marion Meadows, Ricardo Montaner, Carlos Vives, Francisco Cespedes, Laura Pausini, Silvio Rodriguez, Brenda K Star, Ed Thigpen, Albita Rodriguez, Diango, Alejandra Guzman, Malena Burke, Ilan Chester, Meme Solis, Paty Manterola,Yolandita Monge, Charlie Zaa & Chayanne among others. His television appearances have included the Latin Grammys, Sabado Gigante, Despierta America, Escandalo TV and Don Francisco Presenta to name a few and his touring credits have taken him to over a hundred cities in the USA, Sweden, Indonesia, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. Roberto has recently co-written the song 'Sand Dancers' on Marion Meadows' release ‘Secrets' which has received glowing reviews for the song itself as well as for Roberto's spicy keyboard solo in publications such as Billboard Magazine, All About Jazz, Smooth Jazz Vibes and several more. Roberto continues to compose and record and he performs for audiences of more than 4000 people every single week playing keyboards and horns in the most prestigious impersonator stage show, ‘Legends In Concert' in Harrah's Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas strip.Roberto's versatile, masterful and passionate performances create beautiful and moving music that speaks for itself.