Baldwin County Instructors

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Mrs. Kynsy Bixler-Arthur

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!

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!

 

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Ms. Hannah Lawrence

Coloratura soprano Hannah Lawrence is a young artist based in Mobile, AL. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Austin Peay State University and is currently working towards her Master’s at the University of South Alabama. She has performed roles such as First Witch in “Dido and Aeneas,” Suor Genevieve in “Suor Angelica,” Kate in “Pirates of Penzance.” She performed with the Mobile Opera chorus in the 75th anniversary season, and she is now making her professional debut with the company. 
She has received the first place award in the 2022 Alabama NATS Advanced College Classical Treble category as well as the second place award in the 2019 Tennessee Regional NATS Lower College Women category.

Mrs. Sharon Martin

Sharon has an extensive background in music and has been performing since she put on her first show for her friends at age 6. With a passion for singing, she could always be found playing the piano, haven taken lessons since the age of 9, singing for her church and other events. At her University she studied music education for nearly 2 years, continuing her voice and piano instruction. While studying music there, she joined and performed with a contemporary Christian Band as the lead singer and was invited to perform at the prestigious talent show for the area. She especially loves to sing and teach harmony to others as it comes natural to her ear. Immediately out of University, for many years she was a worship leader and led worship from the piano, with back-up vocalists, violin, banjo and drums. It was during this time that she became interested in studying the drums with a local instructor as she was inspired by a drummer on her team. Since that time she has been involved in the music ministry at the many churches she has attended over the years as soloist, back-up vocalist, piano and keys. Sharon homeschooled her twin sons for their entire education. Along with her private studio for piano, she taught them piano until they went to University. It was during this time she studied violin with a local instructor so she could play along with her sons who also played violin in the 84 piece Orchestra in one of the largest churches in the nation, where she played for many years. It was wonderful to share and pass on her love of music to her sons and see them excel and use their gifts to the glory of God. They both graduated summa cum laude with degrees in music––piano performance and violin performance. One of her sons won numerous awards as a composer and had one of his pieces performed by the Boston Brass. For many years in Atlanta she was blessed to attend the Orchestra Performances by the Cobb Symphony and Atlanta symphony and enjoy the power of all instruments working together to create such a glorious and complex sound. With this background she believes in exposing her students to great work and composers, while also encouraging their own talent and dreams.

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Ms. Savannah Rhodes

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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.” 

Mrs. Christine Taylor

Having grown up in a large family of musicians and artists, Christine started taking piano lessons at the age of 7 under the direction of Mr. Thomas Holliman. From an early age Christine can remember putting on musical performances for her family. Throughout her childhood and adolescent years she was a member of the choir at school and her church. After graduating from Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, she went on to study Nursing at the University of South Alabama. Being an avid supporter of local music, Christine has performed with local bands in Mobile, while also meeting her husband through the local music scene. When not teaching piano, Christine takes care of her son at home, and works on writing & recording her own music with her husband at their in-home studio.

“As far back as I can remember, I have always felt a special calling towards music. It is all around us, not just through song, but every sound we hear. That is truly magical to me, and something that makes me want to further investigate and learn. There is no limit to me with music, learning basic theory is just the beginning, and learning how to play the piano is one of the best starts you can give yourself, whether you want to be a musician or not. Becoming a mother and getting to share the joy, awe, and excitement of music with my child continues to be one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever had. To be able to share this with others, really, is a blessing. Music has had such a huge positive impact on my life, and if I can share that with someone else, I’m going to.”

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