DIRECTOR

​BALDWIN COUNTY

BRITTNEY GATES COWART


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 since 1997 - placing every year. 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. She believes that all children should have the opportunity for music education, and that music is essential for a well-rounded education. Brittney resides in Spanish Fort with her husband Josh and their pets Timothy, Sebastian, and Maverick. Brittney may be reached at bgates@musicalbeginningsalabama.com.

​DIRECTOR

TUSCALOOSA AREA

HILLARY SCHWARTZ


Hillary Schwartz is

a Tuscaloosa

native - Roll Tide!

She began her

music education

with piano lessons

at age four and

flute at age eleven.

Hillary holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama where she studied Music Administration. She also studied Elementary Education.  Hillary is a member of the music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota.  She first joined the Musical Beginnings team in 2008. She took over as Director in 2015. Hillary believes that music is a vital part of a child's education and strives to foster a lifelong love of music in her students. Hillary resides in Northport with her husband Jacob and three daughters Hailey, Emilia, and Charli Rose. They are members of Safe Haven Church where Hillary serves in the children's ministry. Hillary can be reached at hschwartz@musicalbeginningsalabama.com. 



ALL ABOUT US

 

Musical Beginnings provides music instruction to students of all ages in Tuscaloosa Area and Baldwin County, Alabama. We offer private lessons in piano, violin, guitar, drum, flute, and voice. Additionally, we offer Piano Performers, a state of the art, multimedia-enhanced piano instruction program taught in a small group setting in which students have complete autonomy.   Research shows that early exposure to music is critical to your child's total development and can make a significant impact on lifelong learning; early musical study can benefit both parents and children. Kuansin Engebretson established the school in 1998 with the positive long-term effects of music education in mind. The school has grown from just a few Kindermusik® classes to a vibrant center of music education serving over 500 students throughout Alabama.

 THE founder

  KUANSIN ENGEBRETSON

                                                                   


Kuansin 

Engebretson,

a native of

China, came

to the United

States when

she was 18.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the College of St. Teresa as well as a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota. Much of her emphasis in both of these degrees was early childhood
development and education, which made her uniquely
qualified to found this conservatory. 


Mrs. E, as she is known, has recently retired and passed the

baton to Hillary Schwartz(Tuscaloosa Area) and Brittney Gates Cowart(Baldwin County).