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 Rebecca Doss (Tuscaloosa Area) and Brittney Gates Cowart (Baldwin County).

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.

DIRECTOR

​BALDWIN COUNTY

BRITTNEY 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. Brittney received the Steinway Piano Gallery Top Teacher Award for 2017. 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 with her husband Josh and may be reached at bgates@musicalbeginningsalabama.com.

​DIRECTOR

TUSCALOOSA AREA

REBECCA DOSS


Rebecca Doss is

originally from Mobile,

Alabama. She began

taking piano lessons

at the age of 10 in

Mobile with Connie

Sullivan. She is also

a student of flute, organ,  concert percussion, and drums and has always had music as the centerpiece in her life. She went on to be the pianist at Pleasant Valley United Methodist in Mobile for several years before moving to Auburn, Alabama to start school. She was a piano accompanist for Auburn University during her time there. She came to Tuscaloosa in 2010 to pursue a degree in advertising, with a double major in German. She began working for Mrs. E in 2010 and has been teaching piano performers and private lessons for Musical Beginnings since then. She was offered the opportunity to become Director of Musical Beginnings in 2018. She is also the drummer in a local rock and roll band, KGL. She hopes to give every student the opportunity to develop fundamental music skills, and to show them that working hard to learn and understand music can take them anywhere they choose to explore! She resides in Northport, Alabama and can be reached at rdoss@musicalbeginningsalabama.com.