Hopkins Band Director Named Minnesota Music Educator of the Year

Kay Hawley, band director at Alice Smith Elementary and Glen Lake Elementary, will be honored at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Convention on Feb. 15.


Editor’s Note: The following announcement comes from Hopkins Public Schools.


Kay Hawley, band director at Alice Smith Elementary and Glen Lake Elementary, has been named this year’s Minnesota Music Educator of the Year by the Minnesota Music Educators Association.  She will be honored at the MMEA Convention on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

“Kay is so deserving of this award,” said Beth Potter, principal at Glen Lake Elementary. “Her positive energy ignites her students to perform their best and her love of music drives them to meet her expectations. She is the reason Glen Lake’s band program has been successful for so many years.”

Hawley has taught instrumental music in Hopkins for the past 34 years.  Her Hopkins West Junior High bands have performed at the Minnesota Music Educators Convention, North Central Music Educators Conference, National Association of Secondary School Principals Conference in New Orleans, and have won numerous First Place and Grand Champion awards at the Music In the Parks Festivals in Chicago. Hawley has also led many students and parents on summer tours throughout Europe with the Great Lakes Ambassadors of Music.

Hawley is a founding officer and past treasurer of the Minnesota Band Directors Association, has served as president of the Minnesota chapter of Phi Beta Mu, served on the MMEA Board of Directors, and executive board of the Women Band Directors International.  She has served in Hopkins as District Band Chair, WJH Department chair, Hopkins Strategic Planning Committee, and is past-vice president of the Hopkins Education Association. She also received the Achievement in Education Award for outstanding contributions to Education from the Glen Lake Optimists.

Kay has a wide variety of interests and a diverse background as an educator, performer, clinician, and guest speaker. In addition to giving clinics at music conventions, including MMEA, she has taught over 600 graduate students at the American Band College in 2005, 2008 and 2012.  Her professional memberships include National Association for Music Education, Women Band Directors International, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, MMEA, and MBDA
Kay continues to perform on trumpet and is past treasurer of the Medalist Concert Band.   The Medalist band is described by the National Band Association as “one of the foremost Community Bands in the nation” and is a past winner of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Silver Scroll.

Hawley, who was born in Northfield, MN, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she earned the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Master of Music Education.  Drawn to music from a young age, she credits having wonderful mentors who inspired her career in music education and feels fortunate to have had opportunities to teach in Hopkins with its amazing staff, talented students, supportive administration, and caring and involved parents.

Her husband, David, has been with MakeMusic, Inc. for the past 20 years as the SmartMusic Product Specialist; her daughter, Diana, teaches Classroom Music in the Iowa City schools, and her son, Douglas, is a software engineer in Minneapolis. Her grandchildren, Kaj and Leif, reside in Iowa City with her daughter and son-in-law, Tom. 

“My goal as a music educator is to instill a love of music in my students and to help them reach their fullest potential as young musicians,” she said. “In my teaching I strive to guide students to learn about life through music by emphasizing themes of responsibility, self-discipline, dedication, integrity and citizenship.”


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