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Meet Dr. Kay

BM (Music Education), University of Southern California
MMEd (Music Education) University of Southern California
D.M.A. (Music Education) University of Southern California
GATE Certification, University of San Diego

Dr. Andrea Kay has been active as a music educator in Southern California for more than forty years. A native of Los Angeles, she earned her Bachelor of Music (BM), Master of Music Education (MMEd) and Doctorate (DMA) at the University of Southern California. Dr. Kay has taught instrumental, vocal, and general music at all grade levels, from elementary through university. She is currently the director of instrumental music at Beverly Vista Middle School in the Beverly Hills Unified School District.
Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Kay has served as the Western States Chair for the Women Band Directors' International; as Secretary for the Eta Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda; and has been an active member of Tau Beta Sigma, SCSBOA, MENC, CMEA, NBA and ASBDA. Dr. Kay has served on the Board of Directors of the California Music Educators' Association, Southern Section. As an award-winning teacher, Dr. Andrea Kay has led her bands and orchestras to earn top honors at district, regional and state music festivals. She is a three-time nominee for the Los Angeles County Music Center Educational Division's BRAVO Award, and the recipient of grants from The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation and The International House of Blues Foundation. In 2019, Dr. Kay was a proud recipient of the prestigious California Exemplary Arts Award.
Dr. Kay is often sought as a master teacher, mentor, festival adjudicator, instructor, and guest lecturer. She has worked in conjunction with several Southern California universities in that capacity. She served as the Assessment Specialist for the development of "Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives," a well-known general music textbook and complete curriculum. In addition to her role as a band and orchestra director, Dr. Kay has used her extensive background in Multicultural Education to serve students in highly diverse settings. As an adjunct faculty member at National University, she taught several courses while preparing teachers to earn their CLAD credentials.