Dr. Dawn Dalangin Hawk, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, is a soloist, collaborator, and educator. With over 17 years of teaching experience, she has taught in various settings to include studio, community, and collegiate teaching.
Throughout her academic and professional career, Dr. Hawk has maintained a private piano studio, teaching individual and group lessons to students of all ages and levels. Her students have received numerous awards in various competitions and festivals. As a Certified Royal Conservatory of Music teacher, her students have received First Class Honors With Distinction, have earned Alpharetta center awards, and the highest marks in the state for their examination grades. She teaches over 50 private lessons weekly.
Dr. Hawk started piano lessons on a military base in Wurzburg, Germany at the age of 11, after her parents won a keyboard at a bingo game. She advanced quickly and was playing Mozart and Beethoven sonatas in less than one year of private lessons. Around the same time, she started playing the flute in her middle school band. Two years later, she moved to Colorado Springs where she studied piano with multiple teachers, including Dr. Curtis Smith from the University of Colorado.
Despite her love for music, she wanted to be an engineer. Having a strong interest in mathematics and science, she decided to attend Colorado State University to major in engineering and minor in music. After one year, her music professors persuaded her to be a piano performance major, so she double majored in music and engineering. She also continued playing the flute for a few years in the CSU Symphonic Band. She was one of the few female engineering students to be machine shop certified and won the "Best of Show" award for receiving the highest mark for accuracy in her final shop practicum project. Her senior design project, an electronically controlled pipe organ, synthesized with electronic sounds, received second place at the annual CSU Engineering Days.
She completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2008, studying with Dr. Janet Landreth. During her bachelors degrees, Dr. Hawk was employed as a piano instructor at several music academies, including the Westin Arts Academy and Main Street Music Academy. It was during these years that she discovered her love for teaching, so she decided to pursue a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from CSU, which she completed in 2010. At CSU, she was the recipient of numerous awards, including winning the annual Concerto Competition, the CSU-MTNA Pedagogy award for two years, and was selected as one of CSU's Outstanding Graduate Students. She also served as a staff accompanist at CSU, collaborating with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, and accompanying the university choirs. Simultaneously, she opened her own studio in Fort Collins, the Amadeus Piano Academy, where she was director and head instructor for three years.
Dr. Hawk moved to Athens, Georgia in 2010, to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Georgia, where she studied with Dr. Evgeny Rivkin. Her minor area of Piano Pedagogy was under the tutelage of Dr. Pete Jutras. At UGA, she was awarded a full graduate assistantship to teach private lessons, group classes for adults and children, and supervise other graduate student teachers.
In 2012, she was hired as a full-time Professor of Music/Piano at Andrew College in Cuthbert for two years where she taught applied piano, music appreciation, music theory, aural skills, and served as the college accompanist. From 2014 - May 2017, she was an instructor at PianoAlpharetta, and served as Studio Manager.
In 2014, with her husband, Dr. S. Eric Hawk, she Co-founded the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra, a non-profit community ensemble, where she serves as the pianist. She is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Georgia Music Teachers Association, the North Fulton Music Teachers Association, and National Federation of Music Clubs. She is also Chair of the Cumming Federation of Music Clubs and was named the 2017 Georgia Federation of Music Clubs Chair of the Year.
Today, Dr. Hawk teaches at Hawk Music Academy, where she is the Executive Director and piano instructor. She is a regular adjudicator of Georgia festivals and competitions. She also maintains an active performing career and can be seen in both solo and ensemble piano performances regularly. She lives in Cumming, Georgia, with her husband Eric, and their three labradors - Wall-E, Luna, and Aggie. When she is not practicing or teaching, she enjoys long distance running, cycling, yoga, remodeling her house, and various artistic projects.