Years of Service: 1997-2019

Maud Hickey ’95 PhD, professor emerita of music education, joined the Bienen School faculty as assistant professor in 1997 and was promoted to associate professor in 2003. Before coming to Northwestern, she taught at Ithaca College.

Hickey’s research interest lies in the teaching and assessment of musical creativity as manifest through improvisation and composition. She has connected this research interest to work with detained youth and received more than a quarter of a million dollars in grants from the Chicago Community Trust to teach music in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Hickey led the Arts and Music Programs for Education in Detention Centers (AMPED) program at Northwestern University's Center for Civic Engagement. The program connects Northwestern students to incarcerated youth for music composition projects and mentoring.  

Hickey has lectured on creative thinking in music around the United States and internationally. Her book Music Outside the Lines: Ideas for Composing Music in K-12 Classrooms was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. She has served on the editorial board of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education journal and was also appointed a member of the inaugural cohort of faculty fellows in Northwestern's Center for Civic Engagement. Hickey received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and PhD from Northwestern.

Professor Hickey retired at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year after 22 years of service.


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