PhD, Northwestern University

Maud Hickey is an associate professor of music education in the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Hickey’s research interest lies in the teaching of, as well as assessment of, musical creativity as manifest through improvisation and composition, and most recently has connected this research interest with work with detained youth. She leads the Center for Civic Engagement’s “AMPED” program where University students mentor incarcerated youth on music composition/hip-hop in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago. Her book Music Outside the Lines: Ideas for Composing Music in K-12 Classrooms was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. Hickey currently serves on the editorial board of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education journal. At Northwestern University, Hickey was appointed a member of the inaugural cohort of faculty fellows in Northwestern's Center for Civic Engagement. She lectures on creative thinking in music around the United States and internationally, most recently in Singapore, Xiamen (China), and Mexico City. View Maud Hickey's research and citations.

Selected Works/Publications


Music Outside the Lines: Ideas for Composing Music in K-12 Classrooms. Oxford University Press. (2012)


Music education and the invisible youth: Research and practice of music education for youth in detention centers. In C. Benedict, P. Schmidt, G. Spruce, and P. Woodford (Eds.), the Oxford handbook of social justice and music education, (pp. 598-613). New York: Oxford University Press. (2015)

What to do about assessment.  In M. Hickey, A. Koops, C. Randles, D. Stringham, & L. Thornton (Eds.) Musicianship: Composing in band and orchestra (pp. 39-49). Chicago, IL: GIA Publications. (2013)


“We all Come Together to Learn About Music”: A Qualitative Analysis of a 5-Year Music Program in a Juvenile Detention Facility. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. (2018)

The effects of group free improvisation instruction on improvisation achievement and improvisation confidence. Music Education Research. Hickey, M., Ankney, K., Healy, D., & Gallo, D.  (2015)

Learning from the experts: A study of free improvisation pedagogues in University settings. Journal of Research in Music Education, 62(4), 425-445. (2015)

Can improvisation be ‘taught?’ A call for free improvisation in our schools.  International Journal of Music Education. 27(4), pp.  1–15. (2009)

Freeing improvisation in school music. Musicworks. The Journal of the Australian National Council of Orff-Schulwerk. 14, p. 13-22. (2009)


ICE Education Workshop Brings District Teachers to Bienen School

February 6, 2015

New Book from Maud Hickey Promotes Music Composition in the Classroom

October 15, 2012

Bienen Young Alumni to Discuss Community Engagement Nov. 4

October 26, 2010

Maud Hickey Receives $50,000 Chicago Community Trust Grant

June 17, 2010

Maud Hickey Receives NAA Excellence in Teaching Award

May 18, 2009

May 2009 Music Calendar

April 8, 2009

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