Assistant Professor of Music Education
Hicks teaches music education at Ball State University. Prior to obtaining her current teaching
position, she taught instrumental music for grades 5-12 in Iowa, as well as
taught at the university level at Ball State University and The Ohio State University. Dr. Hicks holds a Bachelor of Music Education
degree from Iowa State University, a Master of Music Education and Clarinet
Performance degree from Ball State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy
degree from The Ohio State University.
At Ball State, she teaches undergraduate music education courses in woodwind
techniques, introduction to music education, and supervises students’ field
experiences. Dr. Hicks’ research
interests include teaching instrumental music in rural school districts,
recruiting teachers to teach instrumental music in rural school districts, and
parallels found between rural and urban instrumental music education. Additionally, Dr. Hicks is actively involved
in making music in the Muncie and surrounding communities through performing
with community bands, directing bell choirs, and maintaining a private studio.