Hickey's teaching provided me with an organized and thorough approach
jazz improvisation that played an integral role to my development
as a jazz
(Libertyville HS, University of Illinois)
I’m an adult who returned to piano lessons after 30 years,
and I couldn’t imagine a better teacher than Joan. You’ll
learn how to play jazz and enjoy every minute of it"!
an experienced player, teacher, and appreciator of jazz music
and its history, Joan Hickey knows what it takes. She gave me
the oppurtunity to play with masters in a piano-trio setting,
and to work as a duo with singers. We worked on how to be a sensitive
and contributive accompanist, and explored the infinite possibilities
solo-piano playing. She taught me the fundamentals, and guided
me along the path to find out what kind of musician I am. I recommend
Joan as a teacher for curious and passionate musicians of any
(Niles E HS, Univ. of Michigan)
Hickey was a great inspiration and great teacher to me at a perfect
time. She played an instrumental role in my musical development
and helped me discover my true passion for music. Being a very
multifaceted person, music wasn't necessarily the focal point
of my life, but she gave me the tools to understand the music,
and nurture my musical experience. Without Joan, I would not be
the musician or the human being I am today.
(Lake forest HS, Univ of Denver)
presenting me with concepts to learn the craft of playing jazz
piano, Joan helped me develop a strong foundation early on. She
also introduced me to many great recordings and musicians who
will always be an inspiration to me.
(Evanston HS, Eastman School of Music
with Joan) was the best thing that every happened to my daughter.
Her playing soared to another level from that point forward. Joan
has a teaching style that my daughter and many students can relate
to. Her band director said she jumped up to a playing level that
he knew she could under Joan's direction. Not only are Joans piano
skills number one, but how she relates to her students as individuals
is also second to none!!
Hickey has worked with my son Leif for the last couple of years.
Leif is still in middle school but his piano/jazz skills are at
least on par with the average high school age kid. Joan has been
informative and inspirational!
(bassist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra)