Melinda Hickman

Dr. Melinda Hickman

Adjunct Instructor in Music & Worship

Applied Piano, Music History

Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Melinda Hickman’s pre-college piano teacher was Audrey Brown.  As a teenager, she was a soloist several times with the Las Cruces Civic Symphony.  She began her own piano teaching studio at the age of 14.  She won a full-tuition scholarship to Arizona State University and went there in order to study with James Ruccolo.  When it became clear that Dr. Ruccolo’s health would prevent him from continuing to teach, she transferred to the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where she was also awarded a full-tuition scholarship.  She studied with Eugene Pridonoff and Elizabeth Pridonoff for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, then with Frank Weinstock for her Doctorate degree.

During her college years, Dr. Hickman won many scholarships and awards, including first prize ($2,500) in the Rildia Bee O’Bryan Cliburn Piano Competition in Cincinnati.  Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree, she also won the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for graduating with the highest G.P.A. in the College-Conservatory of Music.  She was chosen twice to perform live on Cincinnati’s classical radio station, WGUC.  She also performed in summer festivals including the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska, and the Academie de Musique de Sion in Switzerland.  During her doctoral studies, she was a graduate assistant fully responsible for teaching both class and private piano lessons.

Since 1997, Dr. Hickman has been an adjunct faculty member at Cincinnati Christian University, where she enjoys teaching piano and music history.  She also adjudicates competitions and performs solo and chamber repertoire.  She is involved in music ministry at LifeSpring Christian Church.

Melinda Hickman is the founder and director of the New Horizons Piano Competition for high school students.  Each year, top students compete for $1600 in cash prizes as well as scholarships.  She has also written and received a grant from ArtsWave for financial support of the competition.


~ Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, with a cognate in Music History.

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

Lecture Recital:  Religious Symbolism in Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor:  A Study of Formal and Programmatic Aspects

Thesis:  Meaning in Piano Music with a Religious Theme:  A Philosophical and Historical Approach

~Master of Music in Piano Performance.

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

~Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Summa cum laude.

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

Professional Organizations 

~National Music Teachers Association

~Ohio Music Teachers Association (OhioMTA)

~Association of Christian College Music Educators

Teaching Responsibilities 

~Applied Piano

~Class Piano I and II

~Piano Studio

~Piano Pedagogy

~Introduction to Musical Styles

~Music History I and II

Contact Information

~Telephone:  513-244-8165

~Fax:  513-244-8140