Conservatorium of Music

Glen Hodges

Glen Hodges

Dr Glen Hodges

Deputy Director of Music; Co-ordinator, Contemporary Guitar; Co-ordinator, Songwriter

PhD Macquarie University, MMus University of North Texas, BMus UNE

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Dr Glen Hodges - Researchers Report (WARP)

Career Summary

Glen is the Deputy Head of Music at The University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music and is Coordinator of Contemporary Guitar (Senior Lecturer) and the Songwriter program.  With a tertiary music teaching career of over twenty-five years, he has vast experience in a range on contemporary music disciplines and his work has been the subject of international publication.

He completed an undergraduate degree with Honours at the University of New England majoring in composition and classical voice.  During his undergraduate studies, he continued private tuition on classical guitar with Georg Mertens.  From there he went to the University of North Texas (USA) were he completed a Masters in Music with studies in composition, jazz and classical guitar.  Glen received a number of awards and scholarships both in Australia and in the USA during the course of his studies and taught at the University of North Texas as a teaching fellow and at Texas Wesleyan University while studying at UNT.  In 2006, he was awarded a grant to travel to Denmark and the USA undertaking interviews for his doctoral project, presenting his research and performing some of his original compositions.  His PhD with Macquarie University (Sydney) studied the improvisational style of jazz guitar great Jimmy Raney.

Glen is endorsed by Yamaha Guitars and Hancock Archtops and has performed with some of Australia's finest jazz musicians: Don Burrows, Don Rader, Jim Kelly, James Morrison, Kevin Hunt, Viv Middleton, Irene Bartlett, Connaitre Miller, Grace Knight, Kristin Theak, Michelle Nicole and Graham Jessie to name a few.  He performed regularly in Central Queensland and beyond and has featured at a number of jazz festivals and tours including Pinnacles (Brisbane), Great Tropical Jazz Party (Magnetic Island), Big River Jazz Festival (Rockhampton), North Queensland Jazz Festival (Mackay), Hot August Jazz (Hobart), Michel Benebig (New Caledonia) and the Great Barrier Reef Jazz Festival (Hamilton Island).  He was artistic director for the Big River Jazz Festival for five years and also coordinated the North Queensland Jazz Festival and the Great Barrier Reef Jazz Festival.  With Derrin Kerr (CQCM) and Lee Huber (Hamilton Island Enterprises), he managed the Hamilton Island Project, a unique industry, performing arts education interface.  He is currently Music Director for "Carols Together", a multicultural community event held each December in Hobart.

Glen has lectured and performed in both Australia and the USA, and is in demand as a workshop leader and adjudicator.  He has received a number of awards for teaching and program management, including a Dean's Merit Award from CQUni and a Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from UTAS.  He has supervised PhDs in guitar performance, song writing, ensemble Interaction, accordion performance and multimedia improvisation and has a number of current HDR students working on studies from performance and improvisation to analysis and composition.  His publications include a feature article in the IAJE Jazz Education Journal and works on Jazz and music performance education in a tertiary context.

Glen has ensemble direction experience in a wide variety of genres and was a faculty member of the SunWater & Stanwell Winter Music School for three years.  He has also been involved in church music for some 30 years, in a number of liturgical styles from "High" church to Pentecostal.  He is currently Honorary Music Pastor at the Hobart Full Gospel Church.  Song writing has been a long-term passion and Glen has performed his originals in range of venues from churches to concert halls both in Australia and the USA.