Donald A. Hodges was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2005-2006 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his great contributions to the music industry. He is Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and director of the Music Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds degrees from the University of Kansas (B.M.E.) and the University of Texas (M.M. and Ph.D.). Hodges is contributing editor of the Handbook of Music Psychology and the accompanying Multimedia Companion, and has published extensively in music education and music psychology. Formerly on the editorial boards of Music Educators Journal and Update:Applications of Research in Music Education, he has served on committees for the International Society for Music Medicine and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. He has also served as Chair of the Music Perception and Cognition Special Research Interest Group (Music Educators National Conference).
Recent research has focused on a series of brain imaging studies on Williams Syndrome musicians, and on tonality judgments of popular music among pre-teens. Collectively, findings from the studies are providing a basis for mapping the musical brain and for cataloguing how musicians’ brains are different from those who have not studied music extensively. In addition to the brain experiments, Hodges is also working with a group to study the impact of music education on children’s growth and development.