Donald Hodges is Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. At the Music Research Institute, he oversees nearly 30 active research projects in BioMusic, Neuroimaging of Musicians, Music Education, Music-related Hearing Loss, Music Performance, Music Medicine, and Ethnomusicology. Two of the projects are Sounds of Learning – an investigation of the role of music education in the lives of school age children – and Multi-sensory Processing of Conductors – an investigation into the ways auditory and visual information integrate in the brains of highly trained musicians.
Dr. Hodges has authored more than 100 book chapters, papers and multimedia programs in music education and music psychology and is contributing editor of the Handbook of Music Psychology and the accompanying Multimedia Companion CD-ROMs. Recent research efforts have included a series of brain imaging studies of pianists, conductors and singers using PET, MRI and fMRI; and papers and presentations on Williams Syndrome musicians, tonality judgments in popular music, the nature of human musicality, the evolutionary basis for musicality, biomusic, the impact of music education, and the connection between music psychology and music education.