Glen Hodges

Dr. Glen Hodges

Glen plays:

“For me playability is at least as important as tone. A lot of a person’s unique sound comes from their hands but if the instrument hampers the technical freedom of your playing, everything else suffers and the artist is unable to express the full range of their musical potential. Yamaha electric guitars are the absolute finest of their kind anywhere. They provide a design, build and set up that enables the artist to speak in their particular musical dialect with ease and freedom. The fact that on top of this they sound phenomenal is a welcome bonus. I consider many of the models Yamaha has introduced over the years to be true classics and instruments worthy of “hall of fame” status. Their place in the development of modern music is irrefutable.”

Glen is the Deputy Head of Music at The University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music and is Coordinator of Contemporary Guitar and the Songwriter program.

His formal studies include composition, classical voice, classical guitar and jazz 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. His PhD with Macquarie University (Sydney) studied the improvisational style of jazz guitar great Jimmy Raney.

Glen has worked with some of Australia's finest jazz musicians and has featured at a number of jazz festivals including Pinnacles (Brisbane), Great Tropical Jazz Party (Magnetic Island), Big River Jazz Festival (Rockhampton), North Queensland Jazz Festival (Mackay), Hot August Jazz (Hobart) and the Great Barrier Reef Jazz Festival (Hamilton Island). With Derrin Kerr (CQCM) and Lee Huber (Hamilton Island Enterprises) he managed the Hamilton Island Project, a unique industry, performing arts education interface.

Glen has lectured and performed in both Australia and the USA, and is also 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 ensemble direction experience in a wide variety of genres. He has also been involved in church music for some 30 years, in a number of liturgical styles from "High" church to Pentecostal. 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.