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Donald A. Hodges

Donald A. Hodges is Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Research Institute. His degrees are from the University of Kansas (BME) and the University of Texas (MM and PhD). Previous appointments include the Philadelphia public schools, the University of South Carolina, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Hodges is contributing editor of the Handbook of Music Psychology and the accompanying Multimedia Companion and has published numerous book chapters, articles, and research papers in music education and music psychology. He has made presentations to state, national, and international conferences and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. He is past president of the Texas Music Educators Conference and Texas Coalition for Music Education, has served on scientific organizing and review committees for the International Society for Music Medicine and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, and was Chair of the Music Perception and Cognition Special Research Interest Group (Music Educators National Conference) and Research Chair for NCMEA. Recent research has focused on a series of brain imaging studies of musicians.

There are 29 included publications by Donald A. Hodges :

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Are we wired for music? 2002 445 In recent years there has been an explosion of research into the phenomenon or music in the brain. This has been paralleled by a much inure visible presence in the popular media. Unfortunately. what is reported in scholarly journals is not always wha...
Aspects of multisensory perception: The integration of visual and auditory information processing in musical experiences. 2006 1010 One of the requirements for being a successful musical conductor is to be able to locate sounds instantaneously in time and space. Because this requires the integration of auditory and visual information, the purpose of this study was to examine mult...
Auditory enhancement of visual temporal order judgment 2006 482 Although numerous studies have shown that response times can be speeded by the presentation of multisensory stimuli, here we show that such speeding can be seen even when the second sensory channel fails to provide any task-relevant (i.e. redundant) ...
The brain basis of piano performance 2005 1167 Performances of memorized piano compositions unfold via dynamic integrations of motor, perceptual, cognitive, and emotive operations. The functional neuroanatomy of such elaborately skilled achievements was characterized in the present study by using...
Brains and Music, Whales and Apes, Hearing and Learning . . . and More 2009 725 This article is about whalesongs, hearing, musical brains, and a number of other topics explored over the past 35 years. Previous research is reviewed briefly, and more attention is given to recent efforts with an emphasis on collaborative research c...
CAIRSS for Music in arts medicine. 1992 626 CAIRSS (Computer-Assisted Information Retrieval Service System) for Music is a bibliographic database for music research literature. Researchers and practitioners from any location in the world now have online access to, and are able to do computeriz...
Closing the mind’s eye: Deactivation of visual cortex related to auditory task difficulty 2008 866 Blood oxygen-level-dependent signal decreases relative to baseline (deactivations) can occur with stimulation of an opposing sensory modality. Here, we show the importance of the difficulty of an auditory task on the deactivation of visual cortical a...
Can Neuroscience Help Us Do a Better Job of Teaching Music? 2010 779 We are just at the beginning stages of applying neuroscientific findings to music teaching. A simple model of the learning cycle based on neuroscience is Sense ? Integrate ? Act (sometimes modified as Act ? Sense ? Integrate). Additional components c...
The creative music project: A cantometric analysis of fifth grade student composition. 2003 906 There is an emerging consensus that the integration of creative activities in the music classroom facilitates student engagement in the process of music learning. Research is beginning to provide evidence that children are not only fully capable of c...
Does music really make you smarter? 1999 4023 "Music makes you smarter and "the Mozart effect" have become increasingly visible buzz woods in the last few years. The possibility that music instruction might enhance learning In others areas has captured the Imagination of many. Many record stores...
The Effects of Recorded Aural Models on the Performance Achievement of Students in Beginning Band Classes 1975 263 Identification of the Problem. Beginning wind instrument students often learn to play their instruments in large, mixed-instrument classes in which the teacher does not demonstrate on each student's instrument, or perhaps on any instrument. Thus, man...
Environmental Factors in Susceptibility to Noise-induced Hearing Loss in Student Musicians. 2008 567 Hearing threshold and survey data collected over 3 years in a university school of music indicate that 52% of undergraduate music students show declines in high-frequency hearing at 6000 Hz consistent with acoustic overexposure. Declines at 4000 Hz h...
A First Look at the Role of Domain-General Cognitive and Creative Abilities in Jazz Improvisation 2013 286 The present study explored the associations among several cognitive and creative abilities and expert ratings of jazz improvisational quality. Ten male undergraduate jazz students (8 performance majors, 2 education majors; 5 winds, 3 strings, 1 piano...
The Impact of a Funded Research Program on Music Education Policy 2010 450 Sounds of Learning: The Impact of Music Education is a research program designed to allow researchers to examine the roles of music education in the lives of school-aged children to expand the understanding of music's role in a quality education. The...
Implications of music and brain research. 2002 5551 In recent years, we have witnessed an explosion of information about the brain. New imaging techniques have given neuroscientists the tools to peer into the brain in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. What they are learning is revolutionizing ou...
Music education and music psychology: What?s the connection? 2003 4301 Music psychology is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary study of the phenomenon of music. The multidisciplinary nature of the field is found in explorations of the anthropology of music, the sociology of music, the biology of music, the physics...
Music Teaching Via the Microcomputer 1982 268 Until very recently, the use of computers in teaching music has been almost exclusively in the province of colleges and universities. An industrial paradox—increased technology combined with decreased costs—has made it possible for music teachers in ...
Music Unlocks Brain Functions 2005 334 Soccer. computer classes, scouting, and on and on; today's children have so many activities to choose from, it often seems as if their days are programmed from dawn to dusk. In the midst of all this, why should parents make certain their children are...
A Musician's Guide to the Human Brain 1983 255 In recent years there has been a tremendous upsurge in the interest musicians have shown in the brain. Consider these titles as just one indication; Music and the Brain: Studies in the Neurology of Music (Critchley and Hensen, 1977); Art Education an...
Network Science and the Effects of Music Preference on Functional Brain Connectivity: From Beethoven to Eminem 2014 113 Most people choose to listen to music that they prefer or ‘like’ such as classical, country or rock. Previous research has focused on how different characteristics of music (i.e., classical versus country) affect the brain. Yet, when listening to pre...
Screech, Hoot, and Chirp: Natural Soundscapes and Human Musicality 2004 163 The earth is not a silent planet. It is filled with an immense variety of geophanies (the sounds of inanimate nature such as waterfalls, thunderstorms, and wind) and biophanies (the sounds of animals). These sounds of nature are at once both familiar...
The screening of potential music educators. 1984 330 Excellence of the educational process is attainable only through excellence and quality of the professional staff of teachers and administrators. The steering committee appreciates the commitment of those throughout our slate who are actively involve...
Setting an agenda for neuromusical research. 1993 292 Why do we human beings have such powerful emotional responses to music? How do composers, conductors, and other musicians think in sound? What happens when a pianist suddenly loses control over his hands and can no longer perform? These and a myriad ...
The significance of music in the contemporary world 2007 445 One of the goals of the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium was to understand music from multiple perspectives. The purpose of this presentation was to explore this notion and to consider many different and perhaps infrequently recognized way...
The song system of the human brain. 2004 590 Although sophisticated insights have been gained into the neurobiology of singing in songbirds, little comparable knowledge exists for humans, the most complex singers in nature. Human song complexity is evidenced by the capacity to generate both ric...
A Virtual panel of expert researchers. 2000 602 This article presents the observations of a virtual panel of research experts who have conducted significant research on music and the brain. Their answers to questions posed by the moderator (the author) give unique insights into their findings and ...
What neuromusical research has to offer music education. 1997 1006 One area of music research that has received increasing attention over the past twenty-five years is the study of music and the brain, or neuromusical research. Although the earliest studies can be traced back more than 100 years (e.g., Proust, 1866)...
Why study music? 2005 2178 Cognitive neuroscience is identifying neural networks in the brain that support multiple ways of knowing. This notion is also supported by evidence from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and other related disciplines. These human knowledge systems...
Wired for music: The science of human musicality 2007 431 Music is at the very core of what it means to be a human being. To find music is to find human beings, and vice versa. Although some features of the natural soundscape (e.g., that which we call bird song or whale song) bear remarkable similarities to...