Keith W. Hodgson Bio

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Keith W. Hodgson is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Since 2016, he has taught graduate & undergraduate conducting, percussion methods, fieldwork experiences, and supervises graduate student teachers in their elementary and secondary field placements as Coordinator of Student Teaching.

Mr. Hodgson currently serves as Immediate Past President to the Eastern Division of the National Association for Music Education and co-chairs NAfME’s Professional Learning and Partnerships Committee (PLPC). He is a Past-President of the New Jersey Music Educator’s Association, a National Board Certified Teacher, the recipient of the 2014 New Jersey Governor’s Award in the Arts for Leadership in Music, and was a Grammy Nominated Music Educator Quarter-Finalist in 2014. Mr. Hodgson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from William Patterson University, NJ; his Master’s Degree in School Leadership and Administration from Rowan University, NJ, with supervisor and principal certifications; and is currently a doctoral student pursuing his Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning with a specialization in Organizational Leadership through Aspen University in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Hodgson’s teaching career includes twenty-six years as a high school band director in New Jersey, the majority of which were as Director of Instrumental Music at Mainland Regional HS in Linwood, NJ. His experience with concert, jazz, marching, orchestra, and chamber ensembles is extensive.

Mr. Hodgson is the Conductor and Music Director for the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, an adult community band of music educators and professional musicians. Mr. Hodgson has held the principal conducting post of the SJAWE since its founding in 1997. Mr. Hodgson is also the Head Director of the American Music Abroad Gold Tour, an annual three-week summer music tour of band, choral, and orchestra students performing in six countries throughout Europe. He has over 22 years of experience in group travel and performing for European audiences in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

Mr. Hodgson is an active guest conductor for high school honor bands, community bands, and summer music camps as well as a band and orchestra clinician, guest speaker, and professional development presenter. He annually presents at numerous state, regional and national conferences. In 2007, he presented at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago on the music certificate for The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. As a conductor, he has studied with many master conductor/ teachers including Edward Lisk, Stephen Melillo, Anthony Maiello, and Mallory Thompson among others. His guest conducting appearances have included honors ensembles in NJ, CT, MD, NY, PA, AK, AL, and Europe.

Mr. Hodgson is proud to be Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, Director of Education for Zeswitz Music, and an adjunct professor for Ithaca College, New Jersey City University, and Stockton University. He was honored as the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award by the New Jersey Music Educators Association. Mr. Hodgson lives in Egg Harbor Township, NJ with his wife Jennifer, who is a high school band director, and their three dogs… Jack, Buddy, and Mya.