Dr. Ian Hodges

Specializes In: Guitar (classical, jazz, rock, blues, country, folk), Electric Bass (jazz & commercial styles), Composition, Songwriting,Music Theory


Dr. Ian Hodges (B. Mus., M. Mus., DMA) is one of Canada’s most versatile musicians, performing professionally on classical and jazz guitar and in commercial music settings.  His professional career began in the 1980’s as an electric guitarist with jazz, fusion, rock, blues and country bands.  Ian has performed all over Canada and the US, and is still an active performer.  His academic credentials are of the highest order, a rare combination that offers students the best combination of real world experience and extensive musical training.

Ian holds multiple degrees in guitar performance, including a Doctor of Musical Arts (University of Minnesota), Master’s (Florida State University), Bachelor of Music (University of Manitoba), and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, America’s National Honorary Musical Society.

Performances as a classical guitar soloist, chamber musician, and guest soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and other top professional ensembles led the Winnipeg Free Press to hail Ian as Manitoba’s Premiere Classical Guitarist”(November 2001).  CBC Radio featured many of his live performances in national broadcasts, and the CD “Canciones” (with soprano Charlene Pauls) received airplay across North America.

Dr. Hodges composes music for the concert stage, film and theatre, including National Film Board documentaries (the Peabody award-winning “Fat Chance” in 1994; “and so to Bed” in 1999), independent films  (“Haunts of the Black Masseur – the Swimmer as Hero” in 2004), and shows for Prairie Theatre Exchange (“The Birds & The Bees” 2017,“Butcher” 2015, “The Valley” 2014, “December Man”  2011).

A highly successful teacher for over 35 years, Dr. Hodges has taught at the University of Minnesota, the Canadian Mennonite University,  and currently teaches for the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts and Prep Division University of Manitoba.   His students have won a great number of scholarships, medals and trophies in competitions and exams, and have been accepted at music schools across Canada and the US.  Many have gone on to professional careers in music.



Doctor of Musical Arts, Guitar Performance University of Minnesota, 2010

Master of Music, Guitar Performance, Florida State University, 2003

Private Classical Guitar Study with Norbert Kraft, 1993-1997

Bachelor of Music, Guitar Performance, University of Manitoba, 1992

Jazz Studies, Humber College, 1983

Masterclasses and Private study with some of the top classical and jazz musicians in the world

Career Highlight

Solo classical guitar tour of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, taking classical guitar music to communities that rarely hear this repertoire (Spring 2012);

Performing and recording with the University of Minnesota Big Band, directed by Dean Sorenson (2009/2010);

Performing the major concertos for lute (on classical guitar) with the Musik Barock Ensemble (1998-2005):

Initiation into Pi Kappa Lambda, America’s National Honorary Musical Society (2003);

Recording and releasing the CD Canciones with Soprano Charlene Pauls, featuring Spanish Music for Voice and Guitar (1997);

Performing at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival (1997), and as guest soloist on an All-Vivaldi program (1996);

Composing and recording the music for the Peabody Award winning NFB documentary, Fat Chance (1994);

Touring all over Canada as lead guitarist with the rock band “Cathy St. Germain and the Rage” (1983-1985);

Performing at a very young age with Ron Paley’s Fusion Quintet, playing music by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Pat Metheney, Weather Report etc, (1981-82).