Education & Teaching Philosophy
Dr. Hodos maintains a vibrant private studio that focuses on creating a balanced musician with a love of music and an understanding of how their repertoire is put together. Lessons include instruction in music theory, music history, performance practice, in addition to repertoire and technique. Dr. Hodos enjoys working with a wide variety of ages and abilities, from students as young as 4 years old, through adults returning to music or starting for the first time.
Currently on the faculty at Penn State Abington, Dr. Hodos has taught and coached students at both Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. She has created and implemented a novel program for elementary school students that supports curriculum through the use of music, social skills, and poetry.
A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), through the Music Teachers National Association, Dr. Hodos received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in Piano Performance where her professors and advisors included Peter Basquin and Bruce Macintyre; her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California where she studied with Brooks Smith and Gwendolyn Koldofsky; and her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Piano Performance where she worked with Barry Snyder and Robert Spillman.
Dr. Hodos is currently serving as the President for the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, the Artistic Director for The Dean's Concert Series at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, and the Music Director for the Bala Cynwyd Library Concert Series.
Pianist Gilya Hodos has concertized extensively both as a soloist and collaborative artist in Israel, Germany, Australia, and throughout the United States. Dr. Hodos has been described as playing “with brilliant virtuosity and unabashed fun … ” (Strings) and as having “a sumptuousness of sound … a powerful presence … ” (Sightlines).
Dr. Hodos made her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall in 1995 and was invited to perform there again in 1998 with clarinetist Kang Kuo Ho. Recent performances in New York have included concerts in Alice Tully Hall, Bruno Walter Theatre, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, and Rockefeller University.
A proponent of new music, she has given the world premiere performances of several works including Five Poems of Sylvia Plath by Howard Boatwright; Kenneth Lieberson’s Millenium, for soprano and piano; and Vivienne Olive’s Liebeslied, for cello and piano.
Dr. Hodos’ performances have been broadcast live, including those on WNYC-FM in New York (Around New York), KIOS-FM in Omaha, Neb. (Live at the Joslyn Art Museum), and nationally on public radio (Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago).
Dr. Hodos received her her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, her Master of Music degree in Accompanying from the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music.
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