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An award-winning bestselling author of nonfiction published with six international publishers.

An award-winning composer who's worked with Emmy, Grammy, & Tony Award winners.

A media composer scoring for film, television, videogames, radio, podcasts, and theatre.

A music and theatre professor for over a decade at multiple universities and colleges.

A teaching artist with former students now working in MoviesTV, and Broadway.

Worked with hundreds of music clients in over 30 countries spanning six continents.

A frequent sought-after judge for annual national & international music competitions.

Original musical compositions and arrangements heard in over 50 million Youtube views.

 Ranked a finalist/semifinalist in several international competitions (including multiple Top 10s).


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Matthew Hodge is an award-winning composer, bestselling author, and professor currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina.


As a composer, Matthew has worked with Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winners around the country. He has worked on projects that have received praise from The New York Times, Variety, The Huffington Post, Radio Disney, The Advocate, MSN News, and FOX NewsHe has composed for feature films, including Dan Hunt's Mr. Angel (2014 Telly Award for Social Issue Documentary) which aired on NETFLIX and HULU. His television credits included music for MundoFox's Los Golden Boys (from executive producers Mario Lopez and Oscar De La Hoya) and PBS's Blind Love (with Emmy-winning director Patty Zagarella and Emmy-nominated composer Don DiNicola). Matthew has scored several short films circuiting through international film festivals, including Jason Garrett's Girl(s) ("Best Drama Award" at the 2013 World Independent Film Expo), Tyler Horn's Typewriters, and Alejandro Rodriguez's In My Skin starring Tommy Dorfman (Netflix's 13 Reasons Why) and Robbie Stubbs (Law & OrderAs The World Turns). 


Matthew has been selected to pitch music for brands such as Verizon and Schick Razors and has ranked as a finalist/semifinalist seven times in international competitions (including multiple Top 10 placements internationally). Other scoring credits included a video presentation for Penguin Random House for their 2014 NYC celebrity gala event honoring Bette Midler and Barbara Walters, award-winning video game prototypes (including Penguin Panic---winner of "Best Solo Game Award" at 2015 LittleAwful Game Jam national gaming competition), podcasts, and commercials/promos for multiple universities. He is a frequent collaborator with Emmy-nominated composer and award-winning filmmaker Don DiNicola. 


Matthew has worked with artists and students who have performed in several Broadway shows and singers previously seen on FOX's American Idol and NBC's The Sing-Off. Additionally, his contemporary vocal arrangements have been performed by hundreds of schools, universities, and singing groups in all 50 states and in 31 countries spanning five continents (recent clients include Harvard University and the prestigious London Contemporary Voices). He is a professional composer/arranger for a cappella vocal groups (, having serviced hundreds of a cappella clients. Videos of singers performing Matthew's a cappella arrangements have collectively earned over 50 million views on Youtube.

As an author, Matthew specializes in scholarly and academic nonfiction. His recent book Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney (Theme Park Press) won a 2021 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD (Music Category), a 2021 NYC BIG BOOK DISTINGUISHED FAVORITE AWARD (Music Category), a 2020 NFAA GOLD AWARD (Nonfiction Authors Association), a 2020 BIBA BEST INDIE BOOK AWARD (Nonfiction Category), a 2020 LITERARY TITANS SILVER AWARD, and a nomination for the 2021 ARSC AWARD (Association for Recorded Sound Collections), as well as reached AMAZON BEST SELLER status in both Kindle and Paperback formats (including Top 10, Top 30, Top 50, and Top 100 category rankings). He is also the author of the award-winning book Gotham City Sounds: The Music of Batman Villains (Pulp Hero Press), the lead editor of Exploring the Macabre, Malevolent, and Mysterious: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), and the co-editor of the upcoming book POWERS OF POP: Cross-Cultural Influences Between Japanese and American Pop Cultures (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Additionally, he contributed chapters for the books The Psychosocial Implications of Disney Movies (MDPI), Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Media Fandom (IGI Global), Handbook of Research on Aestheticitization of Violence, Horror, and Power (IGI Global), and the upcoming books A Critical Companion to Julie Taymor (Lexington Books), Mythological Equines in Film (Vernon Press), and "A Hero Will Endure": Essays at the Twentieth Anniversary of Gladiator (Vernon Press), as well as authored articles published in academic journals (see Author page). He has also been an invited Editor and Reviewer for multiple international scholarly journals.

Matthew is currently a music and theatre professor at William Peace University in Raleigh, NC. He has also worked with North Carolina State University, Campbellsville University, the University of Kentucky, Lindsey Wilson College, Bellarmine College, and Centre College. He has co-designed degrees currently being offered at universities in multiple states, created curriculum for international studies, presented research at five international academic conferences (including one at Harvard University), and published multiple scholarly books, chapters, and journal articles (see Professor page). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Composition & Theory degree and a Master of Arts in Music degree from Campbellsville University and a Master of Fine Arts in Composition degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts. During his studies, Matthew was awarded competitive scholarships and student awards.


In the theatre world, Matthew has worked in over 50 productions in various roles including music director, composer, and playwright. He has worked with dozens of professional and regional theatre companies. His professional collaborations include Tony Award winners and several Broadway performers. As a frequently invited guest artist and instructor, Matthew has worked with students and performers who have performed in Broadway productions and national tours such as HamiltonDear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Girl From the North Country, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Matilda, Annie, Les MisérablesNice Work If You Can Get It, Harvey, Sunset BoulevardHairspray, Swing!, Rent, Spamalot, The Color Purple, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.


Matthew has served as a frequent judge for the annual CINE Film Score Competition and Marvin Hamlisch International Film Score Competition; he has also served as a judge for Varsity Vocals International Acappella Competitions and Miss America qualifying competitions. He has served as a board member of non-profit arts organizations (statewide, national, and international) and has received multiple awards for contributing music to various charities. Additionally, he is a Journal Topics Board Member and Topic Editor for the international academic journal Arts (MDPI) and is a professional member of the Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA), Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA), A cappella Education Association (AEA), Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA).


Matthew is extremely grateful and humbled to have traveled the world as an educator, scholar, and artist. He has traveled internationally leading study abroad students, presenting research at academic conferences, and performing. His recent journeys included Canada, The Bahamas, England, Ireland, France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, Turkey, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belgium, and The Netherlands. He has also been an invited lecturer and speaker for programs in Germany, Ecuador, and Brazil. His upcoming work travels include Scotland and Wales.

Matthew is passionate about community and giving back. He has won multiple awards for his musical work with various charities. He is a frequent volunteer for charities, non-profits, and organizations devoted to such topics as homelessness, veterans, arts education, bullying, hunger needs, hospital patients, and the elderly suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia.

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