ISME History Standing Committee

It was a pleasure to learn today that I have been appointed to the History Standing Committee of the International Society for Music Education (ISME). I look forward to collaborating in support of the important work of this organization.

I include here an image of the shofar, which for a few thousand years of Jewish tradition has been an important celebratory instrument to be played on this day, September 20 (Rosh Hashanah). A similar instrument has also been used in Norwegian folk music since Viking times.  

Below are some websites related to ISME’s History Standing Committee:




Summer Course 2021: Internationalizing Higher Education

Applications will soon be accepted for the intensive PhD course Internationalizing Higher Education, to be offered through Bergen Summer Research School (June 7-17, 2021).

Depending on the status of the pandemic, the course may be offered entirely online or face-to-face in Bergen. Typically, many students receive scholarships to cover the expense of participation, and the BSRS courses (for ECTS credits) attract PhD students from all around the world.

The application deadline is February 1, 2021. More details will be available soon, and linked to here with updates. For now, click HERE for an earlier announcement with further details, and click HERE for the BSRS website.


Nature Conservation and Music Sustainability

My article ‘Nature Conservation and Music Sustainability: Fields with Shared Concerns’ has been accepted for publication in the ‘Wild Pedagogy’ special issue of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education.

Here is a link for the journal, although I expect it will be at least another month before the Wild Pedagogy special issue with my article is published: https://cjee.lakeheadu.ca/

Interdisciplinarity has always been appealing to me, and this is probably the furthest outside my main fields that I have ventured as an author, with readings in environmental education to get a better sense of how music could be relevant, and vice versa. It is always a stimulating intellectual exercise to rethink one's subject area from the orientation of other fields of study, almost like visiting a different country. Hopefully the article will be interesting and useful for some readers.

Shown above is a photo I took near the start of this year while hiking in the woods near my home.


Digitized Musical Heritage: Nordic/Baltic Event

The Nordic Network for Music Education (NNME) will be holding its annual symposium and intensive joint Master course during the first week of November 2020. This year, due to the pandemic, it will be an entirely online event, hosted virtually by Camilla Kvaal at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

The theme for this year is Digitized Heritage: Sustaining Local Traditions.


We have received positive responses from notable experts who will serve as invited speakers for this online NNME event, including prominent researchers based in Australia, China, Kenya, Germany, and elsewhere. This unique event will also feature Nordic and Baltic keynote speakers and projects, and ongoing thesis research developed by the Master student participants.

Some parts of the event will be live-streamed for open access. Participation for full credit (with presentation of ongoing research and commentary) is limited to 21 Master students, but additional students may participate in a virtual poster session with access to the keynote speeches.

Click HERE for the main homepage of the Nordplus-sponsored Nordic Network for Music Education (NNME), and HERE for the 2020 intensive course announcement.

Click HERE for the NNME entry on Wikipedia. The network includes the postgraduate programs for music teacher education across the eight Nordic and Baltic countries, and for more than 20 years it has been coordinated by the music programs at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. 

David Hebert



Benefits of Shifting to Online Learning During Pandemic

Here is a link to an article from Norway News about my recent PhD course in Norway:

After clicking on the (above) website, one must scroll down to access the full article. 

Click HERE for a Norwegian language article about this course in Sunnhordland newspaper.


Keynote in Thailand

I look forward to giving a Keynote presentation soon for a conference in Thailand in collaboration with creative colleagues in the avant garde ensemble The Six Tones. Our presentation is titled “Musical Transformations: Networked Performance in Intercultural Music Creation,” a keynote developed for Is the Virtual Real?: Musical Communities in the 21st Century, the annual Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (PGVIM) International Symposium.

For several years, the PGVIM events have attracted music specialists from around the world to Thailand. Due to the pandemic in 2020, our presentation will be via videoconference.

Click HERE for the symposium schedule of events, and HERE for details on our presentation.

Above is a photograph of members of The Six Tones, and below is a photo of me playing Thai cymbals at a Maori marae in New Zealand (from 15 years ago during the Thai-Maori Musical Exchange Project with Dr. Pornprapit Phoasavadi, who had been my teacher of Thai jakhe for several years).

Paper presentation (with guitarist Stefan Östersjö, Vietnamese dan tranh master Than Thuy Nguyen, and composer Henrik Frisk), “Musical Transformations: Networked Performance in Intercultural Music Creation”; Panel discussion with composers Joseph Hyde (Bath Spa), Scott Wilson (Birmingham), and Ivan Zavada (Sydney), Is the Virtual Real?: Musical Communities in the 21st Century, Annual PGVIM International Symposium, Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, Bangkok, Thailand (August 25, 2020). [presented via videoconference] 


Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning

It is a pleasure to announce the publication of the Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning, a unique new research resource that promises to attract much interdisciplinary interest. It is edited by three scholars based in Ontario, Canada: Janice Waldron, Stephanie Horsley and Kari Veblen. 

My chapter in this handbook is co-authored with Sean Williams, and titled “Ethnomusicology, Music Education, and the Power and Limitations of Social Media”. Sean and I describe how the fields of ethnomusicology and music education have made creative use of various forms of social media, including blogs such as this one. Moreover, we demonstrate how the field of music as a whole has been profoundly transformed through recent technological developments in ways that are both positive and negative for artists, researchers, educators, and the general public.