Intercultural Music Research

It is a pleasure to be part of two intercultural music research panels with excellent scholars at international conferences in Bergen and Malmo in early summer, 2019.

Panel Chair/Organizer, “Chinese Music in Confucius Institutes” (with Directors of Confucius Institutes in Norway and Denmark). Paper presentation, “Musicians’ Reflections on the Teaching of Traditional Chinese Instruments for Prominent Conservatories in Europe and China,Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) international conference, University of Bergen, Norway (June 13-14, 2019, PLANNED).

Panelist, “Indigeneity in the 21st century classroom: Reconstruction and reconciliation in Scandinavia and North America” (with Eva Saether, David Johnson, Ylva Hofvander Trulsson, and Patrick Schmidt), European Association for Music in Schools (EAS) annual international conference, Malmo Academy of Music, Lund University, Sweden (May 16-18, 2019, PLANNED).

Displayed is a photo I took of a lesson on the Chinese guqin late last year.


Book Launch: Music Education in Northern Europe

I am pleased to announce that we will soon have a book launch for our latest book on Routledge, Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe.

The book launch will be a public event at the libary of Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, on Tuesday April 9, 4pm-6pm.

Contributing authors representing all Nordic and Baltic countries will give presentations at the book launch. These include several of the leading scholars from the field of music education in Northern Europe. There will also be a presentation by Liora Bresler.

Click HERE to access a poster for the event.
Click HERE for more information on the book.


World Music Pedagogy

I am happy to announce that along with William Coppola (University of North Texas) I am now co-authoring volume 7 of the World Music Pedagogy series on Routledge press. 

Our book, which is scheduled for publication in late 2019, is entitled World Music Pedagogy: Music in Higher Education.

It is designed as a unique resource for university and conservatory teachers of world music courses. 

The image shown here offers general information about the series and here is a link for further details: https://www.routledge.com/music/series/WMP

Here is a link to purchasing information for my previous books: https://amazon.com/author/davidhebert

Research Evaluation in Music

It is a pleasure to report that I was recently appointed to the Editorial Boards of two notable research journals and as External Reviewer for the Doctor of Education program with East Asia’s highest ranked faculty of education.

Music Education Research, published by Routledge, has a very international scope and the highest citation impact among international journals in the field of music education. It now has a 20-year history.

Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education is the most widely-cited open-access online journal in the field of music education. It has a 17-year history.

I continue serving on the Editorial Boards of several other journals as well, including the very oldest journal in our field, Arts Education Policy Review, published by Routledge, which was founded in 1899 under a different name.

The Education University of Hong Kong has a strong reputation for its successful programs, and I have recently been appointed External Evaluator for its Doctor of Education program in the field of Creative Arts Education.

Evaluation is always challenging, and calls for rigorous, systematic approaches and accountability. Effective evaluators must carefully determine the scope of any review, be critically reflective regarding their own biases, and develop a transparent and compelling report that enables researchers and managers to identify and build upon strengths while also recognizing possible ways of improving the quality of their work. It is inspiring to have such opportunities to play an important role in the strengthening of both educational programs and research projects.

Also, I have just returned to Norway following a residency as Hanban Visiting Scholar at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Shown here are images from some of my recent lectures in China, where higher education is rapidly developing with some world-class universities. 


Nordic Network for Music Education 2018 Master Course

The Nordic Network for Music Education will soon offer its 2018 intensive Master course, with a conference near Helsinki, Finland: Pushing Borders: Beyond Traditional Venues of Music Education. This year the program includes participants from six Northern European countries.

Link to information about the conference site, a villa near the Jean Sibelius estate called Kallio-Kuninkala: http://www.kuninkala.fi/

Link to information about the Nordic Network for Music Education: https://www.hvl.no/en/collaboration/nordic-countries/nordic-network-for-music-education/

Link to book developed through the Nordic Network for Music Education: https://www.routledge.com/Advancing-Music-Education-in-Northern-Europe/Hebert-Hauge/p/book/9781138486263

Hebert-Goto Duo 2018

Below are some videos of brief songs performed by the Hebert-Goto Duo when we were preparing recitals as part of the Kairos Research Group at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen. 

Although filmed in late 2017, the production on these was just completed in October 2018.

Rachmaninov song:

Verdi song:

Grieg song:

**Click HERE to hear our rendition of Bizet’s renowned “Toreador Song” from the opera Carmen.

Also, below is an amateur video of our original composition ‘Facing Global Challenges’ which was performed at the opening of the 2018 Bergen Summer Research School.

Further information on ‘Facing Global Challenges’:


Sustainable Development and Cultural Policy

The Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS) will offer its annual intensive PhD courses to students from around the world in June 17-27, 2019, and once again there will be a course on Cultural Policy. I look forward to planning and teaching the course.  

The theme of the 2019 program concerns the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have important implications for policies concerning cultural heritage. Policies in this area impact an array of traditional practices, including music and performing arts, visual arts, language arts, customs and rituals.

More information concerning the 2019 Cultural Policy course will be posted here soon.

Below is part of the BSRS 2019 announcement:

How would you frame your research to make an impact on policies for a sustainable future? . . . . . There is an urgent need to connect research to the 2030 Agenda. Next summer, we select 100 PhD candidates to discuss and explore science advice with some of the best international practitioners. 

Applications are welcome starting December 1, 2018.

BSRS 2019 offers a series of parallel multidisciplinary working groups with top international lecturers, and cutting-edge keynotes to help you make your research play a role for a sustainable future. The research school is tied together by common sessions on cross-disciplinary issues, plenary discussions. writing and presentation skills.

Link for further information on BSRS:

Links to articles on previous BSRS (2018):
Link to previous BSRS (2018) Cultural Policy course website:

Link to PhD student projects from previous BSRS course (2018):

Link for more information about the SDGs:

Below is an encouraging sign, a photo I took the last time I was flying in China. It shows that even corporations, in places like China, are seeing it as advantageous for their public relations to pledge support for the SDGs . . . .