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:

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 . . . .

Book Launch and Concert in Italy

We will soon be traveling to Fermo, Italy for a book launch and concert (related to the book Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age) as well as some Soundpainting free improvisation/composition with Jostein Stalheim, Mikolaj Rykowksi, Aleksandra Rykowska, Paolo Rosato, and others. Hopefully this will lead to long-term collaborations between the music programs in Fermo, Italy and Bergen, Norway. 

Link for review of book:

Link for sample of book:

Link to book listing on Amazon:


Nordic Tour of Chinese Musicians

A group of renowned musicians from China will be touring each of the Nordic countries over the next few weeks (September, 2018).The musicians include leading performers of Chinese traditional instruments (yanqing, guzheng, pipa, erhu), professors at Central Conservatory of Music, as well as one of China’s best known composers, and young award-winning performers on piano and violin. The musicians are on a Chinese government-sponsored tour of all Nordic countries, arranged through the Confucius Institute.

I will be joining them in Helsinki, Finland and Bergen, Norway, where I will give some lectures on music in East Asia that are coordinated with their visit. It will be exciting to see their performances, as well as how European audiences respond, and to also have a chance to see the same musicians later this year in Beijing.



Music Education in Northern Europe

Another book to be published soon . . .

Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe (edited by David Hebert and Torunn Bakken Hauge; Routledge, in press) tells the story of a unique organization that has contributed in profound ways to the professional development of music teachers in the Nordic and Baltic nations. At the same time, the book offers reflections on how music education, and approaches to the training of music teachers, have changed across recent decades, a period of significant innovations. In a time where international partnerships appear to be threatened by a recent resurgence in protectionism and nationalism, this book also more generally demonstrates the value of formalized international cooperation in the sphere of higher education. The setting for the discussion, Northern Europe, is a region arguably of great importance to music education for a number of reasons, seen for instance in Norway’s ranking as the ‘happiest nation on earth’; the well-known success of Finland’s schools in international-comparative measures of student achievement; how Sweden has grappled with its recent experience as ‘Europe’s top recipient of asylum seekers per capita’ and Estonia’s national identity as a country born from a ‘Singing Revolution’, to name but a few examples. The contributors chronicle how the Nordic Network for Music Education was founded and developed, document its impact, and demonstrate how the eight nations involved in this network – Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – are making unique contributions of global significance to the field of music education.

Link for more information: