International Music Institutions Leaders Forum 2014

I am pleased to announce an exciting new development scheduled for this Autumn. As part of the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the founding of China Conservatory, the International Music Institutions Leaders Forum (IMILF) - a global meeting for directors of higher education music institutions - will be held in Beijing (September 19-22).

Here is a partial list of speakers for this event:

Keynote Addresses: 
-Gary McPherson (University of Melbourne, Australia)
-Jiaxing Xie (China Conservatory-Beijing)
-David Hebert (Bergen University College, Norway)

Invited Speakers:
-Jonathan Stock (University College Cork, Ireland)
-Marianne Løkke Jakobsen (Royal Conservatory, Copenhagen, Denmark)
-Alex Ruthmann (New York University, USA)
-Patricia Gonzalez (University of Chihuahua, Mexico)
-Dan Bendrups (Griffith University, Australia)
-Gabriel Solis (University of Illinois, USA)
-Boh Wah Leung (Hong Kong Institute of Education, China)
-David Williams (University of South Florida, USA)
-Paul Woodford (Western University, Ontario, Canada)

Other speakers and participants will soon be confirmed.
Also, more information about this unique event will soon be posted on the China Conservatory website, which I will link to here when it becomes available.

Below are some relevant links.  

China Conservatory: http://en.ccmusic.edu.cn/


Sociology of Music in Japan

It is exciting to now be participating in the XVIII World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan, following some teaching for Yokohama National University. Yokohama is a fascinating city that served as a center of westernization from the mid-nineteenth century onward, and it continues to be a globally significant hub of innovation (see above photo of the city skyline, which I took yesterday). This conference, with the theme of “Facing an Unequal World” has more than 6,000 participants from all throughout the world, and more than 60 of the paper presentations address some aspect of music from a sociological perspective. I am serving as Chair and Discussant for a session entitled “Sociological Approaches to Western Music in Japan”. The session features two quite interesting papers by Japanese scholars: Musicology in Post-War Japan: German Influence and Social Context, by Naomi MIYAMOTO, and “Japanese” Approaches to the Music of Frédéric Chopin, by Yasuko SHIBATA

UPDATE: Due to a program change, I also served as Chair of a session on Sociology of Art in Japan
In Yokohama, I have also been meeting with various academic presses that seem very interested in possibilities for several future books that I am either already writing or intend to produce. I am especially eager to secure a contract for the book I am currently editing, Translation, Education, and Innovation: Proceedings of the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Nordic Association for Japanese and Korean Studies.
Who will publish it, and what about the other books I am developing?: Brill, Springer, Palgrave-Macmillan, Routledge? We will see . . .

Links for more information:


Theories and Methods for Music Research

In November 2014, the Grieg Research School for Interdisciplinary Music Studies will offer a seminar on theory and methodologies entitled "The Study of Musical Experiences: Data Collection, Interpretation and Analysis." This program at University of Bergen will be of interest to music researchers of all kinds. Click HERE for the website, and click HERE to download a brochure for this event. I am leading the observational data analysis methods section on Friday morning (28th.), and music therapy researcher Brynjulf Stige will demonstrate qualitative data interpretation on that afternoon. 

Also related to the theme of methodologies in music research, click HERE for an announcement at Amazon for the new book Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology, and click HERE for a preview of the book. 


Sociology of Global Music

This summer I will spend some time in Europe, North America, South America, and East Asia. Our music department in Norway is currently moving into its new campus, complete with a concert hall, rehearsal rooms, and recording studios, and I am hopeful that within the next few years we will launch new international-collaborative graduate programs with partner institutions. I am also working on developing a series of public recitals and guest lectures to propose for our new concert hall, as well as preparing a solo recital of my own, and eagerly look forward to upcoming performances as a singer with the Edvard Grieg Choir and Bergen Domkor.

At China Conservatory in Beijing, I will do some lectures and help with planning an international conference for leaders of music institutions (IMILF "World Summit on International Exchange"). Later, in Yokohama, Japan, I will chair a session on “Sociological Approaches to Western Music in Japan” for the International Sociological Association’s XVIII World Congress of Sociology: “Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology”.

I look forward to visiting family in the USA, and to giving a speech for the International Society for Music Education (ISME) conference in Brazil.

Recently I am busy with coordinating the editing and revisions to a new book: Translation, Education, and Innovation: Proceedings of the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Nordic Association for Japanese and Korean Studies (Ed., David G. Hebert, in preparation, 2014). I am also developing various large grant applications and another book entitled Understanding Music in Schools and Communities: A Global Perspective. That book will offer an international view of the changing landscape of music education in an age of corporatization, globalism, and mass surveillance.


New Musicology Book to Press

I am pleased to announce that on Monday (April 28, 2014) the complete manuscript for a new book will finally be sent to the publisher:

Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology, edited by Jonathan McCollum and David Hebert (Lexington/Rowman&Littlefield, in press, 2014).

Click HERE for a link to a preview of this book, as published in the journal Ethnomusicology Review.

Click HERE for a book announcement and sales information on the Amazon website.

This book offers a detailed description of new developments in global music historiography, including techniques applicable to historical research across an array of music specializations: ethnomusicology, historical musicology, jazz studies, popular music studies, early music performance practice, and music education history. It presents a unique perspective, informed by recent technological developments as well as interdisciplinary application of new theories from such fields as philosophy of history and historical sociology.


Foreword: The Past is No Longer a Foreign Country                         ix        
Keith Howard

Acknowledgments                                                                       xvii

Chapter 1
Foundations of Historical Ethnomusicology                                     1
Jonathan McCollum and David G. Hebert

Chapter 2
Methodologies for Historical Ethnomusicology
in the Twenty-First Century                                                          35
David G. Hebert and Jonathan McCollum

Chapter 3
Philosophy of History and Theory in Historical
Ethnomusicology                                                                                    83
David G. Hebert and Jonathan McCollum

Chapter 4
Hearing Echoes, Sensing History: The Challenges
of Musical Diaspora                                                                     147
Judah Cohen

Chapter 5
Ancient Music, Modern Myth: Persian Music
and the Pursuit of Methodology in Historical
Ethnomusicology                                                                                    173
Ann Lucas

Chapter 6
Analysis of Notation in Music Historiography:
Armenian Neumatic Khaz from the Ninth through
Early Twentieth Centuries                                                             195
Jonathan McCollum

Chapter 7
Southern American Fiddling through the
Mid-Nineteenth Century: Three Snapshots with
Modern Connections                                                                    255
Chris Goertzen

Chapter 8
A Tale of Two Sensibilities: Hindustani Music and
its Histories                                                                                277
Daniel M. Neuman

Chapter 9
The Legacy of Music Archives in Historical
Ethnomusicology: A Model for Engaged Ethnomusicology                 283
Diane Thram

Chapter 10
Contested Contextualization: The Historical
Construction of East Asian Music                                                   311
Keith Howard

Chapter 11
Advancing Historical Ethnomusicology                                    335
Jonathan McCollum and David G. Hebert

Index                                                                                                  358
About the Contributors

Click HERE for more information about the book.


77,000 Page Views
For seven years I have posted a few statements per month onto this blog, typically just some recent observations or an update of my activities as a music professor. It is hard to believe that as of this week there have been a total of over 77,000 page views. Below are images that describe the audience, which turns out to be quite international, and it is also interesting to compare the charts for “all time” vs. “this month”. There are many visitors from Eastern Europe this month, probably related to my recent keynote speech in Poland and visit to Latvia, but recently there are fewer visitors from Oceania, perhaps because it has been such a long time since I was living in New Zealand.