12/7/18

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://www.amazon.com/David-G.-Hebert/e/B006L2XYMM


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 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. 


10/27/18

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’:




10/12/18

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, Fabrizio Viti, 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:


9/13/18

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.