Here is a link to a product flyer for my book on instrumental music education in Japan:
Here is a link to a product flyer for my book on instrumental music education in Japan:
This year – 2011 – was my first Christmas in Bergen, Norway, which I have found to be remarkably active with music performances surrounding the holiday period. I enjoyed the opportunity to perform with several music ensembles.
During this Christmastime, I performed jazz trumpet at Fana Kulturhus with jazz composer and vocalist Oded Ben-Horin as well as some of Oded’s fine jazz students along with a band organized by pianist Øystein Kvinge and saxophonist/flutist Pia-Camilla Tømmernes, electric bassist Peter Harald Sæverud, and others.
I also performed a few times as a vocalist (low bass) along with three inspiring women in a very nice a cappella quartet: Silje Valde Onsrud (soprano), Anne Kristine Wallace Turøy (alto), and Tine Grieg Viig (contralto). We sang several Christmas carols, including a published arrangement by Catharina Chistophersen. Anne Kristine and Tine and I also played carols in a small brass group.
Additionally, I sang and played trumpet with the Bergen Anglican choir, led by Roger Martin, which included a performance in the old Korskirken cathedral (a major Bergen landmark that had already been established by 1185!).
I enjoyed rehearsing with a fine jazz choir called Stemmebruket, but due to some unexpected problems with airplanes (during my return from serving on a doctoral tribunal in Spain), it was not possible to perform with them this time – I look forward to other concerts soon in 2012!
I also attended an enjoyable performance of Christmas music by the “Jambonans Musik Corps” brass band, an intergenerational community ensemble with a fine tradition.
Community music activities are certainly lively during the holidays in Bergen – a joy to observe and experience.
November is such a busy month for music-related conferences! Here are links to information regarding my participation in conferences either recently attended or that I plan to attend soon:
-- Commentator, Panelist and Session Chair, Nordic Network for Music Education seminar: “Challenges and possibilities of plurality and change in music education,” Ørebro University, [Sweden] (November 7-11, 2011).
-- Senior Researcher presentation, "Patriotic Sound and Sentiment: Defining Nations through Music Performance in Schools" for Grieg Research School international seminar: Performing Sound and Sentiment, Self and Society, Bergen [Norway] (Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2011). Link to presentation abstracts: http://www.uib.no/filearchive/book-of-abstracts-performing-sound-and-sentiment-self-and-society_1.pdf
Here is a link to a video of a very interesting lecture by Professor David Hargreaves entitled “Musical Fingerprints”:
Here is how the Warwick Knowledge Centre describes this lecture: “Do you have a song that can lift your mood? Or a song that reminds you of a certain event? Music has always been known for its power to alter our emotions and impact our memories, but why is this? Professor David Hargreaves, psychologist and keen musician, explains in his TEDxWarwick talk that developments in music psychology have begun to unlock the reasons and patterns behind our particular music tastes.”
. . .
“Music psychology is moving towards the idea of ‘musical fingerprints’. There are three kinds of associations:
1. Musical networks – we perceive the world of music in different ways according to our particular interests and preferred genres.
2. Cultural networks – the way we react to music will depend on the situation we are in. The ‘musical fit’ concept shows that certain music fits certain situations. Music played during an aerobics class will be very different from that played in an antique furniture store. Rather than Britney Spears or Lady Gaga, the store owner will play Vivaldi or Bach.
3. Personal musical network – we all have a personal inner music library (PIML) which develops throughout our lifetime. We recognise new pieces of music according to our PIMLs.”
I very recently heard from the publisher that my book on music in Japan is now printed and being sent to book retailers and distributors.
Here is more information regarding this book:
“This well researched volume tells the story of music education in Japan and of the wind band contest organized by the All-Japan Band Association. Identified here for the first time as the world’s largest musical competition, it attracts 14,000 bands and well over 500,000 competitors. The book’s insightful contribution to our understanding of both music and education chronicles music learning in Japanese schools and communities. It examines the contest from a range of perspectives, including those of policy makers, adjudicators, conductors and young musicians. The book is an illuminating window on the world of Japanese wind bands, a unique hybrid tradition that comingles contemporary western idioms with traditional Japanese influences. In addition to its social history of Japanese school music programs, it shows how participation in Japanese school bands contributes to students’ sense of identity, and sheds new light on the process of learning to play European orchestral instruments.”
Here are links with information on how to obtain a copy:
Research and Issues in Music Education has recently released its 2011 issue (volume 9), edited by Prof. Bruce Gleason at University of St. Thomas (USA). RIME is an open-access refereed journal, and this issue contains a diverse selection of original research studies with the following titles:
Here is a link to the main page of RIME 9:
Here is a link to a very recent article on the 2011 British Forum for Ethnomusicology conference that I co-authored with Jonathan McCollum of Washington College, USA:
Jonathan wrote most of the above article, which describes our experience of participating in the conference as representatives of the Historical Ethnomusicology special interest group of the Society for Ethnomusicology.
A Lecture for “Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound” Series. Philosophy Department, University of Southern Denmark. Series information: http://soundmusicresearch.org
Musicianship, Musical Interpretation, and Cultural Identity: Challenges for Philosophy and the Social Sciences
David G. Hebert, PhD, Professor of Music, Grieg Academy
Faculty of Education, Bergen University College
The notion of musicianship – or artistry in the field of music – is a phenomenon that raises an array of philosophical questions intricately tied to problems of interpretation, particularly when music is considered cross-culturally as a profoundly meaningful global practice. In this talk, I will explore the implications of how cultural differences affect our understandings of various forms of music, as well as how relationships between musical practices and cultural identities are rapidly transforming as a consequence of both globalization and the popularization of new media technologies. I will also explore the implications of recent empirical research in relation to these themes and attempt to distill a reasonable projection of possible paths that musicianship and music research may take in the future.
SEMINAR: OCTOBER 13, 2011 2:15-4 p.m. ROOM U73 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK CAMPUSVEJ 55, 5230 ODENSE
SEMINAR: OCTOBER 13, 2011
2:15-4 p.m. ROOM U73
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK
CAMPUSVEJ 55, 5230 ODENSE
Link for poster:
Jazz songs by Cole Porter are popular in Norway, like many other parts of the world. I am performing with a small jazz group today (at 2pm) – singing and playing trumpet – at the Fana Kulturhus in Bergen, Norway, with pianist Øystein Kvinge’s band. The program will feature several famous tunes by American songwriter Cole Porter (1891-1964).
The Grieg Research School has announced its next seminar.
Subject/Focus: Interdisciplinary Music Studies – The study of musical performance
Title: Performing sound and sentiment, self and society
Place: University of Bergen
Dates: November 28 –December 2, 2011
Click HERE to access the program website.
Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies is a network–based research school set up by Musicnet West institutions in Western Norway and co-ordinated by the University of Bergen.
The seminar is designed for 15-20 candidates, of which 10 will be candidates with a paper.
The research seminar invites candidates to present PhD work-in-progress from the fields of music education, music therapy, musicology, and music performance. The course is also open for candidates attending The National Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowships Programme. Additionally, the course is open for higher music education staff on research qualification programmes. Senior researchers and supervisors are particularly welcome and may present papers if there is space in the program.
Congratulations to the musicians of the newly independent nation South Sudan.
The Nordic Network for the Integration of Music Informatics, Performance and Aesthetics (NNIMIPA) is joining the inaugural conference of the Royal Musical Association’s Music and Philosophy Study Group at King’s College, London, and is offering an additional session on Sunday July 3, with the program linked below:
Aarhus, Denmark is a beautiful place. I am out here for a few days to design an online assessment system and music entrepreneurship course for the Royal Academy of Music. Tonight I will have dinner by the beach and perform some jazz with musicians from the academy.
Nordforsk has recently released a report entitled “International Research Cooperation in the Nordic Countries” [click HERE to access]. It indicates that the global impact of Nordic researchers is already quite prominent and continues to increase. Another important finding is that “scientific articles with international co-authorship yield more citations than articles authored exclusively by researchers from one nation.” Unfortunately, the report does not address social sciences and humanities, but these too are academic domains in which Nordic research is rapidly gaining global visibility.
Public access to accurate information is prerequisite for a functional democracy, since accurate information enables a constructive debate of issues to be based on verifiable facts rather than mere assumptions and propaganda-tainted accounts. There may be valid arguments behind both conservative and liberal political views (and any variation thereof), but no perspective is valid if reliant on putative "facts" that turn out to be simply untrue. This is exactly why protection of whistleblowers is extremely important in any society that claims to be "free and democratic," for without whistleblowers many vitally important facts can never be uncovered and the decisions of voters are largely based on misinformation.
Unfortunately, truth is increasingly hard to find nowadays, and many employees associated with PR firms and "Psy Ops" units are charged with ensuring that sensitive information is not released to the public while a facade of legitimacy is maintained; in other words, such professionals are paid to to ensure distractions are in place so the whole truth is not exposed. Although news media have a public duty to thoroughly investigate and offer unbiased and accurate accounts of current events (thereby keeping voters informed), the mainstream news media in the USA is increasingly controlled by the agenda of corporate sponsors and compromised by the threat of legal action against whistleblowers, and is consequently passive, superficial, and complicit in the widespread dissemination of misinformation. This kind of misinformation ensures that the poor keep voting for politicians determined to maintain tax structures that make them only poorer, while soldiers continue to kill and die in wars that serve little purpose and offer no substantial benefits, all while sex scandals among politicians continue to attract more attention than the misuse and even disappearance of billions of tax dollars. [Note: Here is what 9 billion dollars looks like according to the standard format for indicating dollar amounts in the USA: $9,000,000,000.00 - It is surely among the largest sums of "misplaced" money in all of human history.]
Naturally, this kind of situation is frustrating for any thinking person who is genuinely concerned about the present and future state of the world, but it has traditionally still been possible for at least a small minority to stay fairly well informed by actively seeking out information that is less tainted by nationalistic and corporate bias. Propaganda on Fox News can be carefully compared with reports by expert researchers in the UK or Canada, for instance, to discern a more reliable account and understand how public perception of current events is manipulated. We may regret that so many allow themselves to be deceived (for they are well-intentioned but simply don’t know any better in most cases), but at least those with access to research by experts can be fairly confident in their understandings of what is actually going on.
However, recent developments raise some unprecedented concerns: if whistleblowing of any kind is to no longer be protected but instead aggressively prosecuted, if journalists even in other nations are hunted down as "technological terrorists" merely for daring to share truthful information about current events, the result of such a culture of fear will be that it is no longer possible for anyone – even professors and diplomats - to have substantial access to accurate information. What too few educators seem to fully understand is that the ongoing War on Whistleblowers in the USA is likely to have devastating effects on all who value truth, for it will surely impact both academic research and educational curriculum. If taken to its natural conclusion, the result will be that we are all kept ignorant - not just those who have neither time nor interest to devote the effort necessary to learn the truth about current events (and instead rely on Fox News and its ilk) – but absolutely everyone who is not directly working for military intelligence.
The current War on Whistleblowers is not something to be taken lightly, not a minor concern only relevant to the most radical of extremists or anarchists. Rather, the current crisis actually constitutes a very important moment in history, for all who value intellectual freedom and freedom of information, both of which are fundamental to the cause of education. Misinformation and unnecessary secrecy are a grave threat to democracy, for they prevent meaningful debate and informed decision-making among the citizenry. It is irrefutable that non-transparency is an enemy of democracy, yet the anti-transparency movement is very cleverly lobbied by powerful interest groups who claim that anyone who disagrees with their views is a threat to national security. Civil liberty is now on trial, and the effects of decisions regarding the legality of whistleblowing will be substantial and long-lasting for researchers and educators in the USA and its remaining allies.
Here is a link to James Risen’s recent affidavit, part of a monumental story that is receiving very little attention in American corporate news media:
We will also have a planning meeting of NNIMIPA on July 3 to negotiate some research collaboration with the Royal Musical Association:
Robert Allen, whose doctoral dissertation I supervised at Boston University (entitled FREE IMPROVISATION AND PERFORMANCE ANXIETY AMONG PIANO STUDENTS), has just had the study accepted for publication in the world's leading research journal for music psychology, Psychology of Music. We just got the news today, which is quite exciting. Hooray for Bob!
Today, Dr. Michael Simmons successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at
SONG RECOGNITION AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN: THE INTEGRATION OF WORDS AND MUSIC
Here is the abstract:
The purpose of this study was to examine how music aptitude, music training, and age affect the integration of words and music in memory, and how this process may, in turn, influence the recognition of familiar and novel songs among elementary school students. Two-hundred and twelve students ages 6 through 11 participated in the study. A song recognition test (Morrongiello & Roes, 1990a; Serafine, Crowder, & Repp, 1984) and two music aptitude tests - Primary Measures of Music Audiation and Intermediate Measure of Music Audiation (Gordon, 1986) - served as the principal data collection instruments.
To assess the main effects on the proportion of correct responses on the familiar and novel song recognition tests, a 4 X 3 X 2 Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) was performed. The results showed age as the one independent variable to have a significant effect on familiar song recognition, F(3, 188) = 14.145, p = .000, while both music aptitude (composite) F(2, 186) = 4.173, p = .017 and age F(3, 186) = 3.017, p = .031 revealed a significant effect on novel song recognition. No significant two-way or three-way interactions were identified. In addition, the results show that music aptitude and training had no bearing on the integration of words and music in memory, and although it appears that age slightly minimizes its influence on song recall tasks, a significant asymmetry favoring text was sustained.
Dr. Michael Simmons is an accomplished professional guitarist and music educator who has taught extensively for various schools and colleges in the Philadelphia area. His dissertation study sheds new light on how songs are memorized by children, and the role of words in relation to music in the learning of songs. With replication, research of this kind will likely lead to improved understandings of the effectiveness of various approaches to the teaching of song repertoire to young children.
It was a pleasure to serve as supervisory professor for this doctoral dissertation. Dr. Diana Dansereau (of Boston University) also offered stringent critique and invaluable advice that was of great help in guiding the application of statistical procedures and analysis in the study, and Dr. Jay Dorfman (Boston University) chaired our defense hearing and provided several helpful comments on the write-up of the study, particularly regarding its concluding narrative and some additional revisions.
For nearly a decade (since mid-2007), this website has offered musings on contemporary society and its music by David G. Hebert, PhD. He is a sociomusicologist specializing in global music education who has held academic positions with universities on five continents. Professor Hebert is now a tenured full Professor with Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, where he leads the Grieg Academy Music Education (GAME) research group.
Dr. Hebert's research applies an international-comparative perspective to issues of pluralism, identity, and cultural relevance in music education, as well as processes by which new music traditions emerge and change - both sonically and socially - as they are adopted into institutions. Born in the 1970s, he is among the most widely-published and globally-active music scholars of his generation, with an h-index of 12, and professional activities in an average of 10 countries per year across the past 7 years (2009-2015).
Recent Books: * Wind Bands and Cultural Identity in Japanese Schools (2012, Springer) * Patriotism and Nationalism in Music Education (2012, Ashgate) * Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology (2014, Lexington). * International Perspectives on Translation, Education, and Innovation in Japanese and Korean Societies (Ed., David G. Hebert, 2017, in press, Springer), *Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age (Ed., David G. Hebert & Mikolaj Rykowski, 2017, forthcoming, Cambridge Scholars), *A Global View of Music Education (co-authored with Jiaxing Xie, Shanghai Education Press, forthcoming), *Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe (co-edited with Torunn Bakken Hauge, in review).
Articles in 30+ different professional journals and chapters in 10 other books.
Full List of Publications: http://sociomusicology-icom.blogspot.no/
Keynote Speaker - In 2015, Professor Hebert had keynote speeches in Poland, Uzbekistan, and China, and in 2014 he had keynote speeches in Poland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, and China, and chaired two sessions at ISA-Japan. In 2013, he had keynote speeches for music research conferences in Norway, Uzbekistan, and Tanzania.