Creativity in Education

Hooray for John Drummond! Here is some great Kiwi wisdom regarding the central role creativity should play in educational practices. Professor Drummond's 15-minute lecture briefly yet very effectively demonstrates some important educational problems and solutions relevant to teachers of all subjects:


Wind Bands and Cultural Identity in Japanese Schools

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:

The Effects of Orchestration on Musicians’ and Nonmusicians’ Perception of Musical Tension

Identity Negotiation: An Intergenerational Examination of Lesbian and Gay Band Directors

Achievement Motivation and the Adolescent Musician: A Synthesis of the Literature

Backgrounds, Teaching Responsibilities, and Motivations of Music Education Candidates Enrolled in Alternative Certification Music Education Programs

The Identification of Conductor-Distinguished Functions of Conducting

Here is a link to the main page of RIME 9:



International Week in Bergen

International Week is very soon in Bergen, Norway (October 21-31).
It features music and films from many parts of the world, including several free events to celebrate multicultural Bergen, especially for international students and families. Here is how the event is described by its organizers:

Welcome to International Week
Focusing on the work of the United Nations in general, and especially the UN Millennium Development Goals, International Week is being arranged for the 8th time in Bergen. We invite you to participate in the many activities during the week: Debates, seminars, lectures, concerts, films and exhibitions.

Here are some highlights from the program:

-Official opening - Concert at Musikkpaviljongen on Friday, October 21st 16.00.

-Bergen International Culture Center (BIKS) presents Bergen International Music Festival. The music presented at the festival shows how Norwegian culture is enriched by immigration. The concerts take place at BIKS/Fensal, Kvarteret and Verftet.

-International Student Day- Friday, October 28th
Bergen is an international student town. The students are involved in international affairs both in their studies and through work in different student organisations. International Student Day is a meeting-place for foreign and Norwegian students. Welcome to International Student Day!

-A celebration of International Week at Torgallmenningen Saturday 29th of October. Come and meet different organizations in Bergen.

Links to more information:






2011 British Ethnomusicology Conference

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.


Musicianship, Musical Interpretation & Cultural Identity

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.


2:15-4 p.m. ROOM U73



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Cole Porter Tunes in Bergen

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).