Seminar on Musical Appropriation

The Grieg Research School (Bergen, Norway) will host a seminar entitled "Musical Appropriation: Transformations, Fusions, Ownership, Ethics " from December 4th to 7th, 2012: 

The registration deadline is November 5th, and the website will soon be open for registration:

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Even Ruud - Music Therapy  (University of Oslo)
Dr Victoria Armstrong - Music Education (St Mary's University College, London)
Professor Tomi Makela - Musicology (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
Professor Dave Hesmondalgh - Media and Music Industries (University of Leeds, UK).


Ethnomusicological Perspectives on Music Teaching and Learning

I am pleased to announce a session entitled Teaching and Learning at the joint conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology, American Musicological Society, and Society for Music Theory:

Sunday, November 4, 2012, 8:30-10:30 am, S-Oakley [Sheraton New Orleans Hotel]

Teaching and Learning
David Hebert (Grieg Academy, Bergen University College), Chair

Susan Hurley-Glowa (University of Texas, Brownsville), ‘‘Brownsville Banda Sinaloense: Brass Bands, Border Towns and Bimusicality’’

Bryan Powell (Giving Open Access Learning -- GOAL-NY) and Radio Cremata (Aspira of Florida), ‘‘Democratizing Music with Free Technology’’

Vahideh Eisaei (Independent Scholar), ‘‘Cross-Media Communications: An Investigation in the Art of Teaching and Learning Persian Classical Music, Radif, via Skype and Recorded Tutorials’’

Jeffrey Cupchik (University of Rochester), ‘‘Exploring Ritual Transmission in an Interdisciplinary Context: Musical and Spiritual Apprenticeship in Tibetan Chöd Ritual Music Studies”

Seminar on Artistic Research

A seminar on artistic research (practice-based research in the arts) will be offered at room C033 of the Faculty of Education in Landas, Bergen University College, Norway (Sept. 25, 2012).

The seminar will feature Norwegian visual artist Synneva Heradstveit and Latvian jazz vocalist Inga Berzina. The program is sponsored by the Faculty’s Center for Arts, Culture, and Communication, and organized by Professors David Hebert and Aslaug Nyrnes of Bergen University College. Contact either organizer if you would like to participate.


08:30-09:30- Synneva Heradstveit: Exhibition and text (this part will be in Norwegian)
09:30-09:45- Coffee break
09:45-10:10- David Hebert - Approaches to artistic research
10:10-10:30- Dr Inga Berzina - Latvian leading jazz vocalist on artistic development
10:30-11:00- Discussion

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Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology

UPDATE (April 28, 2014): This book is now complete and “in press”.

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


Co-edited with Dr. Jonathan McCollum.

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

This book will offer 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. 
The book will present 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.

Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology seems especially relevant now in light of the fact that the various subfields of musicology recently appear to be exploring possibilities for attaining stronger mutual communication through a more unified approach, and in this regard it is telling that the Society for Ethnomusicology, American Musicological Society, and Society for Music Theory offered a large joint conference in New Orleans in November of 2012, during which we planned additional details of this forthcoming book. Development of the book is coordinated through the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM)'s Historical Ethnomusicology special interest group, for which I have recently served as Chair. The SIG is now chaired by Ann Lucas, and Jonathan McCollum is Chair-Elect. 

Contributors to the book include specialists in the historical music(s) of ancient Iran, India, Armenia, Japan, and Korea, as well as Jewish musical practices and even fiddle traditions in the deep south of the USA.
Contributing Authors:

UPDATE 1 (March 30, 2013): Some chapters are fully completed while others are still being edited and revised. In particular, we are very pleased with the introductory chapter, while Jon McCollum has also written a unique and interesting chapter on the history of Armenian neumes, and Chris Goertzen's chapter on southern fiddling is quite insightful. Our co-authored chapter on methodology is also well under way, and I am still making some adjustments and additions to material for my chapter on recent theoretical developments. Some contributors have asked for more time, but we are confident this book will be ready by the end of 2013, while it is possible actual printing may be delayed until early 2014. Proposals for other books will soon be moving forward.

UPDATE 2 (August 25, 2013): We are very pleased that Keith Howard (Professor, SOAS, University of London) has agreed to write the Foreword to this book. It looks possible that we may also include a new contribution from South Africa.

UPDATE 3 (April 26, 2014): We are now doing the final edits, and will send the complete manuscript to the publisher on Monday, April 28, 2014. In addition to the material mentioned above, the book includes both a chapter and a foreword by Keith Howard as well as a chapter by Diane Thram.