Music Teacher Education and Professional Knowledge

I am happy to have been invited to participate in the Nordic workshop, Perspectives on music teacher education – Nordic research on professional knowledge in music education, which is held at Örebro University, Sweden across the next few days. It is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and organized in collaboration between Örebro University and Luleå University of Technology (in Sweden), as well as Norwegian Academy of Music (Norway) and Aarhus University (Denmark).

According to the workshop invitation . . . “music teacher education research has an urgent theoretical and critical task ahead if we are to prevent pedagogical activities for future music teachers from being confined to adaptation to political directives and organizational changes. Engaging with current issues and challenges facing music teacher education the workshop explicitly aims to:
• Enable the discussion of previous research on music teacher education, but first and foremost significances for further research
• Provide a platform for discussing methodological and conceptual questions of relevance for music teacher education research
• Stimulate an exchange of ideas and a forum for dialogue to enable the development of collaboration and new research
Keeping with the aims of the workshop and in order to allow for in-depth dialoguing, participation at the workshop is restricted and is being directed to key senior researchers from different Nordic universities and music academies.”

This unique workshop is being hosted by Örebro University, which with approximately 17000 students and 1200 staff, is one of the fastest growing universities in Sweden, and has rapidly developed a notable research profile. There will be some very interesting European scholars at this event (from Germany and across the Nordic countries), and I look forward to seeing what kinds of conclusions we reach through our discussion of these themes. After the workshop, I will also be giving a seminar for the university's doctoral students in music education.

More information:


Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research in Marseille

The 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) Sound, Music and Motion will soon take place in Marseille, France (15-18 October 2013).

According to the conference website, this 10th anniversary evented is associated with “French laboratories and universities: Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique (LMA), Institut des Sciences du Mouvement (ISM), Laboratoire de Neurosciences cognitives (LNC), Laboratoire d’Analyse, Topologie, Probabilités (LATP), Sciences, Arts et Techniques de l’Image et du Son (SATIS), and on the other hand renown music and dance associations: Ubris Studio, n+n corsino, that will take care of the artistic program of the conference. In addition the two industrial partners PSA Peugeot Citroën and Genesis are supporting and actively participating in the event. Participants will also be able to enjoy several additional events and expositions since Marseille is the European Capital of Culture 2013.”
According to the conference organizers, some central questions serve to guide this conference on the theme of “Sound, Music and Motion”:

  • How to identify perceptually relevant signal properties linked to motion?
  • How to define new timbre descriptors that characterize perceived motions?
  • What is the link between a performer's gestures, musical interpretation and perceived motion?
  • How to control perceived motion for sound design and sonification?
  • How is motion perceived in the presence of several modalities (vision, audition, kinesthetic)?

I look forward to participating in the conference and giving a presentation at the featured NNIMIPA event:

Here is a link for more information about Marseille:


Japan-Norway Symposium on Music Education Policy

A symposium is scheduled for September 13, 2013 at Bergen University College on the theme of comparing music education in Norway and Japan.

Researchers from the following institutions will participate: Bergen University College, Grieg Academy, University of Bergen-Department of Education, University of Bergen-Japanese Studies Program, University of Chiba, Yokohama National University, Tokyo Gakugei University, and Saitama University.

Below is the symposium program, which will soon be displayed on Bergen University College's website:

International Symposium: Educational Policy and Music in Norway and Japan

Co-Sponsored by Center for Educational Research and Center for Arts, Culture, and Communication, Bergen University College
Friday, 13 September, 2013, 13:00-18:00
Room: D411; Faculty of Education, Bergen University College-Landås

13:30-Introductory Remarks, Prof. David Hebert (Bergen University College, HiB)
13:40-Introduction to the HiB Center for Arts, Culture and Communication (SEKKK), the Research Program in the Arts, and Doctoral Studies at Bergen University College, Dr. Gunnar Karlsen (SEKKK Center Leader).
13:55-14:20- Keynote Presentation, Prof. Masafumi Ogawa (Yokohama National University): “Overview of Music Education Policy and Practices in Japan”  

International Roundtable: “Music Education and Gender in Norway and Japan” (14:20-14:40). Chair: Silje Valde Onsrud (HiB). Discussants: Michi Tanaka, Chie Osawa, Prof. Honda, David Hebert, Silje Valde Onsrud.

Session A- Music Education Doctoral Research in Norwegian Schools (Two 15-minute papers, each followed by Discussion). Chair: David Hebert (HiB)
-Paper 1 (14:45): Silje Valde Onsrud (PhD student, HiB) on her doctoral dissertation, “Gender at Stake: A Study of Secondary School Students’ ‘Musicking’” 
-Paper 2 (15:00): Tine Grieg Viig (PhD student, HiB) on her doctoral dissertation, “Collaborative Compositional Processes in Music Education”
-Discussion: “Doctoral Research in Bergen”

*** 15:30-15:50-COFFEE BREAK (20 minutes) ***

Session B- Research from Norwegian Institutions: in Japan and at Home (15:50-17:10: Three 20-minute papers followed by discussion). Chair: Benedicte Irgens (UiB)
-Paper 1: Benedicte Irgens (Head of Japanese program, University of Bergen): “Educational Exchange With Japan, and Research on Japan in Norwegian Institutions”  
-Paper 2: David Hebert (HiB): “Cooperative Learning and Mentorship: Strategies for the Nurturing of Talent in Japanese School Bands”
-Paper 3: Jan Emil Ellingsen (HiB) and Anne Grete Danielsen (UiB): “The Talent Project: How Sport Coaches Identify and Develop Talent in Children and Youth”  
-Discussion: “Research from Norwegian Institutions” 

Session C- International Comparison (17:10-17:45: Two short presentations followed by group discussion and concluding remarks). Chair: Masafumi Ogawa (Yokohama)
-Paper 1: Mai Goto (Grieg Academy) “Personal Reflections from Piano Studies Across Borders: Comparing Osaka and Bergen” [10 min., then 5 min. discussion]
-Paper 2: David Hebert (HiB) “Comparing Arts Education Policy in Finland and Norway” [15 min.]

Group Discussion and Concluding Remarks, Prof. David Hebert (17:45-18:00)

19:00-SYMPOSIUM DINNER (at Zupperia, Torget/harbor location: free meal for presenters)
Late evening: “CULTURE NIGHT 2013” (many free arts events in downtown Bergen)