Digitized Musical Heritage: Nordic/Baltic Event

The Nordic Network for Music Education (NNME) will be holding its annual symposium and intensive joint Master course during the first week of November 2020. This year, due to the pandemic, it will be an entirely online event, hosted virtually by Camilla Kvaal at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

The theme for this year is Digitized Heritage: Sustaining Local Traditions.


We have received positive responses from notable experts who will serve as invited speakers for this online NNME event, including prominent researchers based in Australia, China, Kenya, Germany, and elsewhere. This unique event will also feature Nordic and Baltic keynote speakers and projects, and ongoing thesis research developed by the Master student participants.

Some parts of the event will be live-streamed for open access. Participation for full credit (with presentation of ongoing research and commentary) is limited to 21 Master students, but additional students may participate in a virtual poster session with access to the keynote speeches.

Click HERE for the main homepage of the Nordplus-sponsored Nordic Network for Music Education (NNME), and HERE for the 2020 intensive course announcement.

Click HERE for the NNME entry on Wikipedia. The network includes the postgraduate programs for music teacher education across the eight Nordic and Baltic countries, and for more than 20 years it has been coordinated by the music programs at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. 

David Hebert



Benefits of Shifting to Online Learning During Pandemic

Here is a link to an article from Norway News about my recent PhD course in Norway:

After clicking on the (above) website, one must scroll down to access the full article. 

Click HERE for a Norwegian language article about this course in Sunnhordland newspaper.


Keynote in Thailand

I look forward to giving a Keynote presentation soon for a conference in Thailand in collaboration with creative colleagues in the avant garde ensemble The Six Tones. Our presentation is titled “Musical Transformations: Networked Performance in Intercultural Music Creation,” a keynote developed for Is the Virtual Real?: Musical Communities in the 21st Century, the annual Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (PGVIM) International Symposium.

UPDATE (Sept. 27, 2020):

Here is a link to our entire keynote presentation (complete with performances and interviews):

Here is a link for anyone who wants to skip to the Conclusion from our keynote presentation: 


For several years, the PGVIM events have attracted music specialists from around the world to Thailand. Due to the pandemic in 2020, our presentation is via videoconference.

Click HERE for the symposium schedule of events, and HERE for details on our presentation.

Above is a photograph of members of The Six Tones, and below is a photo of me playing Thai cymbals at a Maori marae in New Zealand (from 15 years ago during the Thai-Maori Musical Exchange Project with Dr. Pornprapit Phoasavadi, who had been my teacher of Thai jakhe for several years).

Paper presentation (with guitarist Stefan Östersjö, Vietnamese dan tranh master Than Thuy Nguyen, and composer Henrik Frisk), “Musical Transformations: Networked Performance in Intercultural Music Creation”; Panel discussion with composers Joseph Hyde (Bath Spa), Scott Wilson (Birmingham), and Ivan Zavada (Sydney), Is the Virtual Real?: Musical Communities in the 21st Century, Annual PGVIM International Symposium, Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, Bangkok, Thailand (August 25, 2020). [presented via videoconference] 


Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning

It is a pleasure to announce the publication of the Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning, a unique new research resource that promises to attract much interdisciplinary interest. It is edited by three scholars based in Ontario, Canada: Janice Waldron, Stephanie Horsley and Kari Veblen. 

My chapter in this handbook is co-authored with Sean Williams, and titled “Ethnomusicology, Music Education, and the Power and Limitations of Social Media”. Sean and I describe how the fields of ethnomusicology and music education have made creative use of various forms of social media, including blogs such as this one. Moreover, we demonstrate how the field of music as a whole has been profoundly transformed through recent technological developments in ways that are both positive and negative for artists, researchers, educators, and the general public.



International PhD Course in Summer 2020

Sunnhordland newspaper recently published a description of innovative approaches in a new course that I developed and taught during the summer (July 14, 2020 edition, p.5). I would like to thank editor Hilde Vormedal Nybø for approving its publication, and here is a link to Sunnhordland, which I encourage Norwegian readers to support: https://www.sunnhordland.no/

The article describes an example of how the higher education sector in Norway has devised creative ways of strengthening international education despite the challenges of the Covid19 pandemic. In May and June of this year, Høgskolen på Vestlandet (HVL) offered the new course PhD 911: Non-Western Educational Philosophy and Policy within its PhD program in Bildung and Didactical Practices. Fitting its international theme, the course was taught in English, and due to the Coronavirus, all course activities were facilitated through online learning. 

Click HERE for further information about this course, which we look forward to offering again in 2022. Also, click HERE for information on the upcoming intensive summer PhD course Internationalizing Higher Education, to be offered through Bergen Summer Research School.