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David Hebert

AL-Musikkseksjonen - Bergen (Professor) - Western Norway University of Applied Sciences


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Marja Heimonen (Sibelius Academy, Finland), Alexandra Kertz-Welzel (University of Munich), Alex Ruthmann (NYU), Jonathan McCollum (Washington College, USA), Kristoffer Jensen (Aalborg University, Denmark), Masafumi Ogawa (Yokohama University, Japan), Jiaxing Xie (China Conservatory, Beijing), Eva Saether (Lund University, Sweden), Liane Hentschke, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), Mikolaj Rykowski (Poznan Academy of Music, Poland), William Coppola (University of North Texas).

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David G. Hebert, PhD is a tenured Professor of Music at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Bergen), where he leads the Grieg Academy Music Education (GAME) research group and manages the state-sponsored Nordic Network for Music Education. He is also a Professor II with the Malmo Academy of Music, Lund University, Sweden. Dr. Hebert is a widely published and cited researcher whose background includes academic teaching positions with universities on five continents. Hebert has directed projects on six continents (in Japan, the USA, Finland, New Zealand, Ghana, and Guyana) and is especially interested in international-comparative research. He now coordinates the PhD course Cultural Heritage and Policy in a Digital Age for Bergen Summer Research School, and edits a book series for Rowman&Littlefield, The Lexington Series in Historical Ethnomusicology: Deep Soundings. He is also active in China as Hanban Visiting Scholar with the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, and External Reviewer for the Doctoral program at Education University of Hong Kong. His books include Wind Bands and Cultural Identity in Japanese Schools (2012, Springer), Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology (co-edited with Jonathan McCollum, 2014, Lexington Books), Patriotism and Nationalism in Music Education (co-edited with Alexandra Kertz-Welzel, 2016, Routledge), International Perspectives on Translation, Education, and Innovation in Japanese and Korean Societies (2018, Springer), Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age (co-edited with Mikolaj Rykowski, 2018, Cambridge Scholars), and Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe (co-edited with Torunn Bakken Hauge, Routledge, 2019/in press). In recent years he was a Keynote Lecturer for conferences in Europe (Norway, Poland, Estonia, and Sweden), Asia (Uzbekistan, China), and Africa (Tanzania), and Chair of two arts sessions at the XVIII World Congress of Sociology (Japan). Reviews of his books are published in 15 scholarly journals in the fields of musicology, education, and Asian studies, and he authors a professional blog viewed by 200,000 readers. Professor Hebert has mentored several music doctoral students (serving as a doctoral supervisor, committee member or examiner on 15 committees for universities in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Spain, India, Canada and the USA), and has received grants from several state governments for music projects. A specialist in international-comparative arts research, sociomusicology and historical ethnomusicology, he has contributed with chapters in over 10 books and encyclopedias, authored articles in 30+ different professional journals, and his work is cited in 590 publications [h-index:13]. Hebert serves in editorial roles for several journals: Arts Education Policy Review, Music Education Research, Journal of Music and Meaning, Journal of Research in Music Performance, Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, Journal of Popular Music Education, etc., and he reviews book proposals for Oxford, Springer, Rowman & Littlefield, Peter Lang and Routledge presses. He recently served as Chair of the Historical Ethnomusicology section of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and has aided the leadership of its Japanese Performing Arts SIG. In addition to academic research, he also works as a trumpeter, conductor, and songwriter. As an occasional member of the Edvard Grieg Choir, he has performed concerts as a classical bass baritone singer with the Bergen National Opera (2014 & 2015), Bergen Philharmonic (2015) and the Berlin Philharmonic (2013).

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General education

Music education


East Asian cultural studies


Multicultural education

Educational technology

Comparative and international education





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Eastern Asia

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