National Music Education Conference in Poland

For the past few days I have been in Warsaw, where I gave the opening keynote speech for the national music education organization. Warsaw is a fascinating place, and this is a great event with many interesting practical and theoretical discussions regarding research findings and possible new directions for music education in Poland and elsewhere.

The conference features debate regarding planning of the “Playing Music in Schools” pilot project with 83 schools in Poland. This national project features programs with popular music, symphony orchestras, regional folk and traditional music, etc. Representatives from several universities and schools, the Polish Music Council, and national ministries of education and culture are participating in this event. In addition to participants from throughout Poland, the international Invited Speakers are from Norway, Iceland, the UK and Sweden. 

The conference is continuing for a few more days. Here is a link to the program:  


Christmas Concert 2017 with Tabula Rasa

Recently I have been singing with a new professional vocal ensemble in Bergen, Norway, that is led by composer Tord Kalvenes. We have a Christmas concert in Bergen on December 15 that includes music by Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc, as well as premieres of some new compositions. There are excellent singers in this group, and it is exciting to have the opportunity to sing with them.


Speeches in East Asia and Eastern Europe

Over the next few months I will have keynote speeches for the national music education conferences in both Poland and Estonia, as well as lectures for some universities in East Asia: China Conservatory (Beijing), Tokyo University, Yokohama National University, and others. More information will be posted here shortly.


Debut Recital and Recording / Book Releases

Soon I will be giving my first full-length solo recital in Norway as a classical singer, along with an excellent Bergen-based pianist, Mai Goto. The announcement is shown above (Click HERE to download the announcement, HERE for the recital program, and HERE for the complete Grieg Research School program). We are also doing a recording session during the dates around the recital (end of November, 2017), and we intend to produce a full album of classical music and organize a professional recital tour (along with book-release lectures) for venues in Europe, North America and East Asia.

Here are the books I will publish in 2018: 

**Hebert, D. G. (Ed.), (2018, in press). International Perspectives on Translation, Education, and Innovation in Japanese and Korean Societies. Dordrecht: Springer [Contains 21 chapters divided into five parts: Translational Issues in Literature, Analyses of Korean and Japanese Languages, Language Education, Innovation and New Perspectives on Culture, and The Arts in Innovative Societies.] 

**Hebert, D. G. & Rykowski, M. (Eds.), (2018, in press). Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Contributed chapters describe music in Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Czech, Finland, Norway, Germany, Italy, the UK, Ireland, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Australia, the US, Syria, and Japan. Entire manuscript fully revised and submitted for publication.] 

**Hebert, D. G. & Hauge, T. B. (Eds.), (forthcoming, 2018). Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe. (Routledge / Taylor & Francis) [Edited book with 18+ contributors representing each Nordic and Baltic nation. All contributed chapters drafted and revised. Completion of Conclusion chapter and final editorial revisions now in progress for submission in December, 2017]. 

Future books will be affiliated with our new series for Rowman & Littlefield, The Lexington Series in Historical Ethnomusicology: Deep Soundings, and a co-authored book is also under development entitled A Global View of Music Education, for publication in Chinese by Shanghai Education Press.


Music Education: Identity, Citizenship and Community

The Nordic Network for Music Education will soon hold its conference (intensive international Master course) in Bergen, Norway. This will be from October 10 to November 3, 2017. The invited keynote speakers are from Norway, Finland, Germany, Denmark, and Estonia.

The 2017 NNME conference theme is Music Education: Identity, Citizenship and Community, with the three subtopics of (1) Improvisation, community and music learning, (2) National and global citizenship in music, and (3) Music and intercultural understanding.

Link for more information on the conference:

Link for more information on the network:


International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions 2018

Below is the announcement for a unique music leadership conference that was developed on a recent visit to Beijing. As soon as the official website and contact email for this event are available, I will post them here as well.

Call for Papers

International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions

IFLMI-2018 Theme: Online International Cooperation

The organizing committee welcomes proposals for presentations at the Fourth International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions (IFLMI, formerly IMILF), to be held at Zhejiang Normal University, in Jinhua, China, on May 19-21, 2018.

The International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions (IFLMI) is a unique biennial event that attracts Deans and Directors of music conservatories and university schools of music worldwide for discussion of the latest issues impacting higher education leadership in the field of music. IFLMI’s participants come from Europe, North America, South America, Oceania, and across Asia for keynote speeches, presentations, and panel discussions concerning new approaches in this field. Previous meetings have been held in Beijing, China, and Brisbane, Australia.

The conference theme for IFLMI-2018 is Online International Cooperation, and we especially seek participation from leaders of music institutions that are developing MOOCs or other online education projects and interested in international cooperation. We will consider proposals for both research-based and practical presentations from music institution leaders, particularly those developing innovative forms of Internet-based music collaboration. Presentations may be offered in either English or Chinese, with simultaneous translation provided. Space is limited, and only strong proposals from highly-qualified applicants will be accepted.


Gary McPherson (University of Melbourne), Jiaxing Xie (China Conservatory), Pamela Burnard (Cambridge University), Margaret Barrett (University of Queensland), Liane Hentschke (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), David Hebert (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences), Alex Ruthmann (NYU), Boh-wah Leung (Hong Kong University of Education). Others will be announced soon!


  • Paper Presentation: 20 minutes (including translation), with 5 minutes Q&A.
  • Panel Discussion: Organized group for 35 minutes, with 20 minutes Q&A.


Email indicating presentation format and title, 200-word abstract (summary), and 200-word biography of each participating speaker.


Proposal Submission Deadline:   January 15, 2018

Speakers Notified:                          February 15, 2018

Registration Opens:                        March 1, 2018

Contact Email for Proposal Submissions and Other Details: iflmi2018beijing@yahoo.com

*Remember, we hope to see you in Beijing on May 19-21, 2018, at the International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions, hosted by Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua!

Link to information on previous IFLMI forum:

Keynote Speech in Azerbaijan

[UPDATE (1 September, 2017): Visit Postponed.] 
It is a great pleasure to report that I have been asked to be an Invited Speaker for the musicology conference Musical Traditions in a Globalizing World at the Azerbaijan National Conservatory in Baku, in October of this year. Also, one of my recent books was reviewed in the latest edition of Konservatoriya, a major musicology journal in Azerbaijan. The singing techniques of Azerbaijan’s rich Mugham tradition are deeply impressive, and it will be exciting to visit there for the first time and see the performances in person.

Also, here is a link to a very positive review of our book Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology in the Azerbaijani musicology journal Konservatoriya:
Translation of key points:
“the first great book on historical ethnomusicology . . . published by a new generation of researchers, Jonathan McCollum and David Hebert . . . this sophisticated collection of articles is regarded as valuable research from across recent years due to its scientific novelty, thorough content, and extensive capabilities for application . . . The editors deeply analyze the valuable contributions of their predecessors and contemporaries, and attain a unified direction for their colleagues’ efforts . . . an important achievement of contemporary ethnomusicology”

Here is a link for other book reviews:


Cultural Heritage and Policy in a Digital Age

In 2018, I will be planning, coordinating and lecturing for a new PhD course open to international scholars entitled Cultural Heritage and Policy in a Digital Age. The course will examine the policy implications of how “big data” is changing human life worldwide.
This interdisciplinary course is offered through the Bergen Summer Research School, organized by “UiB Global”, the unit for Global and Development-Related Research at University of Bergen. The purpose of BSRS is to select accomplished scholars from diverse backgrounds, and an array of academic and professional fields, and apply an international and cross-disciplinary perspective to “address some of the most pressing global challenges of our time.” My partner for this course is Professor Tamsin Jillian Meaney, a prolific educationist with expertise in mathematics, technology and indigenous studies. We hope several PhD students from many countries and fields will be interested in joining us in beautiful Bergen for this program. More details will be posted here at a later stage in the planning process.   
Here is a link for more information on the course:

Below is a description of the BSRS program borrowed from its website (http://www.uib.no/en/rs/bsrs/74475/global-challenges):

Every year, we select five to six PhD-level courses based in some of Bergen’s best research groups, each addressing important global challenges.

The BSRS is committed to produce and disseminate research-based education to address key global challenges through high quality disciplinary, interdisciplinary and problem oriented research-based education.
Definitions and understandings of global challenges are many. The United Nations has formulated a series of Sustainable Development Goals, the World Economic Forum publishes Global Risk Reports, and the UNDP has its frequent Human Development Report. For BSRS such measures will be points of departure, rather than frameworks, for critical reflection and debate. We believe that all disciplines have an obligation to challenge the international development agenda and to seek cross-disciplinary alternatives to the global challenges facing us.

Another starting point for BSRS is Bergen’s place in the world, as an international trading port situated on the rim of enormous marine, water and petroleum resources, close to wild and untouched nature—all limited resources in need of stewardship for a sustainable future. Natural resources, health, poverty, migration, language and culture are some recurring themes of the expertise that are involved in the summer research school.

The Bergen Summer Research School is a partnership of NHH-Norwegian School of Economics, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Chr. Michelsen Institute, and Uni Research, under the leadership of University of Bergen. The five partner institutions all contribute towards critical analysis of po­wer structures and promote a diversified and sustainable society. We all play our part in addressing global challenges and developing skills and initiative to promote a sustainable future. The Bergen Summer Research School is organized by UiB Global.


Music Conferences in Europe, June 2017

Yesterday (in late April) it briefly snowed here in Bergen, Norway, where winter tends to be very long, but the fleeting Nordic spring has nearly arrived and the brilliant summer will soon be here with its midnight sun. I eagerly look forward to another visit to China soon to collaborate with Professor Jiaxing Xie, Director of the Chinese Music Research Institute, China Conservatory, Beijing, with whom I am co-authoring the book A Global View of Music Education. In June are three other music conferences and meetings in Vilnius, London, and Oslo . . .

  • I will lead a writing workshop, “Development and Revision of Draft Chapters for NNME Book (Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe: Twenty Years of the Nordic Network for Music Education),” Nordic Network for Music Education coordinators meeting, at the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Vilnius, Lithuania (June 2-3, 2017).
  • Organizing Committee Member, and Paper presentation, co-authored with Prof. Masafumi Ogawa (Yokohama National University, Japan), “Comparative Music Education and Social Theory: Reflections on Scholarly Comparisons of Japan and the United States,” 10th Biennial International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London (June 12, 2017).
  • Senior Researcher paper presentation, “Mapping Non-Western Contributions to Music Education Philosophy,” Advisory Board member (vicarious), Grieg Research School conference, in Oslo, Norway (June 16, 2017).

Also, I have been planning with Torunn Bakken Hauge for the hosting of a conference in Bergen in the Autumn, where Alexandra Kertz-Welzel will be one of our keynote speakers:

  • 20th Anniversary Intensive Master Seminar, Nordic Network for Music Education (Bergen, Norway, 30 October- 3 November, 2017). 

Sometimes musicians take themselves too seriously, so pictured above is an old stone sculpture of a donkey playing a hurdy-gurdy, atop a pedestal. I took this photo a few weeks ago at the edge of the great cathedral in Chartres, near Paris. (Update, 5/21/17: I am also attaching a new photo of the beautiful cherry blossoms in Bergen.; Update, 6/15/2017, also, a photo from the Closing Plenary Session of the ISSME meeting in London).   


The Music of the Past in the Postmodern World

This week is a very interesting event: ‘The Music of the Past in the Postmodern World’, 14th International Conference from the series “Musica Practica, Musica Theoretica” (4th–5th April 2017), at Paderewsky Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland



Historical Ethnomusicology Book Series

Yes, it really is happening. There will be an entire book series in the field of historical ethnomusicology!

UPDATE (December, 2017) - Here is a link for the full book series announcement: https://app.box.com/s/xmgl8h5es6sgesja0upiidcoft1n56kb 


I am co-editing this series for Rowman & Littlefield in partnership with Jonathan McCollum, who was my co-author for the book Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology as well as the ‘Historical Ethnomusicology’ entry in the forthcoming SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. We have previously each served as leaders of the Historical Ethnomusicology section of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

This new series will be open to original, innovative and rigorous scholarly work by ethnomusicologists, historical sociologists, and music archaeologists who study the music of the ancient through recent past, anywhere in the world. It will emphasize significant new findings, novel technological applications, and theoretical developments that challenge previous understandings of global music history. Books in this series will be written in a clear and accessible style with copious references, and effectively promoted through new media strategies.

David Hebert (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)
Jonathan McCollum (Washington College, USA)

Geoff Baker (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
Soubhik Chakraborty (Birla Institute of Technology, India)
Judah Cohen (Indiana University, USA)
Chris Goertzen (University of Southern Mississippi, USA)
Ann Lucas (Boston College, USA)
Cajsa Lund (Linnaeus University, Sweden) 
Robin Moore (University of Texas, USA)
Imani Sanga (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Britta Sweers (University of Bern, Switzerland)


Music 2020: Interdisciplinarity, Innovation, Impact

Conference Announcement:
‘We are delighted to announce the International Music Research Summer School in Oslo, which will run from June 13th-16th 2017. The event is organized by the Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies (Western Norway), the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, and the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo.
Invited speakers/presenters include:
• Kenneth Aigen, New York University Steinhardt (USA)
• Georgina Born, University of Oxford (UK)
• Jane Davidson, University of Melbourne (Australia)
• Mine Doğantan-Dack, University of Oxford (UK)
• Sarah Hibberd, University of Nottingham (UK)
• Øivind Varkøy, Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo/Norway)’

Link to Poster:

More information:


Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe

[UPDATE, 13 September 2017: We just heard from the head music editor at Routlege/Taylor&Francis that they intend to offer us a contract for this book in about 2 weeks.] A unique book is now under development that will show how music education has evolved with innovative approaches across recent decades in the Nordic and Baltic countries. This is a major outcome of projects affiliated with the Nordic Network for Music Education.

The planned book, Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe: Twenty Years of the Nordic Network for Music Education is edited by David Hebert and Torunn Bakken Hauge, and we now have several outstanding contributing authors, including Kristi Kiilu (Estonia), Mara Marnauza (Latvia), Jolanta Lasauskiene (Lithuania), Marja Heimonen (Finland), Tiri Bergesen Schei (Norway), Geir Johansen (Norway), Eva Saether (Sweden), Cecilia Ferm-Almqvist (Sweden), Lars Brinck (Denmark), Helga Rut Gudmondsdottir (Iceland), and many more. A full list of authors and chapter titles will be shared at a later date.

UPDATE (May 4, 2017) - Below is the Table of Contents from our book proposal:

Introduction - Torunn Bakken Hauge & David G. Hebert
Master seminars in music education across eighteen years: Inclusion, equality and democracy as lived experience - Cecilia Ferm Almqvist
Reflection on research collaborations: A call for Nordic research on music education and democracy - Eva Sæther & Adriana Di Lorenzo Tillborg


Musical performance and tacit self-censorship - Tiri Bergesen Schei
Music, universality and globalization: Some challenges for music education in the decades to come - Geir Johansen
On the intrinsic value of musical experience - Øivind Varkøy
An Icelandic perspective on the Nordic music education community - Helga Rut Gudmundsdottir
Moving alone or together?: Collective perspectives on music education - Lars Brinck
Advancing music education via Nordic cooperation: Equity and equality as central concepts in Finland - Marja Heimonen & David G. Hebert
Bridging the past, present and future in Estonian music education: Development of the National Curricula, 1991-2016 - Kristi Kiilu, Anu Sepp & Urve Läänemets
A paradigm shift in Latvian music teacher education: A selection of research experience in the period, 2008 – 2017 - Mara Marnauza & Sanita Madalane
Music teacher education challenges: National and international perspectives in Lithuania - Jolanta Lasauskiene
Conclusion: Learning from Two Decades of Music Education - David G. Hebert & Torunn Bakken Hauge