David Gabriel Hebert

Field of work

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. Dr. Hebert mostly teaches for the music Master program, and coordinates a PhD course "Cultural Heritage and Policy in a Digital Age". He is a widely published and cited researcher whose background includes academic teaching positions with universities on five continents. Hebert has directed music research projects on six continents (in Japan and China, the USA, Finland, New Zealand, Ghana, and Guyana). He is co-Editor of a new book series in global musicology for Rowman & Littlefield press, The Lexington Series in Historical Ethnomusicology: Deep Soundings.

A specialist in international-comparative arts research, sociomusicology and historical ethnomusicology, he has contributed with chapters in 10 books and encyclopedias, authored articles in 30 different professional journals, and his work is cited in 500 publications [h-index:13]. Hebert serves in editorial roles for various professional journals: Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Music and Meaning, Journal of Research in Music Performance, New Zealand Journal of Research in Performing Arts and Education, Research and Issues in Music Education, Finnish Journal of Music Education, Journal of Popular Music Education, and International Journal of Education and the Arts. He reviews book proposals for Oxford, Springer, Rowman and Littlefield, Peter Lang, and Routledge (Ashgate) presses, and has recently authored entries for the SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, and Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments.

Prof. Hebert's recent books include Wind Bands and Cultural Identity in Japanese Schools (2012, Springer; Japanese version forthcoming on Artes Publishing), Patriotism and Nationalism in Music Education (co-edited with Alexandra Kertz-Welzel, 2012, Ashgate; 2016, Routledge), Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology (co-edited with Jonathan McCollum, 2014, Lexington Books), International Perspectives on Translation, Education, and Innovation in Japanese and Korean Societies (2018, Springer), and Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age (co-edited with Mikolaj Rykowski, 2018, Cambridge Scholars). Reviews of his recent books are published in 15 scholarly journals in the fields of musicology, education, and Asian studies, and he authors a professional blog viewed by nearly 200,000 readers.

He is currently working on two new books: A Global View of Music Education (co-authored with Jiaxing Xie, Chinese version for Shanghai Education Press, forthcoming), and Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe (co-edited with Torunn Bakken Hauge, Routledge/Taylor&Francis, forthcoming, 2018).

Prof. Hebert has been 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). He has mentored several doctoral students (serving as main supervisor, committee member or external examiner on 15 doctoral committees for universities in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg, Canada and the USA), and has received grants from several state governments for research projects. In addition to academic research, he also works as a trumpeter, conductor, and songwriter. An occasional member of the professional 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).

Courses taught

  • Research Methods (Master and PhD programs)
  • Multicultural/Intercultural Education
  • Ethnomusicology and Sociology of Music
  • Trumpet
  • Conducting and Ensemble Leadership (teaching practicum)
  • Psychology of Music

Research areas

  • Music Education
  • International-Comparative Education
  • Distance Education and Music Technologies
  • Ethnomusicology and Sociology of Music
  • East Asian Studies
  • Global Studies

Research groups

Selected publications

  • International Perspectives on Translation, Education, and Innovation in Japanese and Korean Societies

    Hebert, David Gabriel (2018)
  • Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age

    Hebert, David Gabriel, Rykowski, Mikolaj (2018)
  • Epistemological and Sociological Issues in Popular Music Education

    Hebert, David Gabriel, Abramo, Joseph, Smith, Gareth (2017)
  • “Technology and Arts Education Policy,” Arts Education Policy Review, 117(3), 141-145 (Editorial Introduction, “Technology” Special Issue, 2016).

    Hebert, David Gabriel (2016)
  • Evaluation and Prediction of Harmonic Complexity Across 76 Years of Billboard 100 Hits

    Jensen, Kristoffer, Hebert, David Gabriel (2016)