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. He is manager of the Nordic Network for Music Education, a Nordplus multinational state-funded organization that coordinates Master classes and exchange of teachers and students across eight Northern European nations. Additionally, he is Professor II (visiting professor) in Sweden with the Malmo Academy of Music, Lund University, and Honorary Professor in China with the Education University of Hong Kong. In Bergen, Dr. Hebert mostly teaches for the music Master program and the education PhD program. He is a widely published and cited researcher (h-index: 15), whose background features employment with universities on five continents. Dr. Hebert consistently receives high evaluations of his teaching, having given lectures for 85 institutions worldwide. He has also directed research projects on each inhabited continent, with published outcomes (in Japan and China, the USA, Finland, New Zealand, Ghana, and Guyana). For Rowman & Littlefield press, he is co-Editor of Deep Soundings: The Lexington Series in Historical Ethnomusicology, which now has multiple volumes under contract. 

Prof. Hebert's main fields of interest are international-comparative research, sociomusicology, cultural heritage and arts policy, distance education, historical ethnomusicology, and non-western educational philosophy. Since accepting the position in Norway, he has authored (or edited) seven books, and two more books are now under development. He has contributed chapters to 20 other books, proceedings and encyclopedias, as well as articles in 35 different professional journals. Hebert serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals, including Arts Education Policy Review (oldest arts education journal), Music Education Research, and Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education. He reviews book proposals for Oxford, Springer, Rowman and Littlefield, Peter Lang, and Routledge (Ashgate) presses. Prof. Hebert's books - as author, editor, or co-editor - include: Wind Bands and Cultural Identity in Japanese Schools (2012, Springer; Japanese version forthcoming on Artes Publishing), Patriotism and Nationalism in Music Education (2012, Ashgate; 2016, Routledge), Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology (2014, Rowman & Littlefield), International Perspectives on Translation, Education, and Innovation in Japanese and Korean Societies (2018, Springer), Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age (2018, Cambridge Scholars), Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe (Routledge, 2019), and Teaching World Music in Higher Education (Routledge, 2020). Current book projects include On Music Education: East-West Dialogues (co-authored with Jiaxing Xie, Chinese version for Shanghai Education Press, forthcoming), and the edited volume Ethnomusicology and Cultural Diplomacy (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming, 2021).

He has also contributed to major research handbooks and reference works, including Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education, Sociology and Music Education, SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments, and Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning, and was Editor of a "Technology" special issue of Arts Education Policy Review. 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 250,000 readers. His research is cited in over 850 publications. 

For Lund University (Malmo Academy of Music), he advises PhD dissertations and participates in an ethnomusicology research project in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. He also collaborates with the Chinese Music Research Institute of China Conservatory, Beijing, where with professor Jiaxing Xie he contributed to development of the largest online higher education music consortium (200+ institutions), Huaxia Yuefu/Open Global Music Academy. He has lectured for 12 universities in China, and with Prof. Xie is developing a new PhD program on the tropical island of Hainan. Prof. Hebert coordinates and teaches PhD courses (including Internationalizing Higher Education, and Cultural Policy) for Bergen Summer Research School, and a PhD course on Non-Western Educational Philosophy and Policy for Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Additionally, he teaches a course on Arts Policy for law students at China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing. In 2018-2019, he was a Hanban Visiting Scholar with the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, and he was previously a Nichibunken Visiting Research Scholar with the National Institutes for the Humanities (Kyoto, Japan).  

He has also served as External Reviewer for the Doctor of Education degree program with the highest-ranked education faculty in East Asia, Education University of Hong Kong. Prof. Hebert has been a Keynote Lecturer for conferences in Europe (Norway, Poland, Estonia, and Sweden), Asia (Thailand, Uzbekistan, China), and Africa (Tanzania), and Chair of two arts sessions at the XVIII World Congress of Sociology (Yokohama) and two sessions at the 33rd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education (Baku). 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, India, Uzbekistan, 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), Berlin Philharmonic (2013), and as a solo recitalist.

Courses taught

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

Research areas

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

Research groups

Selected publications

  • Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe

    Hebert, David, Hauge, Torunn Bakken (2019)
  • 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)
  • Ruthmann, Alex & Hebert, David G., Music Learning and New Media in Virtual and Online Environments. (pp.254-271)

    Hebert, David, Ruthmann, Alex (2018)
  • Epistemological and Sociological Issues in Popular Music Education

    Hebert, David Gabriel, Abramo, Joseph, Smith, Gareth (2017)