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. From 2018, he is also manager of the Nordic Network for Music Education, a multinational state-funded organization that coordinates Master classes and exchange of teachers and students across 8 Northern European nations. Dr. Hebert mostly teaches for the music Master program and the education PhD program. He is a widely published and cited researcher (600+ citations, h-index: 13), whose background features employment with universities on five continents. Hebert has directed 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.

Prof. Hebert's main fields of interest are international-comparative research, sociomusicology, cultural heritage and arts policy, and historical ethnomusicology. He has authored (or edited) six books, and has contributed chapters to nearly 20 other books, proceedings and encyclopedias, as well as articles in 30 different professional journals. Hebert serves in editorial roles for various professional journals: Arts Education Policy Review, Music Education Research, 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, International Journal of Education and the Arts, and Action, Criticism & Theory for Music Education. 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 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, Lexington Books), 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), and Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe (Routledge, in press, 2018). 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 210,000 readers. Current book projects include World Music Pedagogy: Music in Higher Education (co-authored with William Coppola, Routledge, forthcoming), A Global View of Music Education (co-authored with Jiaxing Xie, Chinese version for Shanghai Education Press, forthcoming), and an edited volume on indigenous performing arts and cultural heritage policy.

He is a Visiting Professor (Professor II) with Lund University (Malmo Academy of Music), Sweden, and 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 also coordinates and teaches an international PhD course on cultural policy for Bergen Summer Research School, and teaches a course on arts policy for law students at China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing. In 2018, he is a Hanban Visiting Scholar with the Confucius Music Institute, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. He is 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 (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, 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • “Technology and Arts Education Policy,” Arts Education Policy Review, 117(3), 141-145 (Editorial Introduction, “Technology” Special Issue, 2016).

    Hebert, David Gabriel (2016)