David Gabriel Hebert

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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. 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: 14), whose background features employment with universities on five continents. Hebert has directed research projects on each inhabited continent, with published outcomes (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 20 other books, proceedings and encyclopedias, as well as articles in 30 different professional journals. Hebert serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals, including Arts Education Policy Review (oldest arts education journal) and Music Education Research (international journal with highest citation index in 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), and Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe (Routledge, 2019). 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 (in press). 

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 225,000 readers. His research is cited in 700 publications. Current book projects include World 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.

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. They are also developing a new PhD program on the tropical island of Hainan. Prof. Hebert coordinates and teaches an international PhD course on 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 (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.

Underviser i

  • 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

Forskar på

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


Utvalde publikasjonar

  • 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)