David Gabriel Hebert

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David G. Hebert, PhD has held a tenured appointment since 2011 as the first full Professor of Music Education in Bergen, a city known as the “gateway to the fjords” and birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg. Dr. Hebert works full-time for Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, where he leads the Grieg Academy Music Education (GAME) research group, and is manager of the Nordic Network for Music Education, a Nordplus state-funded organization that coordinates Master classes and exchange of teachers and students across eight Northern European nations. An ethnomusicologist and comparative education researcher, he is also 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 programs and the education PhD program, as well as Global Challenges doctoral courses in cultural heritage and higher education at Bergen Summer Research School. He developed and leads a new PhD course in Bergen, PhD911: Non-Western Educational Philosophy and Policy. He is a widely published and cited researcher (h-index: 17), 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 served on doctoral supervisory committees for universities in 10 countries, and has directed research projects on each inhabited continent, with published outcomes (in Japan and China, the USA, Finland, New Zealand, Ghana, and Guyana). As part of the CABUTE project, he has Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norad) funding to develop a music PhD program in Uganda (2021-2026). He is developing a COIL partnership in Global Competence at the doctoral level between Bergen and Hong Kong, and coordinates Bergen’s role as the academic partner in the EU's Erasmus Plus-funded project Music Talks with music schools and youth NGOs in Latvia and North Macedonia. For Rowman & Littlefield press, he is co-Editor of Deep Soundings: The Lexington Series in Historical Ethnomusicology, which now has multiple volumes under contract. To support the University Ambition strategy, in 2021 he developed Living Sounds, a large interdisciplinary application for the EU's Horizon Europe program with 19 consortium partners across Europe. 

Prof. Hebert serves on the History Standing Committee of the International Society for Music Education and was a founder and leader of the Historical Ethnomusicology section of the Society for Ethnomusicology (of which he is a Life member). Hebert has served on the editorial boards of several professional journals, including Arts Education Policy Review (oldest arts education journal), Music Education ResearchEurasian Music Science Journal, Journal of Popular Music Education, and Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education. He was Guest Editor for an Asian Educational Philosophy special issue of the Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education, and for a Technology special issue of Arts Education Policy Review, and has professionally reviewed book proposals for more than 10 academic presses.

Since accepting the position in Norway, he has authored (or edited) eight books, and three 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. 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 275,000 readers. 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), World Music Pedagogy VII: Teaching World Music in Higher Education (Routledge, 2020), and Ethnomusicology and Cultural Diplomacy (Rowman & Littlefield, in press, 2021). He is also co-authoring the book Transcultural Musicianship and Research: Methods for Shared Listening and Performance (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press), and a book on Viking musical heritage (forthcoming, Bloomsbury Press). He has 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.

For Lund University (Malmo Academy of Music), he advised PhD dissertations and participated 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. Additionally, he teaches a course on Arts Policy for law students at China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing. He was a Hanban Visiting Scholar with the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China), a Nichibunken Visiting Research Scholar with the National Institutes for the Humanities (Kyoto, Japan), and a CNPq Visiting Professor with the music doctoral programs at Federal University of Rio Grande du Sol (Porto Alegre, Brazil). 

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). In addition to academic research, he has worked 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)
  • Non-Western Educational Philosophy
  • Cultural Policy

Forskar på

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


Utvalde publikasjonar

  • World Music Pedagogy: Teaching World Music in Higher Education

    Coppola, William, Hebert, David Gabriel, Campbell, Patricia Shehan (2020)
  • Ethnomusicology, Music Education, and the Power and Limitations of Social Media

    Hebert, David Gabriel, Williams, Sean (2020)
  • Japan

    Hebert, David (2019)
  • Sociomusicology

    Hebert, David (2019)
  • Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe

    Hebert, David, Hauge, Torunn Bakken (2019)