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Professor Hebert leads the Grieg Academy Music Education research group and manages the state-funded Nordic Network for Music Education, which coordinates intensive Master courses and teacher exchange across Northern Europe.

David G. Hebert, PhD is an ISME Board Member and Chair of the ISME History Standing Committee. A tenured full Professor of Music Education with Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, he is also Honorary Professor with the Education University of Hong Kong and manager of the state-funded Nordic Network for Music Education, which coordinates activities across Nordic and Baltic states. He previously held positions with universities in the USA, Finland, Japan, Russia, Brazil, Sweden, and New Zealand, and has directed research on each inhabited continent. His scholarship applies an international-comparative perspective to study pluralism, identity, and cultural relevance in music education, as well as processes by which music traditions emerge and change - both sonically and socially - as they are adopted into institutions. He has served on doctoral committees for universities in 14 countries and has projects funded by EU and Nordic programs, including Norwegian government support for doctoral collaborations in Uganda and China. He is a frequent keynote speaker and editorial board member of several scholarly journals (Music Education Research, International Journal of Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, etc.). His ten books - as author/co-author or editor/co-editor - include Wind Bands and Cultural Identity in Japanese Schools, Patriotism and Nationalism in Music Education, Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology, International Perspectives on Translation, Education and Innovation in Japanese and Korean Societies, Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age, Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe, World Music Pedagogy Vol. VII: Teaching World Music in Higher Education, Ethnomusicology and Cultural Diplomacy, Shared Listenings: Methods for Transcultural Musicianship and Research, and Comparative and Decolonial Studies in Philosophy of Education. He also has several chapters in anthologies and articles in over 35 different professional journals (h-index: 20), and is Editor of a book series, Deep Soundings: The Lexington Series in Historical Ethnomusicology (Rowman & Littlefield). He teaches courses in music education research, world music, ensemble leadership and songwriting/arranging, and performs as a jazz trumpeter and classical bass baritone singer.