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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 a member of the ISME History Standing Committee. A tenured full Professor of Music Education with Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, he is also Professor II in Sweden with Lund University's Malmo Academy of Music, 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 collaborates with China Conservatory (Beijing) in development of both the Open Global Music Academy (Huaxia Yuefu) and a PhD program in Hainan, and has Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs funding for development of a PhD program in Uganda. He previously held positions with universities in the USA, Finland, Japan, Russia, Brazil, 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 is a frequent keynote speaker and editorial board member of several scholarly journals (Music Education Research, Arts Education Policy Review, etc.). His 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, and World Music Pedagogy Vol.VII: Teaching World Music in Higher Education. He is co-authoring a book on music education philosophy with Jiaxing Xie, as well as the volume Ethnomusicology and Cultural Diplomacy (Lexington, forthcoming). He also has several chapters in anthologies and articles in 35 different professional journals (h-index: 16), 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.


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