National Music Education Conference in Poland

For the past few days I have been in Warsaw, where I gave the opening keynote speech for the national music education organization. Warsaw is a fascinating place, and this is a great event with many interesting practical and theoretical discussions regarding research findings and possible new directions for music education in Poland and elsewhere.

The conference features debate regarding planning of the “Playing Music in Schools” pilot project with 83 schools in Poland. This national project features programs with popular music, symphony orchestras, regional folk and traditional music, etc. Representatives from several universities and schools, the Polish Music Council, and national ministries of education and culture are participating in this event. In addition to participants from throughout Poland, the international Invited Speakers are from Norway, Iceland, the UK and Sweden. 

The conference is continuing for a few more days. Here is a link to the program:  


Christmas Concert 2017 with Tabula Rasa

Recently I have been singing with a new professional vocal ensemble in Bergen, Norway, that is led by composer Tord Kalvenes. We have a Christmas concert in Bergen on December 15 that includes music by Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc, as well as premieres of some new compositions. There are excellent singers in this group, and it is exciting to have the opportunity to sing with them.


Speeches in East Asia and Eastern Europe

Over the next few months I will have keynote speeches for the national music education conferences in both Poland and Estonia, as well as lectures for some universities in East Asia: China Conservatory (Beijing), Tokyo University, Yokohama National University, and others. More information will be posted here shortly.


Debut Recital and Recording / Book Releases

Soon I will be giving my first full-length solo recital in Norway as a classical singer, along with an excellent Bergen-based pianist, Mai Goto. The announcement is shown above (Click HERE to download the announcement, HERE for the recital program, and HERE for the complete Grieg Research School program). We are also doing a recording session during the dates around the recital (end of November, 2017), and we intend to produce a full album of classical music and organize a professional recital tour (along with book-release lectures) for venues in Europe, North America and East Asia.

Here are the books I will publish in 2018: 

**Hebert, D. G. (Ed.), (2018, in press). International Perspectives on Translation, Education, and Innovation in Japanese and Korean Societies. Dordrecht: Springer [Contains 21 chapters divided into five parts: Translational Issues in Literature, Analyses of Korean and Japanese Languages, Language Education, Innovation and New Perspectives on Culture, and The Arts in Innovative Societies.] 

**Hebert, D. G. & Rykowski, M. (Eds.), (2018, in press). Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Contributed chapters describe music in Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Czech, Finland, Norway, Germany, Italy, the UK, Ireland, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Australia, the US, Syria, and Japan. Entire manuscript fully revised and submitted for publication.] 

**Hebert, D. G. & Hauge, T. B. (Eds.), (forthcoming, 2018). Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe. (Routledge / Taylor & Francis) [Edited book with 18+ contributors representing each Nordic and Baltic nation. All contributed chapters drafted and revised. Completion of Conclusion chapter and final editorial revisions now in progress for submission in December, 2017]. 

Future books will be affiliated with our new series for Rowman & Littlefield, The Lexington Series in Historical Ethnomusicology: Deep Soundings, and a co-authored book is also under development entitled A Global View of Music Education, for publication in Chinese by Shanghai Education Press.


Music Education: Identity, Citizenship and Community

The Nordic Network for Music Education will soon hold its conference (intensive international Master course) in Bergen, Norway. This will be from October 10 to November 3, 2017. The invited keynote speakers are from Norway, Finland, Germany, Denmark, and Estonia.

The 2017 NNME conference theme is Music Education: Identity, Citizenship and Community, with the three subtopics of (1) Improvisation, community and music learning, (2) National and global citizenship in music, and (3) Music and intercultural understanding.

Link for more information on the conference:

Link for more information on the network:


International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions 2018

Below is the announcement for a unique music leadership conference that was developed on a recent visit to Beijing. As soon as the official website and contact email for this event are available, I will post them here as well.

Call for Papers

International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions

IFLMI-2018 Theme: Online International Cooperation

The organizing committee welcomes proposals for presentations at the Fourth International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions (IFLMI, formerly IMILF), to be held at Zhejiang Normal University, in Jinhua, China, on May 19-21, 2018.

The International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions (IFLMI) is a unique biennial event that attracts Deans and Directors of music conservatories and university schools of music worldwide for discussion of the latest issues impacting higher education leadership in the field of music. IFLMI’s participants come from Europe, North America, South America, Oceania, and across Asia for keynote speeches, presentations, and panel discussions concerning new approaches in this field. Previous meetings have been held in Beijing, China, and Brisbane, Australia.

The conference theme for IFLMI-2018 is Online International Cooperation, and we especially seek participation from leaders of music institutions that are developing MOOCs or other online education projects and interested in international cooperation. We will consider proposals for both research-based and practical presentations from music institution leaders, particularly those developing innovative forms of Internet-based music collaboration. Presentations may be offered in either English or Chinese, with simultaneous translation provided. Space is limited, and only strong proposals from highly-qualified applicants will be accepted.


Gary McPherson (University of Melbourne), Jiaxing Xie (China Conservatory), Pamela Burnard (Cambridge University), Margaret Barrett (University of Queensland), Liane Hentschke (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), David Hebert (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences), Alex Ruthmann (NYU), Boh-wah Leung (Hong Kong University of Education). Others will be announced soon!


  • Paper Presentation: 20 minutes (including translation), with 5 minutes Q&A.
  • Panel Discussion: Organized group for 35 minutes, with 20 minutes Q&A.


Email indicating presentation format and title, 200-word abstract (summary), and 200-word biography of each participating speaker.


Proposal Submission Deadline:   January 15, 2018

Speakers Notified:                          February 15, 2018

Registration Opens:                        March 1, 2018

Contact Email for Proposal Submissions and Other Details: iflmi2018beijing@yahoo.com

*Remember, we hope to see you in Beijing on May 19-21, 2018, at the International Forum for Leadership of Music Institutions, hosted by Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua!

Link to information on previous IFLMI forum:

Keynote Speech in Azerbaijan

[UPDATE (1 September, 2017): Visit Postponed.] 
It is a great pleasure to report that I have been asked to be an Invited Speaker for the musicology conference Musical Traditions in a Globalizing World at the Azerbaijan National Conservatory in Baku, in October of this year. Also, one of my recent books was reviewed in the latest edition of Konservatoriya, a major musicology journal in Azerbaijan. The singing techniques of Azerbaijan’s rich Mugham tradition are deeply impressive, and it will be exciting to visit there for the first time and see the performances in person.

Also, here is a link to a very positive review of our book Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology in the Azerbaijani musicology journal Konservatoriya:
Translation of key points:
“the first great book on historical ethnomusicology . . . published by a new generation of researchers, Jonathan McCollum and David Hebert . . . this sophisticated collection of articles is regarded as valuable research from across recent years due to its scientific novelty, thorough content, and extensive capabilities for application . . . The editors deeply analyze the valuable contributions of their predecessors and contemporaries, and attain a unified direction for their colleagues’ efforts . . . an important achievement of contemporary ethnomusicology”

Here is a link for other book reviews: