Koji Matsunobu


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Koji Matsunobu is a musician, educator, and ethnographer. After completing a Ph.D. in music education, he became Fulbright Graduate Scholar and earned another Ph.D. in secondary and continuing education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the Education University of Hong Kong he held academic positions at the University of Queensland, Australia and the University of Kumamoto, Japan. He has written widely on spirituality, creativity, mindfulness, silence, arts integration, world music pedagogy, place-based education, and qualitative research. His articles appear in Ageing and Society; British Journal of Music Education, Harvard Educational Review; International Journal of Music Education; International Review of Qualitative Research; Journal of Aesthetic Education; Journal of Research in Music Education; Music Education Research; and many handbooks and edited books. He teaches psychology and sociology of music education, primary and secondary music, world music, mindfulness, interdisciplinary arts, and research methodology courses. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Music Education. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the Korean Association of Qualitative Inquiry, and the International Journal of Music Education.


Profile Details

  • Qualifications

    PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

    PhD (Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan)

    MA (Hiroshima University, Japan)

    BA (Hiroshima University, Japan)

  • Areas of Teaching

    World music
    Music education
    Research methodology

  • Research Interests

    Music education research

    Musical instrument production

    Japanese music/world music

    Qualitative research

  • Selected Outputs

    • Matsunobu, K. & Bresler, L. (2019). Music education research. In G. W. Noblit (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education (1-61). New York: Oxford University Press.
    • Matsunobu, K. (2018). Music making as place making: A case study of community music in Japan. Music Education Research, 20(4), 490-501
    • Matsunobu, K. (2016). Conforming the body, cultivating individuality: Intercultural understanding of Japanese noh. In P. Burnard, E. Mackinlay, & K. Powell (Eds.), The Routledge International handbook of intercultural arts research (139-147). NY: Routledge.
    • Matsunobu, K. (2013). Creativity of formulaic learning: Pedagogy of imitation and repetition. J. Sefton-Green, P, Thomson, L. Bresler, & K. Jones (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of research on creative learning (45-53). New York: Routledge.
    • Matsunobu, K. (2011). Spirituality as a universal experience of music: A case study of north Americans’ approaches to Japanese music. Journal of Research in Music Education, 59(3), 273-289.
  • Research Projects

    • Creating Educational Instruments for an Ubiquitous Music Education: An Innovative Approach to Shakuhachi Making through 3D Printing (2018-2019).
    • Qualitative Changes of Musical Engagement Experienced by Elderly Practitioners in Cantonese Opera and Noh (2018-2019).
  • External Appointments

    • Senior research fellow (since 2018), Assessment Research Center, EdUHK
    • Research fellow (since 2018), Research Centre for Transmission of Cantonese Opera, EdUHK
    • Honorary research fellow (since 2012), the University of Queensland, Australia