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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 a former 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.

Research interests

  • Spirituality
  • Creativity and Mindfulness
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Qualitative Research
  • World Music
  • Instrument Making
  • Embodiment
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Place-based education

Teaching Interests

- Research methodology

- Sociology of music and music education

- Place-based education

- World music

- Japanese music

- Mindfulness


  • Advanced Teaching Certificate of Middle/high School Music (1999), Japanese Ministry of Education
  • Teaching Certificate of Middle/high School Music (1997), Japanese Ministry of Education

External Appointments

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia

Senior Research Fellow, Assessment Research Center, EdUHK

Advisory Boards, the International Journal of Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and Qualitative Inquiry.

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    MATSUNOBU, Koji 松信浩二 (Recipient), 03 Nov 2019

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  • Sliver Medal

    MATSUNOBU, Koji 松信浩二 (Recipient), 18 Nov 2021

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