Grieg Academy Music Education research group (GAME)

GAME will work for:

  • Development of new knowledge that stimulates critical reflection on pedagogical and learning practices in music education.
  • Development of, and recruitment toward, postgraduate music education studies on the Master and PhD-levels.
  • Active conference participation and presentations of GAME-related research projects, in local, national, and international settings.
  • Expanding contact and collaboration with other research environments and individual scholars in Norway and abroad.
  • Planning and implementation of events in Western Norway for knowledge sharing across the music teaching profession.

China Project Development

During the period of his professorship in Bergen, GAME leader David Hebert has been invited to China several times per year, where he has lectured for 12 universities. This activity led to a cooperation with the Confucius Institute Bergen to establish a unique program for learning of Chinese instruments in Bergen as well as a project to establish PhD studies in music education on the tropical island of Hainan, China. 

Grants Received

In 2018 and 2019, large grants were received from Nordplus (Nordic governments) to continue managing the Nordic Network for Music Education (NNME), which is coordinated through GAME. Several applications will be made for GAME and NNME in 2020.

Extensive Scholarly Publications

Numerous research journal articles and chapters in major research handbooks have come from GAME. Several books have also been developed from the GAME milieu, including most recently, Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe (Routledge, 2019), with chapters by four individuals affiliated with the research group: Torunn Bakken Hauge, David Hebert, Tiri Bergesen Schei, and recent Master program graduate Bård Husby.

Other titles affiliated with GAME include Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age (2018, Cambridge Scholars) and International Perspectives on Translation, Education, and Innovation in Japanese and Korean Societies (2018, Springer). The group’s publications have attracted over 750 citations.

GAME has editorship of a book series distributed on the major academic publisher Rowman & Littlefield press: Deep Soundings—The Lexington Series in Historical Ethnomusicology.

List of publications.

Current projects

  • Music Professions and Musical Heritage of Western Norway: Research and Development for Production of Educational Outreach Videos and MOOCs
  • Digital Competence and Digitized Musical Heritage (3-year project through Nordic Network for Music Education)
  • Viking Music Project (fieldwork at Nordic early Medieval heritage sites, analysis of artifacts, and interviews with archaeologists, museologists, musicians, etc.; collaboration with Jonathan McCollum in co-authored book)
  • Harvard Music Preference Project (survey study through School of Public Health)
  • The Recorder in Norwegian Schools (historical study, Rigmor Titt)
  • Development of Postgraduate Programs: Hainan Normal University (PhD courses proposed for tropical free-trade island between China and Vietnam, coordinated by Prof. Jiaxing Xie, China Conservatory); Uganda (collaboration to support development of Master and PhD studies at Makerere University, coordinated by Steinar Saetre)
  • Open Global Music Academy: Development of online collaboration via consultation for Huaxia Yuefu (200 higher music education institutions) in China.
  • Musical Heritage and Sustainable Development (production of a book connected to Cultural Policy international PhD courses at Bergen Summer Research School)
  • “Popular music technologies in Norwegian schools” (co-authored article, in press, by Sondre Brudvik and David Hebert)
  • “Well-being among music performances students in Norway” — National survey (n=250+) postgraduate thesis research by Patricia Michlits, likely leading to co-authored articles.