Grieg Academy Music Education research group (GAME)

GAME will work for the development of new knowledge that stimulates critical reflection on pedagogical and learning practices in music education.

Head of research group

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.

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 nearly 1000 citations.

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 for Bloomsbury press)
  • 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 Cultural Diplomacy (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, by Sondre Brudvik and David Hebert)

GAME has grant funding from four sources for the academic year 2021-2022


Support for the Nordic Network for Music Education for its intensive course Music Learning with Digital Technology and virtual mobility/exchange across 17 partner institutions.

Erasmus Plus

GAME is the academic partner with institutions in Latvia and North Macedonia for the 2-year Music Talks project on music listening practices among youth.


GAME has 6-year Norhed funding from Norad, in collaboration with University of Bergen, as part of the CABUTE project (led by GAME member Steinar Sætre), to develop the first music education PhD program in Uganda.

Swedish Research Council

GAME is hosting a postdoctoral researcher in a 3-year position funded by Swedish Research Council.

GAME is leading an application for the EU’s 2021 Horizon Europe grant program

With the title Living Sounds, the project is developed by a consortium of prolific engineers, museologists, arts managers, musicologists, composers, and performers from several countries across each part of Europe. Its purpose is to apply state-of-the-art technologies in development of an innovative system that ensures the sustainability of cultural heritage by enabling both museums and musicians to reach new audiences.

GAME is welcoming three new members

Dr. Thanh Thuy Nguyen has begun her 3-year postdoctoral research period, funded by Swedish Research Council. She has collaborated with Prof. Hebert in several conference presentations and recently authored a chapter to appear in one of his forthcoming books. They are also co-authors along with Stefan Ostersjo (Lulea University of Technology, Sweden) and Henrik Frisk (Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm) of the book Transcultural Musicianship and Research: Methods for Shared Listening and Performance, forthcoming on Cambridge University Press.

Dr. David Johnson has recently completed his PhD at Lund University and accepted a position as Associate Professor with HVL. He will collaborate with Prof. Hebert on the Erasmus-funded Music Talks project and applications for both the EU’s MSCA postdoctoral researcher and Horizon Europe grant programs.

Marianne Løkke Jakobsen has served for several years as Head of International Relations for the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, where she has led projects in collaboration with Chinese musicians. She has co-authored a chapter for one of Prof. Hebert’s forthcoming books and now has Danish foundation funding for PhD studies. Marianne is developing a doctoral dissertation proposal to be co-supervised by Hebert.   

Researching beyond retirement  

The latest GAME member to retire from full-time teaching at HVL, Rigmor Titt continues her ground-breaking research on the history of the recorder (flute) in Norwegian schools. She expects to finish her monograph within one year.

Book series

GAME has editorship of a book series distributed on the major academic publisher Rowman & Littlefield press: Deep Soundings—The Lexington Series in Historical Ethnomusicology. The first volume in the Deep Soundings book series coordinated through GAME is being published in summer 2021. It is called Activism through Music During the Apartheid Era and Beyond, by Ambigay Yudkoff. Other volumes will also be published in 2021-2022.

Special Issue

In May 2021, Prof. Hebert published a special issue of the Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education along with students from the new HVL course PhD 911: Non-Western Educational Philosophy and Policy. Next, a book will be developed from this project. The course will be offered again in Autumn 2021.

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.