Jens Ideland is a PhD-student at the Department of applied IT with a background in teaching music, i.e. ear training, composing and ensemble, at specialised music programmes in upper secondary schools. He holds a Licentiate of Philosophy in the subject of Music Education, and has for some years been a lecturer at Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University. Currently Jens is on leave, working to develop the teacher education and links to research at upper secondary schools in Malmö.
Jens is interested in the rapid development of digital tools during the last decades that means that people nowadays can make, learn, consume, spread and perform music in many different ways. In his research Jens focuses on the practices players develop when taking on digital music games such as Guitar Hero, Rock Band and Rocksmith. He has a special interest in what gaming activities musically skilled players, e.g. music students, develop, as well as what possibilities to express situated identities and knowledge of music and music making musically skilled players are offered when participating in these activities.
Ideland, J. (2013). Musically skilled gamers' use and expressions of knowledge of music and music making when playing Guitar Hero. i E. Christiansen, L. Kuure, A. Mørch, & B. Lindström (Red.), Problem-based learning for the 21st century: New Practices and Learning Environments (ss. 337-363). Aalborg, Denmark: Aalborg University Press.