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 lectures at Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University.
The rapid development of digital tools during the last decades means that people nowadays can make, learn, consume, spread and perform music in many different ways, some of which were not even thinkable to most people just a few years ago. 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 affordances to express situated identities and knowledge of music and music making musically skilled players are offered when participating in these activities. To analyse the use of tools and other communicative resources during game play Jens uses a multimodal analysis rooted in social semiotic theories. In addition to this perspective he aims at using e.g. frame analysis to better understand how, and why, different ways of framing the activity influence game play and the affordances offered.
Ideland J. (2011) Spela, leka eller låta bli: Guitar Hero som kommunikativ praktik för unga musiker. (Playing or Gaming: Guitar Hero as communicative practice for young musicians.) Licenciate thesis, Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet.
Ideland J. (2011) Guitar Hero som meningsfullt kommunikativt handlingsutrymme. In, Eklund, S. (Ed) Forskande lärare - en framgångsfaktor : erfarenheter från Lärarlyftets forskarskolor, Forskning om utbildning och lärande (7). Stockholm : Stiftelsen SAF i samverkan med Lärarförbundet.