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Fortuna, S. & Nijs, L. (under review). Children's representational strategies based on verbal versus bodily interactions with music: an intervention study. Submitted to Music Education Research.

Nijs, L. & Gluschaznkof, C. (in prep). Editorial to the IJMEC Special issue on the MERYC 2019 conference

Grinspun, N., Nijs, L., Onderdick, K. & Leman, M. Music audiation and sustained attention. To be submitted to Frontiers in Psychology.


Fortuna, S. & Nijs, L. (submitted to BJME). Children’s Verbal Explanations of their Graphic Representation of the Music.

Nijs, L. (submitted to ACT). The body in instrumental music teaching and learning: from theory to practice

First Author

Nijs, L. (2019). Moving together while playing music: promoting involvement through student-centred collaborative practices. In: St. Gies & J.H. Sætre (2019). Becoming musicians – student involvement and teacher collaboration in higher music education. Oslo: The Norwegian Academy of Music.

Nijs, L. & Bremmer, M. (2019). Embodiment and Early Childhood Music Education. In B. Ilari & S. Young. Music in Early Childhood: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives and Inter-disciplinary Exchanges. New York: Springer.

Nijs, L., Bremmer M. & Van Dool, J. (2018). Singewing Space. An augmented blended-learning approach to music learning. Amsterdam, NL: Lectoraat Kunsteducatie, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de kunsten.

Nijs, L. (2018). Dalcroze meets technology.  Integrating music, movement and visuals with the Music Paint Machine. Music Education Research, 20(2): 163-183.

Nijs, L. (2017). Beweging in de instrumentles: exploraties met de Music Paint Machine. De Piramide

Nijs, L. & De Baets, Th. (2017). Every little thing. In: de Vugt A., Castelein T., De Baets T. (Eds.). Ticket to Ride. Praktijkonderzoek in muziekeducatie. Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Garant.

Nijs, L. (2017). Creatief met muziek en beweging. Het is eens wat anders.... In: Klankbord (4). Gent: Vlamo

Nijs, L. (2017). The merging of musician and musical instrument: incorporation, presence and the levels of embodiment. In: M. Lesaffre, P.J. Maes & M. Leman. The Routledge Companion to Embodied Music Interaction.

Nijs, L. & Leman, M. (2016) Performing with the Music Paint Machine: provoking an embodied approach to educational technology. In: A. King & E. Himonides (Eds.). Music, Technology & Education: Critical Perspectives. London: Ashgate

Nijs, L. & Leman, M. (2016). Children’s improvisation with and without MIROR Impro: Free vs. Guided Exploration. In: Addessi, A.R. (Ed.). La piattaforma MIROR: un dispositivo per la creatività musicale e motoria. Pratiche creative per i bambini, per gli insegnanti e per i genitori.

Nijs, L & Leman, M. (2015). Creatieve visualisatie in de instrumentles. In: L. Nijs & T. De Baets (Eds). Muziekpedagogiek in beweging. Technologie als medium. Heverlee: Eurprint

Nijs, L & Leman, M.(2014). Interactive technologies in the instrumental music classroom: a longitudinal study with the Music Paint Machine. Computers and Education, 73, pp. 40-59

Nijs, L., M. Lesaffre & M. Leman (2013). The Musical Instrument as a Natural Extension of the Musician. In: Castellengo, M. & Genevois, H. Music and its instruments. Sampzon, Editions Delatour France.

Nijs, L. (2013). Het effect van technologie op de reflectiviteit van de leraar: een studie met de Music Paint Machine. Leuven: Adem, Driemaandelijks Tijdschrift voor Muziek.

Nijs, L. (2013). De synergie van muziek, beeld en beweging: relevant voor de instrumentles? Artishok, 12: Muzes vzw

Nijs, L. & Leman, M. (2013). Interactive technologies in the instrumental music classroom: a case study with the Music Paint Machine. In: J. Pitt & J. Retra (Eds.). Proceedings of the 6th Conference of the European Network of Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children, The Hague, The Netherlands, July 17-20, 2013

Nijs, L., Coussement, P., Moens, B., Amelynck, D., Lesaffre, M. & Leman, M. (2012). Interacting with the Music Paint Machine: relating the concepts of flow experience and presence. Interacting with Computers, 24(4), special issue on presence and interaction, pp. 237-250

Nijs, L., Moens, B., Lesaffre, M. & Leman, M. (2012). The Music Paint Machine: stimulating self-monitoring through the generation of creative visual output using a technology-enhanced learning tool. Journal of New Music Research, 41(1), pp. 79-101.

Nijs, L. (2011). Evaluatie in de instrumentles: pleidooi voor systematisering en explicitering. Artishok, 6: Muzes vzw

Nijs, L. (2010). Muziek in ieders lijf. Enkele beschouwingen over DKO, muziek en beweging. Artishok, 4: Muzes vzw

Nijs, L., P. Coussement, C. Muller, M. Lesaffre & M. Leman (2010). The Music Paint Machine. A multimodal interactive platform to stimulate musical creativity in instrumental practice. In: José A. Moinhos Cordeiro, Boris Shishkov, Alexander Verbraeck, Markus Helfert (Eds.). CSEDU 2010 - Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Valencia, Spain, April 7-10, 2010 - Volume 1. INSTICC Press 2010

Nijs, L., M. Lesaffre & M. Leman (2010). Music performance and the mediality of acoustic musical instruments: an Activity Theory perspective. In: Proceedings of MeMCA, Köln

Nijs, L., M. Lesaffre & M. Leman (2009). The Musical Instrument as a Natural Extension of the Musician. In: Proceedings of the Fifth Conference of Interdisciplinary Musicology, Paris, France

Nijs, L. (2008). Evaluatie in het deeltijds kunstonderwijs: het schietlood in actie. In: P. Van Petegem e.a.(red). Begeleid zelfstandig leren (Alternatieve evaluatie,  6 (21), pp. 1-40). Mechelen: Wolters-Plantyn


Fortuna, S. & Nijs, L. (2019): Children’s representational strategies based on verbal versus bodily interactions with music: an intervention-based study, Music Education Research, DOI: 10.1080/14613808.2019.1699521

Duerinck, T., Verberkmoes, G., Van Paepegem, W., Kersemans, M., Nijs, L., & Leman, M. (2019). Music instruments from carbon, glass or flax fibres. JEC Composites Magazine, (129), 63-65.

Leman, M., Nijs, L. & Di Stefano, N. (2017). On the Role of the Hand in the Expression of Music. In N. Di Stefano & M. Bertaloza. The Hand. Springer

Maes, P.J., Nijs, L., & Leman, M. (2017). Interacting with music through technology: Understanding the basic mechanisms. In: Springer Handbook


Leman, M., Nijs, L., Maes, P.J. & Van Dijck, E. (2017). What is Embodied Music Cognition. In: Springer Handbook

Vets, T., Degrave, J., Nijs, L., Bressan, F. & Leman, M. (2017) PLXTRM: Prediction-Led eXtended-guitar Tool for Real-time Music applications and live performance. Journal of New Music Research.

Leman, M. & Nijs, L (2017). Music Cognition and Technology-Enhanced Learning for Music Playing. In: A. King, E. Himonides & A. Ruthman. The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education. London: Routledge

Caruso, G., Coorevits, E., Nijs, L., & Leman, M. (2016). Gestures in Contemporary Music Performance: A Method to Assist the Performer’s Artistic Process. Contemporary Music Review, 1-21.

Vets, T., Nijs, L., Lesaffre, M., Moens, B., Bressan, F., Colpaert, P., Lambert, P., Walle, R. V. De & Leman, M. (2016). Gamified expressive interaction with BilliArT: A multimodal installation with balls. Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces.

De Baets, Th. & Nijs, L. (2015) Onderzoek door muziekdocenten, is dat wel wetenschap? Cultuur+Educatie, 42

Moelants, D. & Nijs, L. & Leman, M. (2014). Evolution of timing through instrumental practice by violinists and clarinettists. In: Son, M.K. (2014). Proceedings of the ICMPC-APSCOM 2014 Joint Conference, South Korea: Seoul

De Baets, Th. & Nijs, L. (2013). De muziekleraar als onderzoeker. In: De Baets, T. & Nijs, L. (Eds). Muziekpedagogiek in beweging. Onderzoek als motor voor onderwijsinnovatie. Heverlee, Euprint Ed.

Leman, M., De Bruyn, L., Maes, P.-J., Moens, B. & Nijs, L. (2012). Musique et incarnation: le couplage de l’action et de la perception. In: Richelle, M.& Wangermée, R. (Eds). Musique et sciences de l' esprit. Bruxelles, L' Aurore

Desmet, F., Nijs, L., Demey, M., Lesaffre,M. & Leman, M. (2012).Assessing a clarinet player's performer gestures in relation to locally intended musical targets. Journal of New Music Research, 41(1), pp. 31-48.

Leman, M., M. Lesaffre, L. Nijs & A. Deweppe (2010). User-oriented studies in embodied music cognition research. In: Musicae scientiae, Special Issue: Understanding musical structure and form: papers in honour of Irène Deliège.

Lesaffre, M., Nijs, L. & Leman, M. (2009). Interacting with music mediation technology for hearing impaired - first tests with normal hearing subjects. In: Proceedings of the 7th Triennial Conference of European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Jyväskylä, Finland.


Schiavio, A., Nijs, L., Van der Schyff, D. & Juntunen, M.L.  (2019/2020). Towards a Meaningful Instrumental Music Education. Methods, Perspectives, and Challenges. Frontiers Special Topic.


Nijs, L. & Van Regenmortel H. (2019). Counterpoint of the senses. Bodily experiences in musical learning. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of MERYC Eu. 

Nijs, L & De Baets, Th. (Eds) (2015). Muziekpedagogiek in beweging. Technologie als medium. Heverlee, Eurprint Ed.

De Baets, T. & Nijs, L. (Eds)(2013). Muziekpedagogiek in beweging. Onderzoek als motor voor onderwijsinnovatie. Heverlee, Euprint Ed.


Doctoral Thesis (Systematic Musicology)

Nijs, L. (2012). The Music Paint Machine. An embodied constructivist approach to technology-enhanced instrumental music instruction. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Ghent University.

Master Thesis (Philosophy)

Nijs, L. (2008). Het muziekinstrument als natuurlijke extensie van de musicus. Een analyse van de muzikale uitvoering en van de relatie tussen musicus en muziekinstrument. Unpublished master thesis, Ghent University. (The musical instrument as natural extension of the musician. An analysis of music performance and of the relationship between musician and musical instrument)


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