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Nijs, L. & Gall, M. (in Review).The digital as second skin: Pedagogical documentation in instrumental music education. Submitted to Technology, Pedagogy and Education.

Fortuna, S. & Nijs, L. (in review). The Influence of Body Movement on Children's Musical Sense-Making: an intervention-based study. British Journal of Music Education

Nijs, L., Grinspun, N. & Fortuna, S. (in review). Creativity through movement: navigating the musical affordance space. Submission to Frontiers in Psychology. Research Topic on "What is Musical Creativity? Interdisciplinary Dialogues and Approaches".

Saetre, J.H. & Nijs, L. (2021). Journal of Music, technology and Education. Special issue in on "Technology and digital learning in higher music performance education: Experiences, opportunities and challenges".

Saetre, J.H. & Nijs, L. (2021). Editorial. Journal of Music, technology and Education. Special issue in on "Technology and digital learning in higher music performance education: Experiences, opportunities and challenges".

First Author

Nijs, L. & Nicoloaou, G. (2021). Flourishing in resonance: joint resilience building through music and motion. Frontiers in EducationResearch Topic on Eudaimonia and music learning. see here

Nijs, L. & Verneert, F. (2021). Ook het kunstonderwijs heeft nood aan digitale geletterdheid. Knack “Vrije Tribune”. See here

Nijs, L. (2021). Gezocht: Klarinetten voor het goede doel: bouwen aan de veerkracht van kwetsbare kinderen. De Klarinet, 133.

Nijs, L. (2020). Digitale muziektoepassingen Het bos door de bomen zien. Kunstzone, 6. See here

Nijs, L. & Gluschankof, C. (2020). Editorial. International Journal of Music in Early Childhood (Special issue on the MERYC 2019 conference), 15(1), 3-9.

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 (Eds.), 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.... . Klankbord, 4.

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 (Eds.), 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 M. Castellengo & H. Genevois (Eds.), 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

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

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 (Ed.), Begeleid zelfstandig leren. Alternatieve evaluatie,  6 (21), pp. 1-40. Mechelen: Wolters-Plantyn


Caruso, G. & Nijs, L.  (in press). When Arts and Science meet: Digital Technology in Artistic Research. Submission to Journal of Music, Technology & Education, Special issue.

Bremmer, M. & Nijs, L. (2021). Lichamelijkheid in muziekonderwijs [Corporeality in music education]. In A. De Vugt & T. De Baets (Eds.). Muziekpedagogiek in beweging: Typisch muziek! (Muziekpedagogiek in beweging, Vol. 4) (pp. 49-62). Euprint. 

Verneert, F., Nijs, L. & De Baets, Th. (2021). A space for collaborative creativity. How collective improvising shapes ‘a sense of belonging. Frontiers in Educational Psychology. Research Topic on Eudaimonia and music learning.

Schiavo, A., Nijs, L. Van der Schyff, D. & Juntunen, M.L. (2020). Editorial. Frontiers in Psychology, Research Topic "Toward a meaningful Instrumental Music Education. Methods, perspectives, and challenges."

Fortuna, S. & Nijs, L. (2020). Children’s Verbal Explanations of their Graphic Representation of the Music. International Journal of Music Education.


Grinspun, N., Nijs, L., Kausel, L., Onderdijck, K. & Sepulveda, N. (2020) Selective Attention and inhibitory control of attention are correlated with music audiation. Frontiers in psychology, 11, 1109.


Bremmer, M. and Nijs, L. (2020). The Role of the Body in Instrumental and Vocal Music Pedagogy: A Dynamical

Systems Theory Perspective on the Music Teacher’s Bodily Engagement in Teaching and Learning. Frontiers in Education, 5:79. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2020.00079

Caruso, G., Nijs, L., & Leman, M.  (2020). My avatar and me”: technology-enhanced mirror in monitoring music performance practice. In R. Hepworth-Sawyer, J. Paterson, & R. Toulson. Innovation in Music. Future Opportunities (pp. ). Routledge.

Duerinck, T., ,Verberkmoe, G., Fritz, C., Leman, M., Nijs, L., Kersemans, M.  &Van Paepegem, W. (2020). Listener evaluations of violins made from composites. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(4). Doi: 10.1121/10.0001159


Fortuna, S. & Nijs, L. (2019): Children’s representational strategies based on verbal versus bodily interactions with music: an intervention-based study. Music Education Research, 22(1), 107-127. DOI: 10.1080/14613808.2019.1699521.

Maes, P. J., Nijs, L., & Leman, M. (2018). A conceptual framework for music-based interaction systems. In Springer Handbook of Systematic Musicology (pp. 793-804). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

Leman, M., Maes, P. J., Nijs, L., & Van Dyck, E. (2018). What is embodied music cognition?. In Springer handbook of systematic musicology (pp. 747-760). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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

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.


Nijs, L. & Gluschankof, C. (2020). Special issue of IJMEC on MERYC 2019 conference.


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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