Aug. 6, 2023: the next ICDS conference will be hosted by the University of Luxembourg
June 13, 2023: The research project "Play Tops" submitted by Charles White and under my supervision, was accepted by FNR Luxembourg for funding
June 1, 2023: Emma Shubin started her PhD under my supervision, at the University of Luxembourg.
June 2023: Publications by my PhD students Jo Stijnen (Music Education Research) and Georgia Nicolaou (Frontiers in Psychology) were accepted.
Bio - Agenda - Publications - Education - Research areas - PhD Students - Awards - Websites
Luc Nijs is Associate Professor in Early Childhood Music Education at the University of Luxembourg, and Head of the Bachelor in Music Education at the University of Luxembourg.
In addition, he is Visiting professor at Ghent University, affiliated to IPEM (Systematic Musicology) and - as co-founder - to the Jonet Chair on Music Making and Social Action.
He holds a PhD in Arts Sciences (Systematic Musicology), MA degrees in Music Performance (clarinet) and Philosophy, and a Teacher Certificate (clarinet, sax, ensemble playing). His research integrates theory development, empirical studies and practice, focusing on the musician ‐ instrument relationship, on the role of body movement in the instrumental learning processes, and on the role of technology in provoking an embodied approach to instrumental music education. His work with the Music Paint Machine (see: www.musicpaintmachine.be) was awarded the EAPRIL Best Research and Practice Project Award 2012. He is a regular invited speaker on music educational seminars and was a member of the advisory board of the Flemish Ministry of Education, shaping the reforms of music education in Flanders.
Luc was selected as a member and appointed chair (2017-2021) of the AEC Digitization Working Group.
Furthermore, he is Associate Editor (Europe, Middle East) for the International Journal of Music in Early Childhood (IJMEC), regular Guest Editor for Frontiers Research Topics, and a member of the scientific committee of ICDS, the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies.
He was a guest lecturer in Music Educational Technology at Luca School of Arts Leuven (BE) and a guest lecturer in "Kinemusical improvisation" at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp (BE). Currently, he is a guest lecturer in "Music Educational Technology" and "Embodied Music Cognition" at the Royal Conservatory The Hague (NL).
Apart from his work as a scholar, Luc is active as a musician, mainly performing with his band The Holy Seven.
2023.12.07 ∣ Invited lecture for 20th Anniversary of the University of Luxembourg
2023.08.03 ∣ presentation and discussion at Berkeley's Embodied Underground, with Melissa Bremmer. See here
2023.08.03 ∣ Presentation at ICDS in Pittsburgh
2023.07.17 ∣ Presentation at 3rd International Conference of Possibility Studies in Dublin
see also: agenda.lucnijs.be
2019 - 2022 - PhD in the Arts - Royal Conservatory Antwerp (discontinued due to new job as Associate Professor)
2012 - PhD in Art Sciences (Systematic Musicology) - Ghent University
2008 - 2012 - doctoral school Ghent University
2008 - Master in Philosophy - Ghent University
1997 - Master Degree in Music Performance (clarinet, with Piet Jeegers) - Royal Conservatory Brussels
1997 - Teacher Diploma - chamber music - Royal Conservatory Brussels
1996 - teacher Diploma - clarinet - Royal Conservatory Brussels
Masterclasses with: Michel Lethiec, Eduard Brunner, Ronald Van Spaendonck, Richard Vielle
Private lessons with: Thomas Friedli, Walter Boeykens, Michel Lethiec, Ronald Van Spaendonck, Fang Song, Ivan Fisher
Early Childhood Music Education
Embodied Music Learning
Instrumental Music Pedagogy & Didactics:
- the role of movement
- educational technologies
Expressiveness and intentionality in music performance
- the role of bodily freedom
Creativity in instrumental music education
Music and movement to empower children at risk - social impact of music making
Student assessment in specialist (instrumental) music education
Georgia Nicolaou (RCA/UAntwerpen) - Promotor
Benno Spieker (Ugent & Utwente) - Co-Pomotor
Filip Verneert (LUCA School of Arts/KUL) - Co-Pomotor
Jo Stijnen (UAntwerpen) - Co-Pomotor
Sandra Fortuna (Ugent) - Promotor
Giusy Caruso (Ugent/KASK) - Member guidance committee
Vincent Caers (LUCA/KULeuven) - Member guidance committee
Third Prize at TedX Ghent Research Rally 2019
EAPRIL Best Research and Practice Project 2012
Prix Leopold Genin (music performance)
International Journal of Music in Early Childhood (IJMEC) - Associate editor Europe, Middle East
Guest Editor for several Frontiers Research Topics
ICDS: International Conference of Dalcroze Studies
IEEE Transaction on Learning Technologies – Frontiers - Interacting with Computers, Computers and Education - Journal of New Music Research - Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain - Journal of Music, Technology and Education – Music Education Research – British Journal of Educational Technology – Musicae Scientiae
NIME2019 – ELIA2019 - MERYC 2019 - SBCM 2017 - ESCOM 2017 - ORD 2017 - EAPRIL 2016 - EAS 2015
Royal Conservatory of Music The Hague
Royal Conservatory Antwerp
LUCA School of Arts (Leuven): Technology in Music Education
AEC Digitization Working Group (link)
GUIDANCE & EVALUATION OF PHD & MA
2015 - : co-promotor of Phd theses at LUCA School of Arts
2018: co-promotor of MA theses at UAntwerpen
2017, 2016: member of PhD jury at UAntwerpen
2016 - : member of PhD guidance committee at Ghent University
2016 - : member of PhD jury at Ghent University
2015 - : guidance of MA theses at Ghent University
2015 - : guidance of MA theses at Royal Conservatory of Music The Hague
2014 - : member of MA jury at Royal Conservatory of Music The Hague
2012 - : member of MA jury at LUCA School of Arts (leuven)
Organiser of the IPEM Think Tanks (until May 2022)