Luc Nijs holds a PhD in Arts Sciences (Systematic Musicology), MA degrees in Music Performance (clarinet) and Philosophy, and a Teacher Certificate (clarinet, sax, ensemble playing). Next to his affiliation to the University of Luxembourg, 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 has been guest lecturer in “Music Educational Technology” and “Embodied Music Cognition” at the Royal Conservatory The Hague (NL), educational researcher and guest lecturer in Music Educational Technology at Luca School of Arts Leuven (BE), and guest lecturer in Kinemusical improvisation at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen (BE).
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.
His publications on a variety of music educational topics (e.g., music learning and movement, music educational technology, musician instrument relationship, power of music and movement, musical creativity) appear in high-level international journals and edited books (see publications.lucnijs.be).
He is Associate Editor (Europe, Middle East) for the International Journal of Music in Early Childhood (IJMEC), Guest Associate Editor for Frontiers (Research Topic on music education and on social impact of music making, and on music learning and teaching), member of the editorial board of Musicae Scientiae, and member of the scientific committee of ICDS, the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies. In addition, he is reviewer for the high-level international journals in his research domain and beyond.
Luc was selected as member and appointed chair (2017-2021) of the AEC Digitization Working Group.
Furthermore, he is a regular invited speaker on music educational seminars and was a member of different advisory boards of the Flemish Ministry of Education, shaping ongoing reforms of music and arts education in Flanders.
Apart from his work as a scholar, Luc is active as a musician, mainly performing with his band The Holy Seven.