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Professor Laura Ritchie

Professor of Learning and Teaching, National Teaching Fellow Coordinator of Instrumental/ Vocal Teaching and MA Programmes

Dr Laura Ritchie


Professor Laura Ritchie is Professor of Learning and Teaching at the University of Chichester, UK. She is vibrant in her teaching, research, music-making, and in life; she embodies a ‘yes’ attitude.  Her enthusiasm is contagious and inspires people to realize their goals through positive achievement and reach beyond their dreams.

Laura has devised both undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, including the first bespoke undergraduate music pedagogy degree in the UK and the MA Music courses at Chichester and a postgraduate course for the European String Teachers Association. At Chichester she leads the programmes involving Music Teaching (training to develop private/studio teaching), the two Masters degrees- in Performance and Teaching, and the PhD programmes. Laura’s musical background is as a classical cellist, originally training in Chicago with Hans Jensen before coming to the UK to pursue her Masters and PhD at the Royal College of Music. Laura’s PhD research centred on distinguishing self-beliefs for learning and for performing, by creating and validating questionnaires to measure self-efficacy in psychological studies. As a musician Laura spans genres and has performed both as a classical recitalist and as a member of The Mummers on Jools Holland and at Glastonbury.

Beside being a cellist, Laura is a Chartered Psychologist and has published and presented internationally, in North and South America and across Europe. Laura’s teaching is heavily influenced by her research into people’s self-efficacy beliefs and cognitive processes (specifically metacognition and self-regulation) as they learn and perform/carry out tasks. Her recent book Yes I Can: Learn to use the Power of Self-efficacy (2021) is a practical and personal book about self-efficacy, strategic thinking, and recognising possibility in order to adopt the yes of self-efficacy into daily life. Laura’s previous books focused on bringing knowledge of self-efficacy to educators in Fostering self-efficacy in higher education students (2015) and in California Dreaming (2017) of telling the story of experiential co-learning with her students in an unprecedented and remarkable student-led trip to California to work with dozens of high school students.

Laura Ritchie also leads the Lab for Self-Efficacy, Performance, and Agency.



Key Publications

  • Ritchie, L. (2023). Multisensory Music Performance with Cymatic Images. Music & Science, 6. https://doi.org/10.1177/20592043231159065
  • Ritchie, L., & Sharpe, B. T. (2022). Validation and Validity: Self-Efficacy, Metacognition, and Knowledge-and-Appraisal Personality Architecture (KAPA). Psychology, 13(10), 1474-1503.
  • Ritchie, L. (2021). Yes I Can: Learn to use the power of self-efficacy. Effic Research Limited: London.

Research Output


Ritchie, L. (2023) Practice of praxis. Journal of Adult Learning, Knowledge and Innovation, 6 (1). pp. 14-22. ISSN 2631-1348 10.1556/2059.2023.00066

Ritchie, L. (2023) Multisensory Music Performance with Cymatic Images. Music & Science, 6. pp. 1-11. ISSN 2059-2043 10.1177/20592043231159065

Ritchie, L. and Sharpe, B. T. (2021) Music Student’s Approach to the Forced Use of Remote Performance Assessments. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. ISSN 1664-1078 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.641667

Ritchie, L., Cervone, D. and Sharpe, B. T. (2021) Goals and Self-Efficacy Beliefs During the Initial COVID-19 Lockdown: A Mixed Methods Analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. ISSN 1664-1078 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.559114

Ritchie, L. (2020) Images of Learning through Music: The Sounds of Cognition. International Journal of Management and Applied Research (IJMAR), 7 (3). pp. 257-266. ISSN 2056-757X 10.18646/2056.73.20-018

Ritchie, L. (2018) Opening the Curriculum through Open Educational Practices: International Experience. Open Praxis, 10 (2). pp. 201-208. ISSN 2304-070X 10.5944/openpraxis.10.2.821

Ritchie, L. and Kearney, P. E. (2018) Adult Beginner Instrumentalists' Practice, Self-Regulation, and Self-Efficacy: A Pilot Study. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 6 (5). pp. 1-9. ISSN 2324-805X 10.11114/jets.v6i5.2978

Churchill, S., Jessop, D., Goodwin, S., Ritchie, L. and Harris, P. (2018) Self-affirmation improves music performance among performers high on the impulsivity dimension of sensation seeking. Psychology of Music, 46 (2). pp. 292-302. ISSN 0305-7356 10.1177/0305735617705007

Ritchie, L. (2015) Creating a curriculum: Embracing open learning in music. Innovative Pedagogies Series: Creating a Curriculum. pp. 1-14.

Ritchie, L. and Williamon, A. (2012) Self-efficacy as a predictor of musical performance quality. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 6 (4). pp. 334-340. ISSN 1931-3896 10.1037/a0029619

Ritchie, L. and Williamon, A. (2011) Measuring distinct types of musical self-efficacy. Psychology of Music, 39 (3). pp. 328-344. ISSN 0305-7356 10.1177/0305735610374895

Ritchie, L. and Williamon, A. (2011) Primary school children's self-efficacy for music learning. Journal of Research in Music Education, 59 (2). pp. 146-161. ISSN 0022-4294 10.1177/0022429411405214

Book Sections

Elias, T., Ritchie, L., Gevalt, G. and Bowles, K. (2020) A Pedagogy of “Small”: Principles and Values in Small, Open, Online Communities. In: Open(ing) education: Theory and practice. Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands,, pp. 364-389. ISBN 9789004422988 10.1163/9789004422988_017

Ritchie, L. and Hall, B. (2019) Spaces for performance: becoming a professional. In: Reframing Space for Learning: Excellence and innovation in university teaching. UCL Institute of Education Press, London. ISBN 9781782772460

Ritchie, L. and Kearney, P. E. Transfer of practice strategies: From primary to secondary instrument. In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2013. Association Europeenne des Conservatoires, pp. 111-116. ISBN 978-2-9601378-0-4


Ritchie, L. (2021) Yes I Can: Learn to use the power of self-efficacy. Other. Effic Research Limited.

Ritchie, L. (2015) Fostering self-efficacy in higher education students. Other. Palgrave Macmillan, Baisingstoke, Hampshire. 9781137463777


Ritchie, L. (2017) California Dreaming. Effic Research Limited, London. ISBN 9781999794316


Ritchie, L. (2011) Musical self-efficacy for learning and performing. Doctoral theses, Royal College of Music.


Ritchie, L. (2021) English Home Podcast Music. [Compositions]


Khan-Panni, R., Horwood, M., Sandrone, P., Giles, T., Rix, M., Oliver, L., Thomas, L., Heasman, R. and Ritchie, L. (2009) Wonderland and March of the Dawn, from Tale to Tell album, by The Mummers. [Performances]


Ritchie, L. (2021) Yes, I Can! Use the positive power of self-efficacy. [Videos]


Ritchie, L. (2018) Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay. [Audio]

Ritchie, L. (2016) Shadow, Echo, Memory. [Audio]

Khan-Panni, R., Horwood, M., Sandrone, P., Giles, T., Rix, M., Oliver, L., Thomas, L., Heasman, R. and Ritchie, L. (2009) Tale to Tell, by The Mummers. [Audio]

Other department members

Alison Bell
Assistant Administrator
Alison Woodward
Alison Woodward
Deputy Director, University of Chichester Conservatoire
Programme Coordinator - BA Hons Acting for Film and BA Hons Music
Alonso Mendoza-Moreno
Alonso Mendoza-Moreno
Associate Lecturer - Instrumentalist

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