Dr Laura Ritchie

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

Laura Ritchie


Dr 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.


Peer reviewed publications:

RITCHIE, L. (1997). Contextual cello intonation, MMus Thesis, Royal College of Music, London.

RITCHIE, L. (2006). Foundation Degree in IVT, European String Teachers Association Quarterly, January, 2006.

RITCHIE, L. & Williamon, A. (2007). Measuring self-efficacy in music, In A. Williamon & D. Coimbra (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2007 (pp. 307-312), European Association of Conservatoires (AEC).

RITCHIE, L. & Williamon, A. (2008). Self-efficacy as a Predictor of Performance Quality, In K.S. Bordens (Ed.), Proceedings of the 20th Biennial Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, (pp. 125-127), Indiana University-Purdue Uni- versity, Fort Wayne.

RITCHIE, L. & Williamon, A. (2011). Measuring distinct types of musical self-efficacy, Psychology of Music, 38, 328-344.

RITCHIE, L. & Williamon, A. (2011). Self-efficacy for musical learning in primary school children, Journal of Research in Music Education, 59, 146-161.

RITCHIE, L. (2011). Musical self-efficacy for learning and performing, PhD Thesis, Royal College of Music, London.

RITCHIE, L. & Williamon, A. (2012) Self-efficacy as a predictor of Musical Performance Quality. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and Arts. DOI: 10.1037/a0029619

Williamon, A., Perkins, R., RITCHIE, L., & Thompson, S. (2012). Premiers Pas en Musique: Étude de l’engagement des enfants vis-à-vis de la musique [Musical Beginnings: A study of children’s engagement with music], in Actes du colloque «Musique et Sciences de l’esprit» [Music and the Sciences of the Mind]. Brussels: Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique [Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium].

RITCHIE, L. (2012) Music, research and self-efficacy in higher education In. A. Miller, J. Sharp, and J. Strong (Eds.) What is research led teaching? Multi disciplinary perspectives. (pp.39-45) GuildHE/CREST collaborative publication. http://www.ukcge.ac.uk/pdf/CREST_What_is_research-led_teaching_web.pdf

RITCHIE, L. & Williamon, A. (2013) Measuring musical self-regulation: Linking processes, skills, and beliefs. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 1, 106-117. DOI:10.11114/jets.v1i1.81 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.11114/jets.v1i1.81

RITCHIE, L. & Kearney, P. (2013). Transfer of practice strategies: From primary to secondary instruments, In A. Williamon & W. Goebl (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2013 (pp. 111-116), European Association of Conservatoires (AEC).

RITCHIE, L. (2013) The student professional, In T. Bilham (Ed.) For the love of learning. Macmillan: London.


“Self-regulated Learning in Music”, Second Conference in Learning and Teaching in Music, Rochester, Michigan, USA, 11-13 October, 2007

“Measuring Self-efficacy in Music”, International Symposium in Performance Science, Porto, Portugal, 22-23 November 2007

“Self-efficacy as a Predictor of Performance Quality”, Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, Chicago, USA, 19-22 August, 2008

“Self-efficacy: from belief to the stage”, University of Illinois, USA, 25 August, 2008

“Differentiating and measuring self-efficacy for musical learning and performing”, SysMus08, University of Graz, Austria, 14-15 November, 2008

“Self-efficacy in music: Belief and predictor of quality”, Music, Health and Happiness, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 6-8 November, 2008

“Self-efficacy as a predictor of performance”, Contemporary Arts Research presentation, University of Chichester, 8 October, 2008

“Self-efficacy in Music”, Conservatoires UK Conference, Trinity College of Music, London, 7 July, 2009

“The physical and mental well-being of the pupil”, West Sussex Music Support Service staff development day, Mid-Sussex Area Professional Centre, Horsham, 5 January, 2009

“Self-efficacy beliefs for learning and performing in music and sport”, paper presented at the 40th Annual SEMPRE Conference, London, 15 September, 2012

“Learning to learn”, Council for the Association of National Teaching Fellows Annual Symposium, 30 April, 2013

“Transfer of practice strategies: From primary to secondary instrument”, International Symposium on Performance Science, Vienna, Austria, 28-31 August, 2013

“NTF Roadshow” presented with Kirsten Hardie at Cardiff Metropolitan University, October, 2013

“Becoming through music” at the HEA funded workshop “Something’s Happening”, Bournemouth Arts University, 19 December, 2013

“Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching” Institute of Advanced Learning and Teaching, University of Warwick, 20 May, 2014

“Experiential Learning: Speaking through Sound”, 10th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Academy, 2-3 July, 2014

Connecting Students Through Music: http://connectedlearning.tv/personal-stories/laura-ritchie-connecting-students-through-music​

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