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Professor Laura Ritchie

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

Laura Ritchie is Professor of Learning and Teaching, National Teaching Fellow Coordinator of Instrumental/ Vocal Teaching and MA Performance at the University of Chichester and is the Coordinator of both  the Instrumental / Vocal Teaching and the MA in Advanced Performance Programmes.

She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2012. She has a strong background in both performance and research, with a Masters in Advanced Performance and a PhD in Psychology of Music from the Royal College of Music. Her PhD research demonstrated that student self-belief was key to success in learning and performance.

Laura’s subsequent research has centred on excellence in teaching and learning, in particular focusing on innovative ways to unlock student potential.

Laura left America to study performance at the Royal College of Music in London before becoming a highly successful lecturer. Laura drew upon her extensive professional experience when creating pioneering Instrumental / Vocal Teaching programmes at the University of Chichester. Laura has always been an inspiring teacher and enjoys working across disciplines to communicate principles.

Her teaching focuses on creating situations where students can apply learning through a self-directed approach. Her PhD (RCM), explored self-efficacy in music within the contexts of learning and performing, and analysed its application through self-regulated learning.

Recent research projects include an intervention study relating self-regulating learning, practice habits, and attainment, self-efficacy beliefs across a range of ages of high level performers, and the relationship and influence of contributory extra-musical factors on perceived musical self-efficacy for a given task.

Her current book project with Palgrave Macmillan Fostering Self-efficacy in Higher Education Students reveals the distinctive teaching methods that continue to sustain excellence in her professional practice.

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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.
  • 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:
  • 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

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