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Research 1Laura Ritchie is Professor – Learning and Teaching at the University of Chichester. 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 current book with Palgrave Macmillan reveals the distinctive teaching methods that continue to sustain excellence in her professional practice.


California Dreaming is a non-fiction book that tells the story of an amazing project that took 6 people 6000 miles (and to do that they raised £6000 in 6 weeks). It is an uplifting story that tells what happens when you believe ‘yes I can’. It is your chance to be a fly on the wall and see inside learning, teaching, and life – with all the ups and downs. It is available via this website or Amazon.







Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 16.16.13Fostering Self-Efficacy in Higher Education Students is a book for those interested in teaching, learning, and improving their own capacity for efficiency and success. It is geared for those in higher education, but is relevant to all learners and teachers.

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Review by David Hopkins HERE

Peer reviewed publications:

Articles, Chapters, Books

  • RITCHIE, L & Hall, B (In press). Transitions: Becoming A Professional (Musician): Space for Performance. In T. Bilham (ed) Reframing Space for Learning: Empowering Excellence and Innovation in University Teaching and Learning. UCL IoE: London.
  • RITCHIE, L. (2018). Opening the curriculum through open educational practices: International experienceOpen Praxis, 10(2), 201-208. DOI:
  • RITCHIE, L., Kearney, P. (2018). Adult Beginner Instrumentalists’ Practice, Self-Regulation, and Self-Efficacy: A Pilot Study. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 6(2), 1-9.  DOI:
  • Churchill, S., Jessop, D. C., Goodwin, S., Ritchie, L., & Harris, P. R. (2017). Self-affirmation improves music performance among performers high on the impulsivity dimension of sensation seeking. Psychology of Music46(2), 292 – 302.
  • RITCHIE, L. (2016). A Portfolio of skills for today’s performer. In P. Kneale and W. Miller (Eds). Issues in masters level courses. Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory: Plymouth.
  • RITCHIE, L. (2016). Case study: A meeting with the Pro Vice-Chancellor. In: J. Corneli, C. J. Danoff, C. Pierce, P. Ricuarte, and L. Snow MacDonald, (Eds.) The Peeragogy Handbook. 3rd ed. Chicago, IL./Somerville, MA.: PubDomEd/Pierce Press, 2016. Downloaded from
  • RITCHIE, L. (Oct 2015). Fostering Self-Efficacy in Higher Education Students, Palgrave Macmillan:  London.
  • RITCHIE, L. (2015) Creating a curriculum: Embracing open learning in music. Innovative pedagogies report. Higher Education Academy:York. 
  • Bond E., Agnew, S., RITCHIE, L., Palmer-Conn, S., Garbett, C. (2015). Creative Assessments: four effective approaches, In P. Kneale (Ed.) Perspectives on Masters Level Teaching, Learning and Student Experience. Palgrave Macmillan: London.
  • RITCHIE, L. (2013) The student professional, In T. Bilham (Ed.) For the love of learning. Macmillan: London.
  • 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. & 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. (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.
  • 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. & Williamon, A. (2012) Self-efficacy as a predictor of Musical Performance Quality. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and Arts. DOI: 10.1037/a0029619
  • RITCHIE, L. (2011). Musical self-efficacy for learning and performing, PhD Thesis, Royal College of Music, London.
  • 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. & Williamon, A. (2011). Measuring distinct types of musical self-efficacy, Psychology of Music, 38, 328-344.
  • 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 University, Fort Wayne.
  • 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. (2006). Foundation Degree in IVT, European String Teachers Association Quarterly, January, 2006.
  • RITCHIE, L. (1997). Contextual cello intonation, MMus Thesis, Royal College of Music, London.


  • “Your journey with video: Getting from A to B” Academic panel, Panopto Annual Conference, London 21 November 2017
  • “Creativity in the open” Keynote and Workshop Leader, Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia, Canada
  • “Value of Creative Education”, Keynote, Hereford Higher Education Symposium, 20 September 2017
  • “Provision, uptake and teaching at primary and secondary level”  The future for music education in England – maintaining standards, music hubs and career pathways, Westminster Forum of Higher Education 3 July 2017
  • “Effects of a self-regulation worksheet on the self-regulatory behavior, self-efficacy, and performance of novice adult musicians”, ISPS Reykjavik 31August-2Sept 2017
  • “Student engagement in curriculum and module development”, RAISE Conference 7 September 2017
  • Tackling the challenges for curriculum development across disciplines” Westminster Higher Education Keynote Forum: Innovation in curriculum design – internationalization, employability and inclusivity, London, 7 December 2016
  • Feedback is all around us”, Workshop presentation, SEDA Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 12 May, 2016
  • “From Skeptic to Champion” Talis Insight Europe 2016, Birmingham 21 April, 2016
  • BEST (Build Engage Solve Think) across Disciplines and Institutions” Workshop, Open Educational Resources Conference, Edinburgh, 20 April, 2016
  • Embracing Open Learning”, Higher Education Academy workshop, University of Chichester, Chichester, 20 January, 2016
  • “A portfolio for today’s performer”, (paper) PedRIO Masters Conference: Masters level teaching, Learning and Assessment conference: Issues for the 21st Century, Plymouth University, 8 January, 2016
  • The Musiquality Project“, RAISE (Researching, Advancing, and Inspiring Student Engagement) Conference, Nottingham, 11 September, 2015
  • “SoTL and the New and Improved-Different and Distinct Learning and Teaching”, EuroSoTL Conference, Cork, Ireland, 8 June, 2015
  • “#MUS654 Creating a Curriculum”, OER15 (Open Educational Resources 2015) Conference, Cardiff, 15 April, 2015
  • “Association of National Teaching Fellows Roadshow”, Pecha Kucha, 10th Symposium of the Association of National Teaching Fellows, 30 March, 2015
  • “Instrumental Disruption”, workshop at the Disruptive Media and Learning Lab Expo, University of Coventry, 12 March, 2015
  • “Phonar and the Cello”, cross-discipline workshop at University of Coventry, 3 December, 2014
  • “Student recording + video for performance”, invited speaker and academic panel member at Innovation with video: Improving teaching and learning through technology Panopto Conference 2014, Senate House, London, 21 October, 2014
  • “Association of National Teaching Fellows Roadshow”, development workshop at University of the West of England, 24 September, 2014
  • “Experiential Learning: Speaking through Sound”, development workshop at University of East Anglia, 4 September, 2014
  • “Teachers as Leaders: Fostering mastery experiences”, KEYNOTE at HEA Project workshop: When student confidence clicks: Academic Self-efficacy and Learning in Higher Education, University of East Anglia, 3 September, 2014
  • “Experiential Learning: Speaking through Sound”, 10th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Academy, 2-3 July, 2014
  • “Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching” Institute of Advanced Learning and Teaching, University of Warwick, 20 May, 2014
  • “Becoming through music” at the HEA funded workshop “Something’s Happening”, Bournemouth Arts University, 19 December, 2013
  • “NTF Roadshow” presented with Kirsten Hardie at Cardiff Metropolitan University, October, 2013
  • “Transfer of practice strategies: From primary to secondary instrument”, International Symposium on Performance Science, Vienna, Austria, 28-31 August, 2013
  • “Learning to learn”, Council for the Association of National Teaching Fellows Annual Symposium, 30 April, 2013
  • “Self-efficacy beliefs for learning and performing in music and sport”, paper presented at the 40th Annual SEMPRE Conference, London, 15 September, 2012
  • “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 in Music”, Conservatoires UK Conference, Trinity College of Music, London, 7 July, 2009
  • “Self-efficacy as a predictor of performance”, Contemporary Arts Research presentation, University of Chichester, 8 October, 2008
  • “Self-efficacy in music: Belief and predictor of quality”, Music, Health and Happiness, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 6-8 November, 2008
  • “Differentiating and measuring self-efficacy for musical learning and performing”, SysMus08, University of Graz, Austria, 14-15 November, 2008
  • “Self-efficacy: from belief to the stage”, University of Illinois, USA, 25 August, 2008
  • “Self-efficacy as a Predictor of Performance Quality”, Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, Chicago, USA, 19-22 August, 2008
  • “Measuring Self-efficacy in Music”, International Symposium in Performance Science, Porto, Portugal, 22-23 November 2007
  • “Self-regulated Learning in Music”, Second Conference in Learning and Teaching in Music, Rochester, Michigan, USA, 11-13 October, 2007