Dr Jennifer MacRitchie

Research Program: Music Cognition and ActionJennifer MacRitchie


Dr Jennifer MacRitchie is a school-based member of MARCS and holds the position of Research Theme Fellow in Health and Well-being in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. With a background in both electrical engineering and music, her research focuses on the acquisition and development of motor skills in piano performance. Studies range from looking at movements of novices to experts, from those who have studied music from a young age to those who are rediscovering music in retirement.

Jennifer serves as Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology, Performance Science, and is on the editorial board of Musicae Scientiae. She has conducted research in a variety of environments, completing her doctoral work in University of Glasgow's Science and Music Research group, and a postdoctoral position at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.

Jennifer is also an experienced pianist, having performed concertos by Grieg, Shostakovich and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with amateur orchestras in Glasgow, UK, as well as regular performances with chamber groups in the UK, Switzerland and Australia.

Research Interests

  • Music performance analysis
  • Music and movement/gesture
  • Music education
  • Motion capture
  • Music perception and cognition
  • Piano touch

Qualifications and Honours

  • PhD, 'Elucidating Musical Structure through the Empirical Measurement of Performance Parameters', Science and Music Research Group, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK. 2006-2010
  • M.Eng in Electronics with Music, University of Glasgow, UK. 2001-2006

Full Publications

For a full list of publications, please visit Jennifer's Google Scholar page.(opens in a new window)

Contact Jennifer

Email j.macritchie@westernsydney.edu.au
Location Western Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)