Laura Ritchie

Dr. Laura Ritchie is a teacher, researcher, performer, and learner. She enables people to realise their goals through positive achievement. Laura’s teaching is heavily influenced by her research into students’ beliefs about their learning and performing capabilities. Read more


Measuring Musical Self-Regulation: Linking Processes, Skills, and Beliefs
Journal of Education and Training Studies (2013) Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 106-117

This research explores self-regulated learning behaviors as used by 174 students in higher music education during learning and practice, with the aim of demonstrating the interaction between processes, skills, and beliefs. A three-factor structure was identified within a newly adapted, ...

Self-efficacy as a Predictor of Musical Performance Quality
Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (2012) Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 334-340

Two studies explored the relationship between self-efficacy for performing and the assessed quality of a musical performance. Study 1 considered how university music students' self-efficacy for performing, practice time, and self-regulated learning related to assessed performance quality. A stepwise linear ...

Primary School Children's Self-Efficacy for Music Learning
Journal of Research in Music Education (2011) Vol. 59, No. 2, pp. 146-161

The Self-Efficacy for Musical Learning questionnaire was adapted and tested with 404 primary school children, producing a robust Cronbach alpha (0.87) and confirming a single underlying factor through exploratory factor analysis. Test–retest scores showed the measure’s stability over a 9-month ...

Measuring distinct types of musical self-efficacy
Psychology of Music (2011) Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 328-344

This research examines the specific nature of self-efficacy beliefs within music. Separate questionnaires assessing self-efficacy for musical learning and self-efficacy for musical performing were developed and tested, and the reliability of the new questionnaires was demonstrated using internal reliability tests ...