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Jennifer MacRitchie

Senior research fellow in health and wellbeing, University of Sheffield

Dr MacRitchie works on developing educational programmes and technology to enhance music learning for older adults to improve their health and wellbeing. Partners include those in aged care, music education, and local health districts.

With a background in both electrical engineering and music, her research focuses on the acquisition and development of motor skills in instrumental performance, and how these can be used to promote health and wellbeing. 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.

She 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.


  • 2021–present
    Senior research fellow, The University of Sheffield
  • 2017–2020
    Senior research fellow in health and wellbeing, Western Sydney University
  • 2014–2017
    Research Lecturer in Music Perception and Cognition, Western Sydney University
  • 2011–2014
    Researcher, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana


  • 2011 
    University of Glasgow, PhD
  • 2006 
    University of Glasgow, M.Eng

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Designing new musical technologies for older adults' wellbeing
    Primary Investigator
    Funding Source:
  • 2019
    Maintaining active minds and bodies through older adult music education
    Primary Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council