Jennifer MacRitchie

Research Lecturer in Music Perception and Cognition, Western Sydney University

Dr MacRitchie joined the Music Cognition and Action research program at MARCS Institute in 2014. 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.


  • –present
    Research Lecturer in Music Perception and Cognition, University of Western Sydney
  • 2011–2014
    Researcher, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana


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