Dr George Waddell

BMus, MMus, PhD, ARCT

George Waddell is a Research Associate in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music. He is also a Horizons module leader and honorary Research Associate at Imperial College London. His research focusses on the evaluation of performance, including decision-making among judges and audiences and the development of evaluative skills, as well as how technology can be used to enhance how performance is assessed and performed.

George worked on the TELMI project, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, which sought to develop technologies that enhance instrumental music teaching. He was also a member of the first MedTech SuperConnector cohort, an accelerator for emerging medical technologies where he developed a system of online peer-driven learning. George leads courses and regularly lectures on scientific research methods, the psychology of performance, enterprise and innovation, musicians’ health, and professional skills in musicians.

George holds a PhD in Performance Science from the RCM. He completed his BMus and MMus in piano performance at Brandon University (Canada) while studying psychology. He was awarded the Brandon University Gold Medal for the Master of Music Degree, was a recipient of the Manitoba Graduate Scholarship, and holds an ARCT Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He is a consulting editor for the journal Musicae Scientiae and a review editor for Frontiers in Performance Science.



Selected publications

Waddell G, Perkins R, & Williamon A (forthcoming), Making an impression: error location and repertoire features affect performance quality rating processes, Music Perception.

Waddell G & Williamon A (2017), Eye of the beholder: stage entrance behavior and facial expression affect continuous quality ratings in music performance, Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (513), 1-14 [DOI] [VIDEO].

Waddell G & Williamon A (2017), Measuring the audience, in S Lee (ed.), Scholarly Research for Musicians (pp. 148-155), Routledge.

Waddell G (2015), Review of Expressiveness in Music Performance: Empirical Approaches Across Styles and Cultures (OUP, 2014), Psychology of Music, 43, 909-912 [DOI].

Find out more about George and the Centre of Performance Science. Visit website

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Faculties / departments: Research


Research areas

Performance Science



Research projects


Time to Decide


Research supervisors

Aaron Williamon

Rosie Perkins



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Dr George Waddell

Research Associate in Performance Science

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