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.
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].
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Faculties / departments: Research
Williamon, A. and Ginsborg, J. and Perkins, R. and Waddell, G. (2021) Performing music research: methods in music education, psychology, and performance science. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198714545 (paperback) (In Press)
Dalmazzo, D. and Waddell, G. and Ramirez, R. (2021) Applying deep learning techniques to estimate patterns of musical gesture. Frontiers in Psychology, 11 (575971). ISSN 1664-1078
Ramirez, R. and Waddell, G. (2020) Technology enhanced learning of performance. In: The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (In Press)
Waddell, G. and Williamon, A. (2019) Technology use and attitudes in music learning. Frontiers in ICT, 6 (11). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2297-198X
Waddell, G. (2019) Time to decide: a study of evaluative decision-making in music performance. Doctoral thesis, Royal College of Music.
Waddell, G. and Perkins, R. and Williamon, A. (2019) The Evaluation Simulator: a new approach to training music performance assessment. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 (557). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1664-1078
Giraldo, S. and Waddell, G. and Nou, I. and Ortega, A. and Mayor, O. and Perez, A. and Williamon, A. and Ramirez, R. (2019) Automatic assessment of tone quality in violin music performance. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 (334). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1664-1078
Waddell, G. and Perkins, R. and Williamon, A. (2018) Making an impression: error location and repertoire features affect performance quality rating processes. Music Perception, 36 (1). pp. 60-76. ISSN 1533-8312
Waddell, G. and 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). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1664-1078
Waddell, G. and Williamon, A. (2017) Measuring the audience. In: Scholarly Research for Musicians. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 148-155. ISBN 978-1138208896
Waddell, G. (2015) Book review: 'Expressiveness in music performance: empirical approaches across styles and cultures' ed. D. Fabian, R. Timmers, & E. Schubert. Psychology of Music, 43. pp. 909-912. ISSN 0305-7356 (print) 1741-3087 (online)
Masaki, M. and Hechler, P. and Gadbois, S. and Waddell, G. (2011) Piano performance assessment: video feedback and the Quality Assessment in Music Performance Inventory (QAMPI). In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2011, 24-27 August 2011, Canada.