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 Sessional Lecturer and honorary Research Associate at Imperial College London. His research focusses on the processes underpinning performance assessment, examining musical decision-making among judges and audiences and the development of evaluative skills.
George is currently working on the TELMI project, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, which seeks to develop technologies that enhance instrumental music teaching. He is also a member of the first MedTech SuperConnector cohort, an accelerator for emerging medical technologies, where he is developing a new digital tool for teaching clinical communication skills. George lectures on experimental design, statistical analysis, and the psychology of music and performance.
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.
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
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.