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Dr Caroline Waddington-Jones



Caroline Waddington-Jones is a music psychologist and clarinettist, with research interests in music performance and education. She studied Music at the University of Leeds with an ERASMUS year at Strasbourg Conservatoire, and obtained her Masters in Solo Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music. During her postgraduate studies she became fascinated with the psychological and social processes that underpin music rehearsal and performance, and this inspired her doctoral work on empathy in ensemble playing at the University of Hull.

During her PhD studies, Caroline established a busy portfolio career as a performer, researcher, community musician and teacher. She has a strong commitment to musical inclusion, and works with organisations such as Live Music Now, Music in Hospitals and Care and The Amber Trust to bring more music-making opportunities to children and young people with complex needs and to support their musical development.

Her previous academic posts include appointments as Lecturer in Music at the University of Hull, teaching music psychology and music performance; Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts at the University of Derby, teaching arts workshop facilitation skills and developmental psychology and Visiting Lecturer in Music Education at the University of Roehampton, where she was also Programme Leader for the PGCert in Music and Special Educational Needs (Sounds of Intent).



Caroline’s research interests span music psychology and music education. Recent projects include:

  • the development of learning resources to support the provision of music in special education (in collaboration with Live Music Now, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation)
  • the impact of musical engagement on primary school children’s wellbeing (with Dr Andrew King and Prof. Pam Burnard, commissioned by Sound and Music, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation via PRSF)
  • the perceived impact of collaborative composition on older adults’ wellbeing (with Dr Andrew King and Prof. Pam Burnard, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation via PRSF)
  • the use of online technology to support instrumental learning (with Dr Andrew King and Dr Helen Prior).



  • Introduction to the Psychology of Music
  • Solo project supervision


  • MA Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching
  • MA Music: Music Psychology
  • MA Community Music

Contact details

Dr Caroline Waddington-Jones
Department of Music
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323018