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Naomi Norton: The Health and Wellness of Educators

Wednesday 6 March 2019, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr Naomi Norton

In this research seminar I am going to be creating a space for us to consider the health and wellness of educators. This will focus initially on the results and implications of my doctoral research with instrumental and vocal teachers but will then broaden to include a wider spectrum of educators (in particular, staff within university departments). I will be outlining some of the models and theories that I have found personally and professionally useful when considering what affects educators’ health and wellness and why it is important for them and those around them (including, but not limited to, students). Finally, there will be an opportunity to share suggestions from research and practice relating to practical ways of supporting the health and wellness of educators in our community. Bring your thinking caps – there will be audience participation!

Dr Naomi Norton

Dr Naomi Norton (married name: Underwood) studied at the University of Leeds between 2007 and 2012 during which time she completed a BA in Music (2011) and a MMus in the Applied Psychology of Music (2012, supported by a Santander scholarship). Her subsequent doctoral studies at the Royal Northern College of Music (award validated by Manchester Metropolitan University) were fully-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. This research focused on an exploration of health-related topics in instrumental and vocal music lessons from the perspectives of teachers in the United Kingdom. Naomi is now a musician with a varied portfolio that includes teaching, research, consultancy, and performance. Her current professional activities include working as an Associate Lecturer in Music Education at the University of York, the Temporary Health Promotion Training and Education Officer with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), and a private instrumental teacher. The driving force behind her diverse professional activities is the belief that no-one should be denied the opportunity to progress to the level of musical proficiency that they desire: this could relate to health and well-being, social and financial status, or any other aspect perceived as a barrier.

Location: D/003, Sally Baldwin D Block