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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 primary employment is with the University of York (UK) as an Associate Lecturer in Music Education, module leader for an undergraduate module entitled 'Musicians' Health and Wellness', and MHW Coordinator. Naomi is currently on the committee for the ISME Musicians' Health and Wellness SIG. 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 wellness, social and financial status, or any other aspect perceived as a barrier.