Natasha Hendry is currently a PhD psychology student at the University of West London with joint supervision from the London College of Music. Her research interests lay in Music Psychology, specifically in relation to Education, Performance and Wellbeing, which she gained a Masters in at Sheffield University. Current projects are based around mental health, wellbeing and the Arts and social justice in music education and industry for marginalised people-groups.
Before stepping into the world of academia, Natasha worked as a vocalist in the pop music industry, performing backing vocals for numerous artists and as front-vocalist for UK dance band ‘Chicane’ for a period of 10 years. As well as continuing to perform publicly she also has a private vocal coaching practice and composes arrangements for and directs a community choir based in West London.
Natasha frequently appears on panels to talk about diversity and mental health in the music industry as well as diversity and music education. Engagements have included working with the Musicians Union, the International Live Music Conference, the LIMF academy, the Music Industry Therapists Collective, Boudica Music Conference and Boston University (USA). She has contributed to research and publications such as the Black Lives in Music report (2021) and shared her music industry experiences for the Touring and Mental Health: The music industry manual (2023).
The anticipated publication of her most recent research on Whiteness in music education in the UK is due for release April 2023. Expected citation (TBC): Hendry, Natasha (2023), ‘Fitting in and sticking out: An exploratory study of the Whiteness of the school music curriculum and its effects on Global Majority musicians’, Journal of Popular Music Education, 7:1, pp. 25–45, https://doi.org/10.1386/jpme_00107_1
ORCID research ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9362-7301