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Justina delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2013

I have been writing songs on napkins and gum wrappers since I was 8 years old. It is my belief that a songwriter has a responsibility to say something worth saying, even if you want to shake your booty to the groove. Crafting the perfect musical message is my deepest passion.

I have been on tour with my trio, performed my original songs at Lincoln Center and Rockwood Music Hall in New York (with members of Sara Bareilles’ band), at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, and at various comedy clubs in Los Angeles. Last year, I taught songwriting and formed a rock band with capital offenders at Dade Correctional Institution, which solidified my love of teaching and belief that there is hope and good in every person.

I am currently teaching songwriting as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where I obtained my Master’s Degree in Media Writing and Production. I am also teaching songwriting at various schools in Boulder, Colorado, intending to enact social change through the power of music.

As my songwriting student, you can be sure that there will be moments of growth, which cannot occur without some discomfort. However, the reward is knowing you have said exactly what you want to say with words and music. You will be able to express yourself and connect with others for miles and miles.

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Experience

Adjunct Professor
Aug 2017 - Present
University of Miami

Music Teacher
Aug 2017 - Present
Sanchez International

Songwriting Teacher
Aug 2017 - Present
Justice High

Education

Social Entrepreneurship
Aug 2017 - Dec 2017
Watson University
Media Writing and Production, Bachelor and Master of Music
Aug 2011 - May 2017
University of Miami

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Finalist
Sep 2015
John Lennon Songwriting Competition
Carnegie Hall Songwriting Competition
Aug 2014
Carnegie Hall

Photos & Videos

Check out my lyric video of original song fighting for social justice!
Check out this fun video of my original song!
Check out one of my original songs
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8 Reviews

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Julia Mar 19, 2018
Songwriting ·

Justina is a great songwriter and really good at giving constructive feedback in the most supportive way possible! 10/10 recommend.

Claire Mar 15, 2018
Songwriting · In studio

I took one-on-one songwriting lessons with Justina as part of my degree program in college and it was one of the best experiences I have had. This was my first time taking lessons of this kind, and Justina really delivered. The way she presented the material was very easy to understand, and she altered her methods when something wasn't working quite right. Justina helped me to approach songwriting in a way that I hadn't before, and I am so glad she was my teacher.

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Marcus Mar 14, 2018
Songwriting · In studio

Justina has been an incredible help for my songwriting development. I've been studying with her for 3 years and she has really opened my mind. She's very professional and caring. Very few people would pick up the phone at 11pm and help me through my writers cramp. Justina is the best!

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Addie Mar 14, 2018
Songwriting · In studio

I had such a great time with Justina and she really helped me grow my skills.

Derrick Mar 13, 2018
Songwriting · In studio

Justina has taught at high level institutions, such as the University of Miami. She was my ensemble coach and she kept the class positive and productive nurturing the students to give each other constructive feedback. She also always gave great lyric writing advice. I feel like Justina is qualified to help songwriters of all levels and would highly recommend her to a friend

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Katie Mar 13, 2018
Songwriting · In studio

Justina helped me to understanding songwriting in a different context than ever before. He personable and fun teaching style is engaging and exciting. I will definitely continue to take lessons with Justina!

Mel Mar 13, 2018
· Online

Justina rocks! So knowledgeable, so sweet.

Johnathan Mar 13, 2018
Songwriting · In studio

Justina is a well versed and very intuitive songwriter and instructor. She personalizes her lessons to tailor the needs of each student and, to me personally, that means a lot. Every time I've worked with her has been an engaging and enlightening experience, and I can see the improvement in my work!

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