- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
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.
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.+ Read More
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!+ Read More
I had such a great time with Justina and she really helped me grow my skills.
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+ Read More
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!
Justina rocks! So knowledgeable, so sweet.
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!+ Read More