Tales From a High School Band Dropout

Justine Dolorfino

Justine Dolorfino is a private music teacher who works with students online and in the San Diego, CA area. She has a B.A. in music and psychology from Kalamazoo College and an Ed.M. in music education from Teachers College. In addition to her work as a private teacher, she also works as a freelance online marketing consultant and plays bass professionally.

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  1. Kevin Towner says:

    Great article Justine. I completely agree with you. As a private music teacher, I am working personally to completely change the way I teach to be student creativity oriented and I know others are as well. Also good news is that I just heard the president of MENC speak about and address these issues also so the change is coming. Keep up the conversation!

    • justinermd says:

      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks so much for commenting! I’m glad to hear you see the value of this kind of teaching and would love to hear more about the work you’re doing with your students. There’s definitely a lot of room for flexibility in the applied music studio!

  2. Great post! Congrats on being a future thinker. I hope you’ll check out our latest blog (http://bit.ly/eAKHFY) and online learning curriculum too (www.discoverlearnandplay.com). We developed this idea with all those folks who ever ‘played’ music in mind. We thought it was time that our profession pay closer attention to making causal learners for life! We hope to get them back…and keep them! Cheers from Dallas. ec

  3. Ah! So glad to have read this, Justine. It’s very inspiring to hear your ideas about the type of music curriculum you would implement. Your last paragraph touches on some important elements, elements that have always been a part of the music making process of the musician, but often sorely missed in the world of music academia.

    Keep the ideas flowing!

  1. February 17, 2011

    […] And, because I’m shameless– here’s my article, provocatively titled “Tales From A High School Band Dropout.” […]

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