Leading Notes Mission Statement

Leading Notes, founded in December 2010, is a music education blog that seeks to maintain an online space for discussion about the intersection of philosophy and practice. It attempts to supplement the already well-established online music education community by providing a platform for persons associated with the field to share their thoughts about teaching music in the 21st century. Our hope is that through making this content available, discussions about important topics in music education can be better facilitated. We are interested in keeping an open mind and are open to receiving submissions from students of all ages, current and retired professors, composers, performers, and anyone in between.


Justine Dolorfino, co-founder of Leading Notes, is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, where she earned her Ed.M., and Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she obtained a dual degree in music and psychology and completed her senior thesis on a psychosocial approach to teaching extracurricular music. She currently teaches as an private music instructor in her studio, working with face-to-face students in San Diego, CA and online via Skype. In addition to teaching private music, she also works as a freelance online marketing specialist.

Academic interests: Justine is particularly interested in topics pertaining to orchestra, jazz band, private teaching, popular music integration, social justice in the classroom, gender issues in music education, and a student-centered approach to teaching.

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Noah Karvelis is an Instrumental Music Education student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a native of Pecatonica, Illinois currently residing in Urbana, Illinois during his studies. Noah teaches music classes at Yankee Ridge Elementary School in Urbana, Illinois as well as at Carle Auditory and Oral School in Champaign, Illinois. Noah is an avid proponent and practitioner of expanding music curriculum to increase the inclusion of various types of students in the music classroom, as well as enriching the musical and creative abilities of all students.

Academic Interests: Noah is interested in instrumental music education, music technology, popular music, jazz education, hip hop music education, and the effects of music education on the self esteem of children.

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Editor Emeritus & Co-Founder

Nick Jaworski has taught music at almost every grade level (elementary to college) and in every setting (urban, suburban, and rural). While serving in an U.S. Air Force Guard Band as a percussionist, he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education from the University of Illinois (where he also did extensive coursework and research in the field of Communication). In addition to his popular blog, Moving Forward with Music, Nick is probably best known for his work as a clinician and his time as Vice-President of Junior/Senior General Music for the Illinois Music Education Association. Currently, Nick is very interested in podcasting and has developed a music education podcast: The Sound of Music Education.

Academic interests: Nick’s interests include (but are not limited to) personal creativity; the expansion of music curricula into popular genres; discussions of identity, self, and community; secondary general music offerings; percussion methods; concert band; teacher education; and “music education” as an institution.

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