Introductions

1. Your name: Justine Dolorfino
2. Your program: Masters with K-12 Certification
3. Your primary instrument(s): String & Electric Bass

4. Your educational background: I went to Kalamazoo College. It’s okay if you haven’t heard of it, but I was a big fan. I did a Music & Psychology double major and studied abroad at Goldsmiths College, University of London, which is pretty well known for its Russian Music and Popular Music courses. They were pretty fun.
5. Your teaching background, if applicable: My main experience at this point is through teaching private lessons on my own time and also through teaching popular music chorus to ages 6-14 (integrating campers’ instruments when possible in performances) at a summer day camp in the Metro Detroit area of Michigan. I started the music program at this summer camp as a part of my senior thesis at Kalamazoo College.
6. What kind of teaching are you interested in? What is your dream job?: Right now I have no idea what I want to teach. I came in thinking I wanted to teach elementary school general music but now I think I could just as easily do high school orchestra or other classes at the HS level. My dream job would involve working at a K-12 school where I would get to be involved at the elementary, middle, and high school level at all phases of students’ musical development. I’d also like to direct a jazz band ensemble while I’m at it.
7. Favorite flavor of cookie: Peanut butter. Especially the ones from Bouchon at Columbus Circle.
8. Favorite music makers: Off the top of my head I’m going to go with Mahler, Brahms, Charles Mingus, Bruce Springsteen, and, shamelessly, almost anything Glee has ever covered. This is obviously not an exhaustive list.
9. Can you be found on social media?: Yes! Follow me on Twitter here.
10. Do you have a website?: Yes! Find me here.
11. Anything else you think we should know?: I’m really interested in all things related to gender studies and just finished working with Dr. Abeles ¬†on a pilot study looking at cultural influences on gender associations of musical instruments. I also am involved with the Music Professional Learning Network start-up and will be encouraging everyone to sign up for it when it opens!