Skip to main content

Justina Shandler


Justina is working to combine her love of music and children in order to bring comfort to youth in challenging or difficult situations. She will be training high schoolers to act as mentors to elementary school kids, using music as a means to teach effective communication and enable catharsis. Justina believes in the power of art, as well as strong mentorship, and thinks the "kids as teachers" model will be effective in creating lasting meaningful relationships for troubled youth.

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference." - Eli Wiesel


Songs written


Tofu recipes perfected


Failed romantic relationships filled with lessons

A bit about Justina

Justina is a singer-songwriter and teacher originally from Roanoke, VA. Her musical stories are deeply honest, vivid, and quirky. Justina‚Äôs songs have been lauded in international competitions and by leading industry professionals. She has performed her 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. She now teaching songwriting as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Media Writing and Production. She is also attending Watson University in Boulder, Colorado, in order to use the power of music to enact social change.