Kayleen Justus

 Kayleen Justus is a Part-time Professor of Music History and Ethnomusicology at Kennesaw State University. Her primary research interests center on the role of music in memory and personhood, Trinidadian steel band in the Caribbean and beyond, and American music history. Dr. Justus has presented her academic work at the Society for Ethnomusicology annual and regional conferences, at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and has recently penned an entry in the forthcoming SAGE Encyclopedia of Ethnomusicology (2017) about the musical cultures of the Greater and Lesser Antilles.  At Kennesaw State University, Dr. Justus teaches MUSI 1107 - “Arts in Society: Music,” MUSI 1107 - “Arts in Society: World Music,” MUSI 3311/2 - “History of Western Music I and II,” and MUSI 4490 “Music of the Caribbean.” 

 Kayleen earned her Ph.D. in Musicology from Florida State University in 2014, after completing two years of interdisciplinary field research with the Alzheimer’s Project. Her dissertation, “Music, Dementia, and the Reality of Being Yourself,” is grounded in the ethnographic method of participant-observation and explores the relationship between music, consciousness, and human subjectivity. Kayleen also holds a M.M. in Ethnomusicology, which she earned in at Florida State University in 2008 after completing her thesis, “Memetics, Media, and Groove: Musical Experience in Two Florida Steelbands.” 

 Dr. Justus has served as the director of university and community steel bands since 2007 and continues to perform as a pan player in the United States and the Caribbean. She has performed concerts with notable world musicians, including the calypsonian Willard “Lord Relator” Harris and Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman. She has also recorded several world music albums, including Sasa Nifanye Nini (2012), which featured members of the Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania), and two albums by the Miami University Steel Band (One More Soca (2003), Burnin’ (2001)).