- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Hey guys! I'm passionate about the arts and have over 16 years of performing experience. I love to teach and I think you'll really enjoy taking lessons! As a spunky three-year-old, I would sing and dance to my dad's piano accompaniment at home. In my childhood, I would perform with my family at church functions. It wasn't until I was 12 that I had my first solo in a choir concert at school. And since then, I have continued to perform solos at various athletic events, graduations, restaurants, and in competitions. I enjoy songwriting and recording covers of songs from a variety of music genres—including Pop, Christian, Adult Contemporary, R&B, Jazz, and Country.
Some of the neat opportunities I have had as a performer include: winning the top 10 in a national vocal competition in 2015, where I was featured as a soloist on artist Jenny Phillips’ studio album; winning 2nd place at the American Idol Experience competition at Disney World in 2014; auditioning in Denver for the actual American Idol TV show in 2009; playing “Eve” in the musical Children of Eden, at BYU-Idaho in 2010, and "Sister Mary Robert" in the musical Sister Act, through community theatre in Montana in 2018; and teaching K-8th grade music for a few years in Montana, including directing the Christmas musicals, starting in 2014. Last year I had a callback film audition for the role of "Beth," in an upcoming adaptation of Little Women, but instead had the fun experience of being an extra, portraying a college student, as well as playing the lead actress's double. I submitted my original song, "Believe," written for the movie, in a competition the movie producers held--and almost made the top 10. The film will be released sometime this year. In 2012, I was able to be an extra in a music video starring Alex Boyé and Carmen Rassmussen--and in 2017, I was a musical theatre judge for a high school regional competition in Utah.
As a teacher, I will tailor my lessons around you, at your own pace, and will do my best to meet your individual needs as a student and performer. I am loving, creative, and meticulous--and great with children! We're going to have so much fun and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for the arts with you!
Created own curriculum; taught choral singing, rhythm instruments, basic music theory; directed Christmas musicals.
Taught girls ages 3-8 Jazz and Ballet; choreographed dances for recital.
Instructed kids ages 3-13 in music, theatre, and dance. Directed dance recital.
Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel, CA
Co-taught variety of musical, theatrical, and kinesthetic exercises to elementary school-aged students
The American Alliance for Theatre & Education serves and inspires a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.
I loved how friendly and personable that Clarissa was. Her passion for the arts was evident as she taught. The techniques and tips she shared were very informative and helpful. She had me do various exercises and activities that made it an overall enjoyable experience. I highly recommend Clarissa as a teacher!+ Read More