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Clarissa passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Clarissa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2014

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!

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Experience

Music Teacher
Sep 2014 - Present
Zurich Elementary School (K-8th)

Created own curriculum; taught choral singing, rhythm instruments, basic music theory; directed Christmas musicals.

Dance Teacher
Jan 2017 - Apr 2017
Red Rock Dance Company

Taught girls ages 3-8 Jazz and Ballet; choreographed dances for recital.

Musical Theatre Camp Teacher
May 2016 - Oct 2016
Allred Academy of the Performing Arts (self-employed)

Instructed kids ages 3-13 in music, theatre, and dance. Directed dance recital.

Theatre Intern
Aug 2011 - Nov 2011
School of Dramatic Arts

Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel, CA

Co-taught variety of musical, theatrical, and kinesthetic exercises to elementary school-aged students

Education

Bachelor's Degree in University Studies with Emphases in Theatre, Music, and Art
Jan 2009 - Apr 2013
Brigham Young University-Idaho

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

“Most Likely to Receive an Acting Contract"
Mar 2010
Theatre professor, Hyrum Conrad - BYU-Idaho

Affiliations

American Alliance for Theatre and Education
Aug 2017

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.

Photos & Videos

Photo by Clarissa A.

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From my K-8th grade music students. So sweet! (2016)

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Photo by Clarissa A.

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"Eve" in Children of Eden at BYU-Idaho, 2010

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Creepy Raggedy Ann doll in Mary Poppins, 2016

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American Idol Experience at Disney World, 2014

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Recording at the studio after winning national vocal competition (2015)

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On the movie set of Little Women as the photo double for "Jo"! (played by Sarah Davenport). "Marmee" is played by Lea Thompson! (2017)

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On set with High School Musical and Switched at Birth star, Lucas Grabeel, who plays "Laurie," in a modern adaption of Little Women! (2017)
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Wendy Aug 7, 2017
Acting · Online

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!

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