- Teaches students:
- Ages 5 to 18 and special needs
- Teaching since:
Hey there! I'm passionate about the arts and I think you'll really enjoy taking lessons! I have over 17 years of performing experience and 5 years of teaching experience. 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. I had my first solo in a choir concert at school when I was 12. 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; 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. I had a callback film audition two years ago for the role of "Beth," in an adaptation of Little Women, but instead had the fun experience of being an extra, 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 made the top 10. Also, 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 drama competition in Utah.
I'm currently in my fourth year of teaching music part-time at a K-8th grade school in Montana, which involves directing the Christmas musicals each year.
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.
Instructed kids ages 3-13 in music, theatre, and dance; directed dance recital.
Taught girls ages 3-8 Jazz and Ballet; choreographed dances for recital.
Cared for 10-year-old boy with autism (along with his two younger brothers)
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