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Marissa Terranova is a professional trumpet player, arranger, and educator who has been playing and teaching since 2008. She studied both music education and jazz performance at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and has extensive performance experience on both piano and trumpet. She earned a single-subject teaching credential in music, taught in CA public schools for 10 years, then earned a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Technology from CSUN in 2021. While teaching full-time in public schools, she also maintains a small studio of private music students.

Marissa is well-versed in music education with experience teaching band, orchestra, general music at the elementary level as well as at the collegiate level. In her music lessons, she uses traditional approaches as well as innovative technology to engage, inspire, and create musicians of all ages. She is a member of several professional music organizations, like the Orff-Schulwerk Association and completed the first level of training and certification in Orff-Schulwerk music pedagogy through the Los Angeles chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association in summer 2019.

Besides teaching , Marissa plays a variety of styles in a variety of settings. From intimate jazz trios to salsa bands, she has been playing professionally in Los Angeles since 2008, and recently relocated to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2021. As of Fall 2022, she has accepted a position teaching for the music department at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.

Marissa Terranova holding a flugelhorn

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Read more about Marissa's upcoming and past performances, and hear selections from recent performances.



Learn more about professional development topics and find resources from Marissa's recent presentations here.


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Learn more about Marissa's private studio and group instruction lesson plans.


Sheet Music

Listen to Marissa's original arrangements here.

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