Marissa Terranova is a professional trumpet player and technology-loving music 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 and Masters of Education degree in Education Technology from CSUN as well. While teaching full-time in public schools, she also maintains a small studio of private music students, which includes lessons in music theory, jazz improvisation, composition, and overall musicianship.
Marissa is well-versed in music education with experience teaching band, orchestra, general music, and elementary music. She is a member of 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. Other certifications and training include GATE program certification, Flipgrid certified educator, Nearpod certified educator, Common Sense Media educator, and student technology leader program coordinator. In her music lessons, she uses traditional approaches as well as innovative technology to engage, inspire, and create musicians of all ages.
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 at Coastal Carolina University.
Masters of Education - Education Technology (MA)
California State University, Northridge - May 2021
Program Advisor, Brian Foley
Single-Subject Teaching Credential - Music
California State University, Northridge - May 2010
Program Mentor/Advisor, Mary Schliff
Bachelors of Music (BM)
California State University, Northridge - May 2009
Program Advisors, Mary Schliff & Gary Pratt
Program included both music education and jazz performance requirements with a primary performance focus on trumpet. Coursework included pedagogy on woodwinds, percussion, brass, strings, and piano, as well as jazz improvisation, arranging, musicianship, and theory.
Notable instructors include Bill Bing, Howie Shear, Jon Lewis, Gary Pratt, Matt Harris, Rob Lockhart, and Gary Fukushima.
Areas of Expertise
Band: Concert Band, Chamber Music, Jazz Band, etc.
Orchestra: String orchestra, chamber orchestra, full orchestra, etc.
Jazz: Combo, Jazz Band, Improvisation, etc.
Professional Development Presentations/Clinics for Teachers:
Technology Integration in the 21st Century Music Classroom
Flipgrid for Educators
Making the Most Out of Google Apps for Educators in the Classroom
Google Classroom for Teachers: Organization, Efficiency, and Settings
An Introduction to Google Jamboard: a Digital Whiteboard
Gmail Navigation & Support for Upper Elementary Students
*All instruction includes foundational lessons in music theory, instrument-specific best practices, note-reading, rhythm notation, music history, composition, and the "four Cs": critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.