Marisa is a Primary Music Specialist with a Diploma of Teaching Qualification (1989). Initially she studied guitar and then trained as a vocalist whilst achieving her qualification. She started teaching in 1990, teaching primary students for 12 years and from then until present, adults and secondary students. Specialising in contemporary music, Marisa develops students in individual lessons and group sessions. Over her career she has skilled herself as a drummer, pianist and bass player to complete her knowledge of contemporary music.
She has written curriculum for the Department of Culture and the Arts on the “Spin” project which is a WAM (Western Australian Music) initiative, and has been a member of the teachers’ reference group for WAM Education. She has facilitated several professional development sessions for music teachers. Note: WAM is our original contemporary music industry body here in Western Australia.
In 2007 Marisa conceptualised the CGSA (City Great Southern Alliance) whilst delivering Certificate II Music Industry at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus. This networking opportunity brings original contemporary musicians together for performances and workshops with industry leaders. The CGSA was successfully facilitated by Marisa in 2007 and 2008.
Marisa is a song writer and has recorded several demo recordings of her songs, both individually and with her now defunct 3 piece band called Naked Feet. Having performed at many venues in Perth, Marisa recently “got back into it” by performing as part of the Inspirational Songwriters Series at Mojos. She has performed backing vocals and keyboards on several recordings for The Velvet Janes and also performed in their backing group for a major CD launch.
Marisa has been a judge for the My Big Gig school rock band event 2006 - 2010 as well as a judge for Gozzy Rock in 2008 and 2009.
Marisa has also been teaching rock bands, keyboards and vocals at Canning Vale College since 2010. The program has expanded over that time culminating in 4-6 concerts per year. In recent years, Marisa has facilitated vocal workshops with Rock Scholars in Osbourne Park.
The last couple of years, Marisa has developed two community music groups. Park Jam and ERUPT. Both sessions run once a month and attract anywhere from 15 - 30 players and you can read about them on the home page.