Marissa Guarriello named visiting Assistant professor of string music education

Posted on July 08, 2024

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College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean bruce d. mcclung has announced the appointment of Marissa Guarriello as Visiting Assistant Professor of String Music Education. 

Marissa Guarriello is currently a PhD candidate at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She has several years of experience teaching public-school strings to grades 3-12 in Texas and Pennsylvania. During her time at Indiana University, Guarriello was awarded the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Community Engaged Learner Award for her work with the Bridges Musical Arts Youth Orchestra while she completed her coursework and presented research at conferences. She also enjoyed teaching clinics in local schools and working with the Fairview Violin Project. Most recently, Guarriello served as the Director of Programming for Music for ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she had the opportunity to work in the music industry as a talent buyer and programmer. 

Guarriello’s current research focuses on the intersection of music industry education in K-12 music programs and the inclusion of creative activities in secondary ensemble classrooms. She has also written several articles, blog posts, and peer-reviewed articles. She co-authored “Hustle to the Start” (2021) and “The Creative String Orchestra” (2020) and co-founded the F-flat Books podcast “Musicast” where she enjoys speaking to musicians and music educators. Her research on Viennese émigré composer Hans Gál earned the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship in 2016. She enjoys collaborating with other teacher-researchers around the country to continue research efforts. 

Guarriello holds a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) from Penn State University and a Master of Arts (MA) in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. 

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