Marissa Works

Marissa Works








Vocal Music Teacher

Vocal Music & Chorus Teacher, PreK-5: As a music educator, it is my role to bring joy and artistry to the lives of my students, and further, to equip them with the confidence to creatively express themselves and use their voices in a meaningful way.

Through dancing, singing, and instrumental exploration, students will engage with music from an array of cultures, eras, and regions of the world, encouraging  them to be empathetic and open-minded, while embracing new ideas, sounds, and art forms.

It is also my role to use the arts as a tool for social-emotional development. I am passionate about incorporating mindfulness through movement, mediation, listening, and musical reflection. This allows students to become more self aware, while giving them the tools to use music as a way to cultivate peace, joy, and curiosity!

Professional Background
I am a recent graduate of Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College, where I received two bachelor degrees in Music Education (voice) and Public Relations. I was drawn to the area after several internship experiences, including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts “Changing Education Through the Arts” program. I am very interested in education policy and arts advocacy. I have participated in the National Association for Music Education (NAFME) Advocacy Summit, and as a presenter at the NAFME state level conference in Pennsylvania.

Personal Interests
I am thrilled to be starting my career here at ATS, and to call Arlington my new home. I am an active vocalist and have always enjoyed performing an eclectic collection of music – jazz, classical, opera, and popular music. I am currently performing with and serving as the conducting fellow for The Arlington Chorale, a local ensemble. I love to stay active and enjoy playing tennis, practicing yoga, running, hiking, kayaking, and biking. One of my favorite parts about Arlington is the easy access to both the city and the beautiful outdoors of NOVA.

Literary Connection
I love to read, and especially now, it is my favorite “screen break”! One of my favorite literary connections in the classroom is using the John M. Feierabend Songtale books! My favorite is “Kitty Alone” – it is a magical way for students to have imagery accompanying the singing voice, and can even provide a space for them to close their eyes, and listen to the story told through song.