Teacher Feature: Marisa Rambaran, Vocal Instructor
Teacher Marisa Rambaran is a welcomed addition to our incredible teaching team!
One of the most surprising things about Marisa is her caliber for music and teaching although she hasn’t completed her full coursework for a music degree. Marisa has a BA in English and minor in Spanish from Rutgers University. After graduating, Marisa was employed as a research assistant, then later obtained an English teaching position that both help her today as a music group and private instructor.
Marisa currently teaches at scholarship Prep Charter School in Santa Ana. She teaches vocal ensemble and has singlehandedly organized numerous musicals for the school including providing piano accompaniment during classes, rehearsals, and performances, and has even helped obtain funding for these events. She is extremely dedicated, organized, and inspiring for her students. Also, she has coached 2 of her private students to be admitted to OSCA (Orange County School of the Arts), their programs are so impacted only approximately 10% of students who apply are accepted.
Marisa’s goal with each student is to “have fun and to relate to the music, to find what each piece means to them, and to translate their intentions to their audience.”
She strives to encourage her students in “self-confidence, quick-thinking, multitasking, and self-control, as these traits are subconsciously and inadvertently enhanced through musical instruction and performance.”
Marisa began singing in group chorus in 4th grade. She always had musical talent and was given the opportunity to participate in several choirs growing up with her school choirs, state choir, and music honors society. She also traveled internationally with some of these acapella groups. Marisa also took piano lessons at a young age and is qualified to teach beginning piano as well as through advanced vocals of all genres.
Today, she is one of the rare exceptions in the Pacific Chorale, she is a member of the current 2018-2019 season and is one of the few admitted into the chorus without a music degree.
I would encourage anyone/everyone to simply close their eyes and listen. Music is everywhere, if we are listening.