Has a PhD in Music/Instrumental teaching, supported by CAPES/Brasil at the University of Aveiro. She received her masters degree in music/performance from the same university (2010). Clarissa maintains an extensive activity as violin teacher. She taught violin at Escola Suzuki, as well as chamber music and orchestras in conservatoires and music schools in Brazil. In Portugal, Clarissa taught in Conservatório de Música de Ourém e Fátima, where she collaborated as supervisor in the project "Suzuki Interativo". She has conducting research on instrumental teaching learning, particularly focused on the strings instruments, in Portugal and UK. Her recent publications include: "Instructions in one-to-one instrumental context: Identifying Retrieval cues"in Educate~ The Journal of Doctoral Research in Education (2013); "Retrieval cues as a teaching tool in one-to-one instrumental lessons: A pilot study,"inProceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science(2013); "Post-in-Progress: Atas do 2ºFórum Internacional de Pós-graduação em Estudos de Música e Dança"(editorial board). She concluded a period of 6 months as an Erasmus student, at Institute of Education - University of London. As violinist, her concert engagements encompass Brazil, Portugal and UK. Past professional activities include: First violin Leader at Orquestra Sinfónica de Santa Maria (Brasil); Program committee of Post Ip –Post in Progress: 2nd International Post-Graduate Forum for Studies in Music and Dance, Aveiro (2014); founding committee member of European String Teachers Association in Portugal.