Clarissa Foletto is a researcher, violin teacher and performer. She holds a European PhD in Music - Instrumental teaching, from University of Aveiro (Erasmus period at Institute of Education/ University College of London). Her research focus is on innovative approaches to instrumental teaching and learning, teacher and student communication, strings pedagogy, parental involvement in teaching and learning music; and artistic research. As violinist and performer, she is part of the music group Atma Kirtana where her activities include songwriting, arrangements, performance and public relations executive. She was member of founder committees of associations and initiatives in Portugal, namely: (i) member of the founder committee and current secretary of ESTA Portugal (European String Teachers Association); (ii) member of the founder committee of the IMPAR platform - Initiatives, Meetings and Publications on Artistic Research; (iii) founder and coordinator of the Laboratory for the Teaching and Learning of Music (Labeamus) at UA/INET-md. From 2017 to 2019 Clarissa developed the post-doctoral project “Negotiating meanings in instructional communication: A pedagogical approach to instrumental music lessons” at INET-md/UA (SFRH/BPD/120231/2016). Recently, she was appointed as Research fellow in the same institution in the scope of FCT Stimulus of Scientific Employment, Individual Support 2017.