Violin / Viola Lessons
Keren Ocasio has been teaching violin to children and adults for over 11 years. She began playing when she was 6 years old. Her love of music continued into college, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico. She also holds a certificate as a Suzuki violin teacher and has participated in Professional Development conferences and workshops, including workshops with well known violin teacher Mimi Zweig, the American String Teacher Association, and Creative Ability Development among others. Keren also plays electric violin and enjoys performing and teaching a variety of genres of music. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Keren’s Master’s Thesis was on the Creative Ability Method, which she incorporates into her individual and group classes along with the Suzuki method. Karen’s approach to teaching emphasizes a focus on individual needs and unique learning styles of each student.
Keren looks forward to sharing her love and passion for music and her extensive training and knowledge with students in our community.
Violin/Viola – A native of South Jersey, Andriana is a highly regarded violist and violinist throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Her performance career spans many genres including country, rock, bluegrass, Celtic and classical music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied with Hugh Partridge, a disciple of William Primrose. While at UNC, Andriana served as principal violist of the UNC Symphony, and was one of three students selected to perform with the European Union Youth Orchestra during their 2012 tour of the U.S. She has also studied with Rachel Ku of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the late Tony Simmons. She has performed alongside members of R.E.M., The Posies, Wilco, Yo La Tengo, The dB’s, as well as tour dates with Joan Osborne. Andriana is an active studio session player, and can be heard on many newly released albums. She has also performed on NPR’s “From the Top” radio broadcast. Most recently, she has been working with country artist Lisa Matassa, and has opened for major country recording artists including Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, and Ronnie Dunn. Andriana is also a Teaching Artist at Philadelphia’s El Sistema based program, Play On, Philly! and is on the faculty at Rowan University Prep.