Jazz Violinist and Vocalist Charisa Rouse "the ViolinDiva" has performed internationally with a diverse roster of artists, from Patti Labelle to Alicia Keys. Her training includes a classical Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree, with prominent teachers in both the classical and jazz worlds. With over ten years of teaching experience and 20 years of playing experience, Mrs. Rouse seeks to instill each of her hundreds of students with a love for the violin, but more importantly a lifelong love for music and the arts. To that end she has developed a comprehensive new method called "the Urban Strings Curriculum” that specifically targets students in minority and underprivileged communities with a modern approach to learning the violin across genre boundaries. Mrs. Rouse has been a teaching artist with Midori & Friends since 2007.