Sherry McKenzie

Violin Teacher

Sherry McKenzie

SAA Member


Burleson, TX
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Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho and now calling Burleson, Texas home, Sherry McKenzie is a multiple state, regional and national fiddle champion. When eleven years old, Sherry experienced fiddle music for the frst time. “I saw a fiddle player on TV,” she recalls, “and it looked really, really fun. I just fell in love with the music, the sound of the violin made me feel good.” That marked the beginning of a long musical journey for Sherry. She has completed Violin Unit 1 at Texas Christian University with Marilyn O’Boyle and ECC refresher with Daina Volodka Staggs and has incorporated the pedagogical ideas of the method into her teaching. “I believe there are more similarities than differences with the Suzuki method and a systematic approach to learning traditional fiddling and roots music. ” Sherry enjoys working with Suzuki students in an Enrichment role to supplement their existing studies and she is a sought after instructor at fiddle workshops, Suzuki institutes and music camps across the country and founder of McKenzie’s Fiddle & Suzuki Workshop along with co-director Danette Schuh. Additionally, she helps promote the art of fiddling, thru Fiddles On Wheels 501c3 and is active in transcribing authentic Texas fiddle style and twin & triple fiddle Western swing arrangements. Sherry’s husband Joey is an award winning musician in his own right, a three-time World Champion Fiddler and has performed in 45 US States, 9 countries and is enjoying his current role as guitarist and vocalist with the award winning Texas based trio, The Western Flyers. Since meeting at the National Old-Time Fiddlers Contest in Weiser, Idaho as young teenagers, Sherry and her husband Joey’s influence on the fiddle world is very evident. As teachers, scores of their students have gone on to win national fiddle championships of their own, advanced into successful music careers, or became life-long fiddlers who play just for the fun of it!