Sherry McKenzie

Violin Teacher

Sherry McKenzie

SAA Member


Burleson, TX
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Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho and now calling Burleson, Texas and McMinnville, Oregon 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 her musical journey. She has completed Violin Unit 1 at Texas Christian University with Marilyn O’Boyle and ECC refresher with Daina Volodka Staggs and incorporates the pedagogical approach into her fiddle teaching. “I believe there are more similarities than differences between the Suzuki method and fiddling. My passion for linking the two is to teach traditional fiddling and roots music using a structured approach.” Sherry enjoys working with Suzuki students in an Enrichment role to supplement their existing studies and is a sought after instructor at fiddle workshops, institutes and music camps across the country. She is founder of McKenzie’s Fiddle & Suzuki Workshop along with co-director Danette Schuh and is on the ASTA Eclectic Strings Committee. Additionally, she helps promote the art of fiddling through Fiddles On Wheels 501c3 which produces two of the largest fiddle contests in the U.S. She is active in transcribing authentic Texas style and twin & triple fiddle arrangements used in the online fiddling method ‘Fiddle Tune Challenge’ (to be released late 2020). Sherry’s husband Joey is an award winning musician in his own right, a three-time World Champion Fiddler and has performed in 45 U.S. and 12 countries. 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!