Mckenzie began building her studio at the age of 15 years old and has had experience teaching students from 4 to 60 years old in piano and voice. Her experience in music education includes assisting, directing, programming, and teaching Concert Chorale, Bella Voce, and Chamber Singers from Southern Virginia University. She has also worked as a Middle School and Elementary School music teacher and choir consultant.
Mckenzie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance with a Music Education emphasis from Southern Virginia University.
Mckenzie is a versatile classical pianist and vocalist. While trained classically, she teaches contemporary, pop, musical theatre, and classical genres all while focusing on helping her students maintain a healthy technique. As a teacher, Mckenzie believes that each student learns and obtains information differently and believes it is her responsibility to foster a fun, inviting, and enjoyable learning environment. One of Mckenzie’s goals as a music educator is not only to help students obtain and develop musical skills but to help students develop skills beyond music that will benefit the student throughout their lives such as self-discipline, setting and achieving goals, remaining focused and attentive, and developing an attention to detail.
With a classically trained pianist as a mother, Mckenzie began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and voice lessons at 8 years old. In college she began her major in Music Education with an emphasis in piano, but soon changed her instrument to voice and has since then utilized both skills in her profession as a music educator. Mckenzie recently moved to NYC with a drive and passion to elevate, and encourage eager students to become confident, talented musicians with the skills and abilities to accomplish the endeavors needed to become successful vocalists and pianists.