South Carolina native Mackenzie Conner studied at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in pursuit of her Master’s degrees in Music Therapy and Clinical Counseling. Her primary instruments are piano and voice. She studied both during her undergraduate experience at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dr. Rebecca Turner modeled classical vocal technique and encouraged Mackenzie to pursue jazz and musical theatre. Dr. Douglas Weeks instructed piano, emphasizing technique and performance.
Music has always been a significant part of Mackenzie’s life. She began taking piano lessons when she was 6 years old and began playing piano and keyboards for her church at age 12. She was active in show choir, concert choir, and madrigal choir throughout middle and high school. In college, Mackenzie performed with the concert choir and participated in several of the school’s opera productions.
Mackenzie has taught music in various settings over the past four years, including adaptive piano lessons, choral music for grades K5 to 12th grade, general music for grades K3 to 5th grade, piano and voice lessons in a private studio, and musical play sessions to encourage a love of music in children ages 2 to 4. This experience has solidified Mackenzie’s love for teaching students of all ages, levels, and abilities. She believes that music is an art that can be experienced by all people, whether through performance, skill building or casual music making.
Mackenzie looks forward to welcoming her students with a bright smile and innovative ideas to truly customize the music experience to each student’s specific needs. She is excited to partner with her students to cultivate a life-long love of music and the arts.