Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, McKenzie Bauer Holt began playing the violin at age 4. As the years passed, McKenzie began teaching a few students in high school, and quickly developed a strong passion for teaching.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Violin Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, and a Master’s Degree in the same field from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. While pursuing her degrees, she always continued to teach the local students in the area, as well as took various pedagogy classes to better her teaching.



The interaction she's had with students has given rise to a deep love and motivation for inspiring others to play music. It's more than just playing an instrument for McKenzie. She wants other students to realize the joy, expression and discipline that can come from simply playing and practicing. Whether it is the piano, violin, guitar, or trombone, music is a unifying force in all of our lives that help to lift us up.

McKenzie's love and dedication for teaching specifically stems from her grandfather, who was Professor Emeritus at The University of Idaho for many years. Dr. Bauer had the unique privilege to meet Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, one of the most famous pedagogues of our time.

This love for music which McKenzie has found throughout her years as a musician is what inspires her to continue in pursuit of music, and in pursuit of teaching the beauty of music to others.