Kimberly Meier-Sims joined the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2004, where she serves as violin faculty member and Director of the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies. A registered Violin Teacher Trainer through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she conducts a two-year graduate Suzuki teacher-training program at CIM, which is part of a unique Master of Music dual degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. Over the past thirty-five years Meier-Sims has worked with young students and teachers, promoting the Suzuki Method of teaching at Suzuki summer institutes and workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally in London, England and Cork, Ireland. In 2002 she was the violin coordinator for the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference in Minneapolis. An active performer, Meier-Sims was Associate Principal Second Violinist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony in Iowa, a regular substitute violinist for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and presently plays in Cleveland’s Blue Water Chamber Orchestra.
Meier-Sims received her Bachelor of Music degree in education and violin performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where she studied violin and Suzuki pedagogy with John Kendall, the founder of the Suzuki Method in the United States. At Western Illinois University she received her Master of Arts degree in violin performance studying violin and Suzuki pedagogy with Almita Vamos. The summer of 1986, Meier-Sims studied violin and pedagogy with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan at the Talent Education Research Institute. From 1984-1996 Meier-Sims was a full time violin instructor at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, where she studied Suzuki pedagogy with the founder of the school, Doris Preucil. In 1988, she became one of the youngest Suzuki Teacher Trainers in the U.S. Prior to moving to Cleveland with her husband Stephen Sims (graduate of CIM), she was a faculty member of the University of Memphis Scheidt School of Music (1996-2004) where she conducted the two-year graduate Suzuki violin teacher-training program, coordinated the Suzuki String Program, and directed the University of Memphis Suzuki String Institute.
Meier-Sims’ students have been members of the Memphis Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Contemporary Youth Orchestra. They have performed in the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the SAA Conference master classes and chamber groups, as winners of the Sigma Alpha Iota Competition, and the Learning Through Creativity Composer's Guild project. Meier-Sims received the Tennessee Governor's School Outstanding Teacher Award in 2001 and the 2015 CIM Excellence in Teaching Award. She has published articles in the American Suzuki Journal, Strings Magazine and the Tennessee Musician.
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