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Kimberly S.
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I am an experienced violinist and violist and music educator, who loves working with adult beginners. I have been teaching for over 20 years, and performing professionally for over 30 years. Are you an adult who has always wanted to play the violin but was never able to? Were you told you were too old or that it was too late? Maybe you want to revisit the instrument you gave up as a youngster. I can help you get back on track. I can give you the skills and confidence you will need to accomplish your goals. It's never too late! I am also gifted in strengthening the skills of those who have already had some experience playing violin and/or viola, but would like to improve, no matter your age. I can help young students prepare for all state and all county competitions. My lessons are laid back, personable, and enjoyable.
About Kimberly S.

I am active as a music educator, having taught violin, viola, and music both privately and in the classroom. I have been a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American String Teachers Association. I am known for my gentle and encouraging way of instructing my students, yet maintaining high standards of professionalism, technique, and musicality. My teen students have gone on to achieve honors at the All County and All State levels. My adult students have gone from pure beginner to playing their first concertos and performing with their churches, friends, and other amateur groups. I adopt a holistic approach to my teaching. This involves instructing my students in not only how to play their instrument, but also an understanding of music theory, sight reading skills, ear training, and playing from the heart.

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Kimberly is patient!! Gives clear instruction which immediately improves my playing. I am so happy with my choice of instructor!

Posted Jan 26, 2021
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Kimberly Simkins has been a wonderful instructor for my daughter, as she works to improve her Viola playing. She is very interactive with my daughter and provides good feedback for my daughter's Viola playing. I have been happy with this instruction and I hope others have a chance to see how personable and skilled she is.

Posted Dec 23, 2020
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Mrs. Simpkins is a great teacher and instructor and knows exactly how to make great players. I have Dyslexia and signed up for lessons after playing for a few years. Mrs. Simpkins knows exactly how to teach me and has shaped me into a great player. If you are wanting to learn to play Violin or Viola, or want to improve she is the teacher to go to. She is through, and has a great ability to shape amazing players. She got me into senior clinic and in the last concert I was placed 3rd chair mainly because of her instruction. I hope to continue lessons with her for the next year until I graduate. Although she has not been my teacher for all 9 years I have been playing, she has been my teacher for the past 4 years and I have loved having her teach me during every lesson. Having Mrs. Simpkins as your teacher, will make your playing improve significantly. I highly recommend her to everyone!

Posted Dec 23, 2020
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Violinist, Violist
Jan 1986 - Present
Freelance
I have been a professional violinist since my teenage years. I have performed extensively with many professional regional orchestras and festivals, as well as freelancing as a solosist and chamber musician. I have performed for many events, too numerous to count over 35 years' experience! I have also taken up the viola in recent years, and have enjoyed exploring this instrument. I am proficient in both violin and viola.
Master of Music
Jan 2013 - Dec 2014
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Bachelor of Music
Aug 1989 - May 1993
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency

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