Dr. Wendy Sims honored by ISME


Dr. Wendy Sims presenting at the 2016 ISME World Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

Photo by Rayna Sims

Susan Worstell

At the General Assembly 2016, held during the 32nd World Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, MU School of Music’s Music Education Director, Dr. Wendy Sims was named an Honorary Life Member of ISME (International Society for Music Education). Honorary Life Membership is bestowed upon individuals who are recognized for their dedication to the Society and to music education.  

Dr. Sims received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from Kent State University and her doctoral degree in music education from Florida State University. She has been a member of the University of Missouri Faculty since 1985. A specialist in early childhood and elementary music education, she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate music education courses, advises Bachelor and Master’s degree students, and supervises Doctoral student programs and research. Previously she taught K-6 general music and continues to volunteer weekly as the music teacher for preschool and toddler classrooms in Missouri University’s Child Development Laboratory. She is the recipient of several prestigious teaching awards, including the Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and the Missouri Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.  Sims is an active researcher and writer, publishing articles regularly in national and international journals such as IJME, Journal of Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music and Music Educators Journal. She is editor of the book Strategies for Teaching: Prekindergarten Music and co-editor of the book Music in Prekindergarten, both published by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In July 2014 she completed an 8-year term as Editor of the Journal of Research in Music Education and regularly presents research sessions and workshops at national and international conferences. She also was the music curriculum consultant for the Public Broadcasting System educational television series based on the Angelina Ballerina book series. Sims has held national offices in NAfME’s Society for Research in Music Education, including Chair, and serves as the state Research Chair for the Missouri Music Educators Association. She has been a continuous member of ISME since 1982. Sims has been an active leader within ISME since 1986 serving in many different areas. For her outstanding work in music education and to ISME in many ways, Sims has been named an Honorary Life Member.

This honor comes months after Dr. Sims received the 2016 Senior Researcher Award from NAfME (National Association for Music Education).  View the article at https://music.missouri.edu/news/mu-faculty-member-receives-2016-senior-researcher-award.

Dr. Sims is very thankful for the honor.  She comments, “ISME is a wonderful organization that has played an important part in my professional activities for many years—especially because this has provided the opportunity for me to meet and work with fascinating music educators from around the globe.  I was very surprised and proud to learn that I had been nominated and selected, and quite humbled when I looked at the list of the illustrious group of previous recipients.”  The School of Music is proud of Dr. Sims and thankful to have her as such a wonderful, productive member of the faculty.