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Brimmer, Tim

Professor - Music


Lilly Hall - 154
MWF 11am, Th 7:30pm, others by appointment

Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise

Technologies in the Arts

Arts in Education

Vocal Jazz

Neuroscience of Music, Psychology of Music

Choral Pedagogy

Choral & Orchestral Conducting 

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)

Founder and Director of the Jordan College of the Arts' Multisensory Learning Facilities

Founder and Director of the Butler University Music Leadership Institute (MLI) 

Technological solutions for American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association of Music Educators (NAfME), Brazilian Choral Directors Association, Hong Kong Institute of Education and others.

Visiting Scholar; Hong Kong Institute of Education; 2007-present

Guest conductor; various festivals in the USA, the West Indies, Central Europe, South America and Asia

Neuroscience of Music Research Study: Music's Effect on the ABC's (Affect, Behavior and Cognition) for Older Adults with MCI or Dementia: An Interdisciplinary Study

Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2011

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)

Director; JCA Multisensory Learning Facilities

Digital Arts (Speaking Across the Curriculum Course)

Advanced Digital Arts 

The Art and Science of Music (Honors Course) 

Director; Vocal Jazz Activities

Jordan Jazz (ICR course)

Butler Vocal Jazz Camps

Butler Vocal Jazz Festivals

Psychology of Music - Graduate Seminar

Music In Action - traditional, online and hybrid environments

Personal Hobbies
Family, Travel, Woodworking, Landscaping, Gardening, Volunteering



Doctor of Arts, Choral & Orchestral Conducting; 1989, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Cognate Area: Voice Performance Dissertation Title: “A Perspective on the Current State of College and University Music Student Recruiting”

Master of Music Education, Choral Conducting; 1982, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI. Cognate Area: Voice Performance

Bachelor of Music Education, Choral Music Education; 1980, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. Cognate Area: Voice Performance

Associate of Arts, Business; 1977, Northern Michigan Community College, Traverse City, MI


K-12 Music Teaching License: Michigan

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Michigan and Colorado 

Professional Credentials
Dissertation Title: “A Perspective on the Current State of College and University Music Student Recruiting”, 1989.