Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Dr. Tim Brimmer, music education, technology, conductor of Jordan Jazz


DIGITAL ARTS- Professor Brimmer is the founder and director of the Jordan College of the Art's Multisensory Learning Facilities (MLF). Using tested technologies to advance innovative teaching and learning. Dr. Brimmer helps students and artists design and publish electronic portfolios, teaching online and hybrid curricula.  With Butler's College of Education, Tim places and supervises student teachers internationally via cloud computing technologies. Recognized as a leader in the digital arts, Tim is currently designing resources and technological solutions for arts education organizations on two continents, coordinating videoconferences with colleagues in other countries.  Dr. Brimmer became an  Apple Distinguished Educator in 2011.

VOCAL JAZZ- As Director of vocal jazz activities, Professor Tim Brimmer directs Jordan Jazz; a vocal and instrumental jazz ensemble, Vocal Jazz Festivals, Jazz Cabarets, Vocal Jazz Camps and Summer Study Abroad Programs.  His master classes, workshops, clinics and concerts include such artists as Bobby McFerrin, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Paris Rutherford, The Real Group, Todd Rundgren, Rockapella, Kirby Shaw, Take 6, Steve Zegree, Street Corner Symphony, Naturally 7, Greg Jasperse, Elvis Costello, Jonny Dankworth, Marvin Hamlisch, Cleo Lane and The Four Freshmen. This fall, Swingle Singers return to the USA to celebrate their 50th anniversary and work with Dr. Brimmer, Jordan Jazz and Vocal Jazz Fest '13 participants. Dr. Brimmer oversees a vocal jazz endowment recently launched at Butler University to "advance vocal jazz locally, regionally and globally while celebrating the cultural values of those with whom we share." 

MUSIC EDUCATION- Tim serves as academic adviser, graduate and undergraduate instructor in music psychology, digital arts, choral pedagogy, music education and in the honors program.  Dr. Brimmer has helped Butler's music education graduates maintain virtually 100% job placement each year since his arrival. Dr. Brimmer serves as the Principal Investigator in neuroscience of music research and has presented an intra-curricular approach to teaching the neuroscience of music at a national science conference.  He integrates "Speaking Across the Curriculum " and "Service Learning" into his curricula as components of Butler's core curriculum.  Dr. Brimmer is active in Butler's Study Abroad Program, taking students to perform regularly in South America, Europe, Asia, and, most recently, Cuba, Finland, Sweden and Brazil.  Tim serves as a Board Member and online Guest Lecturer for IUPUI's Graduate Music Technology program, a Visiting Scholar at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Overseas Consultant for the Hong Kong Music Educators Association and an  Apple Distinguished Educator. 

Professor Brimmer holds a Bachelors of Music Education from Central Michigan University, a Masters of Music Education from Northwestern Michigan University and a Doctor of Arts in Conducting and Voice Performance from Ball State University.  For more information about Dr. Brimmer and links to his work, please visit or email him at

Learn more about jazz studies at Butler University.

Jazz Studies at Butler (PDF)

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