Penny Dimmick,Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Education program joined the faculty of Butler University in 1991 where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. Prior to her appointment at Butler she taught public school general music and percussion for seven years, and was an adjunct faculty member in music education and percussion at TaylorUniversity, Ball State University, and Marian University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Taylor University and Master of Music and Doctor of Arts degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance fromBall State University, where she also earned Orff-Schulwerk certification (3 levels) and Kodály certification. Additionally, she is certified in: First Steps in Music, Conversational Solfege (Levels I andII), and Teaching Guitar Workshops (LevelI) sponsored by GAMA and Duquesne University.
Dr. Dimmick’s research interests include teacher preparation, curriculum development, arts integration, and the neuroscience of music. She is a recipient of several teaching awards at Butler University and was named the Outstanding Alumnus at the School of Music at Ball State University.
Dr. Dimmick is a frequent presenter at both national and international music conferences,focusing on the areas of teacher preparation, arts integration, and on the use of music as a non-pharmacological intervention on adults with mild/moderate dementia. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA), as Collegiate Chair of the North Central division and on the National Collegiate Advisory Board of NAfME, The National Association for Music Education. She is also an evaluator and team chair of accreditation visits for the National Association of Schools of Music.
Dr. Dimmick is an Associate Director with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir where she directs Level I and II of the Preparatory choirs, a part of the Early Childhood Division of the ICC. She is also director of music and worship at Sunnyside Road Baptist Church in Indianapolis. She is married to John and has two adult sons, John and Josh.