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Tim Brimmer

Professor - Music Music - JCA
Tim Brimmer


Jordan Hall 072 (SoundMinds Suites)


Dr. Brimmer leads a collaborative team of interdisciplinary colleagues, students and industry leaders in music, psychology, pharmacy, communication science disorders, physics, and innovative technologies, working alongside leading physicians, nurses and caregivers. Together, we support research and professional training programs that advance quality of life for the elderly and their caregivers. Current projects include prescribing music for rousing and calming, increasing physical, mental and social health, reducing harmful noise levels and advancing hearing recovery. Our goals include supporting research and providing training to improve quality of life for the aging and their caregivers.  


Tim’s work in music education is internationally acclaimed and far-reaching, including conducting and teaching in Brazil, Cuba, Finland, Hong Kong and Japan. For 15 years, Dr. Brimmer directed Butler’s Vocal Jazz Activities and Jordan Jazz, while hosting Butler’s annual Vocal Jazz Fest for selected high school and collegiate musicians, working with such industry leaders as Bobby McFerrin, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, The Real Group (from Stockholm, Sweden), Todd Rundgren, Rockapella, Take 6, John Pizzarelli, Elvis Costello, Jonny Dankworth, Cleo Lane, Marvin Hamlisch, The Swingle Singers (from London) and The Four Freshmen (Butler alums). He also served as a Visiting Scholar and Overseas Consultant for the Hong Kong University of Education. Dr. B's areas of expertise includes music psychology, pedagogy, clinical supervision, acoustics of music and speech, choral-orchestral conducting and vocal jazz.


As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Dr. Brimmer advances teaching, learning, research and creativity through the design of digital arts solutions for schools, health care facilities and corporate and community organizations in the USA, Brazil, Japan and Hong Kong. His current focus is on designing technology solutions that advance quality of life for the elderly and their caregivers. Dr. Brimmer designed and directs Jordan College of Arts' Multisensory Learning Facilities (MLF); supporting curricula in Art+Design, Arts Administration, Dance, Music and Theater.

Career highlights:

+ Learning how to build playlists that rouse or calm people of all ages, including my first grandson, born 11/21/18.

+ Exploring how preferred music can reduce sundowning, especially agitation, with Dr. Tara Lineweaver and colleagues.

+ Engaging people of all ages to create music for the joy of discovery, and engaging young professionals to create and maintain professional websites.

+ Advancing interdisciplinary curricula using multisensory learning facilities with colleagues in the US and Asia.

+ Leading 97 high school singers from the Indianapolis Youth Choral in a Polish folk song to Pope John Paul II, at the Vatican.  (I founded IYC in 1995, and led them on tours of Europe and South America)

+ Leading those same wonderful singers (see above) through High Mass at St. Peter's Cathedral, as their schola cantorum for that mass with Missa de Angeles, (45 minutes of beautiful plainchant).

+ Taking Butler University's Jordan Jazz musicians to perform with and for their counterparts in throughout Brazil and Hong Kong, for choral festivals (which I also guest-conducted).

+ Singing Penderecki's Stabat Mater with the Northern Michigan University Chorale under Dr. Doug Amman for a cloister of nuns in rural Germany. 

+ Performing Beethoven's Missa solemnis throughout Europe with Robert Shaw, the Philharmonia Hungarica and six US choirs.

+ Improvising with Bobby McFerrin, arranging with Kirby Shaw, singing with Clio Lane and jamming with Rockapella, Todd Rundgren (and my daughter Annie).

+ Directing gifted and courageous young musicians to perform high school musicals and madrigal dinners in Rifle, Colorado.

+ Performing with an incredible cast and orchestra as "the king" in The King & I at Northern Michigan University.

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 from Ball State University.

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