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Tim Brimmer

Professor - Music Music - JCA
Tim Brimmer

Office Hours

Tuesday
  • from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Thursday
  • from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Location

Jordan Hall 072 (SoundMinds Suites)

tbrimmer@butler.edu
317-940-9641

Pronouns: He/Him/His

My office is a SAFE ZONE for individuals of all ethnicities, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

SOUNDMINDS: SOLUTIONS FOR HEALTHY AGING 

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. SoundMinds' goals include supporting research and providing training to improve quality of life for the aging and their caregivers.  

At Butler, Tim is a Social Justice and Diversity Fellow and a member of the Jordan College of the Arts SJD Taskforce. 

MUSIC EDUCATION

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 touring ensemble; Jordan Jazz, hosting Butler’s annual Vocal Jazz Fest for selected high school and collegiate musicians, working with artists Bobby McFerrin, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, The Real Group (from Stockholm, Sweden), Todd Rundgren, Rockapella, Take 6, Kirby Shaw, 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 include human creativity, social justice and diversity, choral/orchestral conducting, music pedagogy, clinical supervision, music psychology, the acoustics of music and speech, arts technologies, and vocal jazz.

 APPLE DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR 

As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Dr. Brimmer advances teaching, learning, research and creativity through the design of digital arts solutions for schools and universities, 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 teaching and learning across programs in Art+Design, Arts Administration, Dance, Music and Theatre.

Selected career highlights

  • Leading MUSIC FIRST!; a longitudinal, interdisciplinary study with Butler students and faculty, industry health care providers and nursing homes, funded by ISDH/CMS, to determine whether preferred music listening can reduce dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for elders and their care givers.  
  • Learning how to build playlists that rouse and calm people of all ages, including for my mothers, for our grandchildren, and for hundreds of nursing home residents and their caregivers.
  • Continuing applied research and training for ways that preferred music can reduce sundowning, especially agitation and engagement, alongside Professor Tara Lineweaver and colleagues in the Arts, Communication Science Disorders, Pharmacy, Physical Education, Physics and the Health Sciences.
  • Engaging people of all ages to create music for the joy of discovery and for personal health, especially with the elderly and all who care for them, for our youth, and all who engage them.
  • Mentoring Patricia Costa through her doctoral research and her International Fulbright Scholarship.
  • Being mentored by visionary world citizen, Samuel Leong and serving as an Overseas Consultant with the Department of Culture and Creative Arts faculty and students at the Education University of Hong Kong.
  • Advancing interdisciplinary curricula by designing and establishing a variety of multisensory learning facilities with visionary colleagues in the USA, South America and Asia.
  • Becoming an Apple Distinguished Educator.
  • Performing with Butler University's Jordan Jazz musicians throughout Brazil, Hong Kong and Central America in several favelas and at major choral festivals.
  • Improvising with Bobby McFerrin, arranging with Kirby Shaw, singing with Clio Lane, jamming with Rockapella, Todd Rundgren and my daughter Annie.
  • Leading 97 singers from the Indianapolis Youth Choral in a Polish folk song to honor Pope John Paul II, in an audience with him at the Vatican. 
  • Leading IYC (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).
  • Founding the Indianapolis Youth Choral in 1995 and touring the USA, Europe and South America.
  • 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.
  • Directing gifted, courageous high school musicians from Rifle, Colorado in school assemblies, musicals and madrigal dinners.
  • Performing with an incredible cast and orchestra as "King Monkgut" in The King & I as a student at Northern Michigan University