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Tim Brimmer

Professor - Music Music - JCA
Tim Brimmer



Tim Brimmer, D.A.

Professor of Music, Butler University

Digital Arts, Multisenory Learning,

Neuroscience and Psychology of Music

 Apple Distinguished Educator


Dr. Brimmer is researching Music's role as a non-pharmacological intervention for geriatric people with dementia using interdisciplinary, inter-professional and inter-institutional methodologies. The Indiana State Department of Health has invited Dr. Brimmer to lead a MUSIC FIRST collaborative initiative for Indiana's physicians, nurses and caregivers caring for geriatric people. Dr. Brimmer and his colleagues designed a Neuro-Music Experience (Natural World) Core Course for Butler University students to explore music as art, science and public health.


Dr. Brimmer directs JCA's Multisensory Learning Facilities, supporting Art+Design, Arts Administration, Dance, Music and Theatre. He also designs solutions for universities and schools in the USA, South America and Asia that implement technologies that are proven to advance teaching and learning in the arts and sciences across interdisciplinary curricula.


Tim's interests and expertise in music education are internationally acclaimed and far-reaching. At Butler, he offers both “Speaking Across the Curriculum” and “Service Learning” components of Butler's core curriculum. His international perspective has allowed him to conduct, teach and bring Butler students to study and perform in South America, Europe and Asia. More recently work includes Cuba, Finland, Sweden and Brazil. Tim served as a Visiting Scholar at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, an Overseas Consultant for the Hong Kong Music Educators Association and continues to serve as an  Apple Distinguished Educator. Before pursuing the neuroscience of music, Professor Brimmer directed Butler's Vocal Jazz Activities, working with such diverse artists as Bobby McFerrin, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, The Real Group (Stockholm), Todd Rundgren, Rockapella, Take 6, John Pizzarelli, Elvis Costello, Jonny Dankworth, Marvin Hamlisch, Cleo Lane and Butler's own alums ensemble; The Four Freshmen. In 2013, Dr. Brimmer brought the Swingle Singers to Butler's 2013 Vocal Jazz Fest (from London) as part of their 50th anniversary World Tour.

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. For more information, and links to his most recent work, please visit or email him at