Tim Brendler
  • Tim Brendler

    B.M. (Church Music), St. Olaf College
    M.A. (Christian Ministry: Youth, Family, & student Ministry), George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor
    M.M. (Choral Conducting), Baylor University


    Mr. Timothy Brendler is the Director of the Music Theory and Piano Program at I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA in Ft. Worth ISD. Additionally, Mr. Brendler is the Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Children’s Honor Choir and co-coordinates the district’s Metropolitan Opera Educational Program—a program committed to deepening student experiences with opera through access to world-class productions and live interviews with the world’s most distinguished artists. Mr. Brendler has been recognized for his engaging lessons, incorporation of AVID techniques, and his contributions to the Curriculum Leadership Corps. He also serves as the Small School Area Vocal Chair and Region V Small School Coordinator. He earned an MM in Choral Conducting from Baylor University, MA in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Youth, Family, and Student Ministry from George W. Truett Theological Seminary (Baylor), and a BM in Church Music from St. Olaf College where he sang with the internationally renowned St. Olaf Choir. He studied organ with John Ferguson, voice with Karen Wilkerson, and conducting with Anton Armstrong, Christopher Aspaas, Timothy Mahr, and Alan Raines.

    In May of 2014, he traveled with Baylor University's premier choral ensemble, the A Cappella choir to Paris, France, where the group was the first American choir to record Maurice Duruflé's Requiem in St. Étienne du Mont - the church in which Duruflé served as organist from 1930-1975. Additionally, he has served in leadership roles on music mission trips to Kenya, Malaysia, and Hong-Kong. Born and raised in Seaside Park, New Jersey, Mr. Brendler is an avid animal lover and enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, and kayaking in his spare time.

    What I love about what I do

    I love how passionate and eager our students at I.M. Terrell are. Our entire student body is attentive, determined, hard-working, supportive of their peers, honest, responsible, and courageous. I have never before experience such a welcoming, enriching, and rigorous classroom culture and school climate.

    How is I.M. Terrell different

    1) Enriching opportunities that provide students unforgettable experiences and apprenticeships.
    2) Academic-corporate partnerships which lead to exclusive opportunities for students to learn from master teachers and performers in their field.
    3) State of the art facilities that are second to none. From our rehearsal spaces and jaw-dropping auditorium to our cutting edge piano and music theory lab incorporating the latest music technology, I.M. Terrell provides students with world class facilities.
    4) A four-year music theory program which not only prepares students for the AP test, but gives students the necessary tools to succeed at the collegiate level as well as in all music related fields.

    One of my core beliefs is in the power of collaboration. In the midst of our fractured culture, it is imperative that our students learn to work alongside each another, across disciplines. By creating a community of collaboration, one in which dancers, vocalists, pianists, and chamber groups are performing alongside each other on stage and high school students are composing music for the elementary school classroom, our students learn firsthand how to work with others. The fine arts naturally invite such learning and thinking, however I believe intentionally building a community of collaboration takes the concept one step farther and builds better citizens.

    What to look forward to

    Benefits afforded exclusively to I.M. Terrell students include:

    Partnerships with the Fort Worth Symphony, Steinway and Sons, Metropolitan Opera, and Cliburn Competition artists
    Organ crawl and demonstration with world-renowned organist Bradley Welch
    Open rehearsals and pre-concert lectures

    Interviews and masterclasses with world-renowned artists


    Music Theory and Piano Brochure

    I.M. Terrell Piano-Music Theory Overview


Welcome To Piano & Music Theory

  • PIANO 

    Class Piano is designed for students to establish a solid technical and interpretative foundation, which they can utilize to achieve their individual musical potential. During the course of the class, students will be working individually and in small groups to master the techniques of playing and to learn solo and duet repertoire, as well as collaborative accompaniment skills.


    Music is a language that speaks to all... a language that many speak, and yet a language—the syntax of which—few people understand. In Music Theory we look and listen to great music, and we explore how it works. Music, just like language, is replete with meaning. By dissecting and analyzing music, we can study its effect on us by asking questions such as:

    • What are the patterns—the vocabulary—that a particular composer uses, and how do they compare with and differ from other composers from various times in music history?

    • How do composers develop their ideas, and what compositional techniques are universally employed?

    • How do composers create expectations, and then fulfill them or frustrate them?

      Music Theory affords us the opportunity to dive into the score, behind the music, and search for organization and meaning.



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