Jim Donovan

Musician & Inspirational Trainer

Jim Donovan is a musician, educator and inspirational trainer whose mission is to empower, inspire and connect people. In his work, Jim offers effective programs (including RhythmTeam and BrainHack) focused on using music as a vehicle to teach personal wellness, team building and the strengthening of community. His specialty is making the benefits of group music making accessible to anyone, regardless of ability.

Jim was a founding member of the 90′s band Rusted Root who have sold over 3 million records to date. He has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the band’s music is featured in major motion pictures including Ice Age, Twister, Matilda as well as on network TV shows like American Idol. He has shared the stage with rock legends including Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, members of Led Zeppelin, Sting, the Dave Matthews Band and The Allman Brothers.

Jim holds a BA in Music Performance from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Education Leadership from Saint Francis University where he is also on the faculty. At Saint Francis, he is involved in research on a program he developed called Percussion Intervention Training that teaches Occupational Therapists, medical professionals, parents and teachers how to use simple percussion techniques as a complementary intervention for children with autism and other disabilities. He has presented at a multitude of corporations and universities including Vangaurd, Weston Solutions, Del Monte, Johnson and Johnson, FED EX Ground University, Celgene Corporation, Adagio Healthcare, Alban Institute, Medrad, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, Indiana University and many others.

Jim Donovan’s Programs:

  • BrainHack with Jim Donovan: Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to help your employees improve the quality of their work and their health at the same time? Enter Jim Donovan’s BrainHack. BrainHacks are effective, simple, scientifically proven techniques, designed to help people improve the quality of their lives. BrainHack gives your team the skills that will help them adjust and positively manage: (1) stress and anxiety, (2) sleeplessness, (3) mental clarity and (4) their overall energy levels. With BrainHack, your company will receive a high-value, no-hassle program from Jim Donovan, a professional with over 30 combined years of teaching and performing experience. Whether you are looking for an enjoyable way to help your employees effectively manage stress, a program that addresses your company’s wellness initiatives, or even staff training, Jim Donovan’s BrainHack will provide your team with an 100% interactive experience and valuable, effective lifelong skills. Jim is available for pre-event consultation to discuss your particular wants and needs and is always flexible with programming options for events of all sizes.
  • RhythmTeam is for organizations, conference & event planners looking for a energizing, surprising and “out-of-the-box” way to create synergistic connections among their team members. To do this, RhythmTeam uses an expertly designed “in-the-moment” group music making process that offers your team a physical way to feel and hear it’s own synergy by quickly and seamlessly transforming them into a cohesive, focused and thumping band of RHYTHM. In essence, your team BECOMES the band! Within 60-75 minutes, your participants change from a disconnected room of individuals staring at their smart phones into a highly engaged, creative and self-facilitating team.

    RhythmTeam can work with groups ranging from 15 to 1,000 and is designed for those with no prior musical experience. Jim brings a variety of percussive instruments. Program timing and content is flexible according to your needs.