Mr. Jim Donovan

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Position: Director of Music and Wellness, Director of World Drumming Ensemble, Assistant Professor Music

Department: Fine Arts

Office: Scotus 216


About Mr. Jim Donovan


  • B.A . Classical Music Performance, University of Pittsburgh

  • M.Ed. Masters of Educational Leadership, Saint Francis University, 


Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a professional musician, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University and TEDx speaker.


To date, his TEDx Talk "How to Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep" has been viewed over 5 million times worldwide. His mission is to share the healing power of music through education and performance. He specializes in placing music and wellness programs in organizations who focus on people with disabilities and people recovering from addiction.


Donovan performs with his band Sun King Warriors and was a founding member of the 3-time platinum band Rusted Root. There he co-wrote the song “Send Me on My Way” featured in the movie Ice Age and became the first song on Mars where it “woke up”  NASA’s Mars Rover.


Classes taught

  • MUS 310: Music and Wellness

  • MUS 203: Creative Music Facilitation

  • MUS 141: Hand Drumming

  • MUS 144/145: World Drumming Ensemble