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Karen Cole, B.M.E.

Instructor of Percussion
Director of Basketball Band
Steffen Music Center MB 6



Karen Cole holds a bachelor’s degree in music education with a percussion emphasis from Illinois State University and has spent more than 25 years educating youth in Illinois and Indiana.  She has taught and assisted with schools & organizations such as NorthWood HS, Lawrence North HS, Hamilton Southeastern HS, and Bloomington HS North, Bands of America, Cincinnati Glory Drum & Bugle Corps, and Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps. 

Karen has also worked with educators and artists such as David Collier, Kevin Lepper, James Campbell, Michael Burritt, Bret Kuhn, Toby Orgeron, Joe Kurzi, John Bixby, Michael Coers, Bruce McConnell, Alan Frye, David Schurger, Ben Phelps, and Michael Ahearn. She has performed with the Fisher’s Wind Symphony, the Indiana Wind Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphonic Band. She regularly adjudicates for the Indiana State School Music Association and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society.

Karen currently is an adjunct for the Marian University Music Department, assisting with the marching, concert, and pep bands, and applied percussion lessons. She also is a part time student in the Master of Music Technology program on the IUPUI campus.


  • B.M.E Illinois State University, 1995
  • M.M. IUPUI, 2023

Courses taught

  • Applied Percussion
  • Basketball Band
  • Percussion Methods
  • Percussion Ensemble


  • NAfME
  • Percussive Arts Society
  • Pi Kappa Lambda

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