Associate Professor, Department of Music

March 2019

Dr. Cole presented his paper, “What’s Old is New Again: Making Music for Quality of Life” at the Colorado Music Educators Association annual conference, January 23-27, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This paper explores the many activities currently thought to be relevant to the quality of life in our aging population as well as examining some physiological reasons why music continues to be a great source of mental, physical and social well-being in today’s culture.  Last year, this paper became the subject of two radio interviews as well as an article published in The Daily Courier, a local Rutherford County newspaper.  The presentation was given with two purposes in mind: to advocate for increased importance of music in the public and private school systems and to understand music’s role in potentially helping those who have cognitive and memory disorders. 


Dr. Cole also presented a clinic on “Evaluating the Musical Percussion Section” for the marching arts to the Central States Judges Association, August 10-12, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  CSJA is a nationally recognized organization that provides quality adjudication for musical events all over the country, and Dr. Cole has been a member and judge since 2003.  The presentation was designed to aid music judges in their understanding of current trends in percussion, both in the composition as well as the performance areas.