Cole M Stover completed his bachelor’s degree in percussion performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2019. He grew up in many places as an Air Force brat but calls Colorado and Georgia home. Since he began playing drums in 3rd grade, Cole has benefited from diverse instruction in orchestral, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian percussion, popular and jazz drumset, and popular, jazz, and Afro-Cuban vocal genres. Today he is an active free-lance musician, songwriter, and teacher based in Parker, CO.
As a performer, Cole is an experienced percussionist, drummer, vocalist, and pianist. Some career highlights include performing with Bootsy Collins at the Cincinnati Music Festival, touring with the IU Soul Revue, IU Wind Ensemble, and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, running and performing with his cover band Top Shelf, and performances with Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, Jeremy Allen, and many others. As a recording artist, Cole can be heard with the Liberation Music Collective, Matixando, Los Niños de la Noche, Soneros de la Caliza, and countless Indiana University faculty and student musicians.
As a teacher, Cole has given clinics on Afro-Cuban percussion at the University of Central Florida and Indiana University. He is currently a percussion mentor at the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association, the Colorado Springs Conservatory, Castle View High School, and Pine Creek High School. He teaches private lessons in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Denver, and the surrounding areas. Cole’s passion for teaching is driven by a desire to share his love for his craft and to help students develop major life skills through music.
Cole’s approach to instruction is rooted in a solid technical foundation and a thorough understanding of basic musical concepts that are crucial to developing musicianship and understanding music theory. While he has his preferred methods and books to guide instruction and practice, he understands that each student is unique, and is committed to tailoring each lesson to an individual’s needs while maintaining a fun and productive atmosphere. He encourages his students to listen to music often and attend live performances whenever possible to help cultivate a passion for music and practice.