Christa Cole ’17


  • Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Aural Skills

Areas of Study


  • PhD, music theory, Indiana University, 2023 

  • BMus, violin performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 2017


Christa Cole studies how the physical and expressive gestures of musical performers intersect with notation and aural experience, especially in post-1900 repertoires. Most recently, she has written and presented on the music of Elisabeth Lutyens, Cecil Taylor, and J.S. Bach. Cole’s performance experience in violin, piano, and more recently mandolin strongly informs her research and teaching.

Cole served as coeditor of the Indiana Theory Review from 2019 to 2022.

Fall 2024

Music Theory II — MUTH 132
Aural Skills III — MUTH 201

Spring 2025

Aural Skills IV — MUTH 202
Music and the Body — MUTH 267PT


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