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Cole, Steve

Music Business, Recording Arts, Popular Music, Saxophone
Degree
M.B.A. University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
Ed.D. University of St. Thomas
Office
Loras Hall 205
Phone
(651) 962-5893
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5893
Mail
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., BEC 5
St. Paul, MN 55105

Steve Cole is Head of Music Industry Studies and Recording Arts at the University of St. Thomas.  He has performed at such venues as the JVC and Playboy Jazz Festivals, the Blue Note Jazz Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, Benaroya Symphony Hall, Bass Performance Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, and has been a featured performer at numerous festivals, performing arts centers, and jazz clubs around the world.

Initially classically trained, Steve was a Young Arts prize winner, and had the honor of performing as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 18.  Before focusing on his music career, Steve worked in consulting and strategy development with Bain & Company, and Baxter International, and served as Director of Finance and Administration for the Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago, IL.  In addition, Steve is a former two term Governor of the Middle West chapter of the The Recording Academy.

His career as a recording artist began in 1998 when he was signed to Atlantic Records.  On his eight subsequent releases (Atlantic, Warner Brothers, EMI/Blue Note, Mack Avenue/Artistry) he has posted multiple national radio hits, sold hundreds of thousands of albums, received the prestigious Prism Award for Best New Artist, and has been featured in numerous publications including Alternative Press, Jazz Times, Radio & Records, and Billboard magazine.  In addition to his work as solo artist, Steve has performed/recorded, with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Jim Peterik, Freddie Cole, Cyrus Chestnut, and KMFDM, and has been a featured soloist with the City of Prague Orchestra, and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Before joining the faculty of the University of St. Thomas, he held the position of Assistant Professor of Arts, Entertainment, & Media Management at Columbia College Chicago where he was director of the Music Business program.  He is currently under contract as an artist with the Mack Avenue/Artistry record label, and as a writer with Universal Music Publishing.  

Dr. Cole’s research in Organization Development explores how arts-based interventions build individual and organizational capacity for creativity, agility, and dynamic capability.  

Education:
B.A.  Economics, Northwestern University
M.B.A.  Marketing & Business Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Ed.D.  Organization Development, University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSC 160 - 01 Introduction to Music Business M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC LL03

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

40636 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Steven R. Finckle

This course provides an overview of the music industry, exploring and examining aspects of technology, economics, industry structures, marketing, audiences, and artistic innovations and trends. Students will begin exploring personal career interests.

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Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 141 - 01 Perf Study: Saxophone 30' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40258 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Steven R. Finckle

elective Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 141 - 02 Perf Study: Saxophone 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40642 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Steven R. Finckle

elective Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 241 - 01 Applied BA: Saxophone 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40754 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Steven R. Finckle

Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSC 216 - L01 Jazz in America M - W - - - - 1525 - 1655 BEC 110

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1655

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

22642 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Steven R. Finckle

The origins and history of jazz in the United States. Various phases in the development of jazz style are discussed. Blues, ragtime, Dixieland, swing, bop, cool jazz, fusion, as well as other recent developments in jazz performances are investigated. An essential part of the course is the analysis and evaluation of recorded performances by outstanding jazz musicians. Designed for non-majors as well as an elective for music majors interested in jazz. Offered fall semester. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSC 263 - 01 Entrepreneurial Careers Music - - W - - - - 0935 - 1040 BEC LL03

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

21243 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Steven R. Finckle

With special emphasis on entrepreneurship, innovation, & self-efficacy, this course will explore the skills, values and practices that are essential to creating successful and fulfilling careers in music. Through case study, class discussion, and individual/group projects, students will explore best practices for creating successful careers in the creative industries, as well as the modern media tools necessary for sustainable career growth. Assignments in this class will guide you in the processes of defining your career vision and articulating your goals; developing a portfolio to represent your work; developing skills to respond to emerging opportunities; and developing an actionable plan for activating your professional career. This course is restricted to music major and minor students.

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Location Time Day(s)
MUSC 363 - 01 Emerging Models in Music Indus - T - R - - - 1715 - 1855 BEC 110

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1715 - 1855

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

22467 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Steven R. Finckle

This course will explore the evolution of the music industry and the emerging trends technologies and business models that continue to transform the music industry in all of its aspects. Topics addressed in the course will include but not be limited to analysis of innovation in multiple modes of the music industry; remix culture, copyright, and licensing limitation/innovation; the impact of social media on management, agency, and artist fan engagement; growth sectors of the music economy including concert promotion, & touring; crowd funding, and its impact on new ventures in music; and the impact of technology on communications culture, and the creative sector. Students will move regularly between theory and practice as they use evidence from the past and present to formulate new possibilities for the future architecture of the music industry. Prerequisite: MUSC 160 or ENTR 260 or permission of the instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 141 - 01 Perf Study: Saxophone 30' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20190 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Steven R. Finckle

elective Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 141 - 02 Perf Study: Saxophone 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20447 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Steven R. Finckle

elective Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 241 - 01 Applied BA: Saxophone 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20425 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Steven R. Finckle

Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 341 - 01 Applied BM: Saxophone 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

21058 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Steven R. Finckle

Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)