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Keith Cozart Steele
Instructor of Music; Director of Percussion Program

Keith Cozart Steele is a performer, teacher, student, collaborator, volunteer, father and Quaker. He studies Afro-Brazilian percussion in Salvador, Brazil with Giba Conceição, Luiz Badaró, Rosangela Silvestre and Jose Ricardo Sousa; West African djembe in Conakry, Guinea with Mamady Keita, Famoudou Konate, M’Bemba Bangoura and Michael Markus; and Western Classical percussion with Gray Barrier of the University of Northern Colorado. Keith has a graduate degree in Adult/Community Education, is certified in online education, is trained/experienced in Drum Circle Facilitation and loves manual labor in the form of swinging hammers, chopping wood and making hand-drums. One of his creations and passions is directing the annual outreach collaborative concert with area community groups and public-school percussion programs entitle DRUMunity. Keith performs and records with many regional bands, but is most noted as performing in concert with Max Weinberg, Jeff Hamilton, Paul Winter, John Conlee and Louie Bellson.

A member of the Music Department teaching faculty and the director of the percussion program, Keith is involved in the 3+1 Education program and serves on the Events Committee.

Contact Info

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Drawer 48



124 Center for Visual and Performing Arts


  • Music


  • M.A., Ball State University
  • B.A., University of Northern Colorado
  • Certificate in Online Teaching, Indiana University East

Selected Courses:

  • Hand Drum Ensemble
  • Rhythm Project
  • Afro-Cuban Drumming
  • History of Rock Music
  • Earlham First-Year Seminar - Who’s Ur Pop
  • Applied Percussion Lessons

Focused interest in West African and Afro Brazilian percussion and how they can be used to bring people together in meaningful, fun and therapeutic interactions regardless of musical ability and experience level.

Percussive Arts Society
Indiana State Music Association

Each and every semester, I learn at least one pivotally important life lesson from my Earlham students. Whether it is from their own pathway or reflected from or upon my own, I am a better person by teaching students at Earlham College. I believe this to stem from students being initially attracted to the open atmosphere of Earlham’s Quaker roots.

An Earlham student is naturally inquisitive, enjoys corky-ness and wants to make a direct impact on their surroundings.

DRUMaddix "An Evening of Percussion"
Jazz and Percussion Festival with Max Weinberg
Festival Concert with Louis Bellson and Jeff Hamilton
Doug Hart Band

Father time, animals, travel abroad, soccer, wood working and construction.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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