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Dr. Thomas E. Kloss

Dr. Thomas E. Kloss

Associate Professor of Music | Interim Director of Bands | Coordinator for Music Education | Associate Department Chair

(208) 282-4626

  • B.M. 1997, 1998, University of Arizona
  • M.M. 2005, Arizona State University
  • Ph.D. 2011, Arizona State University


Joined ISU Faculty in 2011

Thomas E. Kloss received his Bachelor of Music degrees in music education and saxophone performance at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. He received his Master of Music and Ph. D. in music education from Arizona State University, where he taught courses in instrumental pedagogy, research in music education, and string methods. He is also certified in Kodaly (Level 2) and Orff (Level 1) elementary methods.

His research interests include the effects of band teacher turnover, oral histories of retired music educators, and student centered learning in large ensemble classes. He has presented research at several venues, including the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, MENC Biennial Conference, and the Idaho and Arizona Music Educators Conferences, and has been published in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Arizona Music News, Research and Issues in Music Education, Praxis: Sam Houston Journal from the Center for Music Education, and Idaho Music Notes.

In 2015, Dr. Kloss became the Associate Director of Athletic Bands. His duties include the Bengal Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band. He is also the Co-Director of the ISU Summer Marching Band Camp, which is held in July at ISU. Dr. Kloss is the faculty sponsor of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education Club, and the Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity.  He is also on the executive board of the Idaho Music Educators Association.