Thomas E. Kloss is the Assistant Professor of Music Education and the Associate Professor of Athletic Bands at Idaho State University. He 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 Arizona Music Educators Conference, and has been published in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Arizona Music News, Research and Issues in 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. His experience teaching high school band, as well as assisting with the Arizona State Marching Band, brings another dimension to our Athletic Bands program. 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.