Dr. Kladder is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Ithaca College. His degrees are from the University of South Florida (Ph.D.), Boston University (M.M.Ed.) and Hope College (B.M.Ed). Prior to his employment at Ithaca College, he taught undergraduate music education courses at the University of South Florida, which included Introduction to Music Education, Progressive Music Education Methods, Creative Performance Chamber Ensemble, Popular Music Ensemble, and Digital Music Production. While at USF, he was a coach, mentor, and supervisor of senior student teachers in a variety of secondary music teaching contexts. Jonathan’s elementary and secondary instrumental teaching experience include a variety of both band and chorus ensembles across private and public-school settings. As a band and chorus director, he taught beginning band, 6th-8th grade middle school and directed the high school jazz ensemble. His groups actively performed in local competitions, parades, special community events, and outreach opportunities.
Jonathan currently teaches instrumental undergraduate music education students at Ithaca College and continues to pursue an active research agenda. He is an active presenter at local, state, national, and international music conferences. His presentations have included The Music Learning Revolution (London), Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Educators Technology Conference, Missouri Music Educators Association, California Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, and the Modern Band Colloquium. He has been an adjudicator for state conferences and the innovative Florida Music Educators Association contemporary ensembles event, Crossover. As an active musician, Jonathan was a band member in one of the first iPad ensemble, called Touch. Touch has performed around the country at state and national conferences, offering new and innovative ideas for music making at the collegiate and P-12 educational levels. Jonathan is interested in the intersections of music and technology, creativity, and curricular expansions. He is particularly interested in pedagogical models that support learner-centered approaches across contemporary music making spaces. His articles have been published in the Journal of Music, Education, and Technology, Contemporary Research in Music Learning Across the Lifespan, and 21st Century Music Education: Informal Learning and Non-Formal Teaching Approaches in School and Community Contexts.
Jonathan is an active musician, playing guitars, keyboards, wind instruments, Ableton Push, Maschine, and drum kit in a variety of contemporary music making settings.