Dr. Kramer was educated at the Vienna Conservatory, Peabody-Vanderbilt University (BM in Piano Performance), Drake University (MM in Piano Performance), and the University of North Texas (PhD in Music Theory with Minors in Composition and Piano). He is a tenured professor and has been employed at Northwest Missouri State University since 1985. His teaching responsibilities include Advanced Music Theory, Ear Training, Choral Composition and Arranging, Form Analysis, and Music Literature.
As a recitalist, Dr. Kramer has appeared nationally as well as in Germany and the Ukraine. He performs on the piano, harpsichord, and organ. He is frequently in demand as an adjudicator.
As a composer, Dr. Kramer's music has written music for several mediums. His piano compositions have been published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Alfred Publishing, The Willis Music Company, Myklas Music Press, and Da Capo Music Limited of England. His symphonic and chamber works have been published by Seesaw Press. His compositions have been premiered at several national conventions of the Music Teacher National Association.
Dr. Kramer’s research interests are broad. His articles on Beethoven, Mozart, Weber, Copland, Britten, and Barber have appeared in several prominent publications including the American Music Teacher Journal and Clavier Magazine. He has conducted extensive research on the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz von Suppé in many of the world's most prominent libraries: Vienna's Nationalbibliothek, the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Berlin's Staatsbibliothek, the Deutsche Bibliothek Musikarchiv, and Washington's Library of Congress. He has received several research grants and awards including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Germany’s Akademischeraustauschdienst.