Lloyd S. Kaplan began his college teaching career in 1966. At CCRI, he developed the jazz program of study as an alternative for music majors and introduced new courses in opera, 20th-century music, jazz history and the creative process in the arts.
Kaplan took his love of music into the community as well, lecturing for the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities and for assisted living and retirement communities. In recognition of his accomplishments at CCRI and in the community, a Lloyd S. Kaplan Music Scholarship was established at CCRI in his honor.
Kaplan has became a professional musician during his army bandsman days in the 1950s. Specializing in jazz, he was a frequent performer at events at CCRI and around the state with his own trio, Lloyd Kaplan’s Aristocats.