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Guests and Events








Dr. Alex Ruthmann and Mr. Jarritt Sheel, Spring 2018 Joy Anthony Douglass ’56 Visiting Master Teachers

In residence February 26 - March 1, 2018

A complete schedule of events can be found HERE!

Jarritt Ahmed Sheel is a fourth-year doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Music and Music Education Department. As a professional musician, he has toured internationally, worked with hundreds of students in high school band programs throughout the great states of Illinois, Florida, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia and New York. He has been fortunate to have taught music courses at the Aspen Award-winning Valencia College. Most recently he has taught collegiate level courses, based on Critical Theory, Critical Race Theory, Art History, and Democracy, in the City Universities of New York system (CUNY).

Mr. Sheel is currently the Ensemble Director for the Youth Workshop Band in the Youth Programs as part of the Education department at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. He has recently accepted a faculty position as a professor of Music Education at New York University - Steinhardt within their Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions. At NYU, Professor Sheel is responsible for teaching a variety of music education courses, the supervision of student teachers and the coaching of ensembles. His research foci center around the intersectionality and potentiality of hip-hop (music, culture, and pedagogies) in music education. He is husband, father, pet owner, deejay, a professional  trumpet player with a live music group called The Freedom Now Project, a board member of the Association for Popular Music Education, an editor of the music resource website<>, and leads a social media movement around the hashtag #hip hopmusiced.

S. Alex Ruthmann is Director of Music Education, and the Director of the NYU Music Experience Design Lab (MusEDLab) at NYU Steinhardt. The MusEDLab researches and design new technologies and experiences for music making, learning and engagement together with industry and community partners including the New York Philharmonic, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, Theolonius Monk Institute of Jazz, Urban Arts Partnership, UNESCO, Peer 2 Peer University, and the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. He and his collaborators are the recipients of multiple National Science Foundation grants exploring the interdisciplinary teaching of computational and musical thinking, and commercialization strategies for music and media education technologies.

Dr. Ruthmann is Co-Editor of the new Oxford Handbook of Technology and Music Education, and the Routledge Companion to Music, Technology and Education. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Music, Technology, and Education, and a member of the editorial/advisory boards of the British Journal of Music Education, Journal of Popular Music Education, and the Journal of Music and Meaning. He is Past President of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, Past Chair of the Creativity special research interest group of the Society for Research in Music Education, and Past Co-Editor of the International Journal of Education & the Arts. Ruthmann received an interdisciplinary B.Mus. degree from the University of Michigan in Music and Technology, and M.Mus. and Ph.D. degrees in Music Education from Oakland University. Active in social media, you can follow his curated posts on music learning, teaching and technology as @alexruthmann on Twitter.



Dr. Constance McKoy and Dr. Jacqueline Kelly-McHale
2017 Joy Anthony Douglass ’56 Visiting Master Teachers

In residence September 25-29, 2017.

Dr. McKoy and Dr. Kelly-McHale will explore what it means to teach – and learn – within a culturally responsive classroom. Through interactive sessions and roundtable conversations, participants will investigate culturally sustainable teaching approaches that acknowledge varied identities and expressions of diversity. Drs. McKoy and Kelly-McHale’s residencies will expand our visions of what it means to teach music when students’ unique cultural strengths are identified and nurtured to promote musical growth and develop students’ well-being about their cultural places in the world.

All major events will be webcast at:

For more information (including webcast schedule), visit

Patricia Shehan Campbell - 2016 Joy Anthony Douglass ’56 Visiting Master Teacher

In residence September 26-28, 2016 at the Crane School of Music

Patricia Shehan Campbell is a specialist in music in early and middle childhood, world music pedagogy, sociology of music, and music and movement. A world-renowned scholar, she has written or co-authored many books on music education including Music in Childhood, Teaching Music Globally, Songs in Their Heads, and Lessons from the World. View Schedule

Jodie Blackshaw

Jodie Blackshaw Residency

October 5-8, 2015

SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will welcome award-winning composer and internationally recognized educator, Jodie Blackshaw, as the 2015 Joy Anthony Douglass Visiting Master Teacher, in a week-long residency.

Jodie is well known for her 21st century modes of creativity, movement, vocalizations, and alternative orchestration techniques for enriching musical experiences. During her visit to Crane, she will share her expertise with undergraduate music education classes, ensembles, and three public workshop-performances at The Crane School of Music:

Monday, October 5th at 3:00 p.m. with the Cortland Honor Band in Hosmer Hall

Tuesday, October 6th at 6:00 p.m. with the SUNY Potsdam Campus Community Band in Hosmer Hall

Thursday, October 8th at 11:30 a.m. with the A.A. Kingston Middle School Band in Snell Theatre.

All three events are free and the public is invited to attend.

For a complete itinerary of events, click HERE.

Jodie Blackshaw, from New South Wales, Australia, won the inaugural Frank Ticheli Composition Contest in 2006 for her piece "Whirlwind" and 2nd place for "Terpsichorean Dances" for concert bands. Her works have been commissioned and performed world-wide, including the University of North Texas, the Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference, and is the American Composer's Forum Bandquest Composer for 2015. She has been a guest clinician and presenter at many conferences and institutions, including the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Ithaca College, Western Washington University, and Western University in London, Ontario. Jodie is fanatical about producing quality, meaningful musical works.She desires that her music not just be "another piece" but an educational and spiritual journey for the musicians, the director, and the audience.

Blackshaw's visit to Potsdam is made possible through the Joy Anthony Douglass Visiting Master Teacher Fund, which was established by Joy Anthony Douglass (SUNY Potsdam Class of 1956) to honor the transformative experiences she had as a student during her time at Crane.The fund enables visiting master teachers to share their insights and expertise with Crane students and faculty, as well as music educators throughout the region.

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John Bernstein
Crane BM 2013

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Melinda Feldmann
Crane BM 2007
Crane MM 2011

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Kathryn Hess
Crane BM 2013

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Matthew Wurtzel
Crane BM 2013

Successful Early Career Teachers Share Action Research Project

February, 6, 2015

John Bernstein, Monticello Central Schools (High School General Music); Melinda Feldmann,
Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Schools (Elementary Band, General Music); Katie Hess Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Schools (4th-12th Grade Orchestra, Kindergarten and Self-Contained General Music); and Matt Wurtzel, Patchogue-Medford Schools (1st-5th Grade General Music, 4th and 5th Band and Choral) visited the Crane School on Friday, February 6, 2015 to present the results of an action research project focused on curriculum.

The team of music teachers?who received their bachelor and master'sdegrees from Crane?was the recipient of the very first Action Research Grant sponsored by NYSSMA. During the 2012-13 academic school they conducted a joint research study that studied K-12 students' interests as it related to topics and activities found in each of their curriculums.

At a presentation in Wakefield Hall, the team shared study findings and provided specific examples of how the study has had an impact on their teaching. A full report of the study will appear in the October issue of the School Music News.

According to Jan Smith, Associate Director of the Aaron Copland School of Music and NYSSMA Research Chair?

"This group of music educators has set the bar for excellence in action research among music teachers in the state."

Throughout the day, the team met with different classes and groups of students to discuss how the landscape of music teaching has changed in just the short time that they have been involved in the professional world of music education. According to the teachers, there is a real need for future music teachers to possess flexible musicianship,adaptiveexpertise across gradelevels,experiencesin global and popular music, integration of creative technologies, and ability to think and design learning from an interdisciplinary perspective.


Dr. Sandra Stauffer

Dr. Sandra Stauffer, Joy DouglassVisiting Master Teacher


November 6-7, 2014


Dr. Sandra Stauffer, professor of music education and associate dean at Arizona State University, is the 2014 Joy Douglass Visiting Master Teacher. Dr. Stauffer has extensive experience in music teacher education, creativity, and composition in music education. During her visit to SUNY Potsdam, Dr. Stauffer shared her expertise in graduate and undergraduate music education courses and presented two public addresses on the topics of creativity and core principles in music education.Her research interests include creativity, composition, and music teacher preparation, using narrative inquiry, arts-based educational research, and qualitative research designs.

Dr. Stauffer?s appearance in Potsdam was made possible through the generous benefaction of the Joy Anthony Douglass Visiting Master Teacher fund. This fund was established by Joy Anthony Douglass (SUNY Potsdam Class of ?56) to honor the transformative opportunities she had working with visiting master teachers during her time at Crane. The fund allows visiting master teachers to share their insights and expertise with current Crane students, faculty, and music educators from the surrounding region.


Dr. Janet Galvan

Crane ACDA Chapter presents Dr. Janet Galvan, Choral Specialist

November 5-6, 2014

Janet Galvn, Director of Choral Activities at Ithaca College, presented sessions entitled "Choral techniques for young singers," "As we begin the 21st Century...," "Score preparation as a basis for gesture," and "Movement and the choral ensemble." In addition, Dr. Galvan engaged in a conducting Masterclass with students Emily Buckley, Nicole Fedorchak, John Alecci, and Austin Matson, as well as conducting a rehearsal with Crane Chorus.


Dr. David Frego

Dr. David Frego, Dalcroze Specialist

October 3-4, 2014

David Frego presented sessions on Dalcroze Choral Music Education sponsored by Crane ACDA Chapter. He received a B.M. from Brandon University in Canada, a Master of Music in choral performance, a Master of Music Education, and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. He joined the faculty at UTSA in July of 2008. Areas of specialty include elementary general music education and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Frego is past-president and a member of the advisory board of the Dalcroze Society of America.

Students responded positively to Dr. Freego's visit, here are some student reflections:

"The Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshops led by Dr. Frego this past weekend were by far, some of my most informative and rewarding learning experiences here at Crane. From the two workshops I attended, 'Dalcroze Eurhythmics in Music Education' and 'Dalcroze Eurhythmics in Choral Music Education' I learned so much that I can apply to not just my work as a student teacher next semester, but in my future work as a music educator."

"From the beginning of the first session, I could feel my brain working in ways it never had before. I had always considered movement to music from the aspect of listening to music and responding physically, but I had never contemplated the notion of motion in relation to sight-singing and ear training practice. I especially enjoyed the omnipresent possibilities of individual expression and improvisation, and I appreciated how Dr. Frego connected everything back to being musical."


Dr. Joseph Abramo
Crane BM 1999

Creative Pedagogies with Dr. Joseph Abramo

October 3, 2014

Dr. Abramo presented a session on Creative Pedagogies to students in the MTL1 courses. Dr. Abramo is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut.



Dr. Randall Faber

Dr. Randall Faber

September 27, 2014

The Crane Piano Pedagogy Conference welcomed Dr. Randall Faber, co-author of the Piano Adventures series, as a guest clinician on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Dr. Faber's lectures and teaching demonstrations highlighted the theme of the day, "Ages and Stages of Learning," where he explored with conference participants how different developmental stages of maturity and growth affect students in their music learning and their motivation. Crane students and piano teachers from the Northeast US and Eastern Canada had the opportunity to see Dr. Faber work with area students in a master class and to see him present workshops on how best to tap intrinsic motivation as students progress.


Pam March

Tai Chi instructor Pam March visits choral conducting classes

September 11, 2014

Crane ACDA Student Chapter sponsored a special visit from Tai Chi instructor Pam March topresent a session in Dr. Reames' and Dr. Francom's Conducting 1 classes.