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About The Crane School of Music

SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music is a community of educators, musicians and scholars in an environment dedicated to helping every student achieve his or her career and life goals.

Crane consists of approximately 530 undergraduate and 25 graduate students, and a faculty of over 80 teachers and professional staff. Crane is housed in the Julia E. Crane Music Center on the north side of the campus and has two classroom buildings (Bishop and Schuette Halls), three concert areas (Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall, 1290 seats; the Sara M. Snell Music Theater, 452 seats; and the Ralph Wakefield Lecture and Recital Hall, 130 seats) as well as extensive supporting areas. The new 97,000-square-foot Performance Arts Center opened in the Spring 2014 semester next door to the Crane Center, and includes three additional large performance spaces (a Proscenium Theater, a Black Box Theater, and a Dance Theater) as well as a recording studio with new, state-of-the-art equipment.

The Crane School was founded in 1886 by Julia Crane (1855-1923) as the Crane Institute of Music and was one of the first institutions in the country to have programs dedicated to preparing specialists in teaching music in the public schools. Throughout Crane's history the school's primary mission has been to educate music teachers with an emphasis on excellence in performance. At Crane, learning to be a teacher does not exclude or limit music performance, but uses excellence in performance as the foundation on which teaching is based. Over the years, our mission has expanded to include degrees in performance, music business, composition, and music theory and history, as well as other programs in jazz, music in special education, and piano pedagogy. Crane is proud to have many of the finest music educators, scholars and performers in the United States as members of the faculty, all working hard to make Crane a vital, innovative and exciting place.


SUNY Potsdam is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Teacher Education programs at SUNY Potsdam are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


 Keeping with the vision and legacy of celebrated music professor Dr. Helen Hosmer, in 2007 SUNY Potsdam officially became an All-Steinway School with the purchase of 141 Steinway pianos, the largest single acquisition of new Steinway pianos in Steinway & Sons’ 154-year history.