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The Crane School of Music 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.

Below are links to documents concerning Crane's history and legacy. More items will be added over the course of the SUNY Potsdam Bicentennial year.

  • The Crane History Project is a multi-media project created in honor of the 125th Anniversary of The Crane School of Music in 2014 and SUNY Potsdam’s Bicentennial in 2016. Additional chapters will be added to the project in the future.
  • The Crane Faculty History Project documents faculty and staff members who have been associated with The Crane School of Music and it's predecessors.
  • A complete Crane Chorus Chronology was compiled by Gary Galo (Audio Engineer Emeritus, Class of '73) in 2015. To read this PDF, click here.



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