Crane School of Music Hosts Piano Pedagogy Conference Sept. 22


Crane piano student Dai Yi performs on stage at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, which will host the Crane Piano Pedagogy Conference on Sept. 22 for area piano teachers.

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will host an exciting day of free workshops and masterclasses focusing on elementary and intermediate piano students this fall.

The Crane Piano Pedagogy Conference is open to all piano teachers.  This energizing day of professional enrichment and networking will draw upon the expertise of Crane faculty and visiting lecturers.

The 2012 Crane Piano Pedagogy Conference will take place throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 22. Sessions will cover everything from sightreading and practice suggestions, to memorization techniques and iPad uses for piano teachers.

Directors and clinicians for the conference include:
• Dr. Elaina Burns, piano faculty member at Clarke University and the University of Dubuque
• Dr. Gary Busch, professor of piano and music history at The Crane School of Music
• Matt Duclos, recent Crane graduate and music director of the Saratoga Children’s Theatre
• Amy Giller Heyman, keyboard faculty member at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music and piano faculty member at Le Moyne College
• Dr. Kathryn Sherman, assistant professor of piano pedagogy at The Crane School of Music, and
• Heather Wheeler, assistant professor of functional keyboard at The Crane School of Music.

Registration is now open for the 2012 conference. To reserve a spot, contact organizer Kathryn Sherman at (315) 267-3230 or, or visit

The registration deadline is Sept. 5.

Following the conference, all are welcome to attend the Orchestra of Northern New York concert, featuring Crane piano faculty member Dr. Paul Wyse. Tickets are available through the Community Performance Series Box Office, at (315) 267-2277 or

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Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution.