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Caron L. Collins

Professor Emeriti: Music Education

Caron L Collins, Professor Emerita of Music Education, taught undergraduate courses in instrumental and general music methods, as well as online graduate music education courses for 13 years at The Crane School of Music. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she served as Chair of Music Education, Director of the Center for Creative Instruction, and the President of the SUNY Potsdam chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Upon earning a Federal Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant, she developed the "Curious, Collaborative Creativity" instructional approach to musical ensembles, utilized in many schools across the country. Prior to her years at SUNY Potsdam, Dr. Collins taught instrumental and general music for 25 years in the Diocese of Columbus (Ohio), designed and coordinated the Diocesan-wide music events, supervised instrumental music teachers, and earned the Romana Hemmelgarn Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award (1995). She has published articles and presented workshops for the Ohio Music Educators Association, New York State School Music Association, National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, and the National Catholic Band Association (NCBA). Her book, Messengers of Music: The Legacy of Julia E. Crane, Information Age Publishing (2011), shares the inspirational stories of graduates of the Crane School of Music paired with the philosophy of the school's founder. She has co-authored Curious, Collaborative Creativity: A Guide to Transforming Music Ensembles (2017), an e-book available in Kindle and iBook formats. Dr. Collins earned her Ph.D. in music from The Ohio State University, the Master in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College in Detroit, and her Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, the National Catholic Band Association (NCBA), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) where she served on the Innovations Council. Dr. Collins continues to teach her summer online graduate course, Peacebuilding through Music Education, maintains her website and provides clinics in contemporary music instruction.