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Caron L. Collins

Professor: Music Education/Chair of Music Education Department

Schuette Hall A314
TEL: (315) 267-2404

Caron L Collins, Department Chair and Professor of Music Education, teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental and general music methods, as well as online graduate music education courses. She developed the "Curious, Collaborative Creativity" instructional approach to musical ensembles utilized in many schools across the country and the SUNY Potsdam Campus-Community Band, an inclusive organization of collaborative musicians. Dr. Collins earned her Ph.D. in music from The Ohio State University (2007), the Master in the Art of Teaching (2002) from Marygrove College in Detroit, and her Bachelor of Music Education (1978) from Indiana University, Bloomington. 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 is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, NAfME where she serves on the Innovations Council, and as webmaster for The National Catholic Band Association.