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For Dominique Santiago ’19, music has always been a source of comfort. She has faced several personal tragedies as a student at SUNY Potsdam, but through it all, she has persevered and found solace from both faculty and by making her own music....read more.
Jayde Martin ’18 has always had her sights on becoming a music teacher. When she was trying to choose the right school, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music proved to be the perfect fit for her, not only because of its impressive music education program, but also Crane’s outstanding music performance program, so she double majored in both... read more.
Welcome to music education
From this page you can learn about our degree programs, faculty, and hear from our students.
The Crane School of Music is home to one of the world's oldest and largest music teacher education programs. In music education, you will join one of Crane's proudest legacies. Crane graduates are successful in finding teaching placements and our alumni hold leadership positions in local school districts and in state and national organizations shaping our nation's musical future.
At Crane, all your classes and field experiences will be taught by fully qualified faculty who care deeply about students and who are committed to your success. Crane faculty possess years of teaching experience and hold degrees from North America's most prestigious universities. Music education faculty are active in the field, authoring books, conducting research, presenting at conferences, and serving as officers in state, national and international organizations.
In the Bachelor of Music Education at Crane, you will prepare for the career of a professional music educator. You will choose one of four specializations, based on an area of teaching in which you wish to focus: band, chorus, orchestra, or general music. You will have a variety of opportunities teaching children, adolescents, and adults, and working with our "public school partners" across the New York State as you prepare for your career. Many students choose to add a concentration or minor in, for example, performance, jazz, special education, or piano pedagogy.
In the Master of Music Education at Crane, you will work with Crane's distinguished faculty to advance your current understanding of music teaching and learning. You will have the option of selecting either a thesis project or a guided research/teaching project based on your own interests and professional development goals. You may complete master's courses in a variety of ways including summer, online, and academic year options. Students attending Crane for their Bachelor degree may complete both the Bachelor's and Master's of Music Education degrees in five years total.
Whether an undergraduate or master's degree student at Crane, you will have the opportunity to engage in a tradition of best practices and innovation in music education. We invite you to learn more about our dynamic and rigorous program and the music education community here at Crane.
"If music holds its place in the public schools, it must meet the demand of the children. What is this demand? It is a demand for the power and the means of expressing themselves."
- Julia Crane, founder of The Crane School of Music