World Flute Society


Dr. Caron L. Collins

Dr. Caron L. Collins, Department Chair and Professor of Music Education at The Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental and general music methods, as well as online graduate music courses. She designed and developed the “Curious, Collaborative Creativity” approach to musical ensembles that is utilized in many schools across the country and the SUNY Potsdam of the 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’s in the Art of Teaching (2002) from Marygrove College in Detroit, and her Bachelor of Music Education (1978) from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has published articles and presented clinics 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,  and NAfME where she serves on the Innovations Council. She is also the Web master for The National Catholic Band Association.