Crane's Early Contributions to Music
Though Miss Crane began work at the Potsdam Normal School in 1884, 1886 is considered to be the founding year for her school because that year the first Special Music Teachers Curriculum, developed by Crane, was implemented at the newly incorporated Crane Normal Institute of Music.
The foundation for the Normal School’s music education program can be accredited to Julia Crane's strength and courage in demanding what she felt was needed in order to properly train future music teachers. Julia Crane then further revolutionized the field of musical instruction by "publishing her complete system of music instruction from the primary grades through the normal school"(pg. 6).
Eight editions of Crane’s manual were published, the first in 1889 and the last in 1923, the last of which was actually completed by Julia's successor, Marie Schuette. Crane’s manual offered techniques for instruction but solutions to common issues, such as those encountered by boys during their "voice break period".
Crane also worked on the Music Council of the State Department. Two of her major contributions to the New York State music education system was "the establishment of high school graduation requirements in music for those interested in applying to the normal schools and writing the state high school syllabus for music" (pg. 7).