Creative Ability Development

Creative Ability Development 2020 Retreat!  February 15-17, 2020

This FREE event is open to all CAD teachers, music teachers and advanced musicians interested in exploring the fantastic world of Creative Ability Development. Explore CAD games and exercises designed to grow your creative brain and awaken your unique expressive voice.

The retreat will begin at 6:00pm on Saturday, February 15th and will end at 5:00pm on Monday, February 17th.  

Register here!

Hours for the Retreat:

Saturday, February 15th: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 16th: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday, February 17th: 10:00am – 5:00 pm

There are several CAD classes meeting on Saturday, February 15th if there are teachers who would like to observe:

CAD Arts Class (visual art, storytelling, movement, and musical improv) – 9:00am-10:30am
Beginner and Basic Level CAD Classes – 11:15am-11:45am
Advanced CAD Tour Group – 4:00pm-6:00pm

Sponsored by
Creative Ability Development, Inc.

Hosted by
The Kanack School of Musical Artistry
2077 south Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618


Information for 2020 Teacher Training coming soon!

CAD Teacher Training this summer August 3-7
with wrap around Teacher Trainer Certification August 2-9.


What is CAD?

Creative Ability Development (CAD) is a method that uses musical improvisation as a tool to develop the creative side of the brain. Its pedagogical purpose is to teach unique self-expression or musicality. Its philosophical purpose is to develop the ethical character of artistry in every student, which is the search for, and expression of, truth and beauty. CAD teaches students how to create together and share ideas, and inspires in each student a non-competitive internal drive for excellence. The CAD method is based on research, which explains how the process of creativity works in the brain to solve problems. Using music as a language and improvisation as a tool, the method of CAD replicates the creative process through group games and solo exercises. Through the disciplined practice of the CAD method, all students can develop their innate creativity to a very high level.

Recently CAD has begun to explore its methods using art forms other than music. We have partnered with the Garth Fagan Dance School to explore the use of improvised movement and have begun a preschool class using visual art, movement, storytelling, and music as tools to teach and grow creativity at a young age when it can be most effective. In 2018 The Kanack School of Musical Artistry will again partner with Garth Fagan Dance to bring their preschool CAD program to downtown Rochester with the support of a $25,000 challenge grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.

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