2077 S. Clinton Ave.

Rochester, NY 14618

Kanack School of Musical Artistry

The Kanack School of Musical Artistry has been a part of the Rochester community for over 20 years. In 2017 our school became a non-profit with the goal of increasing our impact in the community and Internationally. At the core of our organization is Creative Ability Development (CAD): a pedagogical system developed by Alice Kay Kanack which uses disciplined musical improvisation to develop the creative part of the brain, to heighten each student’s innate musicality, and to enhance creative ability across multiple intellectual pursuits. We offer individual and group lessons to students of all ages in an enriching, nurturing and inclusive environment where all can grow to reach their fullest potential: artistically, creatively, socially, and intellectually. The Kanack School of Musical Artistry is the epicenter of Creative Ability Development within our community and internationally. In 2018 we will be reaching outside of our walls to begin a CAD preschool program in partnership with Garth Fagan Dance School in the city of Rochester. This program will offer CAD using different forms of expressive art (visual, dance, storytelling, and music) to young students at the age when they can most benefit. The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund has granted us a challenge grant of $25,000 to make this program happen. In addition to raising funds for new and existing programs we are also in need of more space and have a beautiful addition planned for our current home. This addition will allow us to take on more students, employ more faculty, and offer more opportunities to the community. Mission Statement: The Kanack School of Musical Artistry is the not-for-profit epicenter of Creative Ability Development (CAD) within our community and internationally. We provide an enriching, nurturing, and inclusive environment where all can grow to reach their fullest potential: artistically, creatively, socially, and intellectually. CAD defined: a pedagogical system which uses disciplined musical improvisation to develop the creative part of the brain, to heighten each student’s innate musicality, and to enhance creative ability across multiple intellectual pursuits. Our Vision -Expand the opportunities for enhanced learning, personal growth, character education, leadership, community involvement, and true artistic development. -Provide a musical training program for students and educators which exemplifies the ideal training of a whole musician: technically masterful, uniquely creative, and completely literate. -Build the organization’s capacity and ensure its long-term sustainability through collaborations, program awareness, philanthropic giving, and strategic capital investments in facilities and services. -Lead research regarding the impact of CAD on brain growth and development. -Foster and promote the understanding of CAD’s pedagogical impact: specifically the link between the disciplined practice of freedom of choice, and heightened achievement in musical, academic, and social spheres. -Foster and promote the understanding of the link between the practice of CAD and enhanced peaceful social interaction within educational systems and beyond. Our Values Inclusiveness Harmony in educational environments Discipline through practice Artistic freedom Internal motivation Empathetic listening Appreciation, respect, and care for the environment of Creative Development Our age has been called the “age of consciousness,” with good reason. We concentrate most of our learning on logic and reason, and very little on creativity. However, any advancement in art, science, philosophy, medicine, etc., is through a combination of great intelligence and great creative ability. Indeed, “genius” is defined as “great mental capacity and inventive ability,” and it is genius that keeps us moving forward on a path of greater humanity. Obviously we can’t all be geniuses, but I believe that geniuses are developed through their own deeply felt needs. The more we can create these needs in our children, the more like geniuses they will become and the greater our world will be as a result of their greater humanity. “Creativity is the opposite of destruction.” The educational equation is simple: Teach them, encourage them and allow them to fulfill their own natural needs in creative ways; Encourage them to be sincere in their expression (which is the search for truth); Encourage them to be their best (which is the search for beauty); and Teach them to be always open to, and to have respect for the ideas of others. (Creativity is built on creativity: Each new idea grows from an old one.) If we can learn to teach our children by this equation we may see them grow to be like geniuses in their manner of thought and expression, and as a result, we may also see them grow to be greater human beings. From The Philosophy and Method of Creative Ability Development, Alice Kay Kanack

We focus on: Education, Arts and Culture

Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne


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