Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

This year we’re offering a 10 hour SAA Enrichment Course for teachers. Alice Kanack will be teaching “Creative Ability Development” (CAD).  The musical concepts are universal, so all teachers will be combined in this course which makes musicality and improvisation surprisingly accessible to all – for both those with a strong analytic learning style, and those who are naturally creative.  Alice has been teaching & developing this method since 1982. Come this year and enjoy your larger SAWS teacher community, while gaining easily adaptable musical skills for your studio. CAD provides an easily accessible model of musicality and improvisation for teacher and student. You will find this interactive clinic both inspiring and informative.

When: Friday October 4th: 12pm-8pm*  All instruments together

Where: First United Methodist Church, 210 N Ruby St., Ellensburg, WA 98926 

Workshop Fees: non-SAWS members $150, SAWS members with SAA credit: $125, SAWS member no credit: $100

SAA Credit:

This year the teacher workshop can be registered as a SAA-accredited enrichment class. To take the class for SAA credit you need to have taken ECC and Suzuki Unit 1 trainings, and you need to complete 10 hours of class. In addition to the Friday hours there will be 1 hour of lecture (at 8am) and 2 class hours of observation on Saturday to fulfill the 10 hours required for SAA credit.

Registration Form

About the Clinicians:

Alice Kay Kanack is founder & director of the Kanack School of Music in Rochester NY and author of the CAD series.  Her workshops & tour groups are internationally sought after; her alumni are leading international ensembles, sitting as “composers in residence” for acclaimed symphony orchestras, and active at all levels of music education.  She worked with Dr. Suzuki in the 1980s. His nicknamed her “Mozart’s Mother” for her ability to nurture creativity and artistry.

Andrew Barnhart

Joining Alice for the Student Festival on Saturday is Cellist Andrew Barnhart.  He is a native of the Detroit, Michigan area and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree, Performer’s Certificate, and Orchestral Studies Diploma from the Eastman School of Music where he is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts.  Andrew serves as Principal Cello for the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes in Corning and Elmira, NY and of the Colgate University Symphony Orchestra where he is also on faculty.  As a chamber musician he has performed with the Michigan Chamber Players, the Eastman Chamber Music Society, and the Eastman Virtuosi.  He is a member of the Half-Six Piano Trio with pianist Toni James and violinist Man Yui Kitty Cheung.  His major teachers have been Richard Piippo, Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, and Alan Harris.

For more information & inspiring videos: https://creativeabilitydevelopment.com/

What is Creative Ability Development?
Creative Ability Development is a philosophy and pedagogical method based on the idea that inspiration can be taught through the disciplined practice of a creative thought process. The method was developed through a scientific analysis of the writings of great creative geniuses in all fields.

Why should a musician study it?

When a student creates his own music, he develops a personal expressive style and a deeper understanding of where music comes from.  The study of improvisation teaches us to tap into our own musical voice, developing a unique musicality sensitivity in the process.  CAD trained students express this musicality through better intonation, rhythmic integrity, expressiveness, vibrato and much more.

Who may study and who may teach Creative Ability Development?

Creative Ability Development is designed to be taught by parents and/or teachers. Since it is based on aural understanding rather than theoretical knowledge, very little musical training is required of the instructor. The student may begin as young as age two or whenever he begins his musical study. Creative Ability Development is organized in a direct relationship with Book 1 by Suzuki so that it may be easily studied along with the Suzuki method.

Your Studio.  IMAGINE:
Expressiveness! Intonation! Vibrato! Confidence! Rhythmic Integrity! Community! Fun! Inspiration! And more…!

Which of these would most benefit your studio? In which areas would you like to grow as a teacher?  Come and experience the possibilities!

Making choices.

Mark your calendars & enroll your students to the 2019 SAWS FESTIVAL now.
Note the date change to the FIRST WEEKEND, on Oct 4-5, 2019.

Registration Form

Workshop Schedule


11:30-12:00 Registration

12:00-3:00 Interactive Lecture (bring your instruments, the room has pianos for pianists)

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:45 Interactive Lecture

5:45-6:30 Dinner (organized potluck, details to follow)

6:30-8:00 Interactive Lecture


8:00-9:00 Interactive Lecture

SAA certification for the CAD enrichment class requires attendance of the about 8 hours plus observation of 2 CAD classes at the Saturday student festival.

Hotel & Lodging

There are many hotels in Ellensburg. Please be sure to reserve early.

We could not get a group booking rate at Best Western this year due to limited room availability though they offered a discounted rate if you call and ask for the “Best Western rewards member discounted rate”. This does require setting up a rewards program account.  Book as soon as possible, since there are limited rooms, and there are other events going on in Ellensburg the same weekend.

Best Western Plus Lincoln Inn & Suites
211 W. Umptanum Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 925-4244

Price:         $119 plus tax for single kings or double queens
Dates:        Fri (Oct 4) and Sat (Oct 5) 2019
Ask for “Best Western rewards member discount rate”