2018 Conference Details


For the full conference schedule (UDPATED 4/4!) go here

Thursday, April 5

Pre Conference Teacher Training

Friday, April 6 – Sunday, April 8

Creative Ability Development Conference

Venue Information

The conference will be held at the lovely DoubleTree by Hilton in Oak Brook, Il which offers stylish guest rooms and comforting amenities and is surrounded by many affordable local restaurants.  Mention the CAD Conference for special room rates.  many large rooms are available for sharing at no additional cost.

To reserve hotel rooms at the special CAD Conference rate follow this link:

or contact the Doubletree-Oakbrook directly at (630) 472-6000

Conference Information

The conference will have many opportunities for teachers and students both experienced and new to CAD.  Please read about the different opportunities below and the register here.

Tuition includes admission to all classes and concerts at the conference as well as three meals provided during the conference.

Teacher Training Opportunities

April 5-8, 2018 – $300

Teachers new to the CAD pedagogy will have the opportunity to receive CAD Teacher Training from co-authors Alice Kay Kanack and Sera Smolen, beginning April 5th, one day prior to the conference, and extending throughout the weekend. There will be multiple opportunities to observe and participate in all levels of CAD pedagogy. 

Experienced Teacher Opportunities

April 6-8, 2018 – $200

Experienced teachers will be able to:

  • Bring student groups to participate and perform
  • Share their unique programs in workshops
  • Experience the method through advanced level performance classes to hone their skills
  • Participate in the introduction of the new Pre-School CAD programs including the release of the new pre twinkle books for violin, viola and cello and introducing the new CAD flute and string bass books!
  • Attend multiple sessions on a variety of CAD topics

Experienced Student Opportunities

April 6-8, 2018 – $200

Students from existing CAD programs will be able to enjoy meeting and improvising with their peers from around the world. Their experience will include:

  • Jam Sessions
  • CAD Sessions with multiple teachers
  • Attending Concerts
  • Performing in ensemble pieces
  • Creating music for dances and silent films

New Student Opportunities

April 6-8, 2018 – $200

Students new to CAD will be placed in age/level appropriate classes and will be able to experience the joy of CAD in a carefully controlled environment. Beginners of all ages are welcome!


Check back here soon for more details about the conference.