Creative Ability Development

Alice Kay Kanack


Alice Kay Kanack

Alice Kay Kanack is recognized internationally as a composer, teacher, and performer. The current director of the Kanack School of Music in Rochester, New York, Alice previously served as a faculty member at the Third Street Settlement in Manhattan. She is the author of the Creative Ability Development series, consisting of three volumes published through Creative Ability Development Press and Alfred Publishing.

Along with the CAD tour group, she has appeared at numerous conferences and workshops, including the International Suzuki Conference, the ASTA Conference, the Philadelphia Suzuki Association, the NYSSMA Conference, the New Directions Cello Festival, and the University of Rochester/Eastman Symposium on Musical Creativity and Recent Brain Research. Internationally, she has also served as a presenter at conferences in Sydney, Australia; Paris, France; and Matsumoto, Japan.

Alice received a dual Bachelor's degree in Composition and Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1985. Additionally, she has worked with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan as well as with Suzuki teachers Kay Sloan and Anastasia Jempelis. Alice resides in Penfield, New York with her family.