Just as Suzuki's method is based on the premise that every child can develop great ability, the Creative Ability Development (CAD) method was developed with the idea that creative ability, divergent thinking, and inspiration is present in every child, and can be further developed. We do this through repetition of disciplined improvisatory work -- finding musical solutions to creative improvisatory puzzles and games.
During CAD classes, the first and most important rule is "There's No Such Thing As a Mistake." The removal of criticism, positive and encouraging nature of the classes allows students to comfortably practice the art of making choices and taking risks-- which is at the heart of creativity.
CAD classes offer children the opportunity to use a completely different part of their brains during improvisation work, the medial prefrontal cortex, the part of our brains we use to describe ourselves.
As human beings, creative thinking is an essential part of life. As musicians, creative ability development classes can really encourage players to emerge with their own creative voice -- not just an imitation of a fine artist, but to pursue their own musical ideas.
We are so excited to offer CAD classes at the Naperville Suzuki School this year, and hope that you will join us for our first class on November 27th. We will offer two sessions each week. Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.