High School Electives

Interlochen Arts Camp offers elective classes that provide opportunities for enrichment and exploration in a variety of art forms. The number of elective options available to each student is dependent on program schedule and electives are not available for some programs.

Students will have an opportunity to indicate their preferred electives after they have applied and been accepted. Elective classes may include:

ARTS LEADERSHIP ELECTIVE (6-week course)

This weekly elective draws from student experience to provide an in-depth look at the state of arts leadership today. Led by President Kimpton and assisted by ICA leaders, the course will examine communications styles, leadership types, generational leadership challenges, nonprofit lifecycles and roles, and the importance of arts leadership in the community. This is the perfect opportunity for students to increase their knowledge of arts administration while exposing themselves to key leadership skills they can use in any field. This course is offered one evening per week and can be taken in addition to other electives.

Prerequisite: To apply please submit a resume and a 1-2 page essay outlining your interest in arts leadership and why you think you could benefit from this experience. Materials should be sent to leadership@interlochen.org

CREATIVE WRITING (3-week course)

This course will offer high school students an opportunity to explore and hone their creative writing skills. Throughout the session, students can expect a combination of imaginative writing exercises, short reading activities, informal discussion and free writing time. Genres covered will range from poetry to fiction to dramatic writing. Laptop computers are not used for this elective.
Prerequisite: None

GENERAL DANCE (3-week course)
Classes explore dance as an art form and are open to experienced and inexperienced students. This class contains elements of ballet, modern and jazz, and initiating a lifelong source of joy and exercise. A complete listing of required dance attire and supplies will be included in the student handbook and posted online. All dance students are expected to be well groomed; long hair must be worn up and off the neck. Pointe work is not a component of this course.
Prerequisite: None

INTRODUCTION TO ACTING 
(3- or 6-week course)
The course is designed for non-majors who have an interest in exploring the fundamentals of preparation for theatrical performance. Students will engage in voice and movement exercises, improvisation, theatre games and limited work with scripted material.
Prerequisite: None

FILM SURVEY 
(3-week course)
This course will offer students an opportunity to explore the history of the art of film - from its birth to its modern existence as a staple of entertainment. Throughout the session, students can expect a combination of film screenings, critical discussions of innovative films and groundbreaking filmmakers, and an introduction to tools of the trade.
Prerequisite: None

Music Electives

(All classes are 6 weeks unless otherwise noted)

ADVANCED COMPOSITION
For non-composition majors with some experience notating musical ideas who are ready to learn and apply new skills and techniques in a project-oriented structure. Emphasis is on writing for instruments and voices for in-class readings and performances.  May be repeated, as topics will change each summer. Students may bring completed projects for feedback. Students provide their own headphones, pencils, block eraser, ruler, and staff paper; class work is done at electronic keyboards with pencils and staff paper.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of music theory and notation. Must submit score at the same time as enrollment paperwork. Scores must be submitted to the Office of Admission and Financial Aid prior to the beginning of camp in order to be considered for this class.

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving more energy for all activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities. Excess tension can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms and it can interfere with the ability to perform activities well.
Prerequisite: None

BEGINNING COMPOSITION

Designed for students who have little or no experience in music composition. Students will be introduced to basic compositional procedures, including building motives and melodies, textures, form, harmonic languages, scales/modes, accompaniment styles, text setting, and notation skills. Interest, skill level, and practicality will determine instrumentation of individual projects. Students are expected to provide personal headphones, pencils, block eraser, ruler, and staff paper; class work is done at electronic keyboards with pencils and staff paper.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of music theory and notation; three or more years of private study of major instrument.

BEGINNING JAZZ PIANO
This class is an introduction to the jazz style of piano playing.  Students will learn jazz chords, voicing, and improvisation.  
Prerequisite: Piano and Organ majors only.

BEGINNING ORGAN
A beginning class in the fundamentals of organ-playing.
Prerequisite: Three years or more of piano study and ability to play Bach Two-part Inventions and a Clementi Sonatina.
Prerequisite: Piano majors only

CHOIR
Students have the opportunity to join either the World Youth Honor Choir or Interlochen Singers, based on a brief audition. These ensembles perform exciting repertoire from a wide range of musical eras and styles. Auditions will last approximately five minutes and will include a brief vocal scale exhibiting range and quality. Faculty might also ask for sight-reading and melodic memory tests. 
Prerequisite: None

COLLEGE PREP MUSIC THEORY
Instructors will take a comprehensive approach to music theory, including the study of music’s building blocks (melody, rhythm, harmony, form, timbre) as well as the development of analytical, listening, reading and creative skills. Students will be placed into one of three levels of study based on experience and level of preparation. Music supplies may cost up to $50.
Prerequisite: None

COMPUTER MUSIC
This course is an introduction to synthesizers and computer music. Students will use Digital Performer and Native Instruments software running on Macintosh computers to explore the fundamentals of composition and synthesis with emphasis on creative projects and sound design.
Prerequisite: Basic music reading skills. Keyboard skills are helpful, but not necessary. Students should bring their own headphones or earbuds.

JAZZ ENSEMBLES
Participants in the jazz ensembles focus on stylistic interpretation, improvisation, group interaction and sight-reading skills. Students participating in other ensembles are encouraged to audition for the Jazz ensembles. Participation may satisfy the chamber music requirement. The Jazz ensembles perform twice during each three week session.
Prerequisite: Audition required at the beginning of camp

MUSIC LITERATURE
The course presents a review of representative styles, forms, genres and composers in historical context ranging from Medieval through contemporary periods. Emphasis is placed upon structured and comparative listening and elementary analytical techniques. (Music supplies may cost up to $35).
Prerequisite: None

ORCHESTRATION
Students will study the principles of instrumentation and orchestration through in-class demonstrations, listening, analysis of important literature, and preparation of scores for various ensembles for in-class readings. Music supplies may cost up to $50.
Prerequisite: Music Theory or equivalent experience

PIANO PEDAGOGY 101
This course provides high school pianists with training in teaching their own beginning piano students. Topics covered will include beginning piano methods; technique, rhythm and reading for the young student; how to find and choose repertoire; how to develop a teaching studio; and group teaching, among others.  Students will also be given the opportunity to observe private and group teaching techniques with Interlochen's experienced faculty.
Prerequisite: Piano and Organ majors only

PIANO SEMINAR
The study and analysis of keyboard music with a focus on prominent composer techniques, forms, and their idiomatic styles.
Prerequisite: Piano and organ majors only.

PILATES/YOGA (3-week course)
Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility and long, lean muscles, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing to relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to muscles, developing a strong core or center (tones abdominals while strengthening the back), and improving coordination and balance. Pilates' flexible system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased overtime as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises. No muscle group is under or over trained. Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India. The goal of yoga, or of the person practicing yoga, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility.
Prerequisite: None

PRACTICE HOUR
Provides additional time for the dedicated music student to practice their solo or ensemble repertoire.
Prerequisite: Music program students only.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Students who are proficient on an instrument and desire to continue private study during the camp session may do so as an elective option if their schedule permits. Lessons are 50 minutes each and individual instruction is available in classical piano and all band and orchestral instruments only. Additional cost is $105 per week.
Prerequisite: Three years previous study on instrument.

Visual Arts Electives

(All classes are 3 weeks)

2D MIXED MEDIA
This mixed-media course explores the two-dimensional possibilities of working with collage. Course content examines the formal narrative and conceptual issues of the collage process and form. Students will investigate a wide variety of materials and approaches, both traditional and non-traditional, which may include drawing, painting, image transfers, collage, printed textiles, sewing and papermaking. Students will examine artists working within these media and are encouraged to create exploratory and conceptual art pieces and develop their personal voice.
Prerequisite: None

ART HISTORY
This course is for students who are both new to art history and those who have had previous classes. This course will include lecture, some student research in the library, and small class art projects inspired by movements such as cubist collage/construction, pointillist drawing/painting, and formalist photography. This class provides a great opportunity for students to expand their own artistic vocabularies. This is also a great preview for high school students considering an AP Art History course.
Prerequisite: None

ARTISTS' BOOKS
This course is open to all students who have an interest in book arts or sequential imagery. Students will learn the history, form and physical construction of traditional and nontraditional book arts. This class is a cross-disciplinary experience that brings the images and the written word together into a visual form.
Prerequisite: None

CERAMICS
This elective is open to all students who have an interest in learning about clay as a medium. This class is an exploration of sculptural techniques and functional vessel making. Students work with a variety of hand-building techniques and are introduced to decorative surface techniques and a variety of firing processes. Emphasis is placed on the use of clay as an expressive material.
Prerequisite: None

DIGITAL ARTS
This course explores the use of technology to allow students to explore their individualized concepts with greater sophistication of media, as they build on their knowledge of the programs and tools available. It incorporates software such as the Adobe Creative Suite and the use of equipment in the digital lab including tablets, digital cameras, photo printers and scanners to create two-dimensional, printed works. No previous experience is required but familiarity with Mac computers is recommended. Students must provide a portable storage device such as a thumb drive.
Prerequisite: None

FIBERS: 3D SOFT CONSTRUCTION
This course introduces materials and techniques traditionally associated with fibers in a fine art sculptural capacity. Techniques may include felting, papermaking, sewing, weaving, crocheting, and other traditional and non-traditional methods. Concept plays a large role in this course. Students will learn how to communicate their ideas by relating materials and process to their concept.
Prerequisite: None

JEWELRY DESIGN
Introduces a variety of techniques used in the creation of jewelry and wearable metal art. Students will explore innovative approaches to traditional forms such as rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
Prerequisite: None

METALSMITHING
This class is designed to introduce students to metals as a means to explore a personal artistic voice. Students will explore materials such as copper and techniques such as soldering, press molding, and braising.
Prerequisite: None

PRINTMAKING
This course provides an overview of printmaking as an art form. Students will explore basic techniques for multiple image generation such as stamping, embossing, drypoint, stencil printing and monoprinting.
Prerequisite: None

SCULPTURE
This course provides an introduction to working with three-dimensional media. Student will explore a variety of techniques such as casting, carving, modeling and construction while using a wide range of materials that may include wood, plaster, clay, wax and metal. Personal expression is encouraged while students learn about creative problem solving through traditional and contemporary ways of working three-dimensionally.
Prerequisite: None

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