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Popular Music Performance Summer Program for High School Students
Why Take Popular Music Performance
Get immersed in the energetic and exciting world of popular music styles. During your time at Interlochen, you will be placed into small collaborative groups learning how to rehearse, create chord charts, find the right key for your voice, and utilize various methods of arranging. You'll then play that music during a live concert in front of your fellow peers.
What You'll Learn
You will spend your days working and performing together in various groups. In addition to participating in daily jam sessions, you will learn about:
- Style identification and history
- Songwriting with your group
- Practice efficiency
- Communicating musical ideas
- Music business
Meet the Faculty
Our faculty includes professional musicians, songwriters, and teachers. Under their guidance, students will grow both their musicianship and confidence as performers.
Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.
During the program, you will write and develop original work alongside alongside your bandmates. At the end of the session, faculty will choose one of your original songs to perform at the popular end-of-session concert.
The Music Center
Our state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot music facility has two 3,500 square-foot rehearsal halls, two recording studios—which allow for rehearsal and performance recordings in multiple venues on campus—multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. Learn more about The Music Center.
Interlochen was one of the best times of my life. In addition to presenting fun and exhilarating performances, you get to make friends with people who share your love for music. The teachers have a ton of knowledge in not just their instrument, but also the music industry in general. Some of my favorite moments were the songwriting competition, the finale pieces (which were some of the most challenging pieces in the rock canon), the lessons, and just rehearsing and hanging out with the rest of the students.