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Singer-Songwriter Summer Program for High School Students
Why Take Singer-Songwriter
From dance music to the blues, R&B to folk, or punk rock to rap, music is a reflection of the times. In this program, you will learn the nuances of writing and performing your own music. Students master songwriting fundamentals and explore the connections among emotion, imagination, and song.
What You'll Learn
During your time at Interlochen, you will spend your days immersed in an inspiring and collaborative environment alongside other talented musicians. Our curriculum may include:
- Music Theory
- Lyric Writing
- Song Form
- Melodic Construction
Meet the Faculty
Our summer faculty includes professional musicians, songwriters, and university-level instructors. Under their guidance, students will expand their skills within the art of song.
Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.
Tracy Bonham, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter
Sareem Poems, hip-hop artist
Sharon Van Etten, singer-songwriter
During the course of this program, you will have multiple performance opportunities during:
- Closed student workshops
- Coffee-house style events on campus
- Mid-session open performances
- End of session concerts
Each student will perform in at least one concert.
Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a singer-songwriter program for students in grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.
The Music Center
Our state-of-the-art 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.
The experiences I've gained at Interlochen have not only changed me as a person, but have changed me as an artist. Playing live shows with friends, working with people from all over the world, and receiving educated feedback have matured me as a songwriter. I wouldn't be the artist I am today without Interlochen.