Popular Music Performance Summer Program for Grades 6-8

Why Study 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 also learn about:

  • Ear-training
  • Style identification and history
  • Form
  • Songwriting with your group
  • Practice efficiency
  • Communicating musical ideas
  • Music business

Program Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • June 23, 2024 to July 13, 2024
Age Range
Intermediate (Grades 6-8)
  • Applications CLOSED

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.

All Faculty

Joshua Davis

Joshua Davis

Director of Popular Music; Instructor of Singer-Songwriting

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Hannah Abrahim

Instructor of Popular Music

Courtney Kaiser-Sandler

Courtney Kaiser-Sandler

Associate Director of Contemporary Music and Collaborative Projects; Instructor of Singer-Songwriter

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

During your time at Arts Camp, you will write and develop original work alongside your bandmates. At the end of the session, faculty will choose one of your original songs to perform at the end-of-session concert. Students also have the opportunity to perform for each other in closed studio sessions. 

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 with multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. Learn more about The Music Center.

Behind the Popular Music Performance

Dedicated young musicians come together from around the world to play an amazing concert at the end of their Interlochen Arts Camp session. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the program.