Singer-Songwriter Summer Program for Grades 6-8

Why Take Singer-Songwriter 

From Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen to Lizzo and Taylor Swift, singer-songwriters are the voices of their generation. Performing your own work is one of the deepest forms of artistic expression. While at Interlochen, you'll master the fundamentals as our faculty help you explore the crossroads of emotion, imagination, and song.

What You'll Learn

In this program, you will work with our expert faculty to deepen your understanding of lyric writing, melodic expression, and accompaniment. Through small classes and one-on-one lessons, you will better your instrumental and vocal skills, improve your performance execution, and learn about varying styles.

Program Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • July 14, 2024 to August 4, 2024
Age Range
Intermediate (Grades 6-8)
  • Applications CLOSED

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.

All Faculty

Shane Adams

Shane Adams

Instructor of Singer-Songwriter

Courtney Kaiser-Sandler

Courtney Kaiser-Sandler

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

Ally Lubera

Ally Lubera

Instructor of Singer-Songwriter

Adjunct Instructor of Singer-Songwriter Blake Elliot at Interlochen Arts Academy

Blake Elliott

Instructor of Singer-Songwriter

Guest Artists

Past guest artists have included:

  • Tracy Bonham, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter
  • Sharon Van Etten, singer-songwriter
  • Sareem Poems, hip-hop artist

Program Highlights


Collaboration is a unique component of our summer program. Songwriting students will have an opportunity to collaborate with the Music Production & Engineering students learning about production and topline.

Additional Opportunities

Singer-songwriters who are interested in additional Interlochen Arts Camp music programming are encouraged to review the intermediate Music Production & Engineering, Jazz Performance & Improvisation, and Popular Music Performance programs.

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers six music programs for grades 9-12.

Performance Opportunities

Your time in this program will provide you with multiple performance opportunities in:

  • Closed student workshops
  • Coffee-house style events on campus
  • Mid-session open performances
  • End of session concerts

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.

Levi, Singer-Songwriter


"Songwriting is about life..."

Camp faculty and students discuss what it means to be a singer-songwriter in this behind-the-scenes video.