College Prep: Music and Arts School Admissions 101

Finding the perfect college to nurture and develop your unique talents can be daunting. This four-week course is designed to lead you through the intricate college admissions process for arts programs, whether at a conservatory, college, or university. Not only will you have access to exceptional college planning guidance, but you will work with an expert with professional admissions experience who will provide you personalized coaching and advice throughout the course. 

The course begins with a focus on important research techniques that help you to narrow down your list of dream schools. You'll gain insights into current trends in college admissions and craft a personalized fit list that aligns with your aspirations. Then, dive into the nitty-gritty of preparing your application—from assembling your application support team to understanding what goes into the Common App, supplemental materials, résumé, recommendations, essays, and more. 

You'll then learn important information about preparing for auditions and developing portfolios, including how to research requirements, compile pre-screening materials, and ace interviews and auditions with confidence. You'll also learn how to navigate the complex financial aid landscape.

By the end of this course, you'll not only feel confident in your college application strategy but also equipped with the tools and knowledge to make the best decision for your future.

What you will learn:

✔ Identify the schools and programs that are the best fit for you and your goals 
✔ Recognize current trends in college admissions 
✔ Compile the various components of college applications 
✔ Prepare for live auditions and interviews with confidence 
✔ Navigate the financial aid application process, including scholarships, financial aid award letters, and the appeal process 
✔ Reflect on and refine the non-negotiable factors in your final school choice

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What you need to participate:

  • Computer or mobile device with Internet. Internet speed must be at least 1.5Mbps download and 800Kbps upload. For students using a mobile device, download the Canvas mobile app and select “Interlochen Online” as your school.
  • Google Suite, for Google Docs and Google Sheets

How the course works:

Interlochen Online courses are designed to be inspiring and flexible with weekly learning units that combine video segments and guided instruction that you can complete on your own schedule during the week. You will interact regularly with your teacher and peers inside the learning environment. 

You can also participate in an optional weekly hour-long video class meeting, where you can learn from the teacher and interact with your classmates in real-time. At the beginning of the course, you will complete a survey indicating your preferred times for the class meeting. The teacher will make every best effort to identify a meeting time that works for everyone. The teacher will also post recordings of the meetings and you can view them when it is convenient. 

The goal is that you walk away not only with practical skills and friendships but that you are inspired and motivated to pursue your art and realize your potential.

Program Snapshot

Upcoming Course Dates

June 10 - July 5, 2024 | Teen and adult sections

July 15 - Aug. 9, 2024 | Teen and adult sections




Teens: Grades 7-12

Future Sessions

Academic Calendar

Meet the Faculty

Katherine Drago Luellen

Instructor, Interlochen Online; Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, New England Conservatory

Questions? Speak with an Advisor.


Phone: 231.276.5990 

You can also schedule an appointment.