Courtney Kaiser-Sandler

 Courtney Kaiser-Sandler
Associate Director of Contemporary Music and Collaborative Projects; Instructor of Singer-Songwriter
Indiana University
Bachelor of Arts, World Vocal Music Performance
Indiana University
Master of Arts, Education

About Courtney

Interlochen Arts Academy and Arts Camp alumna Courtney Kaiser-Sandler is a professional songwriter, vocalist, and musician as well as the founder of the singer-songwriter program at Interlochen Arts Academy. Along with teaching, she oversees the Contemporary Music program (jazz, popular music, songwriting, and MP&E). Kaiser-Sandler has a passion for pioneering pathways in music education. She is a sought after presenter on the importance of repeated performance for artistic growth and controlling the inner dialogue for performing artists.

Before Interlochen, she spent 12 years of her career in New York City leading successful bands touring the United States and continental Europe, the most notable being Kaiser Cartel. Kaiser-Sandler has lent her talents to high-profile artists including John Mellencamp, The Wallflowers, Sufjan Stevens, Petra Haden, Yuka Honda, and Sean Lennon. Her original songs have been heard on film and television including Bored to Death, The Firm, Private Practice, and Liberal Arts. She has worked in the music industry as a booking agent, promoter, and in tour management for the likes of Bon Jovi as well as other national acts.

As a philanthropist, she whole heartedly believes in the importance of Arts education for all. Kaiser-Sandler combined her beliefs in the power of music and protecting the environment, crafting songs to be used by the non-profit organization Art of Conservation to teach conservation to youth in Rwanda. The material is written and performed in both English and Kinyarwanda.

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I take a holistic approach to teaching songwriting, striving to understand the student as a whole so that I can bridge their knowledge so far with unchartered territory within the craft. I strive to create a pathway for meaningful and intentional work on and off the stage, we work together to expand artistic identity while investigating blocks inside the artists expression and learn to control the inner dialogue for a more positive performance experience. Our work together results in the student becoming more self-confident, more personally grounded as an artist, and more aware of the ways they are in service to humanity through the transformative and medicinal power of music.

  • Presenter, International Society of Music Education, 2022
  • NAFME Council for Music Composition, 2021 to present
  • Selected Presenter, International Society of Music Educators, 2020
  • Adjudicator for NAFME Songwriting Competition, 2020
  • SXSWEDU Presenter, 2018 and 2019
  • Hill House Artistic Retreat Juror, 2015
  • Association for Popular Music Education lecturer, 2014

B.A., World Vocal Music Performance - Indiana University

M.A., Elementary Education - Indiana University

Meet Courtney Kaiser-Sandler

Learn more about our Chair of Contemporary Music and the contemporary Music Division at Interlochen Center for the Arts.