Academy Boarding High School: Singer-Songwriter Major

  • "Hold the Floor" was the first collaborative piece by this 2012-13 group of singer-songwriter students. This video was taken from the first singer-songwriter performance at Interlochen Arts Academy October 25th, 2012.

The Singer-Songwriter program at Interlochen Arts Academy provides a comprehensive curriculum in the discipline of popular music songwriting. Students will foster their own personal musical style while developing skills in melody, harmony, arranging and lyric-writing.

Instruction in piano, guitar and voice are also provided to further the students' performance abilities. While the program is part of the music department, it draws on the resources of other departments,
particularly the creative writing program.

Through their studies, students will prepare a personal portfolio of completed work to be used in all their future endeavors in performance, writing, composition, music production and music business.

The core curriculum includes:

  • Music theory
  • Lyric-writing
  • Private songwriting lessons
  • Private lessons on piano, guitar or voice
  • Group lessons
  • Solo and group practice
  • Coached performances
  • Digital music composition
  • Sound engineering
  • Recording technique
  • History of popular music
  • Music business

Supporting classes include:

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Voice
  • Elements of Poetry
  • Choir
  • General Dance
  • Theory and Musicianship
  • Intro to Acting

How to Apply

In addition to completing an application and other documents required for admission to the Academy, applicants to the singer-songwriter program must complete an audition.

Whenever possible, a live, on-campus audition is preferred and can be scheduled by contacting the Office of Admission. If a live in-person audition is not possible, students may submit their audition online.

Audition Requirements

A performance of three to five of a student's original songs. Students will also need to share a copy of the song lyrics; for online auditions lyrics can be uploaded as a document.

Faculty

Courtney Kaiser-Sandler

Instructor of Singer Songwriter, Interlochen Arts Academy

M.A., Elementary Education, Indiana University; B.A., World Vocal Music Performance, Indiana University

Kyle Novy

Instructor of Singer-Songwriter, Interlochen Arts Academy M.A., Crosscultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary; B.M., Commercial Music (Guitar Performance), Musicians Institute;

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