Academy Boarding High School: Classical Guitar Major

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Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student guitarists a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Acoustic guitar students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level, and electric guitar students in the studio music program graduate prepared for work in the commercial world.

Core Curriculum






Fall & Spring

9 - PG

Private Lesson


Fall & Spring


Music Theory


Fall & Spring


Musicianship Skills


Fall & Spring

9 - PG

Guitar Ensemble


Fall & Spring

9 - PG


For information on graduation requirements and academic curriculum, please visit Academy Academics.

Private Lesson and Studio

Guitar lessons are paced for and tailored to individual students. They address improvement in reading, physical skills, knowledge of repertoire, and expression. The primary goal is to develop these skills without unnecessary tension and with effective technique and mechanics. Students are guided to develop the presence and awareness necessary to identify tension, technical inefficiencies, and musical failings, and to develop the discipline necessary to address them immediately.


Interlochen Arts Academy guitar majors have been accepted at the following universities and conservatories:
California Institute of the Arts
Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University
Cornish College of the Arts
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Florida State University
Indiana University School of Music
Manhattan School of Music
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
New England Conservatory
Oberlin Conservatory
Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University
Princeton University
Principia College
Royal Academy of Music, London
Royal Conservatory of Antwerp
Royal Conservatory of Brussels
San Francisco Conservatory
Stetson University
University of Arizona School of Music
University of Denver, Lamont School of Music
University of Miami, Frost School of Music
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
University of Southern California
Yale University

Guest Artists

Frequent performance opportunities and classes with guest artists help maximize each student’s potential.

Guest guitarists who have given concerts and master classes at Interlochen include:

Sergio and Odair Assad
Denis Azabagic
Paulo Bellinati
Pierre Bensusan
Gene Bertoncini
Jimmy Bruno
Corey Christiansen
Brian Dunlap
Lee Dyament
Alex De Grassi
Mychal Gendron
Nicholas Goluses
Antigoni Goni
Adam Holzman
John Johns
Stevan Jovic
Vic Juris
William Kannengiser
Leo Kottke
Brian Morris
Stephen Robinson
David Russell
Raphaella Smits
Paul Vondiziano
Jack Wilkens
Fabio Zanon
Buffalo Guitar Quartet
Falla Guitar Trio
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Newman Oltman Duo
Pearl Grey Duo

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Dr. Matthew Cochran

Instructor of Guitar, Interlochen Arts Academy, Instructor of Guitar and Singer-Songwriter Instructor, Interlochen Arts Camp

D.M., Guitar Performance, Florida State University; M.M., Guitar Performance, Eastman School of Music; B.M., Guitar Performance, Eastman
School of Music