Academy Boarding High School: Singer-Songwriter Major

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


Courtney Kaiser-Sandler

Instructor, Singer-Songwriter Program, Interlochen Arts Academy

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

Kyle Novy

Instructor, Singer-Songwriter Program, Interlochen Arts Academy

M.A., Crosscultural Studies (Music & Culture), Fuller Graduate School; B.M., Commercial Music, Musicians Institute

Joshua Davis

Adjunct Singer-Songwriter Instructor, Interlochen Arts Academy

B.A., Theatre, Michigan State University