Academy Boarding High School: Singer-Songwriter Major

The Singer-Songwriter program provides a comprehensive curriculum in the discipline of popular music songwriting. Students 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 prepare a personal portfolio of completed work to be used in all their future endeavors in performance, writing, composition, music production and music business.

Core Curriculum

Course

Term

Grade

Course Title

MUS107

Fall

10,11,12,PG

Music Archaeology

MUS106

Fall & Spring

10,11,12,PG

Songwriting Foundations

MUS228

Fall & Spring

9,10,11,12,PG

Performance Lab

MUS219-222

Fall & Spring

10,11,12,PG

Songwriter Theory

MUS105

Fall

10,11,12,PG

Performance Shangri-La

MUS048

Fall & Spring

9,10,11,12,PG

Songwriting Lesson

MUS109

Spring

10,11,12,PG

Music Business

MUS055-056

Fall & Spring

9,10,11,12,PG

Choir

MUS199-200

Fall & Spring

9,10,11,12,PG

Contemporary Piano Class

MUS211-212

Fall & Spring

9,10,11,12,PG

Class Guitar

MUS324

Spring

10,11,12,PG

Creative Identity and Music Performance

MUS313-314

Fall & Spring

10,11,12,PG

House Band

 

Fall & Spring

9,10,11,12,PG

Space at the Table

MUS108

Fall & Spring

10,11,12,PG

Recording and Production Techniques

MUS076

Fall & Spring

11,12,PG

Private Voice Lesson

MUS075

Fall & Spring

11,12,PG

Private Guitar Lesson

MUS074

Fall & Spring

11,12,PG

Private Piano Lesson

Faculty

Courtney Kaiser-Sandler

Chair of Contemporary Music; 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