Interlochen Arts Camp offers elective classes that provide opportunities for enrichment and exploration in a variety of art forms. The number of elective options available to each student is dependent on their program major schedule. Not all electives are available to every student, based on their major requirements. Please note, classes do have set capacities and do fill up quickly. Electives are not available for some program majors.
Creative Writing (3-week course)
This course will offer high school students an opportunity to explore and hone their creative writing skills. Throughout the session, students can expect a combination of imaginative writing exercises, short reading activities, informal discussion and free writing time. Genres covered will range from poetry to fiction to dramatic writing. Laptop computers are not used for this elective.
General Dance (3-week course)
Classes explore dance as an art form and are open to experienced and inexperienced students. This class contains elements of ballet, modern and jazz, and initiating a lifelong source of joy and exercise. A complete listing of required dance attire and supplies will be included in the student handbook and posted online. All dance students are expected to be well groomed; long hair must be worn up and off the neck. Pointe work is not a component of this course.
Introduction to Acting (3- or 6-week course)
The course is designed for non-majors who have an interest in exploring the fundamentals of preparation for theatrical performance. Students will engage in voice and movement exercises, improvisation, theatre games and limited work with scripted material.
Introduction to Drawing
This course will provide an overview of drawing as an art form. Introduction to Drawing is designed for the non-visual arts major who is interested in learning foundational drawing skills.
Film Survey (3-week course)
This course will offer students an opportunity to explore the history of the art of film - from its birth to its modern existence as a staple of entertainment. Throughout the session, students can expect a combination of film screenings, critical discussions of innovative films and groundbreaking filmmakers, and an introduction to tools of the trade.
Pilates/Yoga (3-week course)
Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility and long, lean muscles, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing to relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to muscles, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The goal of yoga, or of the person practicing yoga, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. Students should bring form fitting, comfortable clothes that can stay in place when moving and stretching.
(All classes are 6 weeks unless otherwise noted)
This class is open to non-composition majors with some experience notating musical ideas who are ready to learn and apply new skills and techniques in a project-oriented structure. This course will emphasize writing for instruments and voices, for in-class readings and performances. Students may repeat this course as topics will change each summer, and are welcome to bring completed projects for feedback. Required supplies include personal headphones, pencils, block eraser, ruler, and staff paper; class work is done at electronic keyboards with pencils and staff paper.
Prerequisite: Knowledge of music theory and notation. Three or more years of private study of major instrument.
The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving more energy for all activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body.
Designed for students who have little or no experience in music composition, Beginning Composition will introduce basic compositional procedures, including building motives and melodies, textures, form, harmonic languages, scales/modes, accompaniment styles, text setting, and notation skills. Interest, skill level, and practicality will determine instrumentation of individual projects. Students are expected to provide personal headphones, pencils, block eraser, ruler, and staff paper; class work is done at electronic keyboards with pencils and staff paper.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of music theory and notation; three or more years of private study of major instrument.
Beginning Jazz Piano
This class is an introduction to the jazz style of piano playing. Students will learn jazz chords, voicing, and improvisation.
Prerequisite: Piano majors only
A beginning class in the fundamentals of organ-playing.
Prerequisite: Three years or more of piano study and ability to play Bach Two-part Inventions and a Clementi Sonatina. Piano majors only
Students have the opportunity to join either the World Youth Honor Choir or Interlochen Singers, based on a brief audition. These ensembles perform exciting repertoire from a wide range of musical eras and styles. Auditions will last approximately five minutes and will include a brief vocal scale exhibiting range and quality. Faculty might also ask for sight-reading and melodic memory tests.
Instructors will take a comprehensive approach to music theory, including the study of music’s building blocks (melody, rhythm, harmony, form, timbre) as well as the development of analytical, listening, reading and creative skills. Students will be placed into one of three levels of study based on experience and level of preparation. Music supplies may cost up to $50. Students are divided into three levels based upon the results of a comprehension exam at the beginning of Camp.
This course is an introduction to synthesizers and computer music. Students will use Digital Performer and Native Instruments software running on Macintosh computers to explore the fundamentals of composition and synthesis with emphasis on creative projects and sound design.
Prerequisite: Basic music reading skills. Keyboard skills are helpful, but not necessary. Students should bring their own headphones or earbuds.
Participants in the jazz ensembles focus on stylistic interpretation, improvisation, group interaction and sight-reading skills. Students participating in other ensembles are encouraged to audition for the jazz ensembles. Participation may satisfy the chamber music requirement. The jazz ensembles perform twice during each three-week session.
Prerequisite: Audition required at the beginning of camp
The course presents a review of representative styles, forms, genres and composers in historical context ranging from Medieval through contemporary periods. Emphasis is placed upon structured and comparative listening and elementary analytical techniques. Music supplies may cost up to $35.
Students will study the principles of instrumentation and orchestration through in-class demonstrations, listening, analysis of important literature, and preparation of scores for various ensembles for in-class readings. Music supplies may cost up to $50.
Prerequisite: Music Theory or equivalent experience
This course provides high school pianists with training in teaching their own beginning piano students. Topics covered will include beginning piano methods; technique, rhythm and reading for the young student; how to find and choose repertoire; how to develop a teaching studio; and group teaching, among others. Students will also be given the opportunity to observe private and group teaching techniques with Interlochen's experienced faculty.
Prerequisite: Piano majors only
The study and analysis of keyboard music with a focus on prominent composer techniques, forms, and their idiomatic styles.
Prerequisite: Piano majors only
Students who are proficient on an instrument and desire to continue private study during the camp session may do so as an elective option if their schedule permits. Lessons are 50 minutes each and individual instruction is available in classical piano and all band and orchestral instruments only. Additional cost is $115 per week.
Prerequisite: Three years previous study on instrument.