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 Electives
This elective course will offer 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. Class activities will focus primarily on poetry and fiction. Previous experience with creative writing is not necessary. Laptop computers will not be used.
Students explore writing for theatre including character creation, developing an understanding of dramatic structure, and exploring theatrical potential in their writing. In-class exercises include writing monologues and dialogue, and short readings of dramatic texts.
This class will explore dance as an art form through ballet vocabulary and technique, and is open to both experienced and inexperienced students.
Dance electives will explore dance as an art form, and is open to both experienced and inexperienced students. This class will explore the fundamentals of dance vocabulary, movement, and exploration.
This course considers all aspects of the Interlochen environment and promotes a hands-on understanding of the elements of the northwoods campus. Students will learn by doing single-concept investigations, short research projects, or playing games that simulate some aspect of the environment; all while having fun.
Motion Picture Arts Elective
This course provides students with a hands-on opportunity to explore the magic of animation, as well as the skills to build an animated short.
This class encourages stimulation and development of original musical ideas, leading to possible performance of works on Composers' Forums and in class. Music supplies may cost up to $30.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of music theory and notation; three or more years of private study of a major instrument. Music program students only.
The Intermediate Beginning Harp class is for students interested in learning rudimentary technique and musicality at the harp. Students will study technique, solo pieces, and perform in an ensemble. At the end of the term the class will present a program for family and friends.
A beginning class in the fundamentals of organ playing.
Prerequisite: Students must have studied piano for at least three years and have the ability to play Bach Two-Part Inventions and a Clementi Sonatina. Students must also be physically able to reach the pedal board. Piano majors only.
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.
The choral student will study and perform selected vocal repertoire, chosen specifically for Intermediate age voices. The choir performs twice in each 3-week session.
Electronic Computer Music
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.
This class acquaints the student with band and orchestra instruments through hands-on experience, and reveals a student's natural adaptability and preference. Students who are enrolling for multiple sessions may repeat this class to explore more than one instrument of their choice.
This class is for students who, from their own background, have an awareness of and interest in playing jazz in a small group setting. Class focus will be on music materials (scales/harmony/rhythm, etc.), style details, and group interaction strategies. Compositions by the greatest names in jazz history will be explored.
Prerequisite: Music majors only.
This class provides music majors on any instrument (excepting below) with an opportunity to deeply explore improvisation. A clear understanding of the nature of improvisation will occur through deep guided listening and daily in-class performance.
Prerequisites: Interested pianists will be directed to enroll in Intermediate jazz piano; percussionists are eligible to participate IF they have some background on mallet percussion.
This course will include both the written and aural aspects of basic notation, note-reading (in both treble and bass clefs), rhythm, meter and scales.
Prerequisite: Ability to read music and at least one year of private lessons. Music program students only.
Piano Ensemble provides opportunities for pianists to engage in collaborative playing with other pianists, 4-hands/1 piano, 4-hands/2 pianos, 8-hands/2 pianos, and more.
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
Introduction to Acting
This course helps students explore the fundamentals of preparation for theatrical performance. Students will engage in voice and movement exercises, improvisation, theatre games and limited work with scripted material.
These classes will encompass a variety of potential subjects, such as improvisation, stage combat, viewpoints, or other areas or study within theatre. Specifics topics will be determined by the individual specialties of the theatre arts faculty and staff.
Prerequisite: Theatre majors only
Visual Arts Electives
Visual Arts Survey
In this course, students will explore a variety of media while focusing on drawing and painting skills. Techniques will be taught in both a studio and en plein air environment.
Cooking hotdogs and s’mores is a great summer experience but there’s so much more. Students will learn how to prepare and cook exciting meals, then get to sample their hard work!
Do you have what it takes? Challenge yourself on our outdoor challenge course and indoor climbing wall. Learn the basics while being supervised by trained staff. Did someone say trust fall?
Prerequisite: In order to participate in this class, the challenge course liability form must be authorized by a parent/guardian.
Mindful Movement in Nature
Explore Interlochen's gorgeous campus, walk through the stately pines and by the shimmering lakes and experience nature in new ways. Discover how interaction with the outdoors can inspire your art through thought-provoking activities, creativity-boosting exercises, walking meditation, yoga poses, plant and wildlife observation, and more!
Step onto the field and smell the grass. Soccer, kickball and ultimate Frisbee await those looking for a fun way to break up the day.
With two beautiful lakes located on Interlochen’s vast campus, it would be a shame to not get out and utilize this great resource. Students will get to play water games, swim, float, utilize paddle boards and kayaks. This is a great way to enjoy summer in Michigan.
Prerequisite: In order to participate in any boating activities students must pass the 20-minute swim test.
Yoga and Mindfulness
Take a break and concentrate on you and at the same time learn some valuable coping skills to make you a better overall artist.