Interlochen piano students are surrounded by an encouraging community of artists, which provides the opportunity to achieve unparalleled musical growth. In this intensive program for grades 6-9, students interact daily with faculty and guest artists in master classes, private lessons and a variety of keyboard electives. They also develop sight-reading and functional keyboard skills, as well as collaborative piano skills. Each student receives private lessons with a member of our distinguished piano faculty.
- Private lessons are given weekly.
- Dedicated practice time is available on days when no lesson is scheduled.
- An additional daily practice hour is built into students’ schedules.
- Piano skills and performance strategies focus on developing functional keyboard skills through sight reading and ensembles, technique study and keyboard theory in a supportive small group setting.
- Piano hour is offered daily, featuring studio classes with piano faculty, master classes, recital hours and covering such topics as musician wellness and performance anxiety.
- Beginning organ, piano ensemble, piano seminar or beginning jazz piano fulfill the piano elective requirement. Students should indicate their preference as one of their elective options during enrollment.
- One additional elective (see elective options)
Interlochen offers a separate concerto competition for High School and Intermediate divisions. Winners in the High School division will perform with one of the division’s orchestral or wind ensembles. Concerto competition details >>
How to Apply
- Prepare the materials listed below.
- Complete the online application.
- Submit your audition materials online.
Audio or video files #1 and #2: Two solo works of contrasting style. There is no required repertoire for intermediate applicants but the audition should demonstrate the applicant’s overall ability.
Advanced pianist may also be interested in in the six-week advanced piano summer program.