Interlochen offers students in grades 3-6 an intensive and fun way to study piano in the summer. Campers further develop their technique through private lessons, interactive group activities, performances and classes. The Interlochen campus is home to hundreds of pianos each summer giving them ample opportunity to perform and practice.
To round out their schedule campers are invited to explore other arts areas with elective classes. And while they are growing as artists, campers are also provided time for recreation and exploring our scenic northwest Michigan campus.
With a curriculum geared for success, positive experiences are provided in which participants at all skill levels gain a sense of accomplishment. Students participate in the following:
- Private lessons are given by distinguished faculty members in two half-period sessions each week. On days when students are not in lessons they have practice time with the guidance of teaching assistants.
- Piano skills class provides a small group setting for studying technique, keyboard theory, ensemble playing and sight reading.
- Piano hour meets daily and includes such activities as a performance class, a master class, listening activities and the exploration of music history and keyboard instruments.
- Two elective classes allow junior campers to round out their experience while exploring other arts areas. (see elective options)
This program does not require an audition. It enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis, so early application is advised. Advanced piano players are encouraged to audition for the advanced piano program.