High School Music Production and Engineering

In this intensive study of music and song production, students come to understand the artistic and technical aspects of working in a music studio.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
July 19, 2020 to August 9, 2020
Tuition: $6,100
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis

We’re currently finalizing Interlochen Arts Camp 2021 programs. Please check back soon or contact Admission at admission@interlochen.org.

Learn the process of production as it relates to the entire life of a song: sketching, demos, and finished tracks, while also learning invaluable skills that are transferable to leadership positions within creative work.

Students will become familiar and comfortable with applying technology for the art and craft of music creation. Beginning with the basics of how music production has evolved over its history to how current musicians are leveraging some of the most powerful tools in the industry, students learn to create and record tracks that make an impact, and that support their unique musical voice.

Upon completion of this program students will:

  • Create portfolio ready songs and music for distribution
  • Produce professional-quality recordings utilizing a digital audio workstation (DAW);
  • Analyze production techniques from seminal musical works
  • Integrate music technology workflows in the music-making process

Tools & Resources

Students will need to bring a laptop running GarageBand or other DAW such as ProTools, Ableton Live, Cubase, Digital Performer, or Reaper for their lab sessions and individual work. Studio sessions will be completed in ProTools. Where available, students may also use external digital audio interfaces and portable MIDI keyboards.

Portfolio Requirements

Applicants should submit a portfolio of 1-3 works showcasing who they are as an artist. Include an essay with your hopes for understanding music technology, production, and engineering in pursuit of your musical goals.


Jeanine Cowen

Instructor of Music Production and Engineering, Interlochen Arts Camp

Professor, Film Scoring, Berklee College of Music