Singer-Songwriter Program for Grades 6-9

In the singer-songwriter program, you develop your songwriting and performance skills under the guidance of music industry professionals. The program enables you to explore a variety of songwriting styles, collaborate with other talented musicians, and perform your music. You will master songwriting fundamentals, and explore the connections among emotion, imagination, and song.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
July 18, 2021 to August 8, 2021
Tuition: $6,250
Age range: Students currently in grades 6-9
Priority deadline: 
January 14, 2021

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Focusing on piano, guitar, and voice, you will compose songs and share them in small workshops that allow you to gain performance experience and receive feedback in an intimate and supportive setting. Additional performance opportunities include informal "coffee house" style events, a mid-session public performance, and a public performance at the end of the session.

Students in the singer-songwriter program have the opportunity in their schedule for one elective class. Each summer we also present an impressive lineup of world-renowned classical, jazz, and popular guest artists.

Audition Requirements

Please submit both a video recording of a self-accompanied, personal performance of an original composition as well as a PDF file of the written lyrics.

Additional Opportunities

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which also offers a singer-songwriter major for students in grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.


Dr. Thomas Childs

Chair of Music Fundamentals and Instructor of Music Theory, Interlochen Arts Academy

Scarlet Keys

Instructor of Singer-songwriter, Interlochen Arts Camp

Associate Professor of Songwriting, Berklee College of Music

Allie Kessel

Instructor of Singer-Songwriter, Interlochen Arts Camp

Justina Shandler

Singer-Songwriter Instructor, Interlochen Arts CampAdjunct Professor in Songwriting

Adjunct Professor in Songwriting, Frost School of Music, University of Miami