Interlochen Online Middle School (grades 6-9) Programs

Work with world-class instructors and meet passionate peers from around the world in an immersive online experience.

Program dates:
January 11, 2020 to February 6, 2021
Age range: Students currently in grades 6-9
Early bird tuition: $995
Tuition: $1,200
Early deadline: Dec. 31, 2020
Deadline: Jan. 6, 2020
Capacity: Space is limited. Registrations are on a first come, first serve basis.

Interlochen Online’s middle school programs provide rigorous and rewarding artistic training in 13 different areas of study.

For four weeks, you will hone your technical and creative skills under the guidance of acclaimed instructors who are experts at working with young artists.

All programs run Jan. 11 through Feb. 6. Weekly schedules will be one of the following:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. EST
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. EST
  • Students will present an individual showcase/recital on the final Saturday afternoon

Other passionate young artists from across the globe will serve as your classmates and collaborators.

Your biweekly class sessions will feature a combination of lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities. Programs include weekly 50-minute private lessons or personal coaching sessions. Small class sizes ensure that you will receive constructive personal feedback from faculty and peers alike.

Please see the drop down menus below for program details.

Looking for Interlochen Online programs during the spring and summer? Check back soon for dates and details.

Creative Writing

Middle School Offering: Fabulist Fiction: Tell it Strange, Tell it Slant

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. EST

Description: In this four-week writing workshop, students will learn how to cast spells with language and weave magic through the fabric of reality. Blending elements of fairy tales, myth, horror, and sci-fi with the every day, fabulist fiction goes about a story-telling slant: a girl is mistaken for a porcelain statue, a ring turns the ocean red, and a demonic dog lives in grandma's purse. Using modern masters of the genre including Karen Russel, Kelly Link, Matt Bell, Aimee Bender, Ben Marcus, Nalo Hopkinson, Helen Oyeyemi, Carmen Maria Machado, and Sarah Shun-lien Bynum as guides, students will create their own mysterious, sideways stories which will be workshopped at the end of the session. Class time will be divided between group reading, discussion, writing prompts, and lessons exploring the elements of fiction. Students will compose short stories, flash fiction, and prose experiments.

Faculty:

Megan Baxter

Writer

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Dance

Middle School Offering: Classical Ballet Technique

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. EST

Description: This course will explore the various manifestations of classical ballet techniques through barre and center work. Students will immerse themselves in a variety of approaches to their classical ballet learning skills while having the opportunity to take their already established technique to the next level of polishment and refinement.

Faculty:

Rachel James

Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp

Jurijs Safonovs

Interlochen Arts Academy

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Film

Middle School Offering: Introduction to Filmmaking

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. EST

Description: This course will dig into filmmaking and essential aspects in the development of visual stories. All skills learned will allow each student to go from being an avid movie watcher to an aspiring filmmaker. Students take guided steps to begin to translate their imagination to the screen, focusing on four key areas: story, beginning visual design, image sequence, and sound.

The course is guided by experienced independent filmmakers who will answer your questions and provide personal feedback on short exercises. At the conclusion of the session, each student will have an opportunity to share a sample of their short exercises in a showcase of works created during the course.

Faculty:

Connor Einarsen

Filmmaker

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Music: Classical Performance

Middle School Offering: Hone Your Ensemble Skills

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. EST

Description: What does it mean to play in a large band or orchestra? What does a conductor really do? How is playing in a group different from playing alone? This course answers all these questions and more, with helpful information about how best to prepare for ensemble auditions and rehearsals, rehearsal etiquette, developing your large ensemble playing skills, and learning more about the role of the conductor.

Faculty:

Carolyn Watson

University of Kansas

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Music: Composition

Middle School Offering: Theory for Composers

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. EST

Description:This immersive course is designed to provide students with valuable information related to the field of music composition. Course participants will learn about the fundamental aspects of musical creativity, including a study of Sound, Harmony, Melody, Rhythm, Growth, and Notation, while examining a diverse array of musical selections from the literature of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Faculty:

Andrew Smith

Fredonia School of Music

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Music: Jazz

Middle School Offering: Introduction to Jazz Improvisation

Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. EST

Description: This program will help students begin to develop their jazz skills as improvisers and stylists, as well as develop a greater understanding of the history of jazz music. Students will hear one another perform and constructive feedback will be provided by faculty and fellow students. There will also be a guided study of the leading trendsetters in jazz. This course will help the beginning jazz musician learn the tools that are necessary for becoming an expressive, informed, and accomplished improviser and stylist.

Faculty:

Leonard Foy

DePauw University

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Music: Production & Engineering

Middle School Offering: Music Technology Foundations

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. EST

Description: 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. They will learn the process of music 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.

Faculty:

Chris Wainwright

Berklee College of Music

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Music: Singer-Songwriter

Middle School Offering: Song and Lyrical Form

Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. EST

Description:In songwriting techniques, you will learn the craft of songwriting—how lyrics, melody, and harmony can combine to convey emotion, tell a story, and move an audience. Through self-evaluation, peer feedback, and teacher guidance, we will dig into what challenges and strengths you have in your ability to write. Through this course, you will be generating new material and receive feedback from both experienced songwriting faculty and peers. Taking this course will enable you to write stronger songs and create a consistent practice of songwriting that you will feel proud of.

Faculty:

Justina Sandler

Frost School of Music, University of Miami

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Theatre: Acting

Middle School Offering: Acting Technique

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. EST

Description: This course will teach young actors the exciting foundations of a reliable acting technique. Students will learn how to approach a script through text and improvisation-based exercises designed to ignite their imagination. Classwork will consist of both individual and group sessions that will create a positive and supportive environment for growth.

Faculty:

Keith Contreras-McDonald

Actor

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Theatre: Musical Theatre

Middle School Offering: Musical Theatre Techniques

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. EST

Description: This course focuses on the key skills young actors need to achieve success in the world of Musical Theatre. Through a mix of individual and group settings, students will focus on their acting, singing and dancing in a supportive and positive environment.

Faculty:

Rachael Swartz

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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Visual Arts

Middle School Offering: 2D to 3D Design

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. EST

Description:Learn how to bring your two-dimensional designs to life in this course. Students will explore the elements of design, including line, shape, space, and form, and learn how to translate a two-dimensional drawing into a three-dimensional piece of art. Throughout the course, studio work will be supplemented by readings, slideshows, and videos pertaining to drawing.

Faculty:

Tamara Kaplan

New Urban Arts

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