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IX THE MICHIGAN DAILY WE

"DNESDAY, MAY 21, 19;

SCHOOL FOR GIFTED YOUTHS:
Plans Made for Arts Academy at Interlochen Camp

By ANN EICHLER
The National Music Camp at
Interlochen has trained musicians
since 1827, when it was chartered
by the State of Michigan as an
educational, non-profit corpora-
tion.
This dream of a summer train-
ing home for musicians was con-
ceived by Prof. Joseph E. Maddy
of the School of Music. Through
exchanges, loans and monetary
gifts, Prof. Maddy was able to
start the camp for the orchestra
which "he had organized and
trained. He became president and
musical director of the National
High School Orchestra Camp As-
sociation which has since changed

its name.
Another
dreams is
pletion of

of Prof. Maddy's
now nearing the com-
the planning stage.

Opens in September
The Interlochen National Arts
Academy will open in September,
1959, as a boarding school for gift-
ed young people through grades
seven to twelve.
Impetus for this school came
with Prof. Maddy's feeling that
"our educational system has failed
to provide the proper kind of
schooling for children in the top
bracket of intellect and interest-
span."
The general feeling is that a
young gifted musician can learn
his academic studies and continue
to develop his talents without at-
tending "regular" school. This
child will not be held back by the
class with average mentality and
thus he will be able to learn more
material in the same time as a
child who is not gifted.
Requirements Set
A gropp of at least 270 children
is planned. The criteria they will
have to meet are 1) an intelli-
gence quotient of 120 or better;
2) demonstrated talent and at-
tainment in one of the arts fields
-music, art, speech or dance; 3)
strong physique and superior en-
ergy and endurance; 4) extended
interest-span; ability to concen-
trate for extended periods.
The new academy will utilize
the winterized portion of the Na-
tional Music Camp's extensive
campus. Curricula, of this new
school will include a well-rounded
academic program supplemented
by highly specialized training in
music, art, speech and dance, with
emphasis on performance.
The general plan of competi-
tion and motivation and many
activities of the new school will
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be patterned after the camp's
summer activities. The same fa-
cilities and some of the same in-
structional staff will be used. At-
tendance will be for 32 or 36
weeks, with a six-week vacation
period in mid-winter.
School's Purpose Given
"It is not the purpose of this
school to develop only the talents
the children may have in the arts
fields, but to stimulate in them a
desire to learn more about all
fields of endeavor and help them
to chbose the field or fields in
which they have greatest chances
of success," Prof. Maddy said.
It is his belief that "practically
every gifted child is talented in
one or more of the arts fields, just
as most great scientists, physi-
cians and political leaders are
talented in one of these arts."
Einstein and Schweitzer, he says,
ranked as high as musicians as
they did in fields in which they
are better known.
For this purpose, a general col-
lege preparatory curricula, with
a major emphasis on the arts, will
be designed to provide sufficient
incentive to challenge these child-
ren.
This curricula will be primarily
the same found in any high-
school, but the emphasis will be
on the application of knowledge
to the world in which we live.
Physical education will be left to
supervised extra-curricular acti-
vities.
Class Schedule Explained
"Classes will meet for extended
periods at less frequent intervals
and the formal class assignment
type of instruction will be substi-
Brehm Gets
Fulbright Aid
Richard Lee Brehm, research
assistant at the Engineering Re-
search Institute,* has received a
Fulbright grant to study aeronau-
tical engineering at Technische
Hochchule, Aachen, Germany..
His selection was announced by
the United States Department of
State.
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