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Singer Songwriter and Educator

With over 25 years in the Music Industry and over 20 years in Education

Courtney Kaiser-Sandler is a professional songwriter, vocalist, and musician. She spent 12 years of her career in New York City leading successful bands touring the United States and continental Europe, the most notable being Kaiser Cartel. Kaiser-Sandler has lent her talents to high-profile artists including John Mellencamp, The Wallflowers, Sufjan Stevens, Petra Haden, Yuka Honda, Tracy Bonham, and Sean Lennon. Her original songs have been heard on film and television including Bored to Death, The Firm, Private Practice, and Liberal Arts. She has worked in the music industry as a booking agent, promoter, and in tour management for the likes of Bon Jovi as well as other national acts.

As an educator, Kaiser-Sandler has guided musicians from the young age of 3 years old to adulthood. She founded the Singer Songwriter program at Interlochen Arts Academy and is an instructor of all songwriting programs offered at Interlochen Center of the Arts. Kaiser-Sandler is Chair of the Contemporary Music program at ICA overseeing Jazz, Popular Music, Songwriting, and Music Production & Engineering). She has a passion for pioneering pathways in music education and is a sought after presenter on the importance of repeated performance for artistic growth and controlling the inner dialogue for performing artists.

Professional Affiliations and Degrees

  • Selected Presenter International Society of Music Educators 2020

  • Adjudicator for NAFME Songwriting Competition 2020

  • SXSWEDU Presenter 2018 and 2019

  • Hill House Artistic Retreat Juror 2015

  • Association of for Popular Music Education lecturer 2014

  • Member of Sag/AFTRA

M.A., Elementary Education, Indiana University

B.A., World Vocal Music Performance, Indiana University

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