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Community Music Program

Individual Instrumental Lessons

The Community Music Program offers music instruction in a nurturing environment of excellence and creativity.

Children and adults alike can take private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, all orchestral instruments, as well as jazz techniques at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Personalized learning environments are tailored for each individual student.

Community Music Program private lessons are taught on a weekly basis at VanderCook on the Illinois Institute of Technology Campus. Instruction is provided by current upper division and graduate music majors at VanderCook. Instructors are recommended by the applied faculty and are appointed to teach in the Community Music Program.

Tuition for 8 lessons of 30 minutes each:
$200 - student instructors
$320 - college faculty instructors

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Scheduling of lessons is arranged directly between the instructor and pupil. Instructors will contact students by phone to schedule their lesson time.

Your instructor will call you to introduce him/herself, welcome you to the Community Music Program, and ask a few questions about your past experience and your expectations.

Once you have booked your lessons, the next step is to sign the student agreement. The student agreement is a standard service agreement that describes lesson policies. Signing of the agreement ensures that all new students understand our business policies and procedures as they are documented.

All lessons are paid for in advance. All payments must be made by the 25th of the month preceding the following month/quarter. For example, a monthly student will pay for June’s lessons by May 25.

Lesson payments can be made via major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) or check made payable to VanderCook College of Music (please indicate "Community Music Program" in the memo field).

The Community Music Program does not provide instructional materials, music or instruments. Community Music Program students should seek the advice of their instructor before purchasing any materials or music.

VanderCook College of Music Faculy and Staff

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Community Guitar Ensemble

The Chicago Community Classical Guitar Ensemble was formed in 1997 by ensemble director and VanderCook guitar instructor Dr. Julie Goldberg. The ensemble consists of guitarists from all walks of life. Most have professions outside of music; some are full-time students; and a few are professional musicians and teachers. All share a love for the instrument and enjoy the challenges and rewards of working together in an ensemble.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Chicago Community Classical Guitar Ensemble, please call (312) 225-6288 or email Dr. Goldberg directly at

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VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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