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What is the cost to run the One City program annually?
$52,000, year one (no saxes)
$64,000, year two and beyond
How can you help?
Donations payable to:
VanderCook One City Music Program
Please send to:
One City Music Program
VanderCook College of Music
3140 S. Federal St.
Chicago, IL 60616
or online below:

When children have access to quality music instruction, the positive impact can be life-changing. Unfortunately, too many children never get a chance to play music because of limited opportunities. VanderCook’s One City program is changing this situation. 

One City offers free music lessons, rehearsals and instruments to 5th, 6th and 7th graders from local schools and neighborhoods. One City pays tribute to our Chicago Bronzeville jazz roots by offering instruments from the jazz band family, including saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion (drums), bass and piano. The program runs for 10-15 weeks each fall and spring. Any student who completes the program through 8th grade will keep and own the instrument to play in high school and beyond.

Who Can Sign Up? 

Students in 5th or 6th grade during the 2018-2019 school year who have above-average grades with good school attendance and punctuality. This program is for beginners. 

Saturday mornings, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.  See schedule below.

VanderCook College of Music, 3140 S. Federal St., Chicago

Who are the Teachers?
VanderCook professors and college music education majors. 

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Rehearsal Schedule 2018-19 

One parent or guardian must attend our first orientation session on September 15, 2018 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon.  Please bring a credit card and driver’s license for the use of an instrument. You will not be charged. 

Fall Semester

September 15 (Beginner Orientation & Instrument Selection) 
September 22 & 29 (Beginners & Intermediate)
October 6, 13 & 20 (no rehearsal October 27)
November 3, 10 & 17 (no rehearsal on November 24)
December 1 & 8 (11:00 a.m. concert for family & friends on December 8) 

Spring Semester

January 12, 19 & 26
February 2, 9, 16 & 23
March 2, 9, 16 & 30 (no rehearsals on March 23) 
April 6, 13 &, 27 (no rehearsal on April 20)
May 4 (11:00 a.m. concert for family & friends) 



VanderCook College of Music

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

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