Each semester, VanderCook welcomes between 50 and 100 IIT students into our program. These students participate in classes, play in ensembles, take private lessons, and are a valued part of our student body. IIT students take classes at VanderCook not only for enrichment, but also to fulfill humanities electives or even earn a music minor.

IIT students interested in taking VanderCook classes can register during the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters. While this program is not available during the summer term, IIT students are welcome to participate in our Community Music Program should they wish to continue their musical studies in the summer.


For the 2018-19 academic year, IIT has set the semesterly fee at $500.00. This fee covers private lessons on one instrument and as many other classes or ensembles as the student wants (and is eligible) to take.  IIT students interested in taking private lessons on more than one instrument in a given semester are permitted to do so; however, the the $500.00 fee applies for each additional instrument or course.

Courses available to IIT students:

  • Music History & Culture I
  • Music History & Culture II
  • Theory: Written Music Theory I-IV
  • Theory: Aural Skills I-IV
  • World Music
  • Symphonic Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Several small or medium ensembles
  • Please inquire for more...

Private lessons available on the following instruments:

  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Guitar
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Percussion
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass

The Spring 2019 class schedule can be downloaded here.

For more information on VanderCook registration for IIT students, please contact the Admissions Office (admissions@vandercook.edu or 312.788.1120) or Dean Dolan (sdolan@vandercook.edu or 312.788.1147).

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288