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Where the most Inspired Musicians
become the most Inspiring Music Teachers

  • Music Education:
    A Sound Investment

    For over 100 years, VanderCook College of Music has specialized in turning musicians into the world’s finest music educators. Discover why VanderCook is among the most highly recommended music schools in the nation.

  • On-Campus Summer Workshops

    Workshops for band, choir, orchestra, and general music teachers!

    Explore your summer at VanderCook! đź“š Get ready for an enriching summer experience with our on-campus courses!

  • Introducing Our President-Elect

    VanderCook College of Music is proud to announce the appointment of Kimberly Farris as its 7th President!

    Degree Programs


    Bachelor of
    Music Education


    Bachelor of Music
    in Performance and Pedagogy


    Master of
    Music Education


    Master of
    Music Education
    and Certification


    Teacher Certification
    Entitlement Program

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    Nationally Rated "Best Hidden Gem Music Education Schools"
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    Upcoming Events

    July 12, 2024

    VanderCook College of Music Band Director Workshop

    December 20, 2024

    Symphonic Band Performance @ Midwest Clinic: W375AB

    Life on Campus

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    Our campus is located just minutes from downtown Chicago’s world-renowned music culture: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Institute, Lyric Opera, etc.  Prospective students can shadow a current VanderCook student to gain insight about student life on campus, learn more about VCM, and get helpful information about applying for admission. Learn more about visiting VanderCook!

    Meet our Faculty

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    Doug Bistrow

    Applied String Bass
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    Michael Becker

    World Music, Music History
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    Bonnie Campbell

    Applied Clarinet
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    Stacey Larson Dolan

    Undergraduate Dean,
    Associate Director of Bands

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    Manju Durairaj

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    National Chapter of Excellence!

    VanderCook’s NAfME collegiate chapter was  selected as the
    2020 Chapter of Excellence in the music program category.
    The chapter was recognized on June 25, 2020 during the virtual NAfME Reimagined National Leadership Assembly. Congratulations to the chapter’s e-board for all of their dedicated work and leadership!

    Matthew Hendricks, President
    Taylor Muñoz, President Elect
    Hope Miner, Secretary
    Khristopher Granados, Treasurer
    Marie Williams, Historian
    David Martinez, Warden
    Christopher Matthews, Undergraduate Representative

    Business Partners

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    Chicago, IL 60616-3731
    (312) 225-6288

    The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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