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  • Summer MECA 2022

    Invest in You!

    At VanderCook, continuing education is about more than just earning graduate credit. Our graduate-level courses are designed to present practical knowledge and skills that teachers can use in their classrooms immediately.

  • 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 highest recommended music schools in the nation.

  • Congrats Puja Ramaswamy!

    Golden Apple Award

    The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognize and honor outstanding teachers for their roles in having lasting, positive effects on students’ lives and building stronger communities. Puja is one of 10 award recipients in Illinois. 

  • The 2022 Marching Arts Leadership Academy

    June 13-16, 2022

    Taught by one of the best leaders in music education, Mr. Bobby Lambert, the Marching Arts Leadership Academy is specifically designed to immerse music students in comprehensive and interactive leadership training that will not only benefit your student leaders but all of your band students.

    Academic Programs


    Bachelor of
    Music Education


    Master of
    Music Education


    Master of Music
    & Certification


    Teacher Certification
    Entitlement Program


    Continuing Education

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    June 9, 2022

    Application Deadline for Summer 2022

    June 13, 2022

    Marching Arts Leadership Academy (Drum Major Academy)

    Life on Campus

    A way for prospective students to shadow a current VanderCook student to gain insight on student life on campus, more information about VCM, as well as applying for admission.

    Meet our Faculty

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    Doug Bistrow

    Applied Bass
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    Michael Becker

    World Music, Music History
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    Dr. Bonnie Campbell

    Applied Clarinet
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    Stacey Larson Dolan
    (MMEd '98)

    Undergraduate Dean,
    Associate Director of Bands

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    Manju Durairaj (MMEd '03)

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    Congratulations to the
    Class of 2020

    A heartfelt hats-off to the following Bachelors of Music Education:

    Melissa Noelle Anderson
    Amanda Doris Armstrong
    Yaz A. Bellar
    Madison Alexandria Colasanti
    Jeremy Andrew Kochman
    Emily V. Kolody
    Rachel Maria Elena Nesti
    Dylan Robert Palmer
    Zoë Lynnette Perillo
    Jesse Reyes
    Alex Matthew Schultz
    Ciara Rose Smith
    Korben James Wilson

    We are delighted to announce

    2020 Chapter of Excellence

    VanderCook’s NAfME collegiate chapter has been selected as the
    2020 Chapter of Excellence in the music program category.
    The chapter will be recognized on June 25, 2020, during the virtual NAfME Reimagined National Leadership Assembly (details available here). 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

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    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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