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Where the most Inspired Musicians
become the most Inspiring Music Teachers

  • PAS Illinois Chapter Day of Percussion @ VanderCook

    Saturday, April 1, 2023

    VanderCook College, in collaboration with the Illinois Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, welcomes four great percussion artists to our campus on Saturday, April 1, 2023 for an all-day event. Featured artists/clinicians include Dave Hall, Angela Kepley, Juan Pastor, and Clif Walker! Perform in ensembles, attend master classes and clinics, and more!

  • 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.

  • Spring MECA Registration is Open!

    VanderCook College of Music has a variety of graduate-level music education courses to choose from this spring.

    Classes begin on February 13, 2023! Registration closes on Friday, February 10th at 11:59 PM central.

  • Online Master Class Series

    Join our amazing faculty for the VanderCook College of Music 2022-23 Master Class Series to be held online via Zoom!  Students and educators will have the opportunity to learn a variety of instrumental and vocal techniques and acquire skills which will assist in their pursuit of excellence as a performer or educator!

    Degree Programs


    Bachelor of
    Music Education


    Bachelor of Music
    in Performance and Pedagogy


    Master of
    Music Education


    Master of Music
    and Certification


    Teacher Certification
    Entitlement Program

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    Upcoming Events

    February 4, 2023

    Yamaha/Q&F Artist (French Horn/Chamber) ChamberFest

    February 4, 2023

    One City Jazz and One City Strings rehearse

    Life on Campus

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    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.
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    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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    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

    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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