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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.

  • VanderCook at
    The Midwest Clinic

    December 20 – 22, 2023

    See us in performance and at our booth!

  • Upcoming Events

    Explore a world of melodies at VanderCook College of Music!  Dive into an enchanting musical experience with our upcoming concerts. Click the button to discover the harmonious journey that awaits you. Let the music speak, and join us for unforgettable moments.

  • Visit & Audition Days

    Registration NOW OPEN for Fall and Spring campus Visit & Audition Days.  Make plans now to visit our campus and experience all that VanderCook College of Music has to offer!

  • 2023-24 Online Masterclass Series

    Register NOW for our FREE ONLINE Masterclass where you will have the opportunity to work with VanderCook faculty and learn some amazing skills and techniques!

    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

    December 22, 2023

    Symphonic Band at the Midwest Clinic 2023

    December 31, 2023

    VanderCook Scholars Program Priority Deadline (Applications submitted by this date are given priority consideration)

    Life on Campus

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    Our campus is located just minutes from downtown Chicago’s world-renowned music culture.  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 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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