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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

    Academic Programs

    BMEd

    Bachelor of
    Music Education

    MMEd

    Master of
    Music Education

    MCert

    Master of Music
    & Certification

    TCEP

    Teacher Certification
    Entitlement Program

    MECA

    Continuing Education

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

    July 6, 2022

    Welcome Reception

    July 13, 2022

    Concert in the Park hosted by Lakeside Bank

    Life on Campus

    Prospective students can shadow a current VanderCook student to gain insight on student life on campus, more information about VCM, as well as applying for admission. Learn more

    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

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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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