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VanderCook College of Music

About the College of Music

Recognitions & Accreditations

VanderCook is nationally rated in the Top 5 Music School Central’s “Best Hidden Gem Music Education Schools” and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and The National Association of Schools of Music.   


Founded in 1909 in the city of Chicago, IL, VanderCook College of Music is known worldwide as a premier music education college, offering students an immensely diverse curriculum of degree and certification course work designed to prepare them for a wide variety of careers in the music education field.

VanderCook has a storied past. Previously located in some of Chicago’s most historic and significant neighborhoods, the school’s exciting and dynamic campus is on the grounds of the Illinois Institute of Technology, in a building designed by famous architect Mies van der Rohe.

Campus Life

With our campus located just minutes from downtown Chicago, our students enjoy all that the Windy City has to offer including great restaurants, iconic architecture, shopping, countless entertainment options, and recreation activities on the shores of Lake Michigan. Additional information about campus life can be found below:

Our Faculty

VanderCook’s faculty is made up of a diverse group of highly experienced and knowledgeable music educators who bring to our students’ expertise in a wide variety of disciplines.

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The Programs We Offer

VanderCook offers a wide array of degree and certification programs.

Undergraduate Programs

Our Bachelor programs offer a comprehensive education to prepare students to be music teachers, performers or obtain a degree on a pre-certification basis.

Graduate Programs

Students who want to continue their studies after obtaining a bachelor’s degree can enroll in one of VanderCook’s graduate level programs.

MECA Continuing Education Program

VanderCook’s Music Education Center of America (MECA) provides graduate level courses for teachers who want to apply further knowledge in their classrooms. In addition, 12 credit hours of MECA courses can be applied to our Master of Music Education degree.

Community Outreach & Events

VanderCook regularly sponsors a wide variety of community outreach programs and events that are designed to expose younger students to the world of music or help them further develop their skills.

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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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