VanderCook College of Music
Just minutes from the heart of downtown Chicago, VanderCook College of Music is located on the northwest corner of the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). VanderCook students have full access to the entire IIT campus but still benefit from the small college atmosphere.
Our students may live in campus housing, utilize campus dining services, visit health services and workout facilities, participate in intramural sports, hang out at the Student Center, and pledge the Greek fraternities and sororities.
VanderCook also welcomes full-time IIT students to participate in classes, lessons, and ensembles at VanderCook during the fall and spring semesters. More information can be found here.
Meet Our Students
"I can't begin to imagine what my life would be like without music."
“My most memorable moment here was performing with the Jazz Band and soloing on cello. My three brothers were there, and it was cool to see how the music impacted them. Now they all play instruments.”
– Christian Anderson, Cello, BMEd
"I couldn’t be happier to be part of such a great family."
“I heard about VanderCook from my band director. I transferred to VanderCook my second semester of freshman year because the school I was attending did not have a strong music education program. Ever since, I couldn’t be happier to be part of such a great family who cares about me and wants me to be the best teacher I can be.”
– Alivia Jakubowski, Flute, BMEd
“I chose VanderCook because it will make me the most well-rounded teacher."
“I had a lot of opportunities when it came to college. I chose VanderCook because it will make me the most well-rounded teacher. You leave certified to teach K-12 general music, choir, band and orchestra. You also learn all the instruments so you can help your future students. This puts you in high demand. VanderCook is a family, and it was the best decision I’ve made.”
– Lucas Bauer, Voice, BMEd
Student Organizations and Greek Life
National Association of Music Educators (NAfME) – Among the world’s largest arts education organizations, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators, and hosts professional development for students and teachers.