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2023-2024 Visit Days

Make plans now to visit the VanderCook College of Music campus where you will participate in rehearsals and classes, meet our faculty and staff, complete your audition and more!

*Tuesday, November 14, 2023:  VanderGiving & Faculty Recital/VanderCook Visit Day

*Tuesday, February 6, 2024: VanderCook Visit Day

Tuesday, March 5, 2024: VanderCook Visit Day

Friday, April 12, 2024: VanderCook Junior Visit Day

*Students applying for the VanderCook Scholars Program should plan to attend one of these sessions.

Explore VanderCook

Earning your degree in music is a rewarding experience. With an expert faculty and beautiful campus, you won’t find a more enjoyable place than VanderCook to achieve your goals.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Music Education (BMEd)

The BMEd degree program is a comprehensive course of study designed to prepare candiditates to become well-versed music educators. Learn more

Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy (BMped)

The BMped degree is designed to prepare candidates for a wide range of career paths including both performing and teaching. Learn more

Bachelor of Music Education Pre-Certification (BMpc)

The BMpc degree is available to students seeking to complete their degree through VanderCook’s comprehensive curriculum without earning entitlement to receive teacher licensure. Learn more

Graduate Programs

Master of Music Education (MMEd)

Designed for working music teachers looking to earn their graduate degree in Music Education. Learn More


Master of Music Education and Certification  (MCert)

The MCert is intended for those who wish to earn their Master of Music Education while completing the requirements for Illinois teaching licensure. Learn More


Teacher Certification Entitlement Program (TCEP)

Available for those who currently have undergraduate music degrees and wish to earn licensure to teach through the teacher licensure program. Learn More


Music Education Center of America (MECA) Continuing Education

The MECA program offers graduate-level courses designed to sharpen teaching skills and strategies in specific musical content areas. Learn More

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How do I pay for college and when should I apply?

VanderCook College of Music works tirelessly to keep tuition costs lower than other schools, however, it can still be difficult to fund your education. 100% of our undergraduate students receive institution aid. Over 90% are awarded financial assistance. Contact our financial aid office to develop a plan that works for you. Are you ready to begin your journey at VanderCook? Apply now and follow all admissions requirements and timelines. Stay connected to VanderCook through our social media links and events calendar.

Student Resources

2023-2024 College Catalog

Performance Opportunities

You will perform over 20 times a year!

As a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, String Orchestra, Collegiate Chorale, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band, you will perform over 20 times a year on campus and throughout the city of Chicago.

Schedule a Campus Visit or Audition

Contact Admissions at
312.788.1120 or

The Midwest Clinic

VanderCook co-founded The Midwest Clinic: an international band and orchestra conference held in Chicago with more than 18,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.  Throughout the history of The Midwest Clinic, VanderCook is the only college Symphonic Band invited to perform every year.

Chicago at Your Fingertips

Attending VanderCook gives you instant access to many of the city’s most famous and important cultural landmarks, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier and the Lyric Opera – all just minutes away from campus by bus, train or bike. All undergraduates receive a Ventra card for unlimited access to CTA trains and buses during the fall and spring semesters.

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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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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