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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.

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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 & 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

Masters & 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 (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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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.

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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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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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