Campus Life

VanderCook and the Illinois Institute of Technology

VanderCook is located on the northwest corner of the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). As IIT affiliates, VanderCook students have full access to the entire IIT campus: student housing and dining, health services, workout facilities, intramural sports, library, student center and many student and Greek organizations.
VanderCook also welcomes full-time IIT students to participate in classes, lessons and ensembles at VanderCook during the fall and spring semesters. More information on that program can be found here.

Meet Our Undergraduate Students 


"I can't begin to imagine what my life would be like without music."


936682_690148931075815_4955616161738496229_n“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.”



"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.”




“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.”


Greek Life and Student Organizations

Among the world’s largest arts education organizations, the National Association of Music Educators (NAfME ), addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME provides resources for teachers, parents and administrators, and hosts professional development for students and teachers.  
National Band Association (NBA) – The NBA is the largest band directors' professional organization in the world. It promotes the musical and educational significance of bands, and is dedicated to the attainment of a high-level of excellence for bands and band music.
American String Teachers Association (ASTA) – ASTA members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides many services including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on resources, professional development and a network of colleagues throughout the string profession. 
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) – This nonprofit music-education organization promotes excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publications, research and teaching. In addition, ACDA strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music's position in American society.
Phi Mu Alpha (PMA) – PMA (“Sinfonia”) is the world’s oldest and largest national fraternal society in music. For more than a century, Sinfonians - in nearly every field of study and professional endeavor - have transformed music in America.
Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) – This worldwide fraternity supports women musicians of all ages, races and nationalities. SAI promotes innovative educational programs in music, cultivates excellence in musical performance, promotes programs and activities related to the importance of music in our lives and recognizes technological advancements in music.




VanderCook College of Music

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

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