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VanderCook College of Music lies 3 miles south of downtown Chicago, on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology.  We are easily reached from any direction by automobile or by public transportation.

  • From the north or west: Exit Interstate 90/94 at 31st St.  Turn left on 31st St.  Cross the expressway, pass under the railroad tracks, and turn right on S. Federal St.  After about 250 yards, VanderCook is on your right.
  • From the south:  Exit I-90/94 at 35th St.  Go straight to 33rd St. and turn right.  Pass under the railroad tracks, and turn left on S. Federal St.  After about 250 yards, VanderCook is on your left.
  • From the airports:  Take a taxi to VanderCook, or take the “L” (see below).
  • By public transportation:  Two elevated railway stations are within a short walk of VanderCook:  the “35th/Bronzeville/IIT” station on the CTA Green Line and the “35th/Sox” station on the Red Line.

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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, intermural 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.

Greek Life and Student Organizations

VanderCook has six active Greek and Student Organizations.  Membership in NAfME as well as one of the three organizations listed below NAfME are included in tuition.  The six organizations are:

  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.  Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.  (Organization description taken from
    • National Band Association (NBA) - The National Band Association, founded on September 11, 1960, is the largest band directors' professional organization in the world. It was organized for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. NBA is an organization open to anyone and everyone interested in bands, regardless of the length of his/her experience, type of position held, or the specific level at which he/she works. The membership roster includes men and women from every facet of the band world.  (Organization description taken from
    • American String Teachers Association (ASTA) - The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.  (Organization description taken from
    • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) - Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. In addition, ACDA strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music's position in American society. (Organization description taken from
  • Phi Mu Alpha (PMA) - Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the world’s oldest and largest secret national fraternal society in music. Sinfonia was born on October 6, 1898, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, when a group of thirteen young men under the guidance of Ossian Everett Mills "to consider the social life of the young men students of that institution [and] to devise ways and means by which it might be improved." Sinfonia became a national fraternity on October 6, 1900, with the admission of a group of men at the Broad Street Conservatory in Philadelphia. For over a century, Sinfonians in nearly every field of study and professional endeavor have transformed music in America. The opportunity of becoming a Sinfonian is offered to as many men as possible who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of the Fraternity’s Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America. (Organization description taken from
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) - The Vision of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is to be recognized throughout the world as the foremost fraternity that:
    • Supports and encourages women musicians of all ages, races, and nationalities
    • Supports and promotes successful and innovative educational programs in music for all stages of life
    • Cultivates excellence in musical performance
    • Promotes programs and activities that stress the love and importance of music in our lives
    • Recognizes technological advances in the field of music
    • Dedicates financial resources that ensure the continuation of programs necessary to support the objectives of the fraternity in perpetuity
    • Has as its members people who exemplify professional and ethical behavior in the spirit of the Sigma Alpha Iota founders

VanderCook College of Music

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

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