Graduate Admissions

MMEd Overview

Candidates interested in VanderCook's graduate degree program should consider the following:

Program Facts:


Program Benefits:

  • VanderCook has one of the largest graduate music education programs in the United States.

  • VanderCook students come from across the U.S. and abroad.

  • Students complete a set of core requirements specializing in band, choral, string or general music education.

  • Student master's projects are practical - you choose your subject according to your specific interests in music.

  • Students may use up to 12 MECA continuing education credits as elective credits toward the graduate degree.

  • INCREASE your knowledge of various instruments and voice, making yourself a more effective teacher.

  • GAIN arranging and composition skills to help adapt music to meet the needs and abilities of all your students.

  • DISCOVER more ways to incorporate computer technology into your teaching.

  • DEVELOP your working knowledge of music history and literature.

  • LEARN practical music research skills to advance your teaching and program.

  • RECONNECT with your musicianship by playing and singing in graduate ensembles.


36 credits.  3 summers.  1 great program.

Program Highlights:

VanderCook College of Music is one of the only graduate music education degree programs in the nation that allows you to earn your degree while keeping your job. Our three-summer program is designed with the working educator in mind. Summer graduate school begins in mid-June and wraps up in late July with commencement ceremonies held at Chicago's famed Symphony Center.

VanderCook's graduate degree program engages you in real-world professional development. Our faculty has real-world experience, and their classes will help you develop your skills as a teacher and talents as a musician in a hands-on environment from day one.

VanderCook offers an affordable, practical and comprehensive degree. As you earn your master's degree, you are investing in yourself and your future. VanderCook's program is competitively priced and provides a maximum return both personally and professionally. VanderCook allows up to seven years to complete the degree, providing flexibility as you design your program.

Take the next step in your music education career. Contact Admissions at 312.788.1120 or


VanderCook College of Music

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

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