Bachelor's Degree Program


VanderCook is the only independent American college dedicated solely to music education. VCM graduates inspire a passion for music and learning in their students. If you’re a musician who wants to teach, there’s nowhere better to learn the craft.

About the Programs:

  • VanderCook’s practical curriculum emphasizes great musicianship and great teaching.
  • You can join a small, supportive community with one focus – music education.
  • You will learn to play and teach over 17 different instruments. Students sing, play piano, conduct and arrange music.
  • Students perform with the Symphonic Band, Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Choir, chamber ensembles, and as soloists.
  • You will be eligible for K-12 teacher certification in all U.S. states upon graduation.

A Small Campus in a Big City

VanderCook is located on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, combining a small school community with big school facilities, including IIT’s dormitories, Galvin Library, gymnasium, and McCormick Student Center.

Experience Chicago. From VanderCook, a short elevated train ride takes you to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and other world-class musical venues.

VanderCook is a safe campus. In over four years there have been no reportable crimes or misdemeanors at VanderCook or involving VCM students or faculty on the IIT campus.  Campus security has regular patrols, security alert boxes are located throughout campus, and most buildings require key card access to ensure safety for all students, faculty, and staff.

Outstanding and Award-Winning Faculty

  • You receive the benefit of our faculty’s in-depth, diverse experience as musicians with the world-class operas, orchestras, and ensembles of Chicago.
  • All classes and lessons are taught by faculty – not by teaching assistants.
  • VanderCook has a 10:1 student to teacher ratio, ensuring you’ll get individual attention.




VanderCook College of Music

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

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