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VanderCook College of Music is one of the nation's leading institutions in the field of music education, fostering teachers with strong character, skill in teaching, and respect for the essential role of music in our culture.  For over 100 years, VanderCook has been educating talented, dedicated young women and men who go on to impact the lives of children through music in schools here and abroad.  It takes great music teachers to show children music is not just to be heard – it's to be played and sung.  VanderCook graduates share a love of music in classrooms every day, enriching children's lives and inspiring greatness.

VanderCook remains at the center of music education today, attracting over 10,000 music students and teachers to Chicago’s south side for clinics, classes, and concerts every year.  Supporters of VanderCook College of Music make a difference - in music education, in the lives of children, in the life of our community. 

VanderCook College of Music is honored to partner with our donors, alumni, and community friends as we prepare the next generation of music educators. As a mission-driven institution, we are committed to transparency, accountability, and ethical interactions with our partners.   You can be confident your gifts are used judiciously to further VanderCook’s mission and to educate students with excellence.  VanderCook’s staff is available to answer your questions and to help you undertake giving and investment opportunities that align with your means, interests, and goals.

Thank you for joining us in this important work.  We simply could not do it without you.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about ways you can support VanderCook College of Music, please contact Jeff Sadowski, director of philanthropy, at: 312-788-1166 or


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"All my favorite teachers were music teachers, and the teachers that I remember the best are VanderCook alumni.  They shared their passion with me, and now - with your help - I can do the same with my students.  I can't wait to start teaching."

-Carolyn Reardon
4th year undergraduate



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

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