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Master of Music Education Degree

Earn your Master's Degree at VanderCook!

Earn your master’s in music education without leaving the classroom. VanderCook College of Music’s Master of Music Education (MMEd) degree program allows certified teachers to retain their full-time teaching schedule while completing graduate courses during the summer months or throughout the academic year. MMEd students complete a rigorous schedule of 3 weeks online followed by 3 weeks in-person over three years with a specialization in band, choral, string, or general music. Each candidate completes a program of study, earning a research-based degree, and does so while contributing to a specific subject area that makes an impact in the field of music education. 

How Do I Apply?

Complete your MMEd degree at VanderCook while continuing to teach the students you seek to inspire. 

View the MMEd application procedure and apply now!

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

– Application
– Essay
– Résumé
– Letters of recommendation
– Transcripts and previously earned credits
– Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and related requirements (International applicants)

Contact VanderCook Admissions

For more information about the admissions process, financial aid and more, contact us. 

A: All graduate degrees offered at VanderCook allow for flexible course completion. The MMEd degree can be earned in as little as two years or as long as seven years (it is completed in three years, on average.)

Learn more about how to apply for the Master of Music Education degree program.

A: No, we offer several graduate programs, including the Master of Music Education with Certification (MCert) and the Teacher Certification Entitlement Program (TCEP). The Music Education Center of America (MECA) Continuing Education Program is also available.

How is the MMEd degree program structured?

Candidates interested in completing coursework and earning their master’s in music education have the ability to take traditional classes, as well as online coursework through distance learning platforms.

The MMEd degree is designed for students to receive a practical knowledge base through a comprehensive program of study that includes core classes for specific tracks and a variety of residency electives.

At VanderCook, the following structure is prescribed for candidates entering the MMEd program:

  • Choose your specialization – Fulfill the track requirements for band, choral, strings or general music, with music education coursework supplying a general knowledge base and a project-based curriculum completing your program of study.
  • Flexible programming – Continue your normal teaching schedule instead of having to take time away from your classroom during the school year, thanks to our summer program. Enjoy interesting and informative residency electives that align with your track, such as Jazz Arranging or Piano Pedagogy. You can also choose from a list of professional education, music history or arranging electives, and can include up to 12 graduate credits  completed through the MECA Continuing Education Program.
  • A comprehensive graduate program – We confer sought-after music master’s degrees to all candidates who complete their required studies. You’ll enroll in core graduate courses (10 hours) to receive a basis for your specialization. Then, students fulfill requirements of either the band instrument, choral or general music tracks (each 14 hours) and a variety of residency electives, as well as final exit requirements.

Student Resources

2021-2022 College Catalog

2021-2022 Student Handbook

Performance Opportunities

You will perform over 20 times a year!

As a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, String Orchestra, Collegiate Chorale, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band, you will perform over 20 times a year on campus and throughout the city of Chicago.

Schedule a Campus Visit or Audition

Contact Admissions at
312.788.1120 or

The Midwest Clinic

VanderCook co-founded The Midwest Clinic: an international band and orchestra conference held in Chicago with more than 18,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.  Throughout the history of The Midwest Clinic, VanderCook is the only college Symphonic Band invited to perform every year.

Chicago at Your Fingertips

Attending VanderCook gives you instant access to many of the city’s most famous and important cultural landmarks, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier and the Lyric Opera – all just minutes away from campus by bus, train or bike. All undergraduates receive a Ventra card for unlimited access to CTA trains and buses during the fall and spring semesters.

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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