For over 100 years, VanderCook College of Music has dedicated itself to the practical preparation of the school music teacher. Thousands of VanderCook College graduates currently direct bands, choirs and orchestras throughout the United States and the world. We are devoted to helping young men and women attain their goals of becoming a music teacher.

Regardless of age, students need support. Students need to know that their efforts and accomplishments are being acknowledged and appreciated. As parents, your role takes on an even greater importance in your child’s life while they are in college. Daily, they face a series of decisions that impact their life... career decisions and life decisions. I can’t help but believe that the choices they make go through the “parent” filter. They reflect back on the teachings they received from parents, family and friends and choose by what they have experienced.

The teachings you share take many forms: praise, encouragement, support and even a gentle suggestion. Your young men and women are quickly becoming adults, but regardless their age, they still look to you for approval and guidance. That is why it is so important that you continue to be an active part of their life. Telephone calls, emails, visits and attendance at their college concerts and events all continue to send that message that you are proud of them, that you want them to be successful, and that you support them in their career choice to become a music teacher.

We have a wonderful group of young men and women at VanderCook College. Know that we pledge to continue to provide them the finest education and set of experiences possible. Know that we share your pride!

If I may ever be of help or assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Charles T. Menghini, D.M.A.



VanderCook College of Music

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

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