Course of Study


VanderCook graduate students complete a set of core requirements that are applicable to all tracks as well as a set of requirements that allow them to specialize in band, choral, string or general music education.

Core Requirements:


Download the applicable PDF file below to see how your coursework could lay out over as few as 3 summers.

  • Introduction to Graduate Study
  • Applied Music
  • Concert Choir
  • Professional Education Elective
  • Music History Elective
  • Continuing Education (MECA) Electives
  • Exit Assessment
  • Master's Project


Band Track:


Choral Track:

  • Symphonic Band
  • Arranging Elective
  • Band Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques
  • Woodwind Methods
  • Brass Methods
  • Percussion Methods
  • Chorale
  • Choral Arranging
  • Choral Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques
  • Choral Literature
  • Secondary Choral Methods 6-12
  • The Vocal Mechanism 6-12


String Track:


General Music Track:

  • Philharmonic Orchestra
  • String Arranging
  • Orchestral Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques
  • Methods of Integrating Winds and Percussion
  • Survey of String Repertoire
  • String Methods I:  A New Millenium for String Music Education
  • String Methods II:  Bridging the Gap to Artistry in String Music Education
  • Chorale
  • Choral Arranging
  • Methods of Teaching Children's Choir
  • Elementary General Music Methods Pre-K-2
  • Elementary General Music Methods 3-5
  • Secondary General Music Methods 6-12
  • The Vocal Mechanism K-5

Note:  via the Continuing Education (MECA) program it is possible to take Orff Levels 1-3 and earn an Orff Certificate.



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Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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