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Master's & Certification Program

How to Apply

Minimum requirements:
  • A bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college or university or a minimum of 60 credits in undergraduate music coursework.

  • A minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher. (Note: Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may still apply but may be required to take the GRE exam in addition to the regular application requirements.)

Application Materials
  • An essay relating your philosophy of music education.

  • A current résumé

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, including any previously earned graduate credit

Acceptance is further contingent on an audition.

The Master of Music Education with Certification (MCert) program is designed for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in an area such as music theory, music history, music performance or music therapy and want to become certified to teach music in schools. You'll focus on teacher certification requirements during the fall and spring semesters and master's degree requirements during the summers.

VanderCook residency courses will be delivered through online and distance learning platforms for the summer 2020 residency. 

  • Comprehensive and practical. You'll complete a set of core requirements specializing in band, choral, string or general music education.

  • Flexible programming to fit individual needs. You customize your course of study and choose your master's project subject.

  • A broad menu of electives. In addition to program electives, up to 12 MECA continuing education credits can be applied towards the MMEd degree, with subjects including:

    • Curriculum & Administration
    • Music History
    • World Music
    • Jazz Arranging
    • Musical Theatre
  • Flexible duration. You can complete the program in as few as two years or a maximum seven years (most students average three years).

  • Commencement at Chicago Symphony Center.

Required courses, course descriptions, exit requirements and academic progress regulations can be found in the College Catalog.


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