Congratulations on taking the first step toward becoming a music teacher! Like so many of our current students and faculty, a music teacher has had an impact on your life and now you want to inspire and teach the next generation through the gift of music.  At VanderCook College of Music we are committed to providing our students with a depth of musical knowledge and education that is second to none. Students at VanderCook are active in experiential learning in and throughout the Chicago-area while receiving individual attention from our world-class faculty. Through our broad-based curriculum, we hope to instill in our students critical thinking and life skills that enhance their understanding of the world around them.

From the moment you enter our college you will see the art of teaching music elevated to a new level. Our students are actively teaching and thinking like a teacher from day one. They are learning the “VanderCook Way” to teach music, a process that is sought out by principals and administrators across the United States.  

For over 100 years, VanderCook College of Music has been a leader in the field of music education, I personally invite you to come visit and experience VanderCook College of Music and learn why. Contact our admissions team ( and set up a day to visit our college, located on the beautiful campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, just minutes from the heart of Chicago.

Your future is what YOU make it. I look forward to welcoming you to our campus and helping you involve VanderCook College of Music as part of your exciting future.



Stacey Larson Dolan
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Director of Bands


Dean Stacey Larson Dolan
(MMEd '98)


VanderCook College of Music

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

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