The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations through the preparation of teachers in instrumental, choral, and general music disciplines. Our broad-based curriculum is designed to prepare teachers with strong character.
Since 1909, VanderCook has been a leader in the field of music education, and specifically in the practical preparation of the school music teacher. Our institution is solely devoted to preparing men and women for careers as band directors, choir directors, orchestra directors, and general music teachers.
VanderCook boasts an excellent faculty of national acclaim, a hands-on practical course of study, and a warm, family atmosphere. We are located on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, minutes from Chicago's famed Loop. Our students have all the benefits of campus life and all the amenities only found in Chicago – a city with a rich musical and cultural heritage.