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Reviews 20 total reviews with an average rating of 4.2

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5 College Junior

Computers: All of the computers here at VanderCook College of Music are fairly new! We have MAC computers mostly throughout the building. Most of them have all the expensive music software in them to make sure all students can complete their assignments. They are maintained and kept well. I have never had a complaint while using the computers here.

4 College Junior

Academics: The program that is set up at my school clearly sets you up for becoming a music teacher in the real world. The work and studies that are required throughout your school years here will advance you as a musician and teacher. I have met some great professors who's lessons I will never forget in life.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The great thing about VanderCook College of Music is that it is the only school in America that solely focuses on Music Education. All of the courses are focused on advancing music students. The staff including professors are very smart and are always willing to lend a hand to the students. The school is fairly small as well which means there is more time for each individual student.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The scholarships are divided among everyone as equally as possible. I am not talking about that everyone will have the same amount of money. But it all depends on the student themselves. If they are willing to work hard to earn the scholarship then they will benefit greatly from them. So the saying "Practice makes perfect." does apply here.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere here at VCM is pretty relaxed unless it is midterms or finals or Midwest week. Other than that every one is generally in a good mood. During the times I had specified before everyone is on edge because we want to do well on everything. Almost everyone here has the mentality of everything needs to be a close as perfect as possible.

4 College Junior

Weather: We are located in the city of Chicago, so layers are your best friends through out the year.

5 College Junior

Diversity: I believe that everyone here has the same goal and that is to become a music educator. At the same time, none of us are the same in any way. I have come to enjoy the fact that we all work towards the same goal, but learn different approaches to the goal. It really has changed my perception on how to do approach teaching.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I believe that the strictness of the campus is pretty flexible. They understand that we are in the city, so certain security measures are taken. At the same time, it allows us to explore and be free to learn things.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computers here at the school allow us to do multiple things at a time. The software that we need for our classes are all on them. This rid us of any worry of buying the expensive software, like Sibelius or Finale. They all work really well and allow us to get the job done. The only thing that I am not happy with is the network work. It at times does not work properly, but it gets fixed in a timely manner.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There's some free parking in places like Wentworth and Michigan Avenue, the parking permits for school lots are a huge rip off and not worth having for a 2 minute shorter walk.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Housing Options – Lots of places, some are pricey, others are reasonable, but you have to watch out for unsafe areas the father south or west you go of VanderCook. The further north or close to the loop you get, the pricier the rent obviously. I've seen $500-600/month studio apartents for rent in places like Hyde Park or Kenwood which are very nice areas and pretty safe and pretty close to VanderCook.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Chicago, Illinois – The atmosphere is awesome. There's always something going on and there's a lot of opportunities here.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: AMAZING!!! The school is location very very close to the trains and right off of the main street, michigan. You can't get any better with the transportation then Vandercook.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school offers on-campus housing, but doesn't match the uniqueness of the off-campus housing. So many locations are around that have great qualities and opportunities. Also the transportation is exquisite.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The school is over a hundred years old and is connected through ITT in chicago. They have just bought a new building that will be used as a performance hall that is quite extraordinary. It is a great atmosphere and the facilities while have some use are still in excellent shape.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Wonderful Program – This is by far the best Music Education program around. The professors are masters in their field, and are always available and willing to help!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This Place Is AWESOME – VanderCook is a really great institution to be at! Everyone here is here for the same thing and are willing to help you if you would every need assistance. The faculty is amazing and very dedicated to your education. One thing that make my school very unique is that it is the ONLY school in the country that is solely dedicated to teaching future music teachers. One of my favorite experience has to be MidWest Conference that our school works to have it be the best it could ever be. Our performance this past year has been a great one, filled with tons of great memories and music making. I've seen the things that happen behind the scenes of everything, and the entire faculty works their hardest to get the best that there is for our education. They really do care about you here and make you feel like apart of their family.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: VanderCook does not have any sports team, since we are a music school. Although when the weather is nice outside, we do go and play Ultimate, or throw around a football, or kick a soccer ball around. We hardly have anytime to participate in any sporting teams at IIT, although if dedicated enough to both its not impossible to be apart of each one.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Vandercook Dining at IIT – The services provided by IIT are good, although their food is sometimes not desirable. The menu changes everyday on one side of the Commons, although it seems to always be some kind of Asian cuisine. Its good to have when you're in the mood for it, but when you are not its just the grill or pasta/pizza bar. Another place that there is to go is Einsteins Bagels. Almost the entire school goes there at one point or another to get a quick bite to eat or refill on coffee. The services there are excellent, the ladies working there are always very nice and are willing to get to know everyone. There is also the Prizker Club, although you need special bonus point to be able to enter there, or pay the lump sum of cash that is needed to enter. As for your meal plan you are allowed to choose from multiple plans. the one that best serves VanderCookies is the Create Your Own Plan. This plan you have 175 meals per semester, seems like a small amount, but in reality not all of them are used.There are also the 14-a week, and the Unlimited plan, both of which seemed to be a waste of money since visiting the Commons was sometimes in the morning, everyday for lunch, and sometimes at night depending on the time of your breaks.

3 College Junior

Computers: Accessibility of Technology Resources at Vandercook – The technology resources at VanderCook College of Music are relatively up-to-date and feature the latest software in music processing, composition, and production. However, there is no regular IT director at VanderCook, so about once a week, the computers are down, which is somewhat disappointing.


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