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2024-25 Program
Registration opens now!

Enroll in One City Program now. Click the link below and fill out the form.

Welcome to One City!

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Our 
Mission

By providing high quality musical instruments and expert instruction at no cost to students in Kindergarten through grade 8, One City strives to ​

  • Improve educational access for children and families from the underserved communities in Bronzeville and the surrounding Chicago neighborhoods.

  • Keep alive the rich musical heritage of Bronzeville.

  • Provide valuable teaching experience under master teaching mentors to collegiate-level music education students at VanderCook College of Music.

One City is run by a majority-BIPOC leadership team, and serves students from underserved and BIPOC communities.

Why is One City free?

We at VanderCook believe that every child should have access to the joy and the lifelong benefits of learning to play an instrument and be part of an ensemble, regardless of income or family circumstances.

About us

  When children have access to quality music instruction, the positive impact can be life-changing. VanderCook’s One City program helps to make sure all children have access to high-quality musical instruments and outstanding music education. 

    One City offers Free music lessons, rehearsals and instruments to students from local elementary schools and neighborhoods. 

  • Grades 5 – 8 students can join One City Jazz programwhich pays tribute to Chicago’s jazz roots by offering saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion (drums), bass and piano.

  • Kindergarten – grade 8 students can join One City Strings program, where they will learn to play the violin using the Suzuki method, which focuses on parent involvement in the child’s learning

    One City is a multi-year program that meets throughout the academic year starting in September. See Events Calendar below for more details. We offer summer lessons & music camps to returning students as well. Any student who sticks with the One City program through the end of 8th grade gets to keep their instrument to play in high school and beyond.

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Our Team

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

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Printable Weekly Practice Log  
Just take a screen shot and then print at home.

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Our Donors
This program is supported in part by a grant from Eastman's Institute for Music Leadership's funds from the Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research.

Ralla Klepak Foundation logo
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Quinlan Fabish Music Company logo
PAUL M ANGELL family foundation logo
Helen Brach Foundation logo
Dekalb County Community Foundation logo
(CHI DCASE)Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events logo
D'Addario Foundation logo
Regenstein Foundation logo
The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust logo

Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation

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MONAT Gratitude logo
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EASTMAN logo

David and Suzanne Arch

Peter and Lucy Ascoli

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