At SFCM, we are lifelong leaders and learners. As the only conservatory with a leading artist management company, Opus 3 Artists, and a distinguished record label, Pentatone, your music education will be incomparable. At SFCM, we educate the whole person, nurturing students who are world-class musicians on a technical level, with a powerful vision and the tools to manifest that vision in the world.
With an enrollment of only 450, SFCM is a tight-knit community that celebrates creativity, collaboration, and the highest standards of artistry. You will study and perform side-by-side with nearly 30 musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as members of the San Francisco Ballet, Opera, and SFJAZZ ensembles. As the only collegiate conservatory in the Bay Area, SFCM students work alongside internationally-known artists appearing on San Francisco’s major stages and have the opportunity to gig all around the city from Napa Valley to Silicon Valley.
Areas of Study
• Classical Guitar
• Historical Performance
• Roots, Jazz, and American Music (RJAM)
• String and Piano Chamber Music
• Technology and Applied Composition (TAC)
• Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion
Our curriculum expands the typical conservatory education by preparing students for opportunities in the modern economy. Our faculty are not just world-class teachers, but working musicians and industry leaders, providing unrivaled mentorship, connections, and guidance.
Courses like our Finance for Musicians class are designed to set you up for success as part of our Professional Development and Engagement Center which readies the artist as a whole for the working world of music. Our Technology and Applied Composition program has one of the strongest job placement rates for music conservatory graduates anywhere.