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Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Music

Not just growth—transformation

Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music degree program at SFCM is one of the most robust and rewarding tracks of musical study available in the United States. Our approach is unlike that of any other conservatory. By combining academic study, one-on-one instruction, and performance opportunities with a jump-start in real-world professional experience, this four-year program immerses you in what it means to be a successful musician—and person—in the 21st century.

Certificate Program

The Certificate program is a one- or two-year program focusing on private lessons, performance classes, and humanities courses at the undergraduate level.

The Certificate is designed as an entry point for the Bachelor of Music degree program for students who have not met the minimum English proficiency score for the Bachelor of Music. The first year of the Certificate will be an immersion in English language learning in preparation for entering the Bachelor of Music program beginning the second year. With credits from the Certificate year transferring into the Bachelor of Music, the student will complete the degree within four years. Should a student choose not to transfer to the Bachelor of Music program, or they have not met the requirements for English proficiency, the second year of the Certificate program is meant as an intensive study of their instrument through ensemble playing and performance opportunities.

If you would like more information on the Certificate program please contact Admissions.

You may find statistic and disclosure information on all non-degree programs on our Gainful Employment page.

Departments and Faculty


An education at SFCM will transform you as
an artist, intellectual, professional, and individual.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduating from SFCM, you will be able to...

  1. Music Rendition

    Produce music based on given parameters. These may include a fully- or partially-notated score, a set of performance instructions, or the details of a composition assignment. (Artist, Individual)

  2. Integrative Artistry

    Perform a musical work with the applicable stylistic and expressive qualities, as understood through common practice and historical research. This includes a commitment to personal artistry and finding one’s creative and interpretive voice. (Artist, Individual)

  3. Music Literacy

    Analyze and competently discuss a wide range of musical works, including their historical and cultural context, and the elements of music theory that constitute the works’ particular character. (Artist, Intellectual)

  4. Professionalism

    Employ a range of skills to meet the demands of a professional career. This includes being able to recognize the requirements of their chosen field, design or locate resources and employ them effectively, practice self-care, demonstrate appropriate etiquette and communication, and produce the requisite materials of a qualified candidate. (Professional, Individual)

  5. Integrative Learning

    Synthesize ideas and experiences from across the curriculum and transfer learning to new and complex situations within and beyond campus. (Artist, Intellectual, Professional, Individual)

  6. Written Communication

    Express information and ideas using the written word across multiple platforms and genres. This includes audience awareness, the ability to present and successfully defend an original thesis, and a mastery of spelling and grammatical conventions. (Artist, Intellectual, Professional, Individual)

  7. Oral Communication

    Effectively present ideas and information to an audience using spoken language, by utilizing visual aids, body language, intonation, and other non-verbal elements. (Artist, Intellectual, Professional, Individual)

  8. Information Literacy

    Identify a need for information and to be able to locate, evaluate, and utilize sources for that information legally and ethically. (Intellectual, Professional, Individual)

  9. Quantitative Reasoning

    Use logic and visual representations of data to analyze and interpret problems in everyday life situations. (Intellectual, Professional)

  10. Critical Thinking

    Evaluate and generate arguments and ideas with an open mind, using clear, evidence-based reasoning to explore all sides of an issue and form a considered opinion. (Intellectual, Individual)
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