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Prospective students should complete the Request Information Form to be added to our email list for updates regarding the application, virtual visits, faculty events, and webinars. Click the Request Information button to the right to sign up now!

Attend a Virtual Information Session

We offer a weekly virtual information session every Thursday at 11:00 AM Pacific Time. In this session, an Office of Admission representative will discuss our campus, location, student body, and programs in a webinar format. Register below for a session that works for you. For information regarding additional information sessions, faculty events, and virtual tours, please sign up for our email list through the Request Information button.

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Large high school group visits must be coordinated through the Office of Admission. These visits will not be scheduled in person for before July 2021 due to COVID-19 measures. Please contact Jason Lawrence, Associate Director of Admission, if you are interested in scheduling a virtual information session for your group.

Schedule an Individual Call Time

Prospective students are invited to schedule an individual call time with an Office of Admission staff member. Before scheduling, we recommend reading through the Admissions section of our website and attending the virtual information session detailed above. This will help you focus your questions and topics for the call.

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Schedule a Trial Lesson

Many of our faculty are available for prospective student lessons throughout the academic year with advance notice. Juniors and Seniors in high school or college are welcome to reach out to the faculty to schedule a virtual lesson. Please reach out to them directly via the contact information on their faculty profiles, or reach out to the Office of Admission. If applying to study at the Conservatory for Spring or Fall 2021, we recommend reaching out to the faculty after you have submitted your application.

2020-21 Virtual College Fairs

This fall, SFCM will be participating in multiple virtual college fairs, information sessions, and master classes. All times listed are in Pacific Time. Closed fairs and invite-only events are not detailed below. To ensure you receive information for those events, please complete our Request Information Form.

September 21 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM Performing Arts Fair 1 (Pre-register for SFCM here)
September 22 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Northern California Fair
October 3 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Royal Conservatory of Music Fair
October 8 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Performing Arts Fair 2 (Pre-register for SFCM here)
October 18 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM NACAC Virtual Fair
October 25 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Performing Arts Fair 3 (Pre-register for SFCM here)
November 12 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Performing Arts Fair 4 (Pre-register for SFCM here)
November 23 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Performing Arts Fair 5 (Pre-register for SFCM here)

Visit a Class or Rehearsal

This is your chance to attend a collegiate class and get a feel for what it is like to attend SFCM. After attending a Virtual Information Session, email apply@sfcm.edu to coordinate attending a class virtually. See below for a selection of classes you could attend. 

Introduction to Western Civilization

A survey of the major forces that have shaped Western civilizations as reflected in art, literature, history, religion, and philosophy. Students develop the critical sense necessary to evaluate these disciplines and to understand their relationships.

Alexander Technique

Musicians often suffer from back pains, tendonitis, poor posture, and less-than-adequate performance due to muscle tension and unconscious postural habits. The Alexander Technique provides a way of returning to a more comfortable and efficient state, with greater spontaneity and improved tonal quality. Get your comfortable clothing ready.

Music and the Brain

How do we hear, learn, and play music? We are often told that musicians have different brains, but in what ways are they different? Is that a result of nature or nurture? This course is designed to provide students with an overview of how the brain works, with respect to several aspects related to music: hearing, attention, memory, creativity, and the development of expertise. Students also explore how musical training affects child development and how brain damage can provide insights into the complex world of music cognition. Through active discussion, students hone their critical thinking skills and develop a deeper understanding of brain function.

First-year Musicianship

This class concentrates on building a firm foundation in musicianship through drills, dictation, and performance exercises. Exercises include sight-singing and melodic dictation of major and minor melodies in the F, G, and C clefs (with modulation to the dominant), rhythmic drills involving simple and compound meter, diatonic harmonic dictation (including triads and inversions), dominant sevenths and inversions and some secondary dominants, and sing-and-play drills involving the same harmonic material.

Composition Workshop

This course explores the many ways to compose, using models from both the past and present. The focus is on the "nuts and bolts" of shaping and transforming musical materials in all types of instrumental and vocal music.

Guitar Ensemble

In this class, students rehearse pieces composed for guitar ensemble as a large group. Smaller ensembles are formed at the beginning of the class, and each is coached throughout the semester. Students are especially encouraged to form ensembles with other instrumentalists.

Guitar Literature: Modern

This course covers contemporary literature for guitar. Composers are discussed in depth, country by country. Unusual effects and notation are examined, and emphasis is placed on very recent literature.

Introduction to Performance Practice

Introduction to Performance Practice is a general introduction and survey of the study of performance practice from 1600 to the present. The course examines fundamental musical topics and concepts such as rhythm, rubato, tempo, vibrato, and improvisation.

Continuo Playing and Baroque Improvisation

This course explores continuo playing for piano, harpsichord, cello, bassoon, and double bass as well as baroque improvisation for voice, violin, viola, flute, and oboe, focusing on ornamenting arias and solo instrumental works. The class is designed as an introduction to playing figured bass as well as to embellishing vocal and instrumental music.

Piano Forum

This class gives pianists an opportunity to try out new repertoire in a communal setting. Each performance is followed by a discussion among the pianists and faculty members present, modeling a master class environment.

Keyboard Literature

A study of keyboard literature for piano, organ, harpsichord, virginal, clavichord, and fortepiano covering early, classical, romantic, and modern literature. Each semester, a specific body of works is studied, such as Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, the sonatas of Mozart and Haydn, the romantic repertoire of Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and Liszt, and 20th-century works by Copland, Schoenberg, Scriabin, and Debussy.

Percussion Ensemble

This class culminates with a concert at the end of each semester. Students are taught techniques for performing in chamber ensembles without a conductor. Additionally, time is spent discussing technical issues not included in lesson times.

Jazz Seminar

This course is required for RJAM majors and open to students from other programs, as well. Students follow a comprehensive, sequential study of jazz styles, repertoire, improvisation, and composition through exposure to select jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, and others. Students immerse themselves in the music of these artists through projects in transcription, improvisation, composition, and ensemble playing.

Chamber Music: String and Piano

This course gives students the opportunity to have a two-hour coaching session in their group every week, not counting regular rehearsal time. It includes a weekly two-hour master class as well as frequent guest master classes and performances.

Technical Ear Training

Technical Ear Training is intended to follow the traditional musicianship sequence by analyzing, identifying, and articulating numerical ranges related to frequency, velocity, and selected processes' standard measurements through active listening and practice. Students learn to focus their ear toward a professional standard for producing high-quality mixes.

Introduction to Sound Design

Students learn practices of Foley, voice, and sound design through field recording, working with narrative and actors, developing sound effects, layering samples, and incorporating synthesizers. By the end of this course, students understand signal chains of effects and musicality in sound implementation as well as the emotional and narrative aspects of sound.

Opera Workshop

This class introduces voice majors to opera, stressing vocal and stage styles of various periods through performances of operatic scenes. Other material covered includes acting, stagecraft, secco recitativo training and audition techniques. The class culminates with a public performance each semester in a workshop setting with piano accompaniment and conductor.


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