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Our tune has a different bridge.

Roots, Jazz, and American Music is a first-of-its-kind program that links a world-class music conservatory to an award-winning jazz concert venue and its resident all-star ensemble.

The Roots, Jazz, and American Music (RJAM) program at SFCM is taking applications for fall 2018. A bachelor’s degree track that takes a holistic view of jazz from its inception to its current status, RJAM prepares the next generation of great jazz artists by partnering with the SFJAZZ Center and its resident ensemble, the SFJAZZ Collective. Students in the RJAM program have the opportunity to perform in multiple venues in the Bay Area, and to collaborate and learn from some of the top jazz artists on the concert circuit today.

As a Jazz Composition student at SFCM, you will work with mentors such as Edward Simon, Robin Eubanks, and David Sanchez to hone your voice as a composer while you continue to develop your performance skills as a member of a lab ensemble. In your upperclass studies you will have the opportunity to work with faculty and students in the renowned Technology and Applied Composition (TAC) and Composition programs at SFCM, broadening your palette of professional possibilities for the future. Jazz Voice majors in the RJAM program will become members of a working ensemble, embracing their craft under the guidance of celebrated vocalist Carmen Bradford. Opportunities to work with students and expert faculty across disciplines will arise in the upperclass curriculum with class offerings in pedagogy, diction, foreign languages, and musical theatre expanding the possibilities for a vocal performance career.


We’re waiting to show you around.

We look forward to your visit! Contact the Office of Admission to take a tour of our facilities. You can also contact the RJAM faculty directly to arrange a consultative lesson.


Get a feel for the curriculum.

We've saved a seat for you. During your visit to SFCM, sit in on a class or two and see what it's like to be a student at the Conservatory.


International jazz stars from across the street

The SFJAZZ Collective is an award-winning ensemble that records and performs regularly throughout the year. Now they’re your teachers.


Qualify yourself for the future.

Detailed curricula are available for all RJAM programs at SFCM.


Grow with your band.

As an RJAM student, you’ll become part of a working ensemble of five to eight members, modeled after the SFJAZZ Collective itself. This ensemble will serve as your vehicle for development as a band member, composer, and performer. Other ensemble opportunities, including jazz orchestra, big band, and hybrid ensembles, will also be available at SFCM and through SFJAZZ programming.