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In Classroom: Tools, Techniques, and Analysis

SFCM's Technology and Applied Composition program gives students a direct path into the worlds of film scoring, video game sound design, and other rewarding musical avenues. In this class taught by faculty member Lennie Moore, students examine the relationship between sound and mechanics and how music can influence a scene.


In the Classroom: Music for Film

SFCM Composition Chair David Conte delves into the fabric of film music, taking apart the components of a score to gain insight into the relationship between musical ideas and their place and development throughout a film.



The TAC program is proud to partner on a musical collaboration with top young animators from around the world through The Walt Disney Family Museum Teen Animation Festival International. For this project, young composers and animators are given creative direction from San Francisco fashion firm JAKE CLOTHING to collaborate on videos representing their fall runway collection. The music and animations from these videos will be featured at a high-caliber VIP Fashion Week presentation in San Francisco.


Seventh Night: Performed and composed by 2nd year TAC student Jessica Mao

Jessica Mao is a classically trained pianist and composer of acoustic, electronic, and electroacoustic works. An experimenter with various styles of music, she creates music that features dynamic melodies and focuses on the applications of repetition and modulation. Her musical interests are extremely diverse, ranging from Bach and Beethoven to electronic dance and video game music. She is currently in her second year of the TAC program.


A Volcano in Michigan: Performed by Anju Goto and composed by 2nd year TAC student Molly Monahan

A recognized title holder by twelve composition competitions nationally and internationally, some of the highlights of Molly Monahan’s career include winning the 2016 NextNotes competition, the 2016 MATA Jr. competition, and being a YoungArts winner in both 2016 and 2017. With influences ranging from Copland to Saariaho, Molly’s compositions showcase a diverse musical palette, which is evident in both her acoustic and electroacoustic works. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, she has studied composition in a variety of places, including the Oberlin Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory, and La Schola Cantorum in Paris.


What Love: Performed and composed by Kristopher Grant

Kris Grant, aka Idea Unsound, is a forward-thinking electronic musician whose works blend live DJ performance, visual art, and dance music together using the Ableton Push.


The Great Renaissance: Performed and composed by Zong Chiang

Zong Chiang is a multi-talented composer. In 2014, he was invited by Shanghai’s mayor and Minister of Education to perform in the 12th National Student Sports Meet Opening Ceremony. He performed as the leading pianist during the ceremony, alongside 34 other talented pianists selected from all over China. Zong’s compositions have been recorded by the renowned Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and his lively performances have been broadcasted on China Central Television (CCTV), reaching a broad audience.


Game Scoring at SFCM Takes Flight with Gathering Sky

Students and faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music record the award-winning soundtrack for the video game Gathering Sky which was composed by professor Dren McDonald.

SFCM Introduces New Program in Technology and Applied Composition

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music introduces its new program in Technology and Applied Composition, a unique undergraduate curriculum that integrates rigorous instruction in composition with scoring and sound design for film, games, and new media. The TAC program offers a world-class foundation for a successful career in the diverse and evolving music industry.

Chris Dauray, Brand Manager of sE Electronics and Rupert Neve Designs

Chris Dauray discusses the new recording technology from sE Electronics and Rupert Neve Designs that is available to SFCM students in our state-of-the-art studios.

TAC Visiting Industry Faculty and Artistic Advisor Leslie Ann Jones on Students’ Careers

TAC students can look forward to working with Leslie Ann Jones, an award-winning recording engineer from Skywalker Sound. Listen to her discuss the lives and careers of her various students and colleagues in this interview.

TAC Visiting Industry Faculty and Artistic Advisor Leslie Ann Jones on Her Career

Leslie Ann Jones discusses her career as Director of Music Recording and Scoring for Skywalker Sound.

SFCM Students Perform House of Cards Suite, Composed by Guest Artist Jeff Beal and Arranged by Professor David Conte

Jeff Beal’s score to House of Cards receives the royal treatment from the Amaranth String Quartet. Beal is among the award-winning artists to visit the SFCM Technology and Applied Composition Program.

SFCM Students Perform Austin Wintory's Banner Saga

Music from the indie video game Banner Saga, composed by TAC visiting faculty member Austin Wintory and arranged by David Peacock, was performed by SFCM’s Amaranth Quartet at the Game On! game scoring mini-conference hosted by the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.).