A SFCM student percussionist playing the marimba
  1. Areas of Study
  2. Percussion

Time begins with rhythm.

Find your rhythm with the best in the business.

Percussion students study side-by-side with both current and former members of the San Francisco Symphony. Small studio sizes and talented, committed peers make SFCM percussion a hothouse for artistic growth. We ensure that each student gets the mentorship and performance opportunities they need to develop into successful professionals.

SFCM and Opus 3 alliance
SFCM changed global music education in 2020 by acquiring management company Opus3 Artists, home to over 250 top musicians. Masterclasses, recording sessions, and side-by-sides with members of the Opus 3 roster are only the beginning of our work together to invent the future of performances.
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VISITING THE CAMPUS

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. Better yet, contact a faculty member directly to arrange a consultative lesson.

SFCM students in classroom

AUDIT A CLASS

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.

Percussion performance

DEGREES AND PROGRAMS

Qualify yourself for the future.

Detailed curricula are available for all percussion programs at SFCM.

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ENSEMBLES

Play well with others.

Performance opportunities abound at SFCM. Ensembles range from small, dedicated chamber groups to the Conservatory Orchestra. As a percussionist, you’ll have the opportunity to play with many different groups.