1. Areas of Study
  2. Piano / Keyboards
  3. Piano

Study. Perform. Transform.

Become the pianist you want to be.

The SFCM Piano Department is an inspiring environment, offering exceptional mentoring and numerous performance opportunities within the program and around the Bay area.

A world-class faculty creates an atmosphere both intense and collaborative, tailored to prepare one for a professional career. Made up of less than 50 students, the SFCM Piano Department prides itself on individualized attention for each student-pianist, extraordinary instruments including New York and Hamburg Steinway Ds in every concert hall, and unique interdepartmental collaborations.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs include a weekly departmental performance class, an annual concerto competition leading to performance with orchestra, department recitals, classes on historical performance practices, Chamber music, and professional development.

SFCM pianists benefit from numerous guest-artist residencies and masterclasses which have included Yuja Wang, Leon Fleisher, Sergei Babayan, Stephen Hough, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Daniil Trifonov.

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.
SFCM student studying in library in 50 Oak building


We’re waiting to show you around.

We look forward to your visit! Contact the Office of Admissions to take a tour of our facilities and audit a class. You can also contact the keyboard faculty directly to arrange a consultative lesson.

SFCM students playing on stage


Qualify yourself for the future.

Detailed curricula are available for all piano-related music degrees at SFCM.

SFCM student performing