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  1. Pre-College

It's never too early to start.

SFCM’s Pre-College division is an immersive program that instills the value of music in youth 18 and under, providing an artistic framework and tailored instruction for the next generation of musicians. Our curriculum integrates private lessons with musicianship courses, small and large ensemble experiences, master classes, jury assessments, and performance opportunities, making music a core part of their lives.

Our program has earned a national reputation for providing superior training to young musicians throughout their course of study. As a result, our alumni have excelled, entering top-level collegiate music schools and conservatories, and distinguishing themselves professionally as performers, composers, teachers, and scholars.

Admission to the comprehensive Pre-College program is by audition only. It is a program for students ages 18 and under. While there are no minimum age requirements for acceptance, applicants must have at least 1-2 years prior study and demonstrate proficiency in their chosen major to be considered for admission. Opportunities to start musical studies are available through our Early Childhood Program. Applicants must request a preferred private instructor at the time of application. Please refer to the Pre-College Faculty listing for teacher information.

We welcome you to explore the offerings of our curriculum, and we encourage you to attend our Open Classroom Day (scheduled in March every year) to observe all aspects of our program.

2019–20 Pre-College Brochure


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    The SFCM Pre-College is known for its outstanding faculty, many of whom are members of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, and San Francisco Opera, as well as serve on the collegiate faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

    Learn about who you'll be studying with

  • Pre-College Curriculum


    Pre-College classes occur on Saturdays between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM over 30 weeks each academic year. The curriculum consists of weekly private lessons, musicianship classes, and small and large ensemble courses.

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  • Early Childhood student

    Early Childhood

    Early Childhood Classes provide developmentally appropriate training for young children ages four through ten, aimed at cultivating each child’s musical response.

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  • Pre-College Student in class


    The comprehensive curriculum of private lessons, musicianship, a large ensemble, and small ensemble/elective is five hours of class time.

    Check out your potential schedule

  • Pre-College Student Performing

    Summer Programs

    Pre-College Summer programs provide opportunities for young musicians to continue their musical studies throughout the Summer.

    Learn about available Summer Programs

  • Pre-College student in class


    Admission to the comprehensive Pre-College program is by audition only.

    Learn about Audition and Admission requirements

  • Pre-College student in class

    Cost & Financial Aid

    We know what it’s like to be a student and how important it is to have a staff that works with you and responds to your needs.

    Learn about Cost and Financial Aid available

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    Contact Us

    Each member on the team has a background in arts administration, performing, and education and is dedicated to providing the best for students, faculty, staff, and parents.

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