San Francisco Conservatory of Music

At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, we give students the framework and foundation to succeed throughout their studies and careers, creating a path of lifelong learning.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)



In the fall of 1917, pianists Ada Clement and Lillian Hodghead opened the doors to the Ada Clement Piano School at 3435 Sacramento Street, in the remodeled home of Lillian’s parents. A school newsletter from 1924 described that first semester of 1917: “The faculty numbered five. The school had four pupils.”


  • Brass
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Ensembles
  • Guitar
  • Historical Performance
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Roots, Jazz, and American Music
  • Strings
  • Technology and Applied Composition
  • Woodwinds
  • Voice


Employers contact SFCM daily with opportunities for our talented students. Our listings are updated regularly with local gigs, administrative positions, teaching opportunities, and much more. 

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Student services

  • The Student Council serves as the voice of the student body and liaison to the faculty and the administration.
  •  The Office of Student Affairs oversees the Student Services Center (SSC), part of the Student and Patron Services Desk at Bowes Center. The SSC is your one-stop-shop to have your questions answered and referral to other offices as needed. The Student Service Center manages activity sign-ups and ticket sales, assists Residential Life with support services, and distributes of free health and wellness items

Housing services

  • Rooms include four- and three-person suites. Each unit includes:
Living room with table, chairs, and a couchKitchenette with a convection microwave oven, refrigerator, and a freezerIndividually controlled heat and air conditioning
  • Off-Campus Apartments

Library services

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Library develops, maintains and evaluates collections designed to support and enhance student and faculty curricular needs. The collection exceeds 60,000 items and includes more than 38,000 scores and parts, 15,000 audio-visual materials, 12,500 books and 77 periodical titles.

ICT services

Meraki WiFi

Medical services

All collegiate students receive a membership with One Medical Group. One Medical provides high-quality, patient-centered primary care services with same-day/next-day appointments. Students also have access to 24/7/365 virtual care by phone, email, and video conference, a mobile app for appointment scheduling and prescription refills, personal health coaching.

Student Life

Campus life

When it comes to your college experience, nothing is more important than feeling comfortable. At SFCM, we strive to provide you with the most useful tools and opportunities to make your time at the Conservatory welcoming and productive. Our Student Life staff has been where you are, and we know how important it is for every student to feel their needs are met. Study, practice, performance — these are only pieces of the pie. We’re here to guide you through life at SFCM and in San Francisco.

Sports facilities

We have partnered with Fitness SF to offer discounted membership for the SFCM community! Come find out more about the special rates, which include no enrollment or cancellation fees and the ability to "freeze" your membership during the summer if you are away from San Francisco.


SFCM has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges' Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) continuously since 1960. WSCUC is the western states' regional accrediting body with a prestigious and progressive reputation. In February 2015, we completed a WSCUC review cycle, described below, which reaffirmed our accreditation for seven years. 

San Francisco, California, United States

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