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3.8 2011-11-26 Schools in Review San Francisco Conservatory of Music
School Type: Universities / Colleges
Locations: San Francisco, CA
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, diploma
Programs: Music (emphasis in Composition, Voice, Keyboard, Guitar, Orchestral, and others)
Tuition Range: $36,500 per Year
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Located in San Francisco, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is a small but prestigious fine arts music school hosting an enrollment of around 400 full-time students. This conservatory offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in various aspects of music and performance, including Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Brass, Strings, Chamber Music, Ensembles, Composition and so on. As is common with conservatories of its type, this school also offers an array of non-degreed music programs, including college preparatory programs, private lessons, and continuing education for adults.

As a full-time college student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, you can expect to invest about 4-5 years into a bachelor’s degree program. You can also expect to pay about $36,500 per year in tuition.

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San Francisco Conservatory of Music Review Rating: 3.75 out of 5 based on 1 Ratings

Located in San Francisco, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is a small but prestigious fine arts music school hosting an enrollment of around 400 full-time students. This conservatory offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in various aspects of music and performance, including Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Brass, Strings, Chamber Music, Ensembles, Composition and so on. As [...]

  • Review by Daniel Z.  Schools In Review Verified
    November 11, 2011
    Overall Rating 44444
    Tuition 33333
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    With high school graduation swiftly approaching in 2003, I was faced, as most 18 year old Americans were, with the difficult decision about what to study and where. My parents wanted me to do something practical and rewarding with the goal of becoming a physician or engineer. I certainly had my interests in these fields but it was difficult to overlook the musical talent I had cultivated since age four. After my freshmen year at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo as a pre-med student, I realized from sessions with my conducting teacher that music was my true calling and my aspirations of being a doctor were in a rapid diminuendo. In February of 2005, I transferred to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to study performance and composition with the goal of molding my passion into a career.

    The Conservatory, being a private collegiate institution, was far from cheap and the combination of enrolling in the middle of the year and a smaller scholarship because of that timing bestowed upon me a Bachelor of Music degree that would take years to pay off. My debt is considerable but exists in multiple loans, some of which are in my parents’ names as well as mine.

    I am still in music school today having gone on to earn my Master of Arts in Music in 2011 and currently study at UCLA for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. I could never even fathom going to school for anything besides music, or at least in a collaborative field. The connections I have made and the colleagues I have worked with are in that realm of priceless life experiences.

    I have freelanced as an orchestral musician all over the world and have held teaching positions at the high school level. I firmly believe that because we only live once, we have one shot to follow our dreams and make something of them. Do what you love and you will love what you do, whatever it is. There is not a single day that I regret going to music school and following my passion. Well, except when I have a lot of practicing to do …. ; )

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