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Raynmond Jian plays Haydn as Haydn at SFCM Precollege

SFCM’s Pre-College Academy 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 students' lives.

Our Academy 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 Academy 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. 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 programs, and we encourage you to attend our Open Classroom Day (scheduled in February every year) to observe all aspects of our program. 

a teacher conducts a brass ensemble on the terrace of the AGC


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.

Pre-College Curriculum

To learn more about the Pre-College Curriculum, contact Justin Sun, Associate Dean & Executive Director of Pre-College and Continuing Education for additional information.

Pre-College Schedule

Pre-College classes meet on Saturdays for 30 weeks between August and May. The comprehensive curriculum of private lessons, musicianship, a large ensemble, and small ensemble/elective is five hours of class time. Because class times range from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM and student schedules are


The Pre-College Academy is currently accepting audition applications on a case-by-case basis. Viola, winds and brass students are strongly encouraged to submit an audition inquiry. If you are interested applying for the Pre-College Academy, please complete the Audition Inquiry Form linked above

Pre-College Cost & Financial Aid

Pre-College Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid Annual base tuition for comprehensive study for the 2024-25 academic year is $11,295. A non-refundable registration fee of $50 is charged annually for all enrolled students through a payment plan. Families may choose to pay tuition through a payment plan
Pre-College at SFCM

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