The School of Music offers both professional and liberal arts degree programs in music as well as courses that enrich the general education and cultural life of the University.
San Francisco State University has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1963. Facilities include McKenna and Knuth Theatres, seating 701 and 322 respectively; three piano laboratories; choral and instrumental ensemble rehearsal space; classroom and practice facilities; a music materials resource center containing instruments and scores; an electronic music laboratory; and a music computer lab with more than 20 workstations. Informal performances are presented in Knuth Hall and in Fine Arts 203.
The J. Paul Leonard Library provides music listening facilities; computer access; and extensive scores, recordings, and books on music. The Frank V. de Bellis collection of Italian culture, located on the sixth floor of the library, contains historic musical instruments, rare books, musical manuscripts, and scores and archival sound recordings.
Career options for music majors are very diverse. The analytical, concentration and listening skills, collaborative experiences, and broad historical and cultural knowledge gained through the study of music prepare students to achieve in many professional arenas.