Welcome to the School of Music

From violin to video game scoring, vibraphone to voice, or any one of our many other areas of study, you can perform, create and innovate in the city by the bay. We invite you to contact us to find out how we can help foster your artistic and professional growth.





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Support for School of Music performances is provided by Fred Levin, The Shenson Foundation in Memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson.

SFSU School of Music welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you would like reasonable accommodations for any event, please contact Cyrus Ginwala at 415 338-7613 or music@sfsu.edu



Why Study Music at San Francisco State University?

The School of Music offers several programs, or specialties, for students to choose from.  Areas of study include: Choral PerformanceComposition (including Game Scoring & Film Scoring), Electronic MusicEthnomusicologyInstrumental PerformanceJazz PerformanceMusic EducationMusic HistoryPiano Performance and Vocal Performance.

The School of Music has a robust faculty in the performing arts which also will be your advisors throughout your program.

Our programs offer development of music educators and performers who will perpetuate the finest musical traditions in highly diverse musical communities.



Get Involved and Build Success


Get in touch with your advisor and get the assistance you need to choose the best classes to achieve your highest success.

Learn more about Advising


The School of Music offers a broad range of ensemble experiences including Rock, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, World and Classical. 

Learn more about Ensembles


Many of our programs require an audition.  Check out our audition section of our site to find your specialization and what audition requirements you need.

Learn more about Auditions

Placement Evaluation

Placement evaluations are not required for incoming Undergraduate Students. However, we do recommend all incoming Music students take the evaluations to ensure they are placed in classes appropriate to their skill level.

Learn more about the Placement Evaluation

A closeup of a flautist playing their instrument across the room from a group of four horn players who are also playing theirs. They are mixed in terms of gender and race and dressed in casual clothing.
Orchestra performing in a livestream