School of Music COVID-19 Update

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School of Music Information

Remote Instruction

To limit the potential of COVID-19 spreading within our local community, President Mahoney has announced that San Francisco State University will suspend all face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. By now, your instructors should have reached out to you about the plan that they have to continue the delivery of their course content. If you have not received at least a check in from a School of Music instructor, please email Department Director Cyrus Ginwala ( as soon as possible.

Please check into class iLearn pages regularly and check your SFSU email regularly. Your SFSU email is the only reliable and simple way that instructors have to contact you. We understand that many of our Music classes are challenging to translate to an online format. Please know that the faculty has been discussing the many ideas that we could pursue to ensure that you still receive an education during this unprecedented challenge. By working together, we will all ensure that teaching and learning will continue in our program.

The School of Music Office

Our Office Staff will continue their work remotely. If you need to contact us, please write We will be periodically checking voicemail; email is the best way to get an immediate response.

Petitions & Graduation Applications: Please email your advisor a PDF of your Petition/Application using your SFSU email. You don’t have to worry about signing as sending the forms from your SFSU email will be considered a signature. Be sure that all relevant sections of the form are completed (course information, justifications, etc.). You will also need to download and attach your unofficial transcript to the email, this can be downloaded from your Student Center.

Withdrawals: Email your instructor to have them begin the withdrawal process online.

You can also contact our staff directly if you have any questions:
Cyrus Ginwala, Director,
Arsham Pourfallah, Academic Office Coordinator,
Meghann Dubie, Assistant Academic Office Coordinator,


At this time the School of Music is not holding in-person Auditions.  Please see our Audition page for information on submitting an audition video.

The School of Music Facilities

The School of Music Facilities are not open to students at this time and our Technical Staff will be working remotely. We will keep you updated through email and this site as to any access to the facilites (if at all) while remote instruction takes place.

Instrument Rentals

At this time School of Music students can retain their rented instruments for the remainder of the semester.  We will work with students who are located out of town for instrument return. 


Currently, there is no access to the building. If you MUST get something from your locker, please email We hope that there will soon be a protocol introduced for entering the building. Updates will be posted here. 

Internet/Computer Access

JPL Library

The Library will be closed starting Tuesday, March 31st. The Library Research Commons will open for one final day Monday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., for students with an SF State ID.  Students without reliable computer access students may request a loaner laptop from the Library by contacting or (415) 338-1420. When emailing, include "Library Loaner Laptop" in the subject line; and when calling, ask for a Library Loaner Laptop. Library staff will respond to arrange the loan and have the laptop shipped. Both PCs and Macs are available. The Library provides a base install of software MS Office, web browsers, graphic software, and the laptop will work with Zoom video conferencing software. Some specialized software may not be available. 

Free Wi-Fi Access in San Francisco

The city of San Francisco offers free Wi-Fi service in city parks and other selected areas. View an online listing of free Wi-Fi available in area parks, plazas and open spaces.;

Free & Low Cost Interenet

The following resources refer to discounts or special options from a range of internet providers for those who may not have access to the Internet from off-campus locations. Please contact the providers directly to understand if they may apply to you:

  • FCC agreement (.pdf) stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
  • Comcast: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
  • AT&T: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
  • Verizon: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
  • Sprint: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

updated 3/30/20