College Senior 2013-11-18T16:41:05Z
Health & Safety:
The security staff is friendly and always vigilant.
College Senior 2013-11-18T16:39:54Z
Students get a heavy discount on MUNI. If you live on the East Bay it can be more costly as the pass doesn't cover BART, but all-in-all a good value for the convenience. It's also extremely easy to walk in SF.
College Senior 2013-11-18T16:38:21Z
I've had no problems. Easy to access the lab and the wireless has always worked.
College Senior 2013-11-18T16:37:21Z
I found my place within hours using the Conservatory's housing list-serve. This is far from a common experience, but I think most people understand the challenges in finding housing in San Francisco--it's a popular place to live. Luckily, the city is compact and the transportation options are many, so there's always something.
College Senior 2013-11-18T16:34:39Z
Close-knit community that's very supportive and a non-competitive atmosphere. Great connection to the arts scene in the city with a focus on professional development.
College Senior 2013-11-18T16:33:31Z
Great cafe with good prices and run by seasoned French cooks/bakers.
College Senior 2013-04-27T20:05:21Z
It is hard to rate the campus strictness, because it is mostly graduate students, and not many people live in the dorms. However, we are all required to show our ID's when we enter the school, and if we don't have it, we have to give the security guard our drivers license. So, the campus feels very safe, and there are no issues with crazy parties, etc because of the lack of a large "dorm community" on campus.
College Senior 2013-04-27T20:02:55Z
Great size of school for the 400 students that attend. Performance spaces have great acoustics, and there are various student lounges, including an open rooftop area to sit.
Conservatories don't usually have much of a "campus" feel, but this one has a great sense of community and a friendly atmosphere.
College Senior 2013-04-27T20:00:59Z
My school has great facilities- including very well made practice rooms and access to them via your school ID's. However, the prep department tends to use all of these up every afternoon, and there aren't enough practice rooms for the students as it is, so it can be very hard to find a space sometimes.
College Senior 2013-04-02T19:14:31Z
There are no sports here except pool and ping pong in the residence hall. For fitness, one must find a gym or apartment with equipment.
College Senior 2013-04-02T19:12:22Z
International students are welcomed and excel here. There are students from all over the country because entry is based on talent. I have a very diverse and cool group of friends.
College Senior 2013-01-13T05:42:24Z
I am new to this school as a grad student in vocal performance. Orientation week and the following auditions were highly stressful, but after that everything settled down and we got back to enjoying what we do. The academic classes are good and the amount of performance opportunities is great! If anything, they let in too many new students this year which made auditions more competitive and practice rooms harder to find. I love my classes, my teachers, my friends, and this city!
College Senior 2013-01-13T05:37:42Z
Beautiful new building with decent classrooms and nice rehearsal/performance spaces. The concert hall could really use a pit though! Practice rooms are very nice, though there aren't always enough to go around. The faculty are wonderful and supportive and so are the students.
College Senior 2013-01-13T05:29:19Z
The school has a very tight security system and the students have a safe environment. There was a cello stollen early on, but the security team was relentless until it was found. The school doesn't really enforce anything outside of the building.
College Senior 2013-01-13T05:24:37Z
Some students may play sports in their free time, but outside of school as this is a music conservatory.
College Sophomore 2013-01-04T17:01:16Z
SFCM is full of adults over the age of 21. It mostly consists of grad students and very few undergrad. Some students take a break by smoking out on the street. Drinking is more popular but it is not done very often.
College Junior 2012-09-11T21:10:54Z
Scholarships are for talented students and they are very generous cover only half of the tuition costs.
College Junior 2012-09-11T21:08:44Z
There are many majors. Composition department is very strong and has 5 professors that are accomplished composers. They give all their attention to the students. Composition workshop and Composition Seminar are the best classes for the student composers. There are many festivals for student composers, competitions, and also many opportunities to perform your works. Instrumental departments are strong. Woodwind, Brass, Harp, Strings, Guitar. Opera. We have professors who play in the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, Ballet. There are many opportunities for the students to perform. There is a school orchestra that and any instrumentalist must play in it and there are about 6 orchestra concerts every year. We have student opera productions few times a year performing. Also, electronic music department where students learn how to create music for video games, cartoons and movies. After this school if you work hard you will get a job in the field of music easily.
College Junior 2012-09-11T20:55:09Z
Very Good – Very good restaurants, cafes, and fast food places around the area.
College Junior 2012-09-11T20:51:06Z
We have many practice rooms that have grand pianos in the for students to practice. We have three concert halls. One is for the Symphony Concerts, second for Chamber music, third for Solo recitals. We have a reception hall for after the Concert. Great music Library, Computer lab, Student cafeteria, This building has 6 floors. On the sixth floor we has an outside area where you can seee the sun and enjoy the fresh air. There is open air you can see the Sky. The conservatory is located in downtown of San Francisco.
College Junior 2012-09-11T20:47:44Z
Very comfortable to be around musicians all the time. I am musician and I feel like I am home.
College Junior 2012-09-11T20:46:59Z
The Are None – This is a private music school and we don't have any athletics
College Junior 2012-09-11T20:45:52Z
Not Too Many GE Corses – Because this is the music school there is the limit to the GE Courses. We have mostly Music, Theory, History, Musicianship, Major Instrument courses, School Orchestra, about 15 different ensembles that play different styles of music. Specialized Music courses like Counterpoint, Orchestration, 20th century music and other. Opera theatre at school. Some GE classes are English, Poetry, Drama, World History, US History, Physics and Sound and other related courses.
College Junior 2012-09-11T20:42:00Z
Health & Safety:
We have a 24 hours security officers on duty in the building. The security cameras monitor every room and hallways. The officers patrol the building. All officers are Uniformed. You must carry your Student ID all the time and show the security whenever asked. At the entrance you must show your student or the faculty must show their faculty ID. Strangers are not allowed. If you bring your parents or relatives thaey must sign in at the security. For the public Concerts at the Conservatory the general public must come 30 minute before the concert to sign in with the security. Every student has a conservatory health plan. There are 1st aid kits on every floor.
College Junior 2012-09-11T20:36:21Z
At the Conservatory there is an order. You have to dress in the way like you are going to the job. Anytime someone from the symphony can come in and see you. The San Francisco Symphony directors visit the conservatory all the time so as San Francisco Opera director. You want to look professional. It is O.K. to wear jeans and other clothes but must look professional.
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