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Professional Development and Engagement Center

It takes more than talent to build a career. Success in any field requires skills and experiences beyond what you learn in the practice room. We place a strong emphasis on professional development in our core curriculum to ready students for their careers. Courses in marketing, finance, teaching, and technology, as well as internships with local, professional arts organizations, will help you build the confidence you need to take risks and craft the career of your dreams.

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Conservatory Connect

Conservatory Connect benefits both the performance needs of the students and the people of the Bay Area. For more than two decades, we’ve taken live music into schools, hospitals, retirement homes, children’s facilities, and other places where people of limited means and mobility are seldom reached.

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Employment Opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year allowing you to get your feet wet in the music business. We post gigs and campus jobs regularly, so check back here often to see the latest opportunities in performance, administration, and volunteering.

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Fulbright Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists.

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Guides and Handouts

We’ve put together some resources that will help you understand and create the materials you’ll need as you enter your professional life.

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The Conservatory's Hire SFCM Musicians program provides talented students to play or sing at weddings, parties, and corporate functions at very affordable fees.

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The Professional Development and Engagement Center (PDEC) has partnered with many Bay Area arts organizations to offer semester-long internships to current SFCM students for academic credit.

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From the smallest question to the biggest idea, we’re listening and we’re ready to help. Visit our office to take the next steps in advancing your career.


PDEC Grants

Professional Development Grants

If you have an idea for an artistic project or need financial assistance to take part in a unique opportunity, we may be able to help.

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Concentrations for the modern economy

SFCM' offers Bachelor of Music Concentrations in Arts Leadership, Teaching, and Technology. These optional concentrations prepare the modern musician to do everything from manage music contacts, entertainment law, run a recording session, and even plan a music festival.