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  2. Percussion

Paradiddles and flams have never been so fun.

Find your rhythm with the best in the business.

Percussion students study side-by-side with both the former principal and the current acting principal percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony. Small studio sizes and talented, committed peers make SFCM percussion a hothouse for artistic growth. With fewer than 10 percussionists enrolled at a time, we ensure that each student gets the mentorship and performance opportunities they need to develop into successful professionals.


We’re waiting to show you around.

We look forward to your visit! Contact the Office of Admission to take a tour of our facilities and audit a class. Better yet, contact a faculty member directly to arrange a consultative lesson.


Personal instruction from master percussionists.


Qualify yourself for the future.

Detailed curricula are available for all percussion programs at SFCM.


Play well with others.

Performance opportunities abound at SFCM. Ensembles range from small, dedicated chamber groups to the Conservatory Orchestra. As a percussionist, you’ll have the opportunity to play with many different groups.