San Francisco Conservatory (Kay Stern) vs. Jacobs School of Music

Edited: April 14, 2020, 6:45 PM · Hello, Everyone! I have been accepted to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Jacobs School of Music as a graduate student. For San Francisco, I have been placed in Professor Kay Stern's violin studio.

I have a question about Ms. Stern for those who have experienced her teaching: What is she like? How is her teaching style? What does she usually focus on during her lessons? She seems like a very nice person, and an incredible violinist.

Also, what do you think is the main difference between getting a degree at JSoM versus SFCM? I would appreciate any input and opinions on these two schools.

Thank you so much!

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April 14, 2020, 7:57 PM · If you haven't had a lesson with Ms. Stern, have you considered contacting her for a trial lesson (obviously right now it would have to be over Skype/FaceTime/Zoom etc)? If you have been assigned her studio she clearly has an interest in having you study with her and attend the conservatory so I imagine she would be open to a trial if she isn't too busy/overwhelmed.
April 14, 2020, 8:31 PM · Likewise doesn't it matter who you study with at Jacobs?
April 15, 2020, 11:06 AM · Like the similar discussion about Jacobs vs. Manhattan, San Francisco has one of the highest costs of living in the country. Add an extra $1000 per month just to be there.
April 15, 2020, 12:53 PM · Joel, that's just for rent!
April 15, 2020, 3:31 PM · Vic,-- Right. Add an extra $1000 on top of a normal rent, for a single bedroom in a shared apartment.
Edited: April 16, 2020, 12:01 AM · I was curious... Looks like on-campus room and board fees are similar at both schools. If you want to live off-campus while at SFCM, though, expect that it would be a lot more expensive.

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