The San Francisco Institute of Music offers a system of comprehensive music instruction, with an emphasis on the development of perfect fundamentals. Our well-researched methodology allows students to advance rapidly, with significantly less practice time than is traditionally assumed. SFIM employ a bel canto approach to instrumental mastery. Essentially, bel canto means smooth connection between notes, which ultimately leads to a beautiful sound and a facile, unforced technique. The greatest singers, for example, Renata Tebaldi, Enrico Caruso, among others, used this method. The greatest instrumentalists of the past also utilized this approach - Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, Nathan Milstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Sergei Rachmaninoff, even (which may surprise some people) Glenn Gould, all played in this style.