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A Word to Parents

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Welcome to the Recording Connection parents’ page.  If you are a parent, relative, or guardian of a person considering our music school, this page can help you gain clarity on some important facts.

Since 1983, we have been providing cutting-edge education in music recording and producing, live event sound and audio engineering in The U.S.,  and more recently in Canada, Australia and the U.K. That said, we understand that making a smart decision about where to send your son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter, cousin, niece, nephew, friend, or dependent to school is never an easy one. And money is not the only concern. With so many options (and so many scams) out there in our world today, it is always best to consider all your options carefully when choosing a school.  It is our intention to give you the facts about us so you and your family can feel at ease with the decision that you are about to make.

To that end, we’d first like you to meet our corporate staff and partners. Each one of these individuals is dedicated to providing each of our students with the assistance they need to successfully complete our course, graduate, and get connected into the music business.

Since 1983, the Recording Connection has been offering its unique mentor/apprentice method of teaching the recording arts and engineering skills, and we feel our offerings are more timely and relevant than ever.

For our Staff Directory and contact information for our Admissions Department, click here.


The Recording Connection is a recognized industry-sponsored program. We are members of the National Broadcasters Association (NAB), The American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA), and the Society for Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS).


James Petulla


Phone: (800) 800-9581

E-Mail [email protected]

Founder and Chief Executive Officer-A successful film writer, producer and former radio broadcaster, Petulla came up with his take on the mentor/apprentice method of education while working as an instructor for the world famous and now defunct Columbia School of Broadcasting. He believed that the people who worked there were great but that overall it was…Read More

Brian Kraft


Phone: (800) 755-7597 x223

E-Mail [email protected]

Brian Kraft is Chief Academic Officer and COO for The Mentor Apprentice School of the Arts and ECC Schools.

He is a public speaker and a vocal proponent of learning from professional mentors. A non-fiction book on the subject is due out in 2012. It is rumored that it will be published by Hay House. Read More

Tim Palmer

Music Producer

Tim is one of alternative rock’s most recognized and respected names. Originally from England, then L.A., and now based in Austin, Texas Tim is a “household name” among famous musicians and record executives. His platinum credits speak for themselves: as a record producer, engineer and mixer Tim’s credits include David Bowie, Tin Machine, The Cure, Pearl Jam, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears and U2.

Warren Huart

Music Producer

Warren Huart is a well-known songwriter, audio engineer, music producer and mixer who has produced, mixed and/or engineered on recordings for The Fray, Korn, Better than Ezra, James Blunt, Matisyahu, and Howie Day to name a few. Warren also has extensive Film and TV credits including Inglorious Basterds, Transformers 2, MTV’s The Hills, Lost, Scrubs, and Grey’s Anatomy. Warren also co-owns a recording studio in Los Angeles, CA.

BZ Lewis

Composer, Studio 132

BZ Started Studio 132 in 1996; today, Studio 132 has one of the largest sound effects libraries in the Bay Area. BZ Lewis works as a composer who has done work for feature films, popular video games, national commercial advertisements for companies like Nissan, and TV shows such as The shield, and numerous MTV shows.

David Pope

Director, Advance Films

David is the director of the production company Advance, with whom he has a slate of feature film projects in development. David’s directing credits include the award winning feature film Miles From Nowhere, shot on the road between New York and Las Vegas. Before becoming a film director, David worked extensively as a first assistant director for clients that included MTV, VH1 and BBC. He has held the position of Director of Education at The New York Film Academy UK, and has worked as a training consultant on curriculum and faculty development for The Irish Film Academy, The Metropolitan Film School, London Film Academy and City University.

Ryan Greene

Producer/Enginer/Mixer, Area 52 Entertainment

Ryan Greene is best known for working with such bands as NOFX, Lagwagon, No Use For A Name, Authority Zero, Good Riddance, Sick Of It All, Big Wig, Stretch Armstrong, Fenix TX, Bracket, Pulley, Propaghandi, Ignite, Nerf Herder, Me First And The Gimmie Gimmes, Ten Foot Pole, Mad Caddies, Megadeth, Tonic, Lita Ford, Cheap Trick, Glades Knight, Patty La Belle, Mr. Big, Wilson Phillips, Tracy Spencer, and Dangerous Toys, to name a few.

Preston Boebel

Chief Engineer, Clear Lake Audio

Preston Boebel was a Recording Connection student  who trained with Recording Connection mentor Brian Levi at Clear lake Audio back in 1999. Now he is Chief Engineer of Clear Lake Audio, and a Recording Connection mentor himself!

Billy Flores

Sound Engineer

Billy Flores attended the Recording Connection and worked his way up the ladder. Today, his credits include running live sound for Eminem, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Black Eyed Peas and many others. With a grueling tour schedule that took the Black Eyed Peas across the U.S., Europe, Australia and back to the U.S., Flores has been with the band for more than a year, and for over a quarter of a century he mixed monitors for the likes of Sting, Four Play, B.B. King and Eminem.

John Paul

Program Director/DJ, KUPL

John Paul is a 20 year radio vet and current program director/afternoon DJ at KUPL in Portland, OR. He spent his radio career holding nearly every job in a radio station (APD, MD, Promo Director, producer, DJ on every day part), and programmed radio stations in Buffalo, NY, Columbus, Indiana and Portland, Oregon. Worked multiple formats (country, rock, oldies, Top 40, talk).

Hal Batt


Hal Batt began composing and producing back in 1987. Hal has recently produced Lenny Medina, Chayanne, Shakira, and Julio Iglesias. Iglesias’  single “Agua Dulce, Agua Sala” was also co-written and arranged by Hal. The single went on to hit #1 in Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks, and the album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album. Hal Batt has also received the El Primio ASCAP award for 2 years in a row.

Joseph Heier


Joseph Heier is a charismatic and gifted producer/musician. His commitment to quality started over 28 years ago, as he realized the need for “doing it right” in the studio world. Since that to,e, Joey has earned a reputation in excellence, and has helped revolutionize the professional video and audio field by bringing integrity back to the forefront.

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Notable Student Success Stories

Pursue Your Music Producing Dreams

“This was my first day at my mentors’ studio. When I first got inside and met with my mentor, we sat down and started reviewing the lesson on the Introduction of Sound and Hearing. We talked about the reading and he clarified some of the terms. I really enjoyed being able to spend time with my mentor, going over certain things that I wanted to learn more about, which helped me to understand more about the lesson. Then, my mentor invited me to stay and watch a band have a session. I really thought it was cool that my mentor asked me to do this because I got to see the production side of things. I am really eager to get into the studio and start learning about the business and continue to pursue my dream of becoming a music producer.”

— Jackson Herrera, Los Angeles, California

Network with Your Mentor
“I am very excited about my sessions with my mentor. For my session this week, my mentor had me sit in on a video recording of a live band. My mentor allowed me to bring a friend, so I invited my father along for the night. My father and I really had a wonderful time and I learned a lot. Also, I got to meet some of my mentors other students, as well as talk with the ones who have already graduated. They had nothing but good things to say about the Recording Connection, which was awesome!”

— Tracy Laster, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Make your parents proud
“Today my session with my mentor was about mics, connecting them to the pre amp, and then converting the analog to digital. I am now really starting to understand how this process works really well, and my mentor is really impressed.

My sessions are going great with my mentor. Every week I spend more and more time in the studio, learning a lot every week. My mentor and I get along great and he says I pick up things really fast, which is a good thing. I really enjoy what I have been learning, as well as putting it to good use. My parents are also really proud that I am doing something I like, which makes me feel pleased.”

— Maxx Limbourne, Redlands, California

Read more Recording Connection Success Stories, or view our Video Testimonials