Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is the Recording Connection Audio Institute?
A: Founded in 1983, the Recording Connection Audio Institute provides hands on mentor apprentice programs for the music recording industry. With a reputation for the finest audio engineering and music producing programs in the entertainment media industry, Recording Connection students learn in professional recording studios under private mentorship from legendary audio engineers, music producers and studio owners in hands-on sessions in more than 250 cities throughout the U.S.
Q: What is a mentor?
A: Recording Connection students learn from mentors, who are successful professional audio engineers, live sound engineers, music producers or recording studio owners, who teach in real world situations including active recording studio sessions, as opposed to simulated classrooms.
Q: How long does it take to complete one of the Recording Connection programs?
A: The programs can be completed in approximately half the time of degrees obtained from other schools. The average course length is 5 to 7 months, depending upon the student's schedule.
Q: How often are most Recording Connection classes?
A: As opposed to specific semesters, Recording Connection students can start any time and can take classes part time during night or weekend sessions, or even train around a current job. Students are required to attend two sessions weekly at their mentor’s recording studio.
Q: How many students are in a class?
A: Usually it is just the student and mentor, and in some markets classes could have up to three students per instructor.
Q: Does the Recording Connection provide financial aid packages?
A: Yes, the company offers financial aid from a variety of funding choices.
Q: Do students require any experience to be accepted?
A: No prior recording experience is required, simply a passion to learn.
Q: Does the Recording Connection help with job placements?
A: Yes. From day one a full time job placement coordinator works to try and find students work. Additionally, the Recording Connection Stay Connected program provides employment assistance for up to a year after graduation.
Q: Does the Recording Connection guarantee jobs after graduation?
A: No school can guarantee a job upon graduation; however the job placement success rates are typically high for Recording Connection graduates.
Q: How flexible is the scheduling in case a student has a job or other commitments?
A: The course scheduling is very flexible and Recording Connection will try to work around anyone’s full or part time job schedule. Class is also available nights and weekends. The average course length is six months, depending upon the student’s schedule.
Q: What are some reasons a student might not be accepted into Recording Connection?
A: The Company bases its decision to accept, or not accept students, solely on what it perceives their work ethic, drive, and motivation and nothing else.
Q: What kind of course materials and/or software do students need/have to buy?
A: None. Provided the student has a computer, everything else a student needs is included in the tuition costs. Recording Connection will either buy or provide students with all necessary course materials and software.
Q: If a student has to move, can they transfer to a different mentor in my new city?
A: Yes. The Recording Connection will transfer a moving student as long as they have not completed more than 15 assignments.
Q: What professional industry organizations does the Recording Connection belong to?
A: The Recording Connection is a member in good standing with The National Association of Music Education (MENC), the prestigious Audio Engineering Society (AES), the American Music Producers Guild (AMP), The Recording Academy, which is the official accreditation for schools granted by The Grammy Awards, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS) and is a Certified Training Center for Avid (formerly Digi Design) Pro Tools.
Q: How do students apply to Recording Connection classes?
A: Students may apply online by using the form on the website, or they may call admissions at (800) 755-7597.
Q: How much do the Recording Connection courses cost?
A: Whereas traditional audio schools cost from $20,000 to $140,000, the majority of Recording Connection audio programs’s tuition costs are just $9800.
Q: Does the Recording Connection have a payment program?
A: Yes, there are several ways to pay. Please contact admissions at (800) 755-7597 for details.
Q: Do students need to be a high school graduates to apply for the Recording Connection courses?
A: No, students do not need to have graduated from high school. However, students do have to be 18 years of age or have their parents’ approval if they are 17 years old or under.
Q: Where is the campus for the Recording Connection?
A: The Recording Connection Audio Institute has campuses (working professional recording studios) in over 250 U.S. cities and towns.
Q: How does the Recording Connection program compare with other recording schools?
A: Very well--unlike other recording schools, mentors are real working audio recording professionals and studio owners, currently working in the music business. They are professionals that make their living from the music and recording business now, and today, even as they are instructing and mentoring students.