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The Music Scene
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People move from all over the country to live in California, following their dreams of becoming a successful music producer or audio engineer. They move to California wide-eyed and optimistic. What they don’t understand is that in order to break into the music business you need to know someone. You need to have connections.

The Recording Connection in California is a unique mentorship program that places you as an apprentice (extern) in an actual recording studio. It functions like an audio engineering school in that it prepares you for a career in the art of music production, teaching you Ableton, Pro Tools, Logic and Reason so that you’ll be able to work in any studio in the world. But it also gets you in the room with people who know people.

The Recording Connection was constructed to make sure that you’re able to get your foot in the door and jumpstart your career. We’re here to assist you in any and every way possible. We don’t want to burden you with massive amounts of debt. We want you to be able to become a successful audio engineer without having to worry about paying back thirty, forty, or fifty thousand dollars in school loans. That’s why we’ve structured our school so that it is affordable for everyone.

In the music business, everything runs on “who you know.” It’s all based on connections. At the Recording Connection, by training you in a real recording studio with a real producer/engineer, we get you in the room with as many professionals as possible. You’ll have access to your mentor, your mentor’s clients, and your co-workers. By the time your apprenticeship (externship) is over, you’ll basically be a California music industry insider.

We have Recording Connection audio engineering schools in practically every city in California. Whether you want to learn in San Diego or Los Angeles or San Francisco, it doesn’t matter to us. We’ll pair you with a working music industry pro regardless of where you live or want to live.


Looking to land a career as a Music Producer? Our insider access is your opportunity to make lasting hookups to launch your career as a music producer. Learn in private sessions from a professional music producer.

Music Producing Details

From the basics of listening and microphone placement to Pro Tools and mastering, apprentice under a legendary Audio Engineer in the studio. Learn in the trenches and on the job to take your dream to the professional level.

Audio Engineering Details

Capture the music in your head with our hands-on Ableton Live curriculum featuring private training from noted EDM DJs and producers. Take your music to the professional level and get your sound in front of the decision makers at major EDM labels.

Ableton Electronic Music Details

Take your beat making and hip hop knowledge to the professional level by learning from a major Hip Hop Producer in his or her studio. Learn what separates the real-deals from the wannabes.

Hip Hop / Beat Making Details

Prepare for a career as a front-of-house engineer by apprenticing (externing) under a touring Audio Engineer. If you goal is to get inside the music industry and tour the world, this recording program is for you.

Live Sound Details

Our Live DJ Apprentice Program pairs you with a working, touring DJ, who’ll tutor you on what it takes to succeed on the world’s biggest stages. It's the ultimate all-access pass to the music-performance business. Get schooled in one-on-one lessons from a working, touring DJ.

Live DJ Details

Turn your passion and ear for music into a career by understanding the world of managers, agents, royalties, copyrights, 360 deals and more. ou can't get more inside music business access than this course. Become a music Mogul.

Music Business Details

Learn Post Audio while apprenticing under a Post Production Specialist in their recording studio. If working on movie, TV and video game soundtracks sounds like an incredible career, this course is for you.

Post Production for Film and TV Details

Learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering. Apprentice under a legendary audio engineer/music producer/mixer while gaining an insider's access to the music industry. Take your existing skills to the next level while building connections.

Advanced Audio Details

Collaborate with legendary music producers and learn from the most qualified professionals in the industry, who’ve crafted records for U2, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, Hole, Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne and hundreds more.

Learn from Legends Details

Learn Ableton, Logic or Pro Tools. Apprentice under a legendary electronic music composer, dance music producer, or touring DJ in their studio. Gain insider access to the electronic music scene. You tell us your favorite genres of electronic music, and we will help you produce that type of music.

Electronic Music Production Details

Fast track your career with certification credentials in Pro Tools. By getting yourself tested and certified you are showing over 5,000 Producers and Engineers worldwide that you have what it takes to work for them as both and an assistant engineer and an Engineer/Producer.

Audio Certification Details

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Feeling Awesome!

A typical week went like this…engineer live sound for 3 concerts throughout Texas and finish up the week with a recording session at Eighth Note Productions of a jazz group. It doesn’t take long doing this to really know your stuff.

Joseph Percell Recording Connection Student


Recording Connection’s unique mentor-style education is far more cost-effective than trade schools or traditional colleges and on average, requires less financing (based on national averages). Compare the true costs of education.


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$9,800 Tuition
$0* Loan Interest


$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

Average Accrued Interest Charges
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