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The Recording Connection in North Dakota is by far the most affordable and effective audio engineering school in the state.  Our unique training approach places you in a real North Dakota recording studio as an apprentice (extern) to be taught and mentored one-on-one by a real music producer or audio engineer. This gives you real-world experience and the chance to make connections that you won’t receive in any other audio school.

North Dakota offers many Recording Connection locations. Whether you want to study in Bismarck or Fargo or even Minot, we can make it happen. We have audio engineering school locations in nearly every city, and if we don’t have one in your hometown, we’ll start one.

The Recording Connection functions with a uniquely branded apprenticeship (externship) approach. We want to our students to see what it’s really like to work in a recording studio. We also want them to make connections with individuals in positions of power so that when it comes time to hire, our students’ names are at the top of the short list.

The Recording Connection keeps its tuition extremely low so that individuals do not have to take out massive student loans in order attend. We want you to jumpstart your career, not get buried in dream-crushing student debt.

By training you in a real recording studio, we help you make connections with both working pros and people in positions of power.  While you’re working with your mentor in a real studio, you’ll be meeting people who will one day be able to help you. That’s why it’s so important to work hard and put your best foot forward while you’re in the studio.

The Recording Connection in North Dakota is your gateway to the music recording industry, and over 72 percent of our graduates go on to rewarding industry careers.*  Apply today, and let us help you pursue your dreams.

* Job placement statistics represent the percentage of students who graduated between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014 and found work related to their studies within six months of their graduation.


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

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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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“I’ve become more involved at the Sonic Factory in helping out with more and more sessions.”

Brandyn Zellmer 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

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