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The Recording Connection in South Dakota is by far the most effective and smartest audio engineering school in the state.  We bypass the classroom completely, placing each of our students in real recording studios to apprentice (extern) with actual working music producers and audio engineers.  We get you in the door of the music industry from day one, enabling you to gain real work experience and make valuable connections you’d never get in a classroom.

The Recording Connection pairs one student with one mentor. We start on a micro level. We want you to be able to work and learn from the ground up. We put you to work in a real recording studio, where your mentor will teach you everything there is to know about the world of audio engineering. Anyone who actually works in the music industry will tell you this is by far the most effective way to learn.

We teach our students all of the industry standard audio engineering software programs, including Ableton, Pro Tools, Logic, Reason, and Nmore.  We want our students to be fully prepared to work in any recording studio in the world.

Because we train our students in real recording studios, the South Dakota Recording Connection can place you in a studio near you, no matter where in SoDak you happen to live.  From Rapid City to Sioux Falls, and anywhere in between, we can place you with a seasoned professional for on-the-job training.  If there’s no Recording Connection location near you, we’ll open one.

The Recording Connection functions with a simple premise: connections are everything. We’ve seen it time and time again: connections are the only way that the aspiring audio engineer can fully transition into a successful career. That’s the main reason that we put you to work in a real recording studio. We want you to be meeting the people that you need to meet. We want you to be making a good impression on the people who will one day be able to help you get hired.

The Recording Connection is the best way to get your foot in the door. It’s the first step that you must take in order to be a successful producer or engineer.


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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“I’ve only been in the program a short amount of time and I’m learning a lot of little things that I always wanted to learn”

Connor Loose 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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