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Course Curriculum

The Recording Connection Audio School has audio programs for those who want to pursue careers or personal advancement in:

The Recording Connection is the only audio school
that trains you as an apprentice

Here's how it works:

Based on your specific needs as a person, producer, engineer, or artist, we pair you with a professional audio engineer, music producer or music artist who will train you in his or her professional studio.

Music Producing School
Music Producing

If you are looking to be an audio engineer, or if you want to be a producer, or if you just want to deepen your current skills in these areas, we will pair you with a veteran music producer or engineer, someone with over 10-20 years of professional experience, and you will learn from him or her in their studio.

Audio Engineering School
Audio Engineering

If you want to be a hip-hop producer, beat maker or artist, you will be paired with a hip-hop producer to learn in that producer’s recording studio as his/her apprentice.

Hip Hop Music School
Hip Hop

If you want to be an electronic musician, producer or DJ, we will match you with a professional electronic music genius, and you will learn one on one from this professional.

Electronic Music School
Electronic Music


How much does this cost? What is your tuition?

With tuition starting at $9,800, we are more affordable than any other audio school on the planet. Click here to visit our tuition page so you can learn more about financing options, loans and all the financial details. Please be reminded that with your tuition, we include all of the following:

  • One-on-one learning inside a real recording studio as an apprentice (extern) with a renowned music producer, engineer, composer, or music artist
  • Unlimited tutoring included—this is in addition to your one-on-one work with your mentor/teacher inside the studio
  • One year of real Job Placement Assistance including our Job Placement course curriculum
  • Marketing and Distribution curriculum

Why should my family and I choose your program over the others that are out there?

  • We help keep you out of debt. If you take on too much debt trying to afford school, it can have serious repercussions for years to come. Our low tuition rate helps you graduate with little or no debt.
  • We connect you to the real music business. Seriously. We train you in an actual recording studio, not in a classroom.
  • Sit in on real recording, mixing or mastering sessions in a REAL RECORDING STUDIO. You're literally learning on-the-job where the action happens.
  • Learn from our structured course curriculum.  While all audio schools use a curriculum, we combine our curriculum with one-on-one training with world renowned music producers in their studios.
  • Learn Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Reason, etc. with hands-on, one on one training. To learn audio effectively, you need to learn it from a music producer who does it for a living.
  • Hands-on learning in digital and analog recording. You can't learn this in books alone; we give you access to real gear.
  • Log hours as a hands-on trainee. Our program gives you on-the-job training inside a real recording studio, providing you with actual work experience you can use to promote yourself for future work.
  • Meet and make connections with music industry professionals. Our method trains you in real studios where you meet industry pros while you train.
  • Learn hands-on how to operate a small- to medium-sized business. When you learn with us, you “learn by doing” as an audio apprentice (extern), and you get to see how a real business operates.

EVERY ONE OF OUR STUDENT APPRENTICES (EXTERNS) LEARNS IN A REAL RECORDING STUDIO NEAR WHERE THEY LIVE OR WHERE THEY ARE MOVING. Additionally, we also offer unlimited tutoring with our staff engineers. This means that when you become a Recording Connection student apprentice (extern), not only will you learn in the recording studio, but you will also have private tutoring available to augment your education. Here are some of the things our tutoring staff can help with:

Wait, why would I want to learn from a professional in his/her studio? I was told that I needed a degree from a college to get work in the music business.

You do NOT need a music degree to work in the music business. This is a myth. You really only need two things: connections and skills.

A music degree will never get you work. We’ll say it once more: a music degree will never help you to get work. That is not how the industry works. If a music degree is important to you, that’s great; we strongly recommend that you get one for your own personal reasons, but please know that it holds absolutely no advantage to you when it comes to employment in the music industry. If your goal is to have a career as an audio engineer, producer, DJ, beat maker, live sound engineer or composer, then you need connections and talent and skills.

Watch this video from Pensado’s Place where Grammy Award Winner Dave Pensado, Herb Trawick and Tim Palmer discuss our method of teaching.

Please call us at 800-755-7597 so we can explain more on this very important topic.

Don’t get us wrong: a college degree is a wonderful thing, but it won't necessarily get you work in our industry. But you don’t have to take our word for it: you can verify this by asking the renowned music producer or audio engineer when we send you for your free pre-enrollment interview in his/her studio.

How long is my apprenticeship (externship)? How often will I go into the recording studio to learn as an apprentice?

All of our students start off going twice per week, just like regular school. Then, after four weeks, if you work hard, study hard, and show up on time, you will be allowed into the recording studio more often. Some of our students go as often as seven to 11 times a week. It is really up to you and how badly you want it. Most apprenticeship (externship)s last 6 months at this frequency.

Is this full time or part time?

It can be either, or both. Some of our students go full time, and others go part time.

This sounds too good to be true. Come on, be honest: is it?

It is all real. For 30 years, we have been the school that places apprentices inside working recording studios. We have the track record, the experience and the endorsements you will need to feel comfortable with us. Also, please be reminded, we are not asking you for any fees up front, and we’ll even send you for free to visit a recording studio in your city so you can take a look at just how real this is. When you’re done reading, fill out the Apply Form above or below, and see for yourself.

You say you are industry sponsored, who in the business endorses you then??

Here are just a few of the industry professionals who endorse us:

  • Tim Palmer – producer, mixer for U2, The Cure, Pearl Jam, Ozzy, Blue October
  • Dave Pensado – Grammy Award winning mixer for Beyoncé, Pink
  • TV’s Dr. Drew – CNN, The WB, LoveLine
  • TV’s Judge Mathis
  • Devon Kirkpatrick – engineer, producer for Jay Z, Mystikal, Lindsay Lohan, Wu-Tang Clan, Timbaland
  • Mike Smith – producer for Drake, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Mos Def, Ludacris, Alice Cooper, Ghostface Killah
  • Sax DMA – mixer for Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, G Unit, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys
  • Jesse O’Brien – engineer for Eminem, Kanye West, N*Sync, Steve Miller
  • Steve Wright – producer for Mos Def, Slipknot, Jay Z, Dru Hill, Avril Lavigne
  • Tom Whiting – live sound engineer for Alicia Keys, DMX, Machine Gun Kelly, Dionne Warwick
  • Josquin des Pres - music producer for Jack Johnson, Gypsy Kings, MTV, Universal, EMI, Sony, CNN, CBS, Warner Brothers
  • Joseph "Dante" Delfino - Wu-Tang Clan, Twista, Ben One, Ace Hood, Decipha
  • Stephen Mullin - Ubisoft, Cirque du Soleil, The Discovery Channel, Just for Laughs, National Film Board of Canada
  • David Gicking – mixer for John Mayer, Three Doors Down, P Diddy
  • Jay Dudt – audio professional for Dave Matthews Band, LL Cool J, Blake Lewis
  • Yudu Gray – engineer for Lady Gaga, The Roots, Lil John, Dru Hill
  • Christian Cummings – U2, P.O.D., As I Lay Dying, Florence + the Machine
  • Dave Mikeal - NBC Sports, Don Henley, Stanley Lynch, Jesse Cutler, Lazaro Arbos, Bryan Wilson, Abby Brice, Kosmo

But don’t take our word for it. CLICK HERE to read what famous music producers say about us.

In other words, when you attend the Recording Connection, you will be going to the school recommended by the people who record for U2, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Offspring, Eminem, Ludacis, Beyoncé, Guns N’ Roses, Jane’s Addiction, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Tupac, Pink, Outkast, Method Man, Wyclef Jean, Stevie Wonder, Timbaland, Black Eyed Peas, Norah Jones, Motley Crue, P Diddy, Santana, Lil Wayne, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg, Robert Plant, Travis Tritt, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz, Paul McCartney, etc?

Remember, with The Recording Connection Audio Institute, you will be going to go to the audio engineering and music production school recommended by the professionals who make the music you listen to. There is a reason they recommend us: because we check off all the boxes that can get you going in your audio career.

  • We get you in the door of a real recording studio
  • You learn as an apprentice (extern) inside that studio, study and learn hands-on
  • You make connections while you’re learning
  • You make your music as you record others
  • You learn multiple skills in professional audio

What is the difference between your in-studio apprenticeship (externship) and the internships offered in traditional schools? Is there a difference between internship and apprenticeship (externship)?

Some schools may offer to place you in a recording studio as part of their curriculum, or after graduation, but this is usually an internship, not an apprenticeship.

At the Recording Connection Audio Institute, we place you in a real recording studio, from day one, as an apprentice, which is a notch above an intern. Apprentices are learning a structured course curriculum, privately, under the direct supervision of a professional. This allows you to learn the trade while you make connections. You’ve heard the old saying, “It’s all about connections,” right? Well, ask yourself: isn’t forming a relationship as an apprentice (extern) with a music producer or audio engineer the best way to get connected?

Audio Program Curriculum

Learn how these apprentices became success stories:

Joshua Lopez - Recording Connection Audio School Student
Joshua Lopez
Long Beach, CA

“Joey is helping me with my final mix assignment and I will be turning that in shortly, we are also writing music on the side for different music libraries”

“When I was brought into a recording studio for the first time to learn, I got scared. I said to myself, “there is no way I will learn how to use all of those buttons…peace”. It was a lot, and a whole new world for me that I was being brought into. I was very confronted at first with all of the things that I did not know, that I had to know. Yet they were such interesting things, and I wanted to keep learning more. So, it was fun. I realized that once I began to get the hang of things, I really did enjoy it. Along the way I found that I need to trust myself and be confident, and when I do, it all works out and turns out fine.”

“When I was brought into a recording studio for the first time to learn, I got scared. I said to myself, “there is no way I will learn how to use all of those buttons…peace”. It was a lot, and a whole new world for me that I was being brought into. I was very confronted at first with all of the things that I did not know, that I had to know. Yet they were such interesting things, and I wanted to keep learning more. So, it was fun. I realized that once I began to get the hang of things, I really did enjoy it. Along the way I found that I need
to trust myself and be confident, and when I do, it all works out and turns out fine.”

Elliot Huff - Recording Connection Audio School Student
Elliot Huff
Cherry Hill, NJ

“Once you get me in a studio, though, i feel at home. I can easily see myself adjusting to studio life in the sense of putting in the crazy hours, not sleeping much, being out of town, etc. Things like that excite me! Just being on the constant grind! In the future, now that the program has ended, I plan on to keep pushing forward. The main goal as any engineer’s should be is to own or being hired to my own studio. Being THAT engineer people come to see. Whether it be in my own studio or someone i’m cool with. I have a few friends that are producers, rappers, and such. I also plan to get a degree in the medical field. I like challenging myself, being able to do many things. I get bored easily. There’s so much I wanna do in life.”

Emily Burns - Recording Connection Audio School Student
Emily Burns
Oxford, MI

“The one thing that surprised me the most about working in the studio was how quickly I began to hear everything as it pertained to the recording/production process, rather than purely from a playing/singing/performing stand point. Like I said in my answer to the first question, it took me a long time to realize just how important all the steps of the recording process are and how big of a difference careful attention to each step, can make. And how equally important each step is as the next one. My goal now that the program is over is to take this new found knowledge and apply it whenever and wherever I can. I really want to help other artists take their songs, and make them into all that they can possibly be.”

Mark Maksymiuk - Recording Connection Audio School Student
Mark Maksymiuk
Sterling Heights, MI

“In my short experience I have learned that the professional music landscape is a diverse one. You will come across many different artists. Some may be struggling to represent themselves properly and have the right backing, others may have all their paperwork in order and expect you to do the same. Regardless of who you come across, you must be prepared to act like a professional and meet as many requests as are reasonable. Remember that you can never be overly prepared for any situation.”

Linda Yockey - Recording Connection Audio School Student
Linda Yockey
Las Vegas, NV

“I have been writing songs since I was 14. I love writing for myself as well as for other artists. I was working with a producer in my hometown but I wanted to connect to the music scene in Los Angeles. I knew the best way to get into the LA studios was to learn how to produce and engineer. That way, I could be more hands on with my own projects and help other artists as well.”

“I have always had a passion for music and as a musician, song writer and newbie audio engineer I wanted to further educate myself about all of the technical aspects of music production. I wanted to learn various recoding techniques and learn how to get a studio quality sound.”

“I initially wanted an education in music production to produce my own music. While attending Recording Connection to receive a degree in Audio Engineering I found production of other’s music very engaging and exciting.”

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