Learn to be a Live DJ

Our Live DJ program pairs you with a working, touring DJ who will mentor you in what it takes to succeed on stage. Learn Ableton Electronic Music Production and how to perform and launch your career in the music business as a Live DJ.

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About the

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The Recording Connection Live DJ with Ableton Live program teaches aspiring audio enthusiasts and music makers what it takes to be a Live DJ’s on the festival circuit—giving you the skills needed for creating, arranging and performing your sets.

Electronic Dance Music is the backbone of the live DJ and as a part of the Live DJ program, you will learn the principles of the genre in order to create amazing live experiences for many different live music audiences and settings.

The Recording Connection gives you the knowledge, experience, understanding and connections to create your own Live DJ presence. Equipped with these tools, you can be ready to follow your own path toward an intense and rewarding career!

In the

As part of Recording Connection’s fully-immersive Live DJ program with Ableton Live, you’ll receive private in-person tutoring in a real recording studio or music production room plus remote tutoring from an established music creator.  Students are expected to put in 10-40 hours per week, depending on their schedule.

The structured course curriculum includes 20 sections and covers all of the following:


Building Relationships

With music producers, artists, A&R, music directors, promoters and venue owners.


Audio Software

Ableton Live Suite, Serato DJ.


Making Music

Arranging, sampling, basic harmony/melody and composition.


Hardware and Equipment

DJ mixers, turntables, PA systems.

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With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.

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Live DJ

About our Ableton Live Course Curriculum If you aspire to be an electronic musician or club DJ, Ableton Live is a must. Unlike other digital music production software, Ableton is specifically designed to meet the needs of electronic musicians, combining the best of in-the-box virtual instruments with powerful arranging capabilities and dynamic live-play features. When combined with a controller, Ableton could easily be the only instrument you need to create, record and perform your mixes. Like other digital audio workstations, Ableton Live can work as a basic virtual music production studio, allowing you to record, mix and master your tracks…

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What's Included

  • Live DJ online curriculum
  • The lastest version of Ableton Live
  • Symphonic Distribution discount code (for music distribution on all major platforms and marketing tools/services)
  • MXL Aspire Program signup link, providing student discount of up to 50% off on MXL microphones.

Certificate Programs

Audio Engineering & Music Production

From the basics of listening and microphone placement to Pro Tools and mastering, extern with a professional audio engineer in the studio, learn in the trenches and on-the-job. Take your dreams to the professional level in our Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production program.

Audio Engineering Details

Advanced Audio

Learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering. Extern under a professional audio engineer/music producer/mixer while gaining an insider's access to the music industry with the Recording Connection for Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production program.

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Hip Hop / Beat Making

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 in our Recording Connection for Hip Hop & Beat Making program. Learn what separates the real-deals from the wannabes.

Hip Hop / Beat Making Details

Live Sound / Live Music

Prepare for a career as a front-of-house engineer by externing under a touring audio engineer. Recording Connection for Live Music program is geared for those who want to get inside of the music industry and tour the world.

Live Sound Details

Electronic Music - Logic Pro

Learn Logic Pro as you extern under a professional electronic music composer, dance music producer, or touring DJ in their studio in our Recording Connection for Logic Pro Electronic Music Production program. 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 - Logic Pro Details

Electronic Music - Ableton

Capture the music in your head with our hands-on Ableton Live curriculum featuring private training from noted EDM DJs and producers. In the Recording Connection for Ableton Electronic Music Production program, learn how to elevate your music to the professional level and get your sound in front of the decision makers at major EDM labels.

Electronic Music - Ableton Details

Music Producing

Looking to build a career as a music producer? Our insider access is your opportunity to make lasting hookups that can help you get started at producing today’s music. In our Recording Connection for Music Producing program, you’ll learn in private sessions with a professional producer who can show you the ins-and-outs of this dynamic career.

Music Producing Details

Music Business

Turn your passion and ear for music into a career by understanding the world of managers, agents, royalties, copyrights, 360 deals and more. Learn the real ins-and-outs of music business from inside the industry in Recording Connection for Music Business program. Are you the next music mogul?

Music Business Details

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Post Production For Film and TV

Learn Post Audio while externing under a Post Production Specialist in their recording studio. If working on movie, TV and video game soundtracks sounds like an incredible career, the Recording Connection for Post Production for Film and TV workshop is for you.

Post Production Details

Learn from Legends

Collaborate with music producers and learn from some of the most qualified professionals in the industry like those 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. The Recording Connection Learn from Legends workshop is for graduates of the Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production program and is currently an invite-only workshop.

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Audio Certification

Fast track your career with certification credentials in Pro Tools. By getting yourself tested and certified in Recording Connection’s Audio Certification workshop, 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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Get started with a tour of one our local studios. We have studios in over 250 cities across the country.

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Recording Connection audio school alternative is now enrolling students for our DJ and Electronic Music Producing Programs


+ Do you have what it takes to make a living being a DJ?
+ Do you have amazing taste in music?
+ Do you know everything there is to know about DJing, being a producer, and audio engineering?
+ Is the only thing holding you back from a career as a DJ or a musical business person the fact that you just don’t know enough people in the industry?


Welcome to Your Future as a Touring DJAre you ready to start doing what you love? Do you have the passion to work hard to succeed? Are you ready to get your education and build your future?

To be a professional DJ, you want to have the right connections. You want to know the right people who respect you and value the work that you do. To build a career as a touring DJ, attend an audio engineering school alternative that will help you nurture and grow your passion for DJing. Work with people who can actually assist you in pursuing a career as a full-fledged DJ.

Starting your career as a DJ begins by choosing a school or program that will help you connect to the music industry without forcing you into huge amounts of debt. With our on-the-job training approach, we believe the Recording Connection is the place to start your career as a real working DJ.


Welcome to Your Future as a Touring DJThe Recording Connection is an audio externship program that helps you get your foot in the door by placing you as an extern with a real working DJ.

The Recording Connection is the school for the 21st century. We put you in the music business, not in a classroom. We help you break in. We give you connections, skills, experience. You bring your work ethic and commitment to do your best and absorb all you can. We give you a starting point. And, we help you do learn what you need to do to impress the professionals and solidify your career as a real DJ. We do this by placing you for one-on-one training with a working professional who does exactly what you want to be doing for a living.

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Learn From Industry Pros

Have you ever worked in a real recording studio? Do you know how to conduct yourself in the workplace? Do you have real connections to the music industry? These are all things that you’ll be experiencing in the Recording Connection. Because you’ll be working with real professionals, you’ll be learning straight from the source with no interference. If you have a question, all you have to do is ask! You could even work with the pros who have produced records for artists like Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, DJ Shadow, Skrillex, and others.

Ordinary schools help you learn inside of over-crowded classrooms, charge you a considerable amount of money, and give you an antiquated theoretical education. We don't charge huge amounts of tuition to give you a theoretical classroom education; we teach train you in a real recording studio, pair you with a mentor, and teach you the industry standard. Classrooms don’t make hit records—studios do that. Studios do—This is why it’s so important to get into a real studio on the ground floor. With our apprenticeship (externship) program, you’re going to learn the tricks of the trade, make connections, and develop your skills.

Don’t simply be a student. Be an apprentice (extern) to a real working engineer or producer. Then, make the most of it. Hone your skills and work hard and smart at building your dream of becoming a touring DJ.

We offer everything from refresher courses to full on introductory education. Everything you need or want, we can provide. Regardless if you’re an advanced student, intermediate, or a beginner, the Recording Connection has an education pathway that can work for you.

It’s a simple fact: our audio school alternative provides an innovative, inexpensive, and productive way to advance your career. It’s really not a complicated matter. You just have to have a passion for DJing and a willingness to work hard. We have numerous DJs on our staff just waiting to help you actualize your potential.

Apply and get serious about building a career as a DJ. Maybe the only thing standing between you and a career as a DJ is you.


Coursework is delivered via distance education and completed at a location determined by the student. Apprenticeship (Externship) locations can be up to 60 miles away from the student’s address. The apprenticeship (externship) mentor will work with each student on structuring a specific schedule, the student agrees that he/she will be available to meet with the mentor for a minimum of two sessions per week.”

Recording Connection provides unique, mentor-based programs that are affordable, so you can stay in control of your finances.

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