Program: Recording Connection for Ableton Electronic Music Production

Learn to be a Live DJ

Our Live DJ Apprentice Program pairs you with a working, touring DJ who will tutor you in what it takes to succeed on stage. It's the ultimate all access pass in the music business.

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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 are ready to follow your own path toward an intense yet rewarding career!

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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 may attend part-time or full time and 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.

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.


Audio Engineering

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.

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Advanced Audio

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.

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Ableton Electronic Music

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.

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Learn from Legends

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.

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Get Educated,
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Get Hired.

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

Get Educated,
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Get Hired.

Get started with a tour of one our local studios. We have studios in over 250 cities across the country.

Recording Connection Audio Institute 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 provide for your family by doing what you love? Do you have the passion to succeed? Are you ready to make smart choices about your education?

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

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


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

The Recording Connection is a 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, and work ethic. We give you a starting point. We help you do exactly what you need to do to impress those around you 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 everything there is to know straight from the source. No distillation, no interference. You’ll be working with the people who have produced records for the likes of Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, DJ Shadow, Skrillex and others.

Other schools help you learn inside over-crowded classrooms, charge you too much 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. do that. Studios do—which This is why it’s so important that you get into a real studio on the ground floor. With our apprenticeship (externship) program, you’re going to learn all 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. That’s how you’re going to hone your skills and make your dream of being a touring DJ come true.

You can enroll in our program for any length of time from six months to two years, depending on how far along you are in your career. 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 is perfect for you.

It’s a simple fact: our school provides and innovative, inexpensive, 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.

By applying now, you’re showing that you have what it takes to live your dream. You’re proving to yourself and to everyone around you that you’re serious about having a career as a DJ. You’re proving that you’ve got the fortitude to stand up and say, “I’m a DJ.” That takes a lot of guts. 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.”