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Program: Recording Connection for Music Producing

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Who do music producer courses benefit?

To find out if music producer courses are of benefit to those aspiring to become a music producer, it’s necessary to understand what a music producer is. A music producer is the person responsible for making a song sound the way it does. How a music producer goes about accomplishing this varies from producer to producer and song to song. Some producers only produce their own music. Others produce songs for specific genres of music. Still others produce songs for a wide variety of artists and genres.

Rick Camp who has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Usher, Dr. Dre and many more describes what a music producer does.

“The music producer is in charge of either writing the material or if he didn’t write it, he’s in charge of organizing it and making it sound like a cohesive song. He calls all the shots on what’s played, and when it’s played, and how it’s played, and the sounds that are used, or the vocals that are recorded if they’re correct or not. The producer is in charge of everything.”

Electronic music has added its own nuance to the description of a music producer—an artist who brings his or her sounds to fruition using DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) and other software—in effect, the artist, in addition to being the music producer, is now the audio engineer, the performer and in most cases, the promotion department too.

In addition to having musical creativity and vision, the music producer also needs to have an excellent ear, technical know-how, interpersonal communication skills, business and time management abilities, a strong work ethic and lots of passion. When working with others, they need to be able to take charge and lead in a manner that does not alienate the other creative egos involved in the song(s) being made.

The moment anyone decides they want to pursue music as a career is an optimal time to consider taking more structured music producer courses from someone who is experienced, respected in the music industry, and who is willing to teach and communicate with them—someone who can instruct them and serve as their mentor.

Who commonly benefits from music producer courses:

  • The EDM artist.
  • The self-reliant artist who wants to create their own music.
  • The person who wants to be in charge of how their own band’s music sounds.
  • The person who wants to be in charge of how other artists’ music sounds.
  • Those who need a bridge to other artists, producers, and recording studios.
  • Those who want to be the bridge between music and money.
  • Individuals who want to expand their musical horizons.
  • Persons who want to create new genres of music.

How do I take music producer courses?

For those of you wanting to become a music producer, we suggest you start by producing your own music. There are a lot of resources available via Google and YouTube that will get you started. This will give you a better understanding of what you know, what you don’t know, and where you need to improve your skills the most. More importantly, this will help you gauge how dedicated you are to becoming a music producer. If, after being relentless in pursuing this DIY learning track, you are still set on being a music producer, then research your various options for music producer courses. List your objectives—what you want to get out of these courses—and how each educational choice you are interested in will meet those objectives.

Here are your major music producer education options:

  • College and Universities
  • Trade Schools
  • Mentored Externship Programs
  • Structured Online Courses
  • Unstructured Online Courses
  • Friends

What is the best school for music producer courses?

Just like there is no absolute consensus on the definition of what a music producer is and does, there is no definitive answer to what is the best school or program to attend if you want to be a music producer. The answer to that varies student to student.

Some things to consider when choosing a music producer course include:

  1. Who’s teaching the classes?
  2. Which artists has your instructor worked with?
  3. Does your schedule allow you to attend all the classes?
  4. Can you afford it?
  5. How long is the course?
  6. What is the curriculum?
  7. Does the curriculum cover your objectives?
  8. Will the course provide the opportunity to make connections with music industry professionals?
  9. Where will you be, career-wise, when you graduate the course?

Music constantly changes and evolves. The successful music producers are the ones who are largely responsible for this evolution. If this sounds like a direction you would like to explore, and are ready to make the commitment, we invite you to apply to the Recording Connection.

Here’s why we believe our music producing courses work.

Imagine how awesome it would be to have a career doing something you love. Think about what your life would be like if the recording studio were your office.

Music producing is an essential component of the recording session. The music producer helps shape the sound, enabling the artist to get the recording they are aiming for. The music producer is part technician, part musician, and part creative force.

Music producing is pressure-filled, hardcore, and intense– but, if you’re good at it you can achieve success and tt can be one of the most exciting ways to satisfy your creativity and make a serious living.

Our structured music production course curriculum puts you inside a real recording studio under the direct tutelage of a professional music producer. You will go into the studio anywhere between 2-7 times per week, depending on your schedule (yes we can work around your needs).

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people apply to audio schools worldwide in the hopes of breaking into the highly competitive music business as a music producer. But, this is the 21st century, not the 1970s. Getting what you need to succeed in today’s music industry has everything to do with developing your experience, your skills, and your knowledge of the business side of making music as well as the creative and the technical aspects of the craft.

Every year, a number of new music producers break in to the music business and forge their careers as a producer. And guess who these people are? They’re the ones who have been educated properly AND who have the connections necessary to advance their dreams.


Curriculum Overview

Course 1 – The Role of a Producer

If the term “producer” seems just a bit confusing to you, know this: you are not alone. The producer can be the person who made the beat on the track the artist is rapping/singing over, the person known for having a particularly good “ear” or for achieving a particular “sound.” They can be the person who hires much of the talent (beat makers, session musicians, mastering engineers). Or the person who edits or oversees the editing... Read more

Course 1 – The Role of a Producer

Course 2 – The DAW

Understanding one’s digital audio workstation or DAW is a key aspect of being a modern-day music producer who’s capable of creating and communicating various song and artistic ideas to other artists and professionals. Whether you choose to learn Pro Tools™ or Logic Pro X® this course will enable you to understand the basic functions of your DAW and its layout, identify its various tools, and demonstrate the ability to navigate its functions and communicate them... Read more

Course 2 – The DAW

Course 3 – Music Fundamentals 1

If you find the term “music theory” a little off-putting or downright intimidating, don’t worry. Simply stated, music theory gives us different options for thinking about music. That’s it! And while theory is not an end-all solution to creating good music, armed with the proper application of knowledge, you can make informed musical decisions which will help you get to your ultimate goal of creating great music. Are you ready? This course will explore how modern-day... Read more

Course 3 – Music Fundamentals 1

Course 4 – Music Fundamentals 2

There is no music without time. Just think about it and you’ll see why that’s true. In classic musical notation, time is expressed in musical units of measures and bars. Also known as meter, time signatures such as 4/4, 6/8, and 5/4, greatly influence the character, feel, and mood of a piece of music. Different notes have different values which communicate how long to hold or play each note. The speed of a piece of... Read more

Course 4 – Music Fundamentals 2

Course 5 – Harmony

What is harmony? Strictly speaking, harmony is defined as two or more notes playing simultaneously to create a chord. When harmony is used to create a series of chords, we call that a chord progression. A chord progression, also known as harmonic progression, is a tool used in western music to create the tension and resolution which is at the core of what makes a particular piece of music interesting and emotive. Chords can be used... Read more

Course 5 – Harmony

Course 6 – Form

What do great novelists and music producers have in common? Control of form. Much like a novel, a good song requires a solid foundation to support the body of work as the listener is led along on a sonic journey. Good song form can take a listener on a rollercoaster ride of emotions that’ll end with them clamoring for more of your work. A good foundation allows for you to organize the various elements of... Read more

Course 6 – Form

Course 7 – Songwriting

If you want a great record, one way to do it is to fill it with great songs. At its simplest form, a song is something that can be performed with vocals and simple accompaniment—that’s it. Aside from the sound design, the mixing, the overdubs, studio tricks, and all the other things that come with lush production value, when we think of a song at its most elemental level, we’re thinking about the relationship between lyrics,... Read more

Course 7 – Songwriting

Course 8 – Producer Considerations and Arranging

Today’s music producer is oftentimes much more than just the person in charge of guiding a project. In the context of popular music, the producer is often the person responsible for the entire arrangement, including the lyrics. A successful commercial song is built on a great arrangement. As the producer responsible for the construction of the instrumental, there are certain musical considerations you must keep in mind when aimed at creating an interesting piece of... Read more

Course 8 – Producer Considerations and Arranging

Course 9 – MIDI

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a major part of the modern music production process. Its flexibility and options allow users to create and manipulate sounds in a manner which could never be done with physical instruments. MIDI has many uses from creating scratch tracks, to using it to control FX parameters in a live performance, to creating a virtual orchestra inside of your computer. With proper manipulation, MIDI can be the whole show, or... Read more

Course 9 – MIDI

Course 10 – Drums

You can use drums to drive an arrangement forward, to emphasize a specific moment in a piece of music, to provide a sense of space or bubbling energy and, most importantly, to evoke emotions from the listener. Long a staple of western popular music, and of most music worldwide, drums have been at the center of hip hop from day one. Starting with looping break beats as music beds for MCs to rap over as... Read more

Course 10 – Drums

Course 11 – The Bass

Big, round, and booming, the bass can be found at the foundation of western popular music across the genres. With the ability to generate room-rattling energy, the bass plays an integral role in popular music. There’s no substitution for a great session bassist but there is tremendous value in understanding how a bassline works. There will come a project where you are responsible for creating the bassline for a song, so dig in and soak... Read more

Course 11 – The Bass

Course 12 – Midterm Exam

You’re halfway there! This chapter is dedicated to preparing you for your midterm. We have put a lot of valuable information in your hands and want to make sure you’re retaining it. From the role of the producer, to understanding your DAW Logic Pro X® or Pro ToolsTM and being able to construct and communicate various artistic ideas within its environment, to knowing the roots of musical notation and standards established during the Classical Period,... Read more

Course 12 – Midterm Exam

Course 13 – Scratch Tracks and Demos

Scratch tracks and demos are essential to the production process. They provide context for ideas, work as a guide for the people involved, help to spark new ideas, and can significantly help you save time in the studio by providing a blueprint from which to work. But what’s most important about a demo is its function as a tool to sonically express a musical thought or idea. Being able to hear what’s there as well... Read more

Course 13 – Scratch Tracks and Demos

Course 14 – Planning a Project

Imagine that you’re in charge of a session in which musicians were flown in from across the country to get certain parts laid down. Then, when you’re ready to have the project mixed, you realize certain parts which are essential to the arrangement are missing! Aside from the sheer embarrassment, the consequences could mean losing your job. To prevent such mishaps, you have to have a plan prior to that session. Organization is the key to... Read more

Course 14 – Planning a Project

Course 15 – Error Analysis

As the producer on a project, you are responsible for quality control. Sure, there may be others to help out. A good performer will know when they are off; a good engineer will be able to catch subtle mistakes, but when all is said and done, the producer has the final say on the product. Everyone looks to the producer as having “the ear” not only for good music but a great performance. So, it’s... Read more

Course 15 – Error Analysis

Course 16 – Session Players

Often the unsung heroes of a project, session players are crucial to the recording process because they can come in with little to no direction and bring a track to life with what they contribute. A good, live element on a record can mean the difference between cutting a decent track or a generational anthem. Pro session players are virtuosos and specialists who are expected to be able to come into a session and do what’s... Read more

Course 16 – Session Players

Course 17 – Instrumental Overdubs

Though often taken for granted, overdubbing is one of the most powerful practices at a producer’s disposal. Overdubbing i.e. the practice of recording new parts over an existing performance, was introduced into commercial music in the late 50s when Les Paul and Mary Ford used an 8-track tape recorder to enhance their recordings. It was a game-changer. It gave musicians and producers unimaginable flexibility and enabled them to push the boundaries of what recordings could... Read more

Course 17 – Instrumental Overdubs

Course 18 – Vocals

A good vocal makes a huge difference in a recording but what makes a good vocal? With wide variety genres and emotions to be expressed in music, there are many types of vocals to accommodate musical needs. Every style of music has its own criteria for a “good” vocal. What makes the vocals of “My Girl” by Temptations good is different than what makes the vocals good on “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by the... Read more

Course 18 – Vocals

Course 19 – Agreements

The music industry does not run on handshakes alone. Because of the nature of quarterly payments and prospective success, the music industry works on a series of agreements between parties in order to ensure that everyone gets paid what they deem is fair for the situation. What we will look at in this section are basic agreements between producer, artist, and record label. In this course we’ll get into various agreements including work for hire, side... Read more

Course 19 – Agreements

Course 20 – Final Exam

Please take time to go back through your past lessons’ section reviews. They are extremely helpful study tools. The Final Exam contains questions from ALL past lessons, so be sure to review everything you can. Proper review of Courses 1-19 and scheduling sessions with your Academic Facilitator will help you set yourself up for a beneficial exam experience. Remember: preparation is key. Objectives: Be able to recall learned elements of music producing, as measured by the... Read more

Course 20 – Final Exam
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1-on-1 learning in a real recording studio.

Other schools do classrooms and campus studio labs, with us, your classroom is a real studio in the real world.

All of our curriculum, labs, etc. are taught by a working industry professional.

You will only learn from an industry veteran who owns or operates his or her own real-world recording studio. Other schools employ full-time teachers who may or may not have achieved success in the real world. Our mentors are not only artists in their craft but working, successful business pros. Imagine what you can learn from them!

Sit in on real-life sessions.

Many of our students have been offered the opportunity to work on real-world sessions while they are students with us!! Our students have worked with Beyoncé, Kanye West, Robert Plant, Miley Cyrus, Solange, Khalid, Lady Antebellum, Aerosmith, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp and Billy Bob Thornton to name a few while being taught by legendary producers Joe Chicarelli, Al Schmitt, Detail, Ross Hogarth, Ryan Hewitt, F. Reid Shippen and countless others.

Low Costs.

Recording Connection takes a unique approach to learning music production and pride ourselves on having a very modern approach to cost. Put plainly—we hate student debt just as much as you do. Throughout our 30 years in the business, we have made it a primary focus to keep our tuition affordable. Very affordable. While we believe we could price our education at three times what it actually costs, we have made it our mission to keep costs low. When you graduate with us, you will not be buried by burdensome amounts of debt.

Tutoring.

In addition to the industry pro who will be your mentor, tutoring is available to you for the entire time you are enrolled with us. Need help with your homework? Can't figure out Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic or more? Want to learn how to make more beats? Have a question you forgot to ask your mentor? Want career advice? Want us to help you build a song? Create a resume? Our tutors and Academic Facilitators are here for you!

Real Career Services.

Our fully staffed Career Services Department exists for one reason—to help our students and graduates get hired. From helping you create an awesome resume, to handling and scheduling your job interview, to finding job opportunities in your area, we’ve got your back.

Additional Studio Time.

The more you give to our programs the more you get. Want more time in the studio to study, practice or observe? Simply prove your passion and dedication to your mentor and you will find there is virtually no limit to studio access.

Lab Time.

Personal, hands-on lab time is built into our program. You’ll never find yourself fighting over gear availability with dozens of other students. And speaking of gear, because you will be learning in a real-world recording studio you will be learning on the latest gear.

Real World Experience.

The only way to learn how things work in the real world is to learn in the real world. Since our program places you inside a real-world recording studio on the very first day, you’ll learn all the essentials: studio etiquette, client relations, shortcuts, how to meet a deadline, the art of running a recording studio and so much more. This gives you a tremendous advantage over other schools’ students who never got off the campus and who often graduate underprepared.

Connections.

You’ve probably heard the expression “It’s who you know.” In the music industry this is definitely true. With The Recording Connection you have access to industry connections on a daily basis. As your progress with our program and start sitting in on recording sessions, you’ll meet your mentor’s connections—artists, producers, mixers, managers, gear reps and many more. It’s networking from the inside.

Our Network.

Once you are in with us, YOU ARE IN! The Recording Connection deals with hundreds of recording studios, audio engineers, music producers, mixers, record labels and studio owners on a daily basis. As long as you are a student or graduate of our programs, in good standing, our access is your access.

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