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Music Production School
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Course: Recording Connection for Music Producing

Audio Education Upgraded
for 2022

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... 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... Read more

Course 2 – The DAW

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more

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... 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... Read more

Course 4 – Music Fundamentals 2

Stellar music production skills play an essential role in the success of a recording session. The music producer helps shape the sound, enabling the artist and/or label to get the recording they’re aiming for. They know when to apply pressure and when to sit back and let the magic happen. The music producer is part technician, part musician, and part creative force. 

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,” Camp says. “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.”

Should I Apply to Music Producing Schools?

What Kind of Career Do You Want in the Music Industry?

Do you have a take-charge personality coupled with the ability to communicate your ideas to a wide variety of egos? Do you want to learn the technical aspects of sound design, from working with state-of-the-art gear to running cables and setting up mics? You’ll also need to have a trained ear to pick up the little nuances that can make or break a song.

In many cases, being a music producer comes after years of working within the industry. Many learned music production while being an audio engineer. Composers and even artists took what they already knew and parlayed that skillset into a successful career as a producer. It’s the experience they gained on the job, working with other producers, that helped them reach their goals.

Recording Connection School for Music Production

Why We Feel Our Programs Are the Best

So much of what a music producer does is learned on the job, inside a recording studio, working with artists on both sides of the glass. You just can’t get that kind of experience from a classroom environment–you need to be immersed in the industry to know how the industry works.

The Recording Connection Music Production Program does just that. We place you inside a professional studio from the start so you get first-hand, real world knowledge of what goes into making a hit record. You’ll see the give and take between the client and producer, set up an actual sound studio, and learn how to set up before a session.

Learn from a Pro, Not a Professor

Recording Connection students learn from our mentors in a one-on-one environment, not with a group of other students in front of a teacher or professor. Our mentors have won Grammys, sold millions of records, and worked with the biggest stars on the planet. They make their living producing music, not talking about it.

Our mentors are experienced, respected in the music industry, and are willing to teach the next generation of superstar producers. Most importantly, they teach you how music is made today because they’re the ones making it. Think about it: If you had the skills to work with Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Justin Timberlake, would you be in front of a university classroom or behind the glass at a recording studio?

Work with the Right Gear

Electronic music has added its own nuance to the recording arts, giving greater access to those who want to learn music production. Digital audio workstations (DAWs) have brought mixing and mastering to the masses. But doesn’t it make sense to learn how to use the gear from those who use it every day?

Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and others are used around the world by artists, live DJs, and producers of all genres of music. And you’ll learn how to use them from our industry professionals in a real-world setting. You’ll also work with studio monitors, a variety of microphones, midi keyboards, soundboards, and everything else that goes into a modern studio.

Recording Connection Music Production Curriculum

Building a Foundation for a Career as a Music Producer

To find out more about our Music Production Program, click the links below. Along with music fundamentals, you learn about digital audio workstations (a staple in any recording studio), incorporating vocals, arranging sessions, and more. And you’ll learn it all from within your mentor’s recording studio.

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, you read that right. 

One of the problems we found with four-year universities and other music schools was their rigidity. Of course, there are industries where the traditional way of learning is required. We just don’t think the music industry is one of them. It certainly isn’t a 9-5 job, so why should your education be limited to those daylight hours?

You mentor, Academic Facilitator, and you will work on a schedule that best suits your needs. No more will you have to give up your day job to pursue your dream job. In many cases, we also offer remote learning, meaning you won’t have to move hundreds, or even thousands of miles away from your friends, family, and life.

And you won’t have to mortgage your life to attend Recording Connection, either. For one, our programs last six to nine months, giving you the opportunity to begin pursuing your career in less than one year. Our tuition is also a fraction of what universities or trade schools charge. You’ll have experience, time, and money in your back pocket when you choose Recording Connection.

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 a much smaller number of producers break into the music business and actually make careers as a producer.

They’re the ones who have been taught how to make music the right way in today’s world. They’ve built up a network of connections and have proven themselves through hard work, determination, responsibility, and possessing a real passion for music. And that’s the one thing we can’t give you.

It’s a difficult industry to break into–if you’ve already tried, you know what we’re talking about. Recording Connection gives you a solid foundation and plenty of opportunities to impress those who may have work for you upon completion of the program. But what you do with those opportunities falls on your shoulders.

Who commonly benefits from studio production 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.

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.

Are You Ready for this Career?

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 learning audio production, then reach out to Recording Connection. Our programs are not for those looking for a hobby–they’re for those looking for a career.


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All Students Have Access To:

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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