Frequently Asked Questions
STUDENT: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO GO TO SCHOOL INSIDE A REAL STUDIO?
Great question. Learning from inside the actual environment where music gets made professionally is a proven way to acquire industry skills, experience, and connections. When it comes to getting a career in the music business, it’s smart to start out from inside the business. It’s what we’ve been doing for more than three decades and it works. Read about our ‘Disruptive Approach’
The value of interacting with professional audio engineers, music producers, and their clients from within a real recording studio environment cannot be overstated. You must learn within the environment in which you want to work. It’s all about being able to grow usable skills and showcase your abilities and determination to the very same people who do the hiring.
STUDENT: HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT THAN ORDINARY SCHOOLS?
STUDENT: HOW MUCH CAN I MAKE IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS?
The amount you can make in the music business varies greatly and that largely depends on you. Like other careers in arts and entertainment, you’re going to have to pay your dues which can mean earning a lower wage while you’re starting out. The duration, cost, and setup of our unique approach enables our students to incur less in student loan debt (vs. traditional 4 year college and university programs) and get themselves in, right where they need to be to gain skills, get connected, and get on with building a career in music—without drowning in debt. If your goal is to get paid for doing what you love and music is it, then training from inside a real recording studio could be your way to start. Read Mix Magazine Asks Us How Do We Do It!
STUDENT: WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS AND WHAT ARE THEIR CREDENTIALS?
Our mentors own and work in the studios where Jay Z, Solange, Kanye West, U2, Blake Shelton, Rihanna, Jason Mraz, Aerosmith, Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton, Beck, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Eminem, Janelle Monáe, Taj Mahal, Deadmau5, Skrillex and many more have recorded. In fact, our students and graduates have met and/or recorded/collaborated with artists including Miley Cyrus, Aerosmith, Beyoncé, Lady Antebellum, Justin Bieber, Kylie Minogue, The Killers, A$AP Rocky, Shawn Mendes, Carlos Santana, Lil Wayne, Scorpion Child, Fetty Wap, Mae, Trinidad James, The Ting Tings, Sia and more!
- Mark Christensen (Alicia Keys, The Killers, Trey Songz, 50 Cent)
- Larry Goetz (Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande)
- Josh Monroy (Ludacris, Justin Bieber, Quincy Jones)
- Ira Parker (Wiz Khalifa, Jadakiss, DMX, Zaytoven Beats)
- Devon Kirkpatrick (Lauryn Hill, Marilyn Manson, Timbaland)
- Brian Boland (Rihanna, Timbaland, Macy Gray, Y.G.)
- Matt Stein (DMX, Trey Songz, Jason Mraz)
- Oscar Diaz (Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg)
- IV Duncan (Eminem, ASAP Ferg, Dej Loaf)
For a full list of mentors, click here.
STUDENT: DO YOU GUARANTEE ME A JOB ONCE I’M FINISHED WITH THE RECORDING CONNECTION?
We are guaranteeing only access, education and real world training via our blended education model, but make no mistake: such access can be an essential part of your success. We put you in the door, guarantee you a one-on-one education inside a real studio, no-cost tutoring, Pro Tools (or Ableton, Logic Pro), and a year of career services if you are not hired by the studio where you trained as an extern. Doesn’t it make sense to learn the music industry from inside it?
STUDENT: SO YOU PUT ME INSIDE A REAL RECORDING STUDIO, DO YOU MATCH ME WITH MY FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC?
STUDENT: HOW AM I LEARNING, HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
STUDENT: BUT DON’T I NEED A DEGREE?
STUDENT: MY PARENTS WANT ME TO GET A DEGREE IN MUSIC. I’M NOT SURE THEY KNOW HOW THE MUSIC BUSINESS WORKS.
The job of being a parent means setting your children up for success. We understand that. Degrees are necessary for people who want to work as doctors, lawyers, scientists and other such careers. But degrees are not commonly necessary when it comes to working in the music industry (as a musician, audio engineer, music producer, DJ, music business professional, hip-hop, EDM producer, and in other areas of the business) unless you want to be a professor of music, perform with the philharmonic, or be an entertainment lawyer, in which case, getting a degree is the prescribed path to follow.
But don’t get us wrong. Education is great and so are degrees (when suited to one’s goals). Having to spend lots of hard earned money on an expensive music degree is not a prerequisite for working in the music industry. The majority of recording studio owners are not going to ask you for a degree. Instead, they want to know what you’ve worked on and what you can do. Degrees don’t automatically get you access, connections, or real world experience you can put on your resume (more in this article explaining why). So, if your parents have questions, encourage them to do their research online or contact us directly. Knowledge is power. When you understand how the music industry operates, you can make an informed choice that works for you.
STUDENT: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MENTOR AND A TEACHER?
STUDENT: WHO ENDORSES YOU?
Great question. The Recording Connection has earned thousands of professional endorsements. Very few, if any, ordinary recording schools can make that claim.
- Ryan Hewitt (The Red Hot Chili Peppers, blink-182, The Dixie Chicks)
- Al Schmitt (Paul McCartney, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall)
- Niko Bolas (Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Stan Getz, KISS, John Mayer)
- Bob Bullock (Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, George Strait)
- Bil VornDick (Bob Dylan, Béla Fleck, John Oates)
- Carmen Rizzo (Coldplay, Alanis Morissette, DJ Tiesto)
- Steve Marcantonio (Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton)
- Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, Elvis Costello, The Roots)
- F. Reid Shippen (Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Jewel)
- Adam Moseley (U2, Beck, Rush, The Cure)
“I am very impressed with the way Recording Connection trains students in real recording studios and how hard they work for their students. This is a special program run by visionaries.”
“I endorse this program.”
“I recommend this program. Excellent way to break into the business.”
“One of the many reasons that I endorse Recording Connection audio school alternative is because they put you inside a real recording studio to extern under a real producer. I am generally not a supporter of many of the ‘traditional’ audio schools because in my experience they don’t teach the things you really need, and they don’t connect you into the business. The Recording Connection does.”
“The Recording Connection puts students into a real world work place. Students learn first hand what it means to be in a recording session with producers, engineers, musicians and songwriters. It’s on the job career training! You learn the practical, technical, and people skills that cannot be found in any classroom. I highly recommend the Recording Connection.”
For a full list of endorsements, click here.
STUDENT: DO I NEED EXPERIENCE TO BE ACCEPTED?
STUDENT: SO WHAT IS AN EXTERNSHIP EXACTLY?
Externs learn on the job, they learn one-on-one, from a professional audio engineer, music producer, or music business professional (for applicable programs). Make no mistake, externs are students, only with externship they get:
On the Job attention. Our students learn via our eBook, materials, and from inside a real recording studio.
The opportunity to get their hands dirty (so to speak). We believe the way to get a job in this business is to get inside and learn from a pro. This allows students to show what they’re made of, starting on their very first day.
The ability to connect with the professionals who do the hiring. Working in music takes knowing the people who do the hiring. Our approach eliminates the searching and guesswork and places you right where you need to be to show what you’re made of.
STUDENT: WHAT COURSES DO YOU OFFER? WHAT PROGRAMS DO YOU OFFER?
STUDENT: WHERE ARE YOUR STUDIO SITES LOCATED?
STUDENT: HOW OFTEN DO I ATTEND MY PRIVATE CLASS INSIDE A REAL RECORDING STUDIO?
STUDENT: HOW LONG DOES YOUR PROGRAM LAST?
STUDENT: CAN I WORK WHILE I DO MY EXTERNSHIP?
STUDENT: WHEN DO YOUR SEMESTERS START?
STUDENT: HOW MANY LESSONS ARE IN YOUR COURSE OR PROGRAM?
STUDENT: IS THIS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
STUDENT: WHAT DO I GET WHEN I GRADUATE?
STUDENT: ONCE I GRADUATE, WILL I BE CERTIFIED?
STUDENT: IF I’M NOT HIRED AT THE STUDIO I TRAINED AT, HOW DO I GET A JOB?
There are 4 ways we help you: Your mentor is a successful producer and/or audio engineer. He or she therefore knows hundreds of people. If you have impressed your mentor, he or she can go the extra mile for you and introduce you to those colleagues and friends.
As a Recording Connection student you will be interacting with clients — clients with money and contacts. Money and contacts often lead to jobs.
Graduate Employment Assistance & Job Placement — we have real job placement. We will call studios in our network on your behalf and we’ll teach you how to market yourself with our social media and internet marketing curriculum. The Career Services Department is committed to assisting each graduate in aligning the deserved employment opportunity, no matter where the graduate is in their career exploration process. On-going assistance is available to every graduate as long as they remain in good standing with the school (RRFC).
If you’re a good student and master the material and work and there isn’t a job opening at the studio where you train, you may even find they create a job just for you because they see value in what you bring to the table (such has been the case for many of our students). For example, one of our students in Los Angeles was given a job as a drum tech after proving his chops setting up for Aerosmith, whom he met as a Recording Connection student. Another student got hired as an EDM and hip hop engineer so that his former mentor and another engineer could expand their offerings while maintaining focus on the work they’re doing with punk and rock clients.
Recording Radio Film Connection & CASA Schools provides a distance education delivery model coupled with a program and industry specific externship. Students complete coursework online at a location of their choosing, while simultaneously completing an externship at a private place of business.
More Frequently Asked Questions
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO ATTEND RECORDING CONNECTION?
We’ve had students in their early teens to well into their sixties and older. If you are under 18 you will need to have your parent or legal guardian approve your application. We strongly encourage applicants to get their parents involved so that we may answer any and all of their questions.
CAN I STILL ATTEND RECORDING CONNECTION EVEN IF I DIDN’T GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL OR DON’T HAVE MY GED?
While we would never advocate not finishing high school or its equivalent, we would never hold it against you. As long as you can read, write, speak English, have basic computer skills and a passion for music, you’re eligible to apply.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE MY MENTOR?
We will transfer you after you have completed four lessons, as many times as you need to be transferred until you are satisfied.
CAN I ASSOCIATE WITH MY MENTOR AND GO INTO THE STUDIO AFTER I FINISH THE COURSE, AFTER I GRADUATE?
Yes. If you are invited back to your mentor’s studio, we have no problem with that. In fact, we encourage it. We urge all of our students to show up to every class, never be late, and to be helpful. Build a relationship with your mentor that will last a lifetime.
DO YOU PROVIDE STUDENT HOUSING?
Not at this time. Since you don’t have to move to attend the Recording Connection, if you already have a roof over your head, your housing is taken care of. If you have a job, you can keep it and schedule your externship around your work schedule too.
DO YOU TAKE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
We accept international students provided they have the necessary VISA requirements. As for VISA issues, upon acceptance into our program we are more than happy to furnish a letter of enrollment for your consulate/embassy to qualify you for a visitor visa. It is recommended, however, that you attend a community college in your city of choice as they have the necessary facility and faculty to petition F1/J1 Student Visas. A Student Visa is valid for the entire duration of your studies at the community college and would enable you more than enough time to attend this program and take full advantage of our career services program afterwards.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- A private mentor in a real recording studio.
- Our course curriculum taught by that mentor and overseen by an Academic Facilitator.
- The opportunity to extern in that studio and make real-world connections while taking our structured course curriculum.
- Your very own Student Services Representative who calls you every 2 – 4 weeks to assist you and make sure that you are going to class.
- Upon graduation, a certificate of completion that certifies you as a Recording Connection Certified Assistant Audio Engineer (if applicable), plus one more full year of career services assistance.
What Does a Music Producer Do?
If you’re asking, “What exactly does a music producer do?” Good question.
Say the term “music producer” and it’s likely to conjure up a host of images, from the guy who’s “talking shop” on the phone, to the person in the recording studio who’s laying down a beat, to the person who’s making sure a project comes in on time and under budget. The truth is: a music producer can be all of these things, and more.
In the broadest sense, a music producer manages the recording, mixing, and mastering processes with the ultimate goal of achieving a specific sound and vision for a project. Such “vision” is usually arrived at by the producer and the artist they’re working with. While some producers seek to refine an artist’s vision, others are asked to add to it, to inspire, and to elevate things to new heights. While music producers are most definitely doers, they’re often regarded as being extremely creative in their musical and sonic abilities, capable of bringing the “magic sauce” to a song or album. Always cognizant of an artist’s market, sound, and repertoire, they stay on course to make music that breaks through and captivates an artist’s listeners. View our music producing program.
Today, more and more music producers, especially in the worlds of hip hop and EDM, are fierce collaborators with ample in-studio and music making skills, including the operation of Pro Tools and other digital audio workstations like Ableton and Logic Pro. Producers who can create their own tracks, riffs, beats, and hooks are more effective in partnering up on projects and influencing the artists and musicians they work with. When armed with solid audio engineering capabilities, they’re able to get the respect of the pros they work with and are better equipped to oversee and communicate the vision for a project as well as the particulars of what it takes to get from point A to point Z.
Hear what professional music producers say about what they do.
What Does an Audio Engineer Do?
Wondering, “What exactly does an audio engineer do?” Good question.
An audio engineer is a music and sound professional who is adept at using technology to record, mix, and shape sound to meet the particular demands of a project, whether musical or otherwise. While that that definition may sound really technical at first, audio engineering actually calls on an array of skills and not everyone is attuned to the job. In order to achieve a specific result, an audio engineer first needs to understand the sound they’ve going after. In that regard, these studio professionals need to be savvy communicators who can interface with producers and artists to correctly assess the creative needs of a project to put a workable game plan in place. This translates into choosing the appropriate gear, appropriate workflow and knowing how to operate the software and equipment (microphones, digital audio workstations or DAWS, analog consoles, patch bays, etcetera) in an effective, efficient manner that meshes with the music producer or/or artist’s flow.
Besides playing a vital role during the recording phase of a project, audio engineers are also involved during in the post-production of a song, album, or project. After all of the tracks are recorded in a studio, an audio engineer will edit the various recorded tracks as specified by the music producer and/or artist on the project. After the edit, a fellow specialized audio engineer called the “mixing engineer” will move onto the mixing stage of the project which includes adjusting volume levels, EQ, compression, adding effects, and synchronizing the tracks. Learn more about our audio engineering program.
On many commercial projects, an audio engineer who specializes in mastering, referred to as a “mastering engineer,” will be the last to touch a project. These professionals work to release the inherent dynamism within the tracks by giving it a crisp sonic feel that makes it ready for radio play and wide distribution. Besides the audio engineers who focus on recording, mixing, and mastering, there are other related professionals such as “live sound engineers” who ensure the quality of the sound heard during live performances “audio post-production engineers” who mix and edit audio for television and movies, and “video game and audio design engineers” who surprise, surprise create sounds and soundscapes for new media and the video game industry.
Professional audio engineers explain what they do.
HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO ORDINARY SCHOOLS?
- You learn one on one. Just you and the music professional you are learning from.
- Your classroom is a real recording studio, not a campus lab.
- We have more locations than any classroom-based audio school so you don’t have to move to attend us.
- Flexible class time—in most instances we can work your education around any job or study commitments you have.
- Costs and expenses of Recording Connection are reasonable and affordable.
- Our students receive job assistance and job search support upon graduation. Lots of our graduates get working in the music business, many before they graduate. Check out just a few of our student success stories.
I’m interested. What’s the best way to get started?
Whether you’re ready to enroll or are just seeking more information, the quickest way to reach us is to call 800-755-7597. Speak to one of our knowledgeable admissions counselors for help. We’ll carefully match you with a potential mentor in your area, based on your career goals and interests. Then, we’ll set up meeting for you to meet in the studio with your prospective mentor for an in-person interview.