Music Careers and Job Placement
The most important thing to you, the student, is to jumpstart a career in the music and recording business. The Recording Connection offers opportunities to do this that no other audio school offers. First of all many of our graduates land a job in the music or recording industry, many of them before they even graduate.* After all, it stands to reason that our mentor/extern music recording school alternative puts you in front of working professionals, the very people who have jobs to offer.
Do traditional audio schools find their students paid work in the music business before or after graduation? Most of the big schools (charging between $30k-$100k) graduate thousands upon thousands of students every year, and when these students are finished, they enter into the highly competitive music business job market looking for paid employment. These unlucky graduates quickly realize that with no REAL STUDIO EXPERIENCE, they are pretty much useless to just about every recording studio in the world. They also realize that their diploma means nothing and can not, WILL NOT get them hired.
TWe don’t mean to sound negative, but the truth is the truth, and it must be told. Think about how hard it is these days to get a regular job at an insurance company, for example, or even at a local bar or club? Well, as you probably already know, it’s about a thousand times more difficult to get a job in the music business or music recording business!
Why is this? There are a few reasons:
First, the music business is what we call a “marquis job.” That is, it’s a dream job that everyone would love to have. Think about it—where do you think most people today would rather work: in a cubicle or in a recording studio? In a government office, or on a stage? In their boring city or town, or on the road? That said, it probably doesn’t take too big an imagination to realize that a career in the music business is a career that millions of people are trying to get. What that means is that YOU ARE COMPETING WITH MORE PEOPLE FOR FEWER MUSIC BUSINESS JOBS. More people, because it is a dream job; fewer jobs, because once someone lands one, he/she almost never gives it up.
Second, the music business does NOT, we repeat, DOES NOT, work like the rest of the job market. That is, when a position in the music business becomes available, employers do not hire from WITHOUT; they ALMOST ALWAYS hire from WITHIN. Music business employers do not usually put an ad in the local paper or on Craigslist. Instead, they ask their friends and colleagues in the business (other recording engineers) if they know of any hard working, qualified candidates, or they post a job opening on their company’s bulletin board. If you were to talk to 10 professional audio engineers and ask them if they have ever hired an assistant from a traditional audio school or from an ad in the paper, all of them will most likely tell you the same thing: “NO, I almost never ever hire from the big schools or ads, I only hire people that I know and trust, or people that come recommended from other music professionals.”
So it begs the question: if all the jobs in the music business are awarded to people that music employers already know, how do you get to know the music professionals doing the hiring? ANSWER: YOU MUST GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR OF A REAL STUDIO and PROVE YOURSELF as a hard working and qualified candidate.
But wait a minute—you’re probably saying, “I’m not qualified yet—I have little or no studio experience!!” Of course, you’re right on the money. How do you get trained, get in the door, and get the opportunity to prove yourself? You certainly don’t achieve this by signing up for an audio school that is charging $60,000 or more for you to sit in a classroom. This is where the Recording Connection audio school alternative comes in: we PLACE YOU IN A REAL STUDIO TO BE TRAINED BY A REAL MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL. Your classroom is the recording studio, and your teacher is the same guy or gal that may one day hire you. Make sense?
NO, we do not guarantee jobs—no one can guarantee you a job—but think about it and ask yourself, “With what program am I more likely to get hired in the real world? With a program that puts me in a real, professionally run, working studio, or in a college classroom on a college campus?” The Recording Connection is a specialized program that gives you the opportunity to be trained by working professionals. It is the only program that also introduces you to people in the music industry that might just need, or know someone that needs, an assistant in the future.
* Job placement statistics represent the percentage of students who graduated between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014 and found work related to their studies within six months of their graduation.