This is your Birmingham Classroom

Real studio eduation. Real studio connections.

An Immersive
Audio Education

From production to engineering to hip-hop and Ableton, our mentor-based programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of typical schools. Work directly with accomplished engineers, producers, and music industry veterans at one of our fully-equipped local studios across the country.

Programs

Looking to land a career as a Music Producer? Our insider access is your opportunity to make lasting hookups to launch your career as a music producer. Learn in private sessions from a professional music producer.

Music Producing Details

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.

Audio Engineering Details

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.

Ableton Electronic Music Details

Take your beat making and hip hop knowledge to the professional level by learning from a major Hip Hop Producer in his or her studio. Learn what separates the real-deals from the wannabes.

Hip Hop / Beat Making Details

Prepare for a career as a front-of-house engineer by apprenticing (externing) under a touring Audio Engineer. If you goal is to get inside the music industry and tour the world, this recording program is for you.

Live Sound Details

Our Live DJ Apprentice Program pairs you with a working, touring DJ, who’ll tutor you on what it takes to succeed on the world’s biggest stages. It's the ultimate all-access pass to the music-performance business. Get schooled in one-on-one lessons from a working, touring DJ.

Live DJ Details

Turn your passion and ear for music into a career by understanding the world of managers, agents, royalties, copyrights, 360 deals and more. ou can't get more inside music business access than this course. Become a music Mogul.

Music Business Details

Learn Post Audio while apprenticing under a Post Production Specialist in their recording studio. If working on movie, TV and video game soundtracks sounds like an incredible career, this course is for you.

Post Production for Film and TV Details

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.

Advanced Audio Details

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.

Learn from Legends Details

Learn Ableton, Logic or Pro Tools. Apprentice under a legendary electronic music composer, dance music producer, or touring DJ in their studio. Gain insider access to the electronic music scene. You tell us your favorite genres of electronic music, and we will help you produce that type of music.

Electronic Music Production Details

Fast track your career with certification credentials in Pro Tools. By getting yourself tested and certified you are showing over 5,000 Producers and Engineers worldwide that you have what it takes to work for them as both and an assistant engineer and an Engineer/Producer.

Audio Certification Details

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Birmingham

Recording Connection Audio Institute
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About Our Audio School in Birmingham

Our fully-immersive curriculum covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

With artists, audio engineers, studio management, record labels, clients.

Audio Software

Pro Tools, Reason, Logic, Ableton Live.

Making Music

Composition, arranging, mixing, recording.

Hardware and Equipment

Analog consoles, signal processing and compressors, microphone placement.

Meet our Faculty

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from industry giants?

Dennis Gould Birmingham Voiceover / Post Production

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Dennis Gould Birmingham Voiceover / Post Production

Background

Soft sell, hard sell. He’s the guy next door – only more versatile.

Dennis Gould – Upright Bass, Electric Bass & Guitar Having spent the later part of the 60’s through the 80’s as a full-time bassist / singer in Baltimore, MD, Dennis changed careers in 1984 and entered the world of Radio. He worked at WIZD, Wizard-104 in Mobile from 1986 through the middle of 1988 when he began working as a producer & voice-over at Soundworks recording studio. His voice has been heard on thousands of Radio & TV commercials and jingles. Still at Soundworks, Dennis occasionally performs a solo show accompanying himself on guitar and featuring tunes from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s.

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Don Mosley Birmingham Producer / Engineer

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Don Mosley Birmingham Producer / Engineer

Background

Sound of Birmingham was originally owned by Neil Hemphill and was located in Midfield, just south of Birmingham. In 1973 the studio was purchased by radio personality Don Mosley, who was using the studio to produce jingles, and in 1976 Don relocated the studio to it’s current location on Fifth Avenue South.

Over the years Don has engineered or produced records that were released on Atlantic Records, Arista, MGM, Stax Records, Rounder Records, Shelby Singleton labels (Nashville), as well as his own label. Fredrick Knight’s gold record “I’ve Been Lonely For So Long” was recorded at Sound of Birmingham Studios.

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Artists

Kenny Rogers
The Temptations
Roy Orbison
Sam Dees
Fredrick Knight
Blind Boys of Alabama
Rubben Studdard
Candi Staton
Lady Smith Black Mambozo (from South Africa)
Roscoe Robinson
Beth Nielsen Chapman
Blackwood Brothers
Jake Hess
JoJo Benson
Peggy Scott
Rozetta Johnson
Dorthy Love Coates

Gregory Hainer Birmingham Post Production

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Gregory Hainer Birmingham Post Production

Background

Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer is an interesting case. Usually our Recording mentors work primarily in the music industry but Gregory has made a successful career for himself in music as well as film, television, and video game entertainment as a music composer, voice over specialist, Sound FX designer and mixer on numerous projects including: Plants vs. Zombies 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Guild Wars 2, Prince of Egypt, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, We Were Soldiers, Dishonored, Black Hawk Down, and many more.

Gregory does most of his work from Scorpio Sound, his boutique studio located in the Hollywood Hills. His unique skills-set, talent, and setup enables him to do work larger audio studios can’t. “From a client’s perspective, I own the studio, so there is no middle management overhead to worry about because the owner/operator is also the creative head. This means I have the freedom to choose to spend a little more time with my clients in order to get things perfect versus having to be out of a studio by a specific time.” Specialty might as well be Gregory’s middle name. “I get quite a few calls for the most unusual or difficult to design stuff that many in-house teams can’t quite seem to pull off convincingly, such as creating sounds for creatures, magic spells, sci-fi effects, light sabers and the like. But I will also get the occasional call to do the less-fun direct stuff like cleaning up poorly recorded production audio from a film, or digging out inaudible archival dialogue from excessive background noise.”

On top of working in the film, TV, and video game industries Gregory also takes on Recording Connection apprentices and teaches them about both the industry and the craft of audio engineering.

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RC grad Andrew Holscher reports back on his Eddie Kramer Experience
Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer on Vibe and Flow

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Artists

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Plants vs. Zombies
Guild Wars 2
Black Hark Down
Fallout 4
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League - Cosmic Clash
Toxin
The 5th Demention
Dead Island 2
Guild Wars 2
Pirate101
Dishonored
Lost Souls
Wildstar
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Justice League Heroes
Jurassic Park
Quake II
Dishonored 2

Kevin Sharpe Birmingham Producer / Engineer

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Kevin Sharpe Birmingham Producer / Engineer

Background

Kevin Sharpe is an Emmy Award winning producer, engineer, and keyboardist. He has produced, recorded or mixed many fine artists. Click here to see a list of credits.

Kevin began recording at the age of 15 years old with a 4 track Teac reel to real, a Yamaha mixer, Moog synth and a broken drum machine. Soon he was recording local bands and the neighbors dog. After years of making noise and honing his recording skills he opened a small studio in Troy, Michigan. twenty five years and a couple of thousand bands later, he still gets chills while mixing a great song.

As a producer, Kevin is 100 percent committed to doing whats best for the song, while preserving the unique chemistry of the preforming artist or band. By making the recording process work for the music, the artists vision shines through to the finished product. After all it is always about the music!

Kevin attended Oakland University before studying music at Rochester College. After completing his education, he has taken several courses at The Berklee College of Music.

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Graylyn “Gino” Claiborne gets hired by his mentor’s studio after graduating!Aver

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Artists

Critical Bill
My BedBugs
Coven
David Shelby
Avery Sharpe
Mazinga
Blue Snaggletooth
Tiles

Leland Kracher Birmingham Audio Engineer / Music Producer

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Leland Kracher Birmingham Audio Engineer / Music Producer

Background

Leland Kracher is a classically trained musician, audio engineer and music producer based in Dallas, TX.

With high caliber music making and engineering skills in both Pro Tools and Ableton, Kracher has built a diverse career doing everything from recording local Dallas musicians and bands, to producing EDM artists and others, many whose songs are heard on the airwaves today.

With success on multiple fronts, including that of his own band MOJO, this seasoned Ableton instructor and versatile music entrepreneur is passionate and dedicated to helping his students achieve their goals for achieving satisfying, rewarding careers in the Dallas music scene and beyond.

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Josh Denhardt Birmingham Music Producer

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Josh Denhardt Birmingham Music Producer

Background

Josh Denhardt is a music producer, audio engineer, and instructor based in Denver, Colorado. A longtime EDM DJ for more than 10 years, Josh decided to follow his passion for music and changed course from college dropout and self-described “ski bum” to being a highly sought after musical powerhouse with a skillset that ranges from live sound and recording to producing and mixing for numerous well-known musical acts and artists including a recently completed project with Grammy nominated P. J. Olsson of the Alan Parsons Project.

As an Ableton and Pro Tools mentor with a hands-on approach, Josh Denhardt takes tremendous pride in helping various artists and aspiring music producers build their studio chops, musicianship, and professional know-how.

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Artists

RRFC Graduate
DJ of 10+ years
First solo EDM LP to be released end of August 2017
Produced “The Chase ft BX” to be released end of August 2017
Working with grammy nominated Engineer PJ Olsson of Alan Parsons Project at new destination studio Eagle Wind Sound in Winter Park
CO Fall 2017

Luis Pacheco Birmingham Mixing / Recording Engineer

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Luis Pacheco Birmingham Mixing / Recording Engineer

Background

Luis Pacheco is a mixing, recording, and audio engineer based in Las Vegas, Nevada who has worked with a wide range of artists from within the world of EDM and beyond, including, Rain Man (signed on Dim Mak), Jon Bellion, and Jason Derulo.

Also a highly experienced educator in various DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) including Pro Tools and Ableton, Pacheco is a consummate believer in the power of experimentation, hard work, and having a positive and professional mindset. A kinesthetic learner himself, he believes in empowering his students to “learn by doing” and even messing up from time to time.

An opportunity-seeking, productive mindset, having solid communication skills, and knowing how to work with fellow artists and music producers are just a few of the abilities Pacheco works to engrain in his students. Recent graduates have gone on to launch careers in Los Angeles and in famous venues.

Articles

Luis Pacheco on the Sanctity of the Creative Bubble

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Artists

Jon Bellion
Lloyd
Corey Taylor
Rainman (Dim mak)
EA Sports
Jason DeRulo
2 Chainz

Josh Monroy Birmingham Producer / Engineer

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Josh Monroy Birmingham Producer / Engineer

Background

Recording Connection mentor Josh Monroy is proof-positive that getting in and showing your commitment to the craft, day-in and day-out, can launch your career to unprecedented heights. With more than a decade in the music industry, Josh “Igloo” Monroy has worked with everyone from Justin Bieber to Quincy Jones, to The Notorious B.I.G. The seasoned engineer/composer/producer is also known for his longtime work with iconic artist Ludacris. An Atlanta native, Josh recently answered the call to come out to Los Angeles and is now co-owner of Studio 1 Zero. His most recent success includes the work he’s done on JoJo’s critically-acclaimed album Mad Love, which includes three tracks recorded, produced, and co-written by the multifaceted music professional.

Articles

RC mentor Josh Monroy Talks How He Got Hired by Ludacris and Doing JoJo’s “Mad Love”

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Ira Parker Birmingham Producer / Engineer

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Ira Parker Birmingham Producer / Engineer

Background

A true music industry veteran, Recording Connection mentor Ira Parker is the owner and chief producer/engineer for Maximus Music Records, one of the top recording studios in Charlotte, NC, serving clients like Jadakiss, DMX and many others. As a Recording Connection mentor, Ira is passionate about training up new talent and always looks for opportunities to push his students to expand their skills.

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NUGGETS OF TRUTH: Recording Connection mentor Ira Parker on pushing the limits
Wes Hagy: From Mechanical Engineering to Audio Engineering

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Artists

Zaytoven Beats
Jadakiss
Royce da 5'9
Chevy Woods
Rocko
Joe Budden
Dj ESudd (2Chainz DJ)
prod. Dame Grease
prod Billionaire Boy Scout
Crime Mob's Diamond
Travis Porter
Treach
Marcus Cooper (Pleasure P)
DMX
prod Buckwild
Slim of 112
CTE's Blood Raw
Universal Records
Cash Money Records
Bad Bo
Kane Beatz
Wiz Khalifa
Nicki Minaj
Kevin Gates
Kid Ink
Travie McCoy
and Rich Homie Quan (Amongst many more)

Jeramy Roberts Birmingham Producer / Label Founder

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Jeramy Roberts Birmingham Producer / Label Founder

Background

Jeramy Roberts is an EDM producer, composer, DJ and Ableton educator located in Austin, Texas. As founder of the Electronic Musician’s Guild, his approach combines the creative and the pragmatic—an ethos that’s dedicated to helping his students get their music out into the digital marketplace and distributed on major platforms.

Jeramy has sold his songs and records in dozens of countries around the world. He has broken the Top 100 spot in numerous international sales charts and even his former students have hit #2 in Amazon’s House Top 100 while training under his direction. A loyal lover of EDM and the great local EDM scene in Austin, Jeramy Roberts is serious about helping today’s most driven and committed newcomers create productive, rewarding careers in music.

Articles

#IZCONNECTED 62 | Jeramy Roberts - How To Monetize Your EDM
Recording Connection mentor Jeramy Roberts talks about the new music industry and creating your own job within it

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Mehul Tolia Birmingham Mentor

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Mehul Tolia Birmingham Mentor

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School News

How Recording Connection grad Michael Shelton Found his Way

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Top Tips on Studio Etiquette

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Recording Connection mentor and Berklee grad Pablo Reynoso on Capturing Good Music

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Orlando Gomez and Robert Macias get Platinum and Gold on Khalid’s “Location”!

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Nathan Zimmerman finds his path at The Abstract

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From Slump to Success Devin Zorn Goes into High Gear

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RC mentor Joey Paranoia on Ableton and Elemental Creative Urges

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Afropop Ambassador, Recording Connection grad Fredrick Nsiah

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Learn 1 on 1 in These Nearby

Birmingham Recording Studios

Music Scene in Birmingham

Your Birmingham, Alabama Recording School

Looking for a great Birmingham audio engineering school? Look no further than the RECORDING CONNECTION, the only school that gets you inside an actual Birmingham recording studio, where you will work as a recording studio apprentice (extern) while you learn your choice of audio engineering, mixing, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (electronica, dub fusion, acid house, jungle and more), electronic DJ and post production audio. Make no mistake, the smartest way to break into the recording industry in Birmingham is to start inside a Birmingham recording studio as an apprentice–and that’s where the RECORDING CONNECTION comes in.

Don’t make the mistake of spending 20-50 thousand dollars to go to an audio engineering trade school when you can spend far less money and go to audio engineering school in a real recording studio. Be smart, learn from the pros, and get connected as you get educated. Our audio recording school alternative is the smartest, most cost efficient program on the market today.

To APPLY for our Birmingham Recording School, click here.

Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, hosting a greater metro population of over 1 million people and serving as one of the major industrial and business hubs of the southern states. The city is also home to a vibrant music scene, and while it has largely influenced the blues, jazz and country genres, other styles are well-represented in the area.  Among the long line of bands and artists hailing from Birmingham are country artists Tammy Wynette and Emmylou Harris; rappers Attitude and Gucci Mane; R&B singer Raza; southern metalcore band Maylene & the Sons of Disaster; and American Idol contestants Bo Bice, Diana DeGarmo, Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks (the latter two of whom actually won the competition).

Today, Birmingham’s music scene continues to be strong and active, with plenty of venues and recording studios to accommodate bands and artists. If you are considering a career in audio as a recording engineer, live audio engineer or music producer, Birmingham holds plenty of opportunity for you to learn.

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Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

Professionals in the music business—including famous producers and audio engineers who’ve worked on the music that inspires you—endorse Recording Connection’s audio programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.

Rolling Stones

Learn one on one from engineers and producers who have worked with The Rolling Stones

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Deadmau5

Learn from the Engineer that records Deadmau5

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Taylor Swift

Learn music production from Taylor Swift’s music producer.

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Skrillex

Learn audio from the producers and engineers that have worked with Skrillex.

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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s Producer is a mentor for the Recording Connection

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Jack White

An Engineer for Jack White teaches Recording Connection students

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s Audio Engineer is a Recording Connection Mentor

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Larry King

Larry King endorses the Recording Radio and Film Connection.

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer endorses the Recording Connection’s mentor-apprentice learning approach.

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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg’s producers teach our students.

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John Mayer

John Mayer’s audio engineer is a teacher for Recording Connection

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U2

Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher

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Get Educated,
Get Access,
Get Hired.

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

Contact the Birmingham Recording Connection

4000 Eagle Point Corporate Drive
Birmingham, AL 35242

(205) 208-0360

Email: [email protected]

Hours: Mo-Sa 11:00 - 20:00

The Birmingham

Recording Connection Audio School Advantage

1

Learn in Birmingham, Alabama

Well, to be honest, we’ve got locations everywhere. We’re in every state across the U.S., we’re in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. We’re not bragging, we’re just letting you know that we’re the absolute best recording school for aspirating audio technicians in the world. And just like the title of the subsection would suggest, we’ve got a school in Birmingham, which means there’s no moving costs for you, and no new job search. You can continue your everyday life and pursue your dream of becoming an audio engineer simultaneously.

The other guys don't come close. Advantage: Recording Connection.

2

Learn on the Latest Gear When You Attend the Recording Connection.

Commercial audio studios exist in a highly competitive industry. To survive they need to have the latest gear on hand. With the Recording Connection, you will be learning at just such a studio. Guess what? That means you’ll have plenty of hands-on access to the latest and best equipment available.

Most school's gear is second or third generation. Don't get stuck in their generation gap. Advantage: Recording Connection.

3

Great Classrooms Inside Real Recording Studios

Our program is simple. We pair you, the up-and-coming recording engineering genius, with a mentor, an established pro who knows exactly what you need to learn to become successful. You learn one-on-one with your mentor, wherever you live—in your case, Birmingham. You’ll work in a real recording studio, and you’ll learn your trade from a master. No other recording or audio engineering school can replicate this experience.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

4

One-On-One Learning

You’re going to be learning to make music like a samurai. You’re going to learn in the studio, honing your craft with personal mentoring from someone who knows the industry backwards and forwards. You’re going to be alternating from one-on-one learning sessions to assisting your mentor in servicing clients. You’ll be in the industry and learning the ropes simultaneously.

With us, you are always number one. Advantage: Recording Connection.

5

Our Mentors Have Lots of Gold Records

We only work with the best. It’s just as simple as that. Alabama has amazingly talented recording engineers, producers, and recording artists located within its borders. Our mentor screening process is an arduous and lengthy ordeal; you don’t get to become a Recording Connection mentor without some serious credentials. Needless to say, many of these people have Gold Records on their walls.

Their teachers listen to the Gold Records our teachers produce. Advantage: Recording Connection.

6

Job Placement Assistance Program

The Recording Connection wants you to succeed. This school was designed to assist you in achieving your dreams and to help you break into the industry. At the end of our program, we offer a full twelve months of Job Placement Assistance. By hook or by crook, we’re going to help you get your foot in the door.

The other guys give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Recording Connection.

7

The Only School Recommended by Thousands of Pros

Our program works, plain and simple. If it didn’t work, then thousands of professional engineers, producers, and recording artists wouldn’t recommend us. It’s not rocket science: to get a job in the industry you need to have connections in the industry. We give you the experience and the contacts within the industry for you to succeed.

You can count the number of pros who recommend the other guys on one hand. Advantage: Recording Connection.

8

From Day One, You're On The Inside

You’re going to be operating with a huge advantage. You’re going into the "breaking into the business" game with a massive leg up. You’re already inside. Literally, you’re starting from the inside of a recording studio and gaining enough experience and contacts for someone to hire you. How amazingly simple is that? It’s a massive advantage that cannot be overstated.

The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Recording Connection.

9

Free Tutoring

The Recording Connection offers a completely free and completely unlimited tutoring serviceto all of its Birmingham, Alabama students. Actually, that’s not completely true—we offer the tutoring service to anyone enrolled in our program, anywhere. You'll never have to struggle along with parts of the curriculum you don't understand. You can still have all the tutoring you’d ever want.

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Connections

Connections, connections, connections. They are the name of the game, friend. They are the only things that will ensure your employment stability as you go forward. Our program will offer you more connections than you can shake a stick at. You’ll being working in a real recording studio, operating side by side with your mentor, your co-workers, and your mentor’s client list. You’ll be meeting and greeting people from all over Alabama and the world. You’ll be interacting with numerous people who could employ you, or who could recommend you for employment. The connections that you make in the Recording Connection can stay with you’re your entire career.

Real world music industry connections. Big Advantage: Recording Connection.


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