Birmingham

Recording Connection Audio Institute

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.

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.

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
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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.

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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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Meet our Faculty

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

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

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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Oscar Diaz Birmingham Engineer

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Oscar Diaz Birmingham Engineer

Background

Manage a team of recording engineers and interns to successfully record musicians and voice over artists. Record voice-over for commercials and sound design. Oversaw construction of two new studios, acquired all materials and managed labor through completion. Expanded the market to reach advertising agencies and production companies through multiple marketing channels. Maintain and troubleshoot equipment.

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Artists

Dr. Dre
E-40
Gucci Mane
Jay-Z
Mariah Carey
Mary J. Blige
MC Hammer
Rick Ross
Snoop Dogg
TLC
Too $hort
Warren G
YG
Waka Flocka
Google
YouTube
Dreamworks
HBO
FOX
Showtime
King of the Hill
Apple Inc.
Grand Theft Auto
UC Berkeley

Devon Kirkpatrick Birmingham Engineer

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Devon Kirkpatrick Birmingham Engineer

Background

Devon has worked as an engineer or Pro Tools engineer on numerous grammy winning albums. Most notable was his Pro Tools Engineering work for Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill which won four GRAMMYs (including album of the year) in 1999.

Articles

Busy in Baton Rouge: Recording Connection student Jordan Robertson launches his music production career

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Artists

Kane & Abel
The Williams Brothers
Thomas Jackson
C-Murder
Da Bricklayaz
Clyde Cotton Band
Aaliyah
Soulscript
Lil' Boosie
Mystikal
Backstreet Boys
Lauryn Hill
Timbaland
Chris Potter
Joe Pesci
Marilyn Manson
Janice Marshall Coates

IV Duncan Birmingham Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer

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IV Duncan Birmingham Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer

Background

A Detroit Native, IV Duncan III is a RIAA Multi-Platinum Certified Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Engineer. He is also an accomplished Music Producer. He graduated top of his class from the Recording Institute, nationally renowned for its engineering curriculum. IV is the owner of Mix Factory One Studios and Music Brokers Entertainment Group. His experience in the music industry is sought after by major labels and corporate America as well as local/independent artists.  He is an active participant in the community and is a partner in the Light Up Detroit campaign designed to shine a positive light and promote growth for that city. Music is IV’s passion. His goal is to continuously empower the art that drives him.

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Artists

Eminem
Royce Da 5’9″
Rich Homie Quan
Rocko
ASAP Ferg
M-City
Kashdoll
Dej Loaf
Slaughterhouse
WOW Gospel
Karen Clark-Sheard
KEM
Mario Winans
Deelishis
Rick Ross
Interscope
Shady Records
Sony
Warner Bros.

Scott Ferguson Birmingham Producer

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Scott Ferguson Birmingham Producer

Background

Picture this… It’s 1968 in a remote fishing village in eastern Canada. A six year old boy comes home from an afternoon jigging tommy cods on the wharf. He carefully drops the needle on “Rubber Soul”, his parents only Beatles album, adjusts his headphones and starts jamming to Ringo on his toy tin drum. These are the humble beginnings of what has become a great musical adventure. After a string of school concert bands, a Diploma in Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Music from St. Francis Xavier University, Scott Ferguson has gone on to live his musical dreams.

In the early 80′s Scott focused on his jazz passion studying with renowned drum teacher Jim Blackley in Toronto and performing with such greats as Oliver Jones, Peter Appleyard and Dave Young. Settling in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Scott broadened his stylistic scope and in 1992 embarked on a seven year tenure touring and recording with “The Rankin Family”.

After hundreds of concerts in Canada, The United States, The U.K. and Australia Scott started pursuing his interest in studio production. Fueled by his work with legendary Nashville producers George Massenberg and John Jennings on the Rankin CDs “Uprooted” and “Endless Seasons”, Scott started “Ferguson Music Productions Inc.

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Richie Beretta Birmingham Mentor

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Richie Beretta Birmingham Mentor

Background

Sevensound’s Chief Engineer, Richie Beretta is a multi-faceted musician, internationally known writer/producer and educator. With over 15 years of studio experience, there isn’t many styles or genres that he is a stranger to. He grew up in New York City with a love for punk and reggae but has written, mixed, and produced almost every genre from Metal to J-pop. He has also worked for some of the biggest names in music like Beyoncé and Major Lazer.

Richie is just as passionate about sharing his love of how music is made as he is about making it.  In 2013 he began cultivating the talent of future engineers and hit makers at the world’s leading electronic audio institute, Dubspot. Since then he also started and coordinates possibly one of the first and only live mixing tutorials on Twitch.tv.

SEVENSOUND is a production company founded by producer and New York City native, Richie Beretta. Built with his own two hands he created a full service production house that is an affordable alternative to the “big facility” experience for both independent and major label artists.

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Artists

Beyonce
BOYSLASHFRIEND
Diplo
Kerwin DuBois
System 32
Tigarah
Twin Twin

Steve Wright Birmingham Engineer

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Steve Wright Birmingham Engineer

Background

Built in 1990, WrightWay Studios has been a staple of the Mid – Atlantic music scene and a destination for national recording artists since it’s inception. The Studio has an impressive client list including artists ranging from Rihanna, Dru Hill, Bibi Bourelly, Dawn (Danity Kane) and Ryan Leslie to Slipknot, U.N.K.L.E and Bosnian Rainbows (Mars Volta), Misery Index, Evan Taubenfeld (Avril Lavigne), Steel Pulse and Celebration, to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hezekiah Walker and many more. WrightWay prides itself in its ability to deliver the highest quality projects for artists in any genre. WrightWay has worked with artists from every Major Label including Warner Brothers, EMI, Sony, BMG and Universal and most of their subsidiary labels in addition to most of the region’s budding talent.

WrightWay’s Engineers are far more than just engineers. Each is also a musician, trained as a producer who fully understands what it takes to make a great record. Each Producer/Engineer is committed to delivering the highest quality product for every client. Wright Way’s Producers/Engineers have worked with: Rihanna, Mos Def, Blaqstarr/M.I.A., Lake Trout, Slipknot, Mambo Sauce, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dying Fetus, Fertile Ground, SR71, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack

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Artists

Mos Def
Rihanna
Dru Hill
Bibi Bourelly
Dawn (Danity Kane) and Ryan Leslie to Slipknot
U.N.K.L.E and Bosnian Rainbows (Mars Volta)
Misery Index
Evan Taubenfeld (Avril Lavigne)
Steel Pulse and Celebration
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Hezekiah Walker
Blaqstarr/M.I.A.
Lake Trout
Slipknot
Mambo Sauce
Lonnie Liston Smith
Dying Fetus
Fertile Ground
SR71
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack

Harley Fine Birmingham Producer / Engineer

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Harley Fine Birmingham Producer / Engineer

Background

“I operate a recording studio, record, produce and mix records for clients, write songs and get song placements on nationally distributed compilations. Record voice overs and edit video.” – Harley Fine

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Artists

Black Mesa
The Bramblemen
Pete Minda
Maureen Russell
Laminated Menu
Inwood Jones
Ken Master
Matt Gibbons and the Elevators

Asaf Fulks Birmingham Producer

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Asaf Fulks Birmingham Producer

Background

Asaf Fulks is a record artist, songwriter, music producer, sound engineer, videographer, graphic designer, educator, author, inventor and founder of OC Recording in 2005. He discovered his passion for music production during his college years. While studying Computer Science and Economics at Denison University in Ohio, he also spent time recording and producing in his dorm room. After graduating in 2004, he moved to his family in Hollywood and eventually relocated to Orange County to work for a book publisher. His boss recognized his passion for music and encouraged him to set up a studio in his unused office space. With minimal gear and few contacts Asaf set up shop and The OC Recording Company opened its doors in 2005. [^]

Articles

Recording Connection Grads find work at The OC Recording Company Inc!

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
C-Nice
Young Keno
The Dirty Heads
My Hero
Common Kings
Tenelle
Adam Sander's Chuck and Larry
ESPN
Fox TV
JBL
Bad Girls Club
The Franchise

James Salone Birmingham Producer / Engineer

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James Salone Birmingham Producer / Engineer

Background

Salone Studio is a quality recording studio located in Jackson, Mississippi. We have engineers who record,mix,and master. If you need a great creative environment and perfection at a great price, Salone Studio is the place for you. Our staff is eager to work hard to meet your needs. We are the “go to” recording studio for musicians and producers who need a prestigious product.

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Artists

Jarekus Singleton
The Mississippi Mass Choir
New Jerusalem Mass Choir
Stephen Johnson
Benjamin Cone III

Loved it learned a lot from my mentor Rick Rooney. And thanks to all the knowledge I now have a studio of my own.

Umair Jamal Recording Connection Student

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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Tuition
Comparison

Recording Connection’s unique mentor-style education is far more cost-effective than trade schools or traditional colleges and on average, requires less financing (based on national averages). Compare the true costs of education.

 

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$9,800 Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

Trade
School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

Average Accrued Interest Charges
Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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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, Alabama

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

Our Low Tuition Keeps You Out Of Debt

We don’t waste money on elaborate recording school campuses, high priced bus stop bench ad campaigns or infomercials at 1:00 a.m. We keep tuition low so you don't have to get buried in debt. We put you to work in a real recording studio with real music industry professionals in Birmingham.

The other guys not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. 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.