The Recording Connection
Chicago Externship

Not like any other school:
We. Hit. Different.
Amplify your life by breaking into your dream career in audio or music with our unique 1-on-1 mentorship programs. Available in-person or online.

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Why learn audio or music production from an instructor on a campus when you can learn from a pro in his or her Chicago studio?


We hit different and here is why:

You remember school, right? Go to class for an hour, wait for a bell, and then shuffle to the next class. Different teachers, different subjects, doing what you needed to make sure you checked all of the graduation requirements. And then it’s four more years of the same thing at a university to learn the recording arts – at a considerably higher price tag!

The Recording Connection MUSIC ENGINEERING EXERNSHIP IN CHICAGO breaks that cycle. Instead of four more years of shuffling from pre-requisites to labs, we put you in the middle of music recording studios from day one. Working with professional audio engineers, music producers, and beat makers, you’ll learn the business from the INSIDE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.

Working one-on-one with a mentor (instead of elbowing for attention in a classroom), the Recording Connection MUSIC PRODUCTION externship creates its curriculum based on the day-to-day operations of a real-world recording studio. We give you the tools of audio production, sound engineers, and live sound to give you the foundation you need to start a career.

And we do it in a quarter of the time and a tenth of the price of major 4-year universities. Depending on the selected program, After six or nine months at the CHICAGO RECORDING CONNECTION, you’ll have the education, the experience, the confidence, and maybe even a job. After four years of college, you’ll have a degree, potentially six figures of debt, and not much else.

How are we different than any other school?

We took that old stale classroom concept, rebuilt and upgraded it by putting your classroom in a professional recording studio. Then we emptied out all the other students and left only YOU and YOUR TEACHER (yay for one-on-one learning!) who happens to be a pro music producer (with killer credits) to train you privately (at your pace, full time, part time, nights or weekends available).

Your hands-on learn-by-doing experience starts here!

Endorsed By

Tim Palmer   (U2, Ozzy, The Cure)  
Warren G.   (Legendary Rapper)  
Hans Zimmer   (The Lion King, Inception)  
Ryan Hewitt   (Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers)  
Adam Moseley   (Rush, Wolfmother)  
Common   (Legendary Hip Hop Artist)  
F. Reid Shippen   (Newsboys, Toby Keith)  
Warren Huart   (The Fray, Disturbed)  
Steve Catizone   (U2, Justin Bieber)  
Joey Heier   (B.o.B., Christina Aguilera)  
XLNT Sound   (Timbaland, Borgore)  
Ricky Rich   (Travis Scott, Kevin Gates)  
Ira Parker   (Nipsey Hussle, Rick Ross)  
Kevin McCloskey   (DaBaby, Dreamville)  
Donny Baker   (Madonna, Aerosmith)  
Billy Flores   (Eminem, Black Eyed Peas)  
Mark Christensen   (50 Cent, Trey Songz)  
Steve Sundholm   (Lil' Wayne, Ke$ha)  
Rick Rooney   (Diana Ross, Joe Cocker)  
Mike Johnson   (Justin Timberlake, John Legend)  
Yudu Gray, Jr.   (Talib Kweli, Ginuwine)  
Jesse O' Brien   (Matisyahu, Mumford & Sons)  
Zack Phillips   (The Game, Jessie Ware)  
Ryan Greene   (Megadeth, NOFX)  
Dave Pensado   (Michael Jackson, Beyoncé)  
Larry King   (Legendary Broadcaster)  

Close to Home Or in your Home
10 Miles, 10 Blocks, Or 10 Seconds from Your Future

Chicago was a mecca for early jazz, gospel, blues, and other forms of music while producing many of today’s most influential artists. But it’s also your home! And in this “new normal,” your home may be the best place for you to start your audio engineering, music production, post-production, and other music recording education.While you may still be placed in a CHICAGO AUDIO ENGINEERING STUDIO, all of our programs can also be taken remotely. We won’t let a pandemic get in the way of chasing your dreams.

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Work with the Stars and Amplify

While there are numerous Chicago AUDIO ENGINEERING externships from which to choose, only the Chicago Recording Connection lets you get your education inside an actual working CHICAGO RECORDING STUDIO. But it’s much more than the music itself.

In Chicago (or New York, L.A., and wherever else music is made), it’s as much about getting your foot in the door as it is about what you do when you’re inside. With the Recording Connection, opportunities come to you, not the other way around. It’s what you do with those opportunities that go a long way to solidifying your career track, whether it’s producing albums, editing movie scores, or making music for video games.

We feel learning the business, any business, from the inside makes the most sense. Why spend time and money on the outside looking in? Learn the technical side, the personal side, and the professional side of the music-making business from those still in the business. What could make more sense than that?

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From the basics of listening and microphone placement to Pro Tools and mastering, extern with a professional audio engineer in the studio, learn in the trenches and on-the-job. Take your dreams to the professional level in our Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production program.

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Learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering. Extern under a professional audio engineer/music producer/mixer while gaining an insider's access to the music industry with the Recording Connection for Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production program.

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Capture the music in your head with our hands-on Ableton Live curriculum featuring private training from noted EDM DJs and producers. In the Recording Connection for Ableton Electronic Music Production program, learn how to elevate your music to the professional level and get your sound in front of the decision makers at major EDM labels.

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Capture the music in your head with our hands-on Advanced Ableton Live curriculum featuring private training from noted EDM DJs and producers.

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Program Tuition

Program & Total CostProgram TuitionAssociated Fees*Total Cost
Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production$10,710$2150$12,860
Recording Connection for Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production$11,210$2150$13,360
Recording Connection for Ableton Electronic Music Production$11,070$2150$13,220
Recording Connection for Advanced Ableton Electronic Music Production$14,070$2150$16,220

*Associated Fees: Administrative, Institutional, Materials, Software, Tutorial & Student Support Services (NonRefundable)

Recording Connection provides affordable, unique education models coupled with mentor-based (externship) programs that can be engaged remotely or in person.

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