The Recording Connection
Externship Cleveland

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 Cleveland studio?


Not like any other school, this is Audio Education Updated, Reimagined, and Revitalized. Are You Ready to Take Your Place?

We hit different and here is why:

What can you say about Cleveland and its place in the music-making universe? Its history is steeped in different kinds of music. DJ Alan Freed turned Cleveland into a bit of a rock and roll hot spot back in the day and now it’s the location of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Every year, some of the biggest names in the music industry find their way to Cleveland for induction ceremonies.

There’s plenty of music to be made the rest of the year, too. Although there are cities with more historical cache (Chicago to the West, Detroit to the West, New York to the East, and Atlanta to the South), Cleveland makes no bones about their own musical pedigree.

Which makes it the perfect place for you to learn how the music industry works. Recording Connection will place you in a fully immersive environment alongside a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER. Other Cleveland audio production or music production schools put you in a classroom, offering little hands on instruction. With us it’s all about getting your hands dirty.

You’ll still take the time to understand about music theory, the physiology of sound, and how you perceive certain sounds. But, unlike conventional schools, with Recording Connection you’ll put the information to use almost immediately with standard industry audio gear that has been used for decades as well as the newest technology.

Where better to hear your evolution as a music producer than inside a CLEVELAND RECORDING STUDIO? Traditional audio engineering schools may have occasional lab time where you can work a few hours a week. The Cleveland Recording Connection flips the script – it’s almost all lab time with us, though your “lab” isn’t a lab at all—it’s a legit, open-for-business recording studio.

And instead of working with other students, you’ll be working up and coming local acts, established regional groups, and if you’re lucky, international stars looking to work before performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or record when they’re passing through, on-tour. Think that kind of experience can be replicated in a classroom?

We feel we offer a better way to learn about audio engineering and music production in Cleveland. And we know we offer it for less money and less time than traditional four-year “name” universities. We have hundreds of testimonials and success stories from past graduates. Now is the time to amplify your life.

How are we different than other audio and music education schools?

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 as a Music Pro

With so many opportunities to learn from and work with the best, there’s really no reason to leave Cleveland at all to pursue a career in the music industry. But as the events of 2020 and beyond have shown us, being able to leave your home for any reason isn’t always possible.

Even when we’re not in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, getting to school the traditional way isn’t always easy. Lucky for you, the CLEVELAND RECORDING CONNECTION is anything but traditional. For decades, along with in-studio training, we’ve been offering remote learning opportunities to those that need them.

And no one would describe the music industry as standard, either. Audio engineers and music producers need to be agile, willing to work at any time, often with little notice. With remote learning, you’ll have the ability to train in a one-on-one manner with your mentor. If you have questions, all you have to do is ask. Want to get their advice on your latest track? Want to get a pro’s advice and have conversations, not lectures, that’s how we do it. All you need is a fast enough computer, strong internet or wifi, and a willingness to work as hard as you can when in the (virtual) studio.

Does A Career In The Music Business Sound Too Good To Be True?  
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We have a high job placement rate.


Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in:


REAL Film Production Companies

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios


Where jobs get filled.

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Recording Connection.
To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

We're here to help.

We have a
high job placement rate.

Find Out Why

Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in the same places where jobs get filled.


REAL Film Production Companies

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Recording Connection.

To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

(800) 755-7597

We're here to help.

Music and Audio Engineering Programs

Work with the Stars and Amplify

If you’re looking to learn about the music business, from behind the glass or even in the business office, the Cleveland Recording Connection has everything you need to build a solid foundation. Our mentors often have years of experience, they work in real-world studios, many even own them, and they know how to bring in clients (that means get paid).

And that last part is important because, and this is no secret, making it in the music industry involves who you know as much as what you know. Cleveland Recording Connection puts you in position to start making those connections. How many traditional institutions bring those music job opportunities to you?

Now is not the time to pick and choose who you want to “meet.” Our mentors work in hip hop and folk, bluegrass and EDM, and rap and rock and roll. The fatter your list of contacts, the busier you’ll be. And while we make the introductions, it’s up to you to make a good first impression.

What will these potential clients remember about you? Playing on your phone or setting the mics? Making unsolicited observations or quietly observing the process? Adding to the session or making it about yourself? First impressions are important because they turn into lasting impressions.

The Recording Connection will design the program to fit your needs, both in terms of your schedule (work, family, etc.) and how experienced you are. Whether you’ve produced your own tracks, or just download the tracks you like, our mentors and Academic Facilitators will work with you to find the perfect balance.

It isn’t too good to be true—it’s just how we’ve been doing it for decades. And we’ve been doing it well. Our hardest working students have gone on to work at the recording studios they learned in, while others have found work at other studios based on their mentor’s recommendations.

Some students have even been hired to go on the road with clients halfway through the program! Our graduates worked hard and learned enough to open their own studios, gone on the road with Beyoncé, Aminé, A$AP Rocky, and more. These are the opportunities Recording Connection trains you to take advantage of.

But your success is up to you. To make it happen, YOU need to put in the work. This isn’t a hobby; our mentors are professionals - don’t waste their time. Think of it like this: when you put in the effort at a four-year university, you’ll get a diploma. Put in the effort with Recording Connection, and you could walk away with a job after nine months.

What makes more sense?

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Cleveland Music Programs

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.

Audio Engineering School

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.

Advanced Audio Engineering School

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 in our Recording Connection for Hip Hop & Beat Making program. Learn what separates the real-deals from the wannabes.

Hip Hop School and Beat Making

Prepare for a career as a front-of-house engineer by externing under a touring audio engineer. Recording Connection for Live Music program is geared for those who want to get inside of the music industry and tour the world.

Live Sound Engineer School

Learn Logic Pro as you extern under a professional electronic music composer, dance music producer, or touring DJ in their studio in our Recording Connection for Logic Pro Electronic Music Production program. 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 School with Logic Pro

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.

Electronic Music Production School with Ableton

Looking to build a career as a music producer? Our insider access is your opportunity to make lasting hookups that can help you get started at producing today’s music. In our Recording Connection for Music Production program, you’ll learn in private sessions with a professional producer who can show you the ins-and-outs of this dynamic career.

Music Production School

Turn your passion and ear for music into a career by understanding the world of managers, agents, royalties, copyrights, 360 deals and more. Learn the real ins-and-outs of music business from inside the industry in Recording Connection for Music Business program. Are you the next music mogul?

Music Business School

The Recording Connection Live DJ program pairs you with a working, touring DJ, who’ll tutor you on what it takes to succeed on the world’s biggest stages. Want an insider’s perspective? Get the ultimate all-access pass to music-performance business knowhow. Get schooled in one-on-one lessons from a working, touring DJ.

DJ School

Immersive Audio and Music Workshops

Learn Post Audio while externing under a Post Production Specialist in their recording studio. If working on movie, TV and video game soundtracks sounds like an incredible career, the Recording Connection for Post Production for Film and TV workshop is for you.

Post Production Audio School

Collaborate with music producers and learn from some of the most qualified professionals in the industry like those 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. The Recording Connection Learn from Legends workshop is for graduates of the Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production program and is currently an invite-only workshop.

Learn from Legends Details

Fast track your career with certification credentials in Pro Tools. By getting yourself tested and certified in Recording Connection’s Audio Certification workshop, 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 Production Certification

Our Approach to Education

We are not like other audio or trade schools. We don’t waste your time in classrooms. This is the world of audio. Everything you need to know should be taught in the real world. We are unique, bold, out-of-the-box thinkers; and after over 3 decades service — we have the formula that works:

Private Mentor in Professional Recording Studio
2nd Mentor: Private Academic Facilitator
Online, Interactive Curriculum
Meaningful Industry Connections
Hands-on Learning in a Recording Studio (Not a College Classroom)

A Recipe for

Private Mentor in Professional Recording Studio
2nd Mentor: Private Academic Facilitator
Online, Interactive Curriculum
Meaningful Industry Connections
Hands-on Learning in a Recording Studio (Not a College Classroom)

A Recipe for

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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Recording Connection Advisor Team

Cleveland Recording Connection Audio School Alternative

2206 Superior Viaduct Ste 101
Cleveland, OH 44113

(216) 270-6160

Cleveland Recording Connection Audio School Alternative

5000 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103

(216) 249-6295

Email: [email protected]

Our "Near Me" Cleveland Locations
Learn in a Recording Studio in or Near Cleveland.

  • Tremont
  • Shaker Heights
  • Ohio City
  • Coventry Village
  • Little Italy
  • Parma Heights
  • Detroit Shoreway
  • Fairfax
  • Newburgh Heights
  • St. Clair-Superior
  • Brooklyn
  • Whiskey Island
  • Highland
  • Lakewood
  • Chagrin Falls
  • Euclid
  • Independence
  • Westlake

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