The Recording Connection
Externship Columbia

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 Columbia 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:

When it comes to your future, doesn’t it make sense for you to be calling the shots? At traditional 4-year universities, you’re expected to follow a preset plan, take prerequisite classes, work from a syllabus that was created by the instructor, and adhere to a schedule whether you have work or family obligations or not.

At the COLUMBIA, SC., RECORDING CONNECTION, you work from a personalized curriculum, collaborate with an Academic Facilitator to set your schedule, and use your experience to dictate where you begin. We don’t force you to fit into our mold – we mold our audio engineering and music production programs around you.

The differences don’t end there. Instead of a classroom, you’ll be placed in a PROFESSIONAL COLUMBIA, SC, RECORDING STUDIO. Instead of an instructor looking for tenure, you’ll be working alongside a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER that’s making the music you listen to every day. Instead of waiting your turn to ask a question, you’ll have exclusive one-on-one time with your mentor.

How many other COLUMBIA SC AUDIO ENGINEERING AND MUSIC PRODUCTION schools offer that kind of flexibility, access, or collaboration? And how many universities around the nation offer it for a fraction of the cost of four-year universities. After six or nine months, how many other institutions have helped you build a brand and add professional work to your portfolio?

Less than a year compared to four years. A cost that won’t put you in debt for years to come. Personalized instruction. And we haven’t even mentioned the experience of working every day with the gear that recording professionals use in real-world situations. Make a list, check the pros and cons of each situation, and let us know what you think.

The decision is yours. Professionally, financially, personally, what makes the most sense?

How are we different than other music engineering 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 Industry Pro

If nothing else, 2020 proved traditional educational institutions aren’t always the best equipped to deal with unforeseen circumstances. However, as social distancing and self-quarantines became new catchphrases for the world, Recording Connection already had the infrastructure in place to handle the “new normal.”

For decades, we’ve been perfecting our version of remote learning. If your computer is strong enough, fast enough, and has enough storage and your internet connection is reliable, you’ll still receive one-on-one attention from your mentor, learn what it’s like to work in a professional studio, and improve your skills on the software used by acts around the world.

Even if there isn’t a worldwide pandemic, Recording Connection is able to use the technology of today to place with mentors all over the United States. Want to learn how to record the blues from the heart of a Memphis studio? Hip Hop from a Brooklyn audio engineer? Hard Rock from an LA producer? We can make it happen and you won’t have to uproot your life.

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Professional Audio and Music Production Programs

Work with the Stars and Amplify

We give you almost everything you need to give yourself a foundation in audio engineering and music production. A schedule built around your life, accelerated programs designed to amplify your strengths and improve your weaknesses, and a fully immersive studio experience.

But the most valuable thing we offer at Recording Connection is Opportunity. The opportunity to get real-world experience, the opportunity to help run a professional studio, the opportunity to learn how a studio operates from the inside. And the opportunity to impress future employers, clients, and collaborators on a weekly basis.

The difference between making music as a living or as a hobby can be razor thin at times. The deciding factor could very well be how you treat each of these opportunities. Happy to sit back and absorb as much as you can or a little moody because you’re not doing more? Listening to the clients during a session or just doing what you think is best?

Even something as simple as offering to get water when a singer looks thirsty can color the way your mentor, clients, and other potential connections see you. Just like constantly texting your friends or posting to Instagram will. Everyone that walks through the doors is a potential job - and your session with them is a potential interview.

How will you be remembered? Recording Connection graduates have gone on to work at the studios they learned in, found work at other studios, and even opened their own studios! Do you think they achieved so much because they were constantly late, interrupting their mentors, or ignoring clients?

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Columbia 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

Inspiring and Uplifting 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

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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Still not sure which audio school is right for you? We ask you to check us out in person or over Zoom before you decide. We will arm you with the facts so as you can make the right decision. Given that our interviews are at no charge, you can’t afford not to talk to us.

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

  • Five Points
  • Arcadia Lakes
  • Colonial Heights
  • Governor’s Hill
  • Lincoln Park
  • Irmo
  • Belmont
  • Waverly
  • Melrose Heights
  • Denny Terrace
  • Crane Forest
  • Forest Acres
  • Hollywood Hills
  • St. Andrews
  • Arthurtown

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