The Recording Connection
Externship Columbus

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 Columbus 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:

A college town if there ever was one, musical groups big and small all come through Columbus, Ohio, at some point. With so many bands trying to make a name for themselves, as well as established regional and national acts coming to town, there are plenty of COLUMBUS RECORDING STUDIOS for those looking to improve their sound.

So why not learn the tricks of the trade of audio engineering in a professional recording studio? The Columbus Recording Connection will place you alongside PRO MUSIC PRODUCER, where you’ll learn how music gets made in a real-world setting. It’s an experience that just can’t be replicated in a classroom.

Recording Connection also customizes our programs to fit the needs of the student. Traditional 4-year schools make you conform to THEIR schedules, we let you set your hours. The music industry doesn’t punch a clock. When your clients want to work, it’s time to work. No matter what time it is.

The “name” universities will make you take prerequisites and take the classes in the order they deem fit. With us, working one-on-one with your mentor is how you learn. They’ll modify the program to fit your knowledge base and when you have a question, they’ll be there to answer it in a way that makes sense to you. Spend less time on the stuff you know, more time on developing the skills you need to succeed. Afterall, if you already know how to install a digital audio workstation, why waste time learning how to do it again?

Instead of working on a syllabus that’s been rehashed over several years, learn what those in the business are looking for today. The music industry moves at the speed of light – now is not the time to be left behind. You’ll work on the gear professionals are using today, not whatever the university has in storage.

You’ll still be expected to learn the nuts and bolts of music theory, how sound moves through the air, and how our ears take in the music. You will need to read the eBook and there will be tests. You’ll just do it all in the studio, not a classroom. You’ll be able to use what you learn almost immediately instead of waiting for your chance to use whatever gear the university may have.

You may be noticing a trend here. At those traditional schools, it’s all about THEM. At Recording Connection, we’re here for YOU. Our Academic Facilitators will make sure YOU have everything you need to succeed. YOU’LL spend less time and money. At the end of the program, YOUR portfolio will be ready to show prospective clients.

Now is the time to Amplify Your Life.

How are we different than other music programs and music colleges?

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 Unlocking Your Future as a Music Legend

The Recording Connection mentos can be found in Columbus, throughout Ohio, and all over the United States. There is no reason for you to move thousands of miles away from home for an education in audio engineering and music production. Especially when you can get hands-on experience in your own backyard.

We mean that literally - just so long as you have somewhere to work, have reliable internet, and a powerful enough computer. For decades, students have been enrolling in our virtual learning programs. So when Covid hit, the COLUMBUS RECORDING CONNECTION was already prepared.

This means you aren’t limited to the mentors we have in the city. Is there a particular producer you’d like to learn from, but they’re located hundreds of miles away? Our programs are designed so that you learn from any of our mentors, from anywhere, at any time. Want some feedback from a mentor in Memphis at 10:30 p.m. on a Tuesday? There’s a good chance you’ll get it at 10:31 - unless your mentor happens to be working with a Grammy winner at that moment.

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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.

Higher Education Music and Audio Production Programs

Work with the Stars and Amplify

With the Columbus Recording Connection, you’ll learn the physical and psychological properties of making music, you’ll do it in less time and less money, and you’ll be getting one-on-one mentoring from an industrial insider to help build an unshakeable foundation. But that may not even be the best part of our programs.

In a university setting, you’d be working with other students, bouncing ideas off of one another. Maybe you’d get the occasional “guest” speaker. There are no such things as guest speakers when you’re working with your mentor. We offer the opportunity to land weekend gigs, the chance to go on the road, and employment prospects you just can’t get in a college setting.

The Recording Connection offers opportunities. The opportunity to learn from and work with a music professional. The opportunity to make connections with people that may be looking to hire you in the coming months. The opportunity to build your portfolio to send to potential clients. With us, you’re building a resume. At a “name” school, you’re working on your GPA.

What makes more sense?

But while you could be getting these opportunities on a weekly basis, how you handle yourself makes all the difference in the music-making world. Are you texting friends, wandering the studio, or showing up late and leaving early? Or are you making yourself indispensable? From anticipating when a client might need a fresh bottle of water, to taking over the entire session, the impressions you make now will come to fruition in the future.

Sometimes the very near future. Students in our programs have been hired in the days after graduating, within the very same studio where they learned. Or they’ve been hired at other recording studios, based on a good word from your mentor. Opening their own studios has even been the reality of those who wanted to call their own shots. Some students have even been hired halfway through completing the program they’re enrolled in!

We didn’t give them those jobs. We gave them the opportunities to earn those jobs. What will you be earning during your time with us?

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Columbus 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

Elevated Audio Education 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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Contact the Columbus
Recording Connection Advisor Team

Columbus Recording Connection Audio School Alternative

1400 Holly Ave
Columbus, OH 43212

(380) 867-2151

Columbus Recording Connection Audio School Alternative

3970 S High St
Columbus, OH 43207

(380) 867-0737

Email: [email protected]

Hours: M-F 11:00AM - 9:00PM

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

  • Uptown District
  • German Village
  • Eastland
  • Lincoln Park
  • Victorian Village
  • Innis Gardens
  • Fifth By Northwest
  • Reeb-Hosack
  • Clintonville
  • Short North
  • University District
  • Upper Arlington
  • Valleyview
  • Bexley
  • Gahanna
  • Whitehall
  • Reynoldsburg
  • Dublin
  • Westerville

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