The Recording Connection
Externship Detroit

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 Detroit 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:

For as long as you’ve been in school, it was the same situation. You’re in a class with a bunch of other students, each vying for attention or trying to get their questions answered. Or maybe you have to take a class because “they” say you need it before moving on to what you really want to do.

If you’re paying for the class, shouldn’t you have some say in how it’s taught? That’s what Recording Connection offers students who want to learn AUDIO ENGINEERING AND MUSIC PRODUCTION IN DETROIT. We’ll place you in a one-on-one situation, inside a PROFESSIONAL DETROIT RECORDING STUDIO with an industry insider.

They will teach the curriculum around what you want to learn. While there are standard elements everyone in the industry should know, your mentor will fine-tune the experience to fit your career goals. Learning music theory, how to set up a studio for different genres of music, and building a brand are just a few of the aspects you’ll learn to master.

Beyond how you learn, and where you learn, you also have a say in when you learn. For a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER, the term “nine to five” doesn’t exist. That means you can still keep your day job and tend to family commitments while you learn with the Recording Connection.

But let’s be clear: This is not a hobby to our mentors, real word DETROIT MUSIC PRODUCERS. This is their profession and it could be yours, too. But you have to want it. We’ll give you a foundation, but you’ll have to take the initiative. You begin to learn when to ask for help, when your mentor needs your help, and when an artist expects your help.

In the music industry, who you know matters almost as much as what you know. That’s why we feel working with a DETROIT MUSIC PRODUCER in real-life situations is so much more beneficial than the piece of paper you get after four years at a college. And when touring acts and their music producers think of you – what will they remember?

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

From Hockeytown to Hitsville, Motown to The Motor City, Detroit has picked up more than its fair share of nicknames. And as one of the pillars of the U.S. music scene, there is also a variety of DETROIT AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOLS to choose from. But how many bring you into the studio while you stay at home?

We have multiple mentors in the Detroit area, but we understand that you may not always be able to make it into the studio. And as the Covid-19 pandemic showed us, even leaving the home isn’t always an option. But Recording Connection in Detroit is ready.

For decades, we’ve been offering externs the choice of remote learning. With a fast enough computer and reliable internet access, you can work with any of our mentors. Whether in Detroit, Chicago, L. A., or New York. Want to stay with that Detroit style? When available, we’ll place you in a professional, real-world, DETROIT AUDIO RECORDING STUDIO.

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Immersive Music Programs

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In addition to giving you more real-world experience, in less time, and at a fraction of the cost of a four-year university, the DETROIT RECORDING CONNECTION also offers something just not available at those name schools: Opportunity. Are their classrooms open when Dr. Dre comes to work on a track at 11 p.m.?

Of course not. But our mentors are. And where will you be? Our programs are designed to give you a real-world, fully immersive recording studio experience. And late night and early mornings are just part of the biz. That’s when music is made, albums are mastered, and deals are struck.

Now, billion-dollar moguls won’t be coming through those studio doors every night. In fact, they may never come through those doors. But working with up and comers, regional acts, and even corporations will help you build your portfolio and, more importantly, get paid.

It’s a simple equation. You can attend a four-year school and leave with a piece of paper OR grind for nine months and leave the Program with a portfolio of your work, a number of music industry contacts, and maybe even a job waiting for you. What makes more sense?

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Detroit 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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Contact the Detroit
Recording Connection Advisor Team

Rochester Hills Audio Externship Location

1948 Star-Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI 48309

(248) 266-2450

Email: [email protected]

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

  • Grosse Pointe
  • Bloomfield Hills
  • Ann Arbor
  • Wyandotte
  • Bricktown
  • Greektown
  • Park Avenue
  • Cass Corridor
  • West Canfield
  • Woodbridge
  • Boston-Edison
  • New Amsterdam
  • Highland Park
  • Palmer Woods
  • Sherwood Forest
  • MorningSide
  • Indian Village
  • Rivertown
  • Warrendale
  • Delray
  • Seven Mile
  • Littlefield
  • Royal Oak
  • Southfield

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