The Recording Connection
Audio Engineering School Kansas City

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 Kansas City 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 century ago, during Prohibition and the Great Depression, the Kansas City music scene flourished. Of course, it helped that those in power turned a blind eye to the dry laws that were in place nationwide, allowing nightclubs and music halls to not only stay open but to thrive.

Those jazz and blues influences can still be heard along the streets of Kansas City, although the city has certainly opened up to other genres. Rock n’ roll, hip hop, rap, and more, all have a home in Kansas City. Many acts come to Kansas City to play in both the largest of venues as well as the more intimate settings.

Its proximity to the University of Kansas ensures up-and-coming bands will always be well-represented in the recording studios around the city. And although the four-year university boasts a wide array of music courses, we just don’t feel they can offer to hopeful audio engineers and music producers what the KANSAS CITY RECORDING CONNECTION can.

Instead of a classroom, we place you inside a real-world recording studio. Instead of forcing you into prerequisites and undergraduate work, we fashion our programs around what you already know – and what you want to know going forward. Your mentors are PRO MUSIC PRODUCERS working every day with the bands you’re probably listening to today.

We understand there are a number of KANSAS CITY AUDIO ENGINEERING AND MUSIC PRODUCTION SCHOOLS to choose from. But how many offer you the number of hands-on learning experiences that Recording Connection does? From day one, you’re working with an industry insider in their studio.

And not just for a couple of hours a week. You will be expected to put in the work four or five times a week, spending several hours learning the ins and outs of the industry. One day you could be setting up the studio for a client, another day you may be working with those clients.

The music industry isn’t known to take a few days off, either. Even when you’re not in the studio, there will still be an eBook to read, exams to study for, and relevant homework to get done. Remember, this isn’t a hobby or some classroom – this is the real world! And, with us, you get to learn it from the inside.

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

Being able to sit in a recording studio with your mentor, getting hands-on experience, and working face-to-face with clients just can’t be replicated in a classroom. But what if you’re hundreds of miles away from a professional facility? We have you covered.

As the worldwide pandemic took over in early 2020, many educational facilities weren’t sure how to handle social distancing, self-quarantines, and other steps needed to keep students and their staff safe. Many still don’t. But Recording Connection has been working on remote-learning infrastructure for more than two decades.

This allows you to enroll in the Recording Connection audio engineering and music production program no matter where you are. All you need is a strong/fast computer, reliable internet, and the desire, drive, and determination to make your love of music into a career. Want to learn from someone in L.A., Chicago, or New York? You can do that from Kansas City.

Why uproot your life if you don’t have to?

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Elevated Audio and Music Production Programs

Work with the Stars and Amplify

Of everything Recording Connection offers program enrollees - real-world experience, working with industry insiders, an understanding of music theory, and even the physics of sound - there’s only one thing that will truly dictate how far you go in the music industry.

Opportunity. And we’re not talking about the opportunity to work with the latest and greatest gear, creating your brand, or growing your portfolio (although that’s certainly a plus!). In addition to placing you with a mentor who owns or manages a working studio, we put you in front of potential clients almost every week.

Yes - it’s important to know what you’re doing. And hopefully, you’ll take in everything your mentors teach you. But in order to make it in this business, you need to make a name for yourself. The only way to do that is to prove yourself when that red recording light goes on. By proving your worth on every session with every client, you’ll make sure the people that need to know your name will know it.

We give you the opportunity to make yourself indispensable. Our best graduates - the ones who work hard, act responsibly, and understand this is a business - are the ones that find work almost immediately. Because they proved their worth when those opportunities presented themselves.

Graduates have found work at the studios they learned in, caught on at other studios because of good word of mouth, or even opened their own studio because of the client list they created. Some students have even been hired to go on the road with an artist before they’ve finished the program!

It’s all because they took advantage of the opportunities right in front of them. What opportunities will present themselves to you? And how will you respond? The Kansas City Recording Connection program will give you the opportunity to find out.

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Kansas City 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

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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Our "Near Me" Kansas City Campus Locations
Learn in a Recording Studio in or Near Kansas City.

  • Westside
  • River Market
  • Country Club Plaza
  • Brookside
  • Hyde Park
  • Glenhaven
  • Crossroads
  • Brookside
  • Waldo
  • Union Hill
  • Volker
  • 18th and Vine
  • Dunbar
  • Quality Hill
  • Ruskin Heights
  • Independence
  • Parkville
  • Ferrelview
  • Overland Park
  • Shawnee
  • Lees Summit

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