The Recording Connection
Audio Engineering School Oakland

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 Oakland 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:

If you want to be a lawyer, a teacher, a pharmacist or some other nine to five job, you’ll need to go to school. But Recording Connection knows becoming an audio engineer or music producer isn’t like a “traditional” job. And we believe you can’t truly learn how to do it in a “traditional” classroom environment.

When you learn AUDIO ENGINEERING AND MUSIC PRODUCTION IN OAKLAND with us, you’ll be placed in a one-on-one situation with a professional music producer, learning how they set up a studio, work with artists, and take command of the most up-to-date gear.

Being a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER means you don’t work traditional hours. You work when your clients are ready to work. That means late at night, on the weekends, even during a holiday. This allows our students the freedom to learn on their own time. They can still have a job, they can still have a family life, they can still have their own time.

That’s where we really separate ourselves from four-year universities and other institutes of higher learning. The amount of time it takes to complete our audio engineering and music production program is six to nine months. The cost? A mere fraction of what those university and trade schools are asking for in tuition.

Let’s face it – in the music industry, who you know matters almost as much as what you know. That’s why we feel working with an OAKLAND MUSIC PRODUCER in real-life situations is so much more beneficial than the piece of paper you get after four years at a college.

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

The success of M.C. Hammer, En Vogue, Too Short, and Digital Underground proved 30 years ago that you don’t need to be in the hip hop epicenters of L. A. or New York to make it big. It proves you don’t need to move a hundred miles, or thousands of miles, to learn how to make music.

In fact, The OAKLAND RECORDING CONNECTION makes it so you don’t need to move at all. Even before Covid-19 shut down many institutes of education, we had been offering remote learning for decades.

In addition to one-on-one learning with an industry professional inside a real-world recording studio, we also allow our students - and mentors - to remain safe during the pandemic via virtual learning. You’ll still work on the digital audio workstations the pros do, you’ll still get that personal time, and you’ll still learn how to be a professional.

You’ll just be able to do it from an Oakland home, condo, or apartment. Don’t have a car? Learn remotely. No access to public transportation? Learn remotely. Family commitments keeping you close to home? Learn remotely. And when the opportunity comes for you to be in the studio with your mentor? We’ll save you a seat.

Recording Connection makes sure that anyone who wants an audio engineering or music production education will have access to it - no matter where they live. What other OAKLAND AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOLS offer that?

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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

Beyond making a solid foundation of music theory and technical expertise accessible, in much less time and for far less money than a four-year “name” university, the Oakland Recording Connection offers something most schools can’t.


How many touring acts will you get the chance to work with in a classroom? How many professors still work with Grammy-winning, platinum-selling artists? How many times will you be able to sit in the studio and watch industry insiders do their jobs for hours at a time, showing you the tricks of the trade?

That’s just another day in one of our programs. One thing you won’t be able to do is spend time on your phone on the studio couch. You’re there to work. To do the homework. To learn as much as you can in the six or nine-month time period. Our mentors don’t spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a hobby.

They spend it on a career. A career you could have - if you have the drive and determination. If you act responsibly. If you learn to anticipate what your clients need during a session. If you make yourself irreplaceable. Because that’s how you make a name for yourself in the music production industry.

Our students have been hired by their mentors and still more have gone on to open their own shops. But they put in the time, the effort, the blood, and the sweat to make that happen for themselves. We’ll give you the foundation, but we can’t guarantee a career. That’s up to you.

Learn the industry from the inside, build a brand, and produce your portfolio - it’s all part of what we offer. A university may have name recognition, but after four years, all they offer is a degree. With us, you could already have three years of experience in audio production or as a live sound engineer. What makes more sense?

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Oakland 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

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 Oakland
Recording Connection Advisor Team

Oakland Recording Connection Audio Institute

6171 Hillmont Drive
Oakland, CA 94605

(510) 898-6400

Email: [email protected]

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

  • Fruitvale
  • Chinatown
  • Jack London District
  • Glenview
  • Rockridge
  • Uptown
  • Old Oakland
  • Melrose
  • Elmhurst
  • Bushrod Park
  • Lake Merritt Park
  • Trestle Glen
  • Temescal
  • Mosswood
  • Upper Laurel
  • Piedmont
  • Berkeley
  • Alameda
  • Emeryville
  • Albany
  • El Cerrito
  • Kensington

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