Philadelphia Recording Connection Reviews
Learn Hands On from a Real Working Professional
“It was great actually, I got a chance to meet Joey (his mentor), he was a really nice guy and as I went in there week after week he got really hands-on and it was really personal and that’s great for me because I’m a hands-on type of person so going in there and being able to see equipment in front of you, someone telling you exactly how everything works, what everything does, where everything goes from somebody knowledgeable was good for me because that’s the kind of education I like. Anyone can talk, anyone can talk at you know what I’m saying but he’s talking to you. And that goes for the people in the office too, when I called the Recording Connection they were really in tune with me and really personable and really helpful so that carried right over into the studio, it was easy to understand, easy to retain information so it was great being in there.”
Philadelphia Audio Engineering Student Hired After Graduation
While each of the hundred of cities our programs work within provide their own unique advantages we cannot deny the success most of our graduates have found in Philadelphia. Read below to hear what one of our recent graduate had to say about his experiences and know that situations like this arise all the time when you’re making connections in the real world!
“That’s something that my mentor, Joey was great at. He had a lot of connections, he worked in the same building as EBE so I was on the peripheral of the company basically my entire time in the program because we would be having lessons in his control room and he would be showing me some audio he had just recorded or whatever the lesson that week was, and next-door there would be a band rehearsing for an upcoming event or I started asking question about them and he invited me to a video shoot for one of those bands. Because he records the audio for them and directs the videos to go on their website. Joey manages all of that and invited me to come with him to a video shoot for one of these bands and that’s when I met the manager of VU back in April and we exchanged names and I told him a little bit about myself when he asked me and he told me that if I’m interested he would have some work for me to do in the fall. So once my time came at the end of the summer I asked Joey to let me know the next time he’s working with them and it was as simple as giving the manager a call, just a brief interview and introduction over the phone and asked me when I was available to start.
So Joey was great at making those connections, being that liaison for his students into the working industry with professionals and he will always, as long as you can prove to him that you’re a worthy student he always has a good work to pass along and I’m very thankful that I was in that position with him to be able to move my career call along after I ended the program.”
Joel Licata – Recording Connection Graduate
Hey, my name is Joel Licata and I recently graduated the basic audio engineering program from Recording Connection. I got started when I did an internet search on schools on how to get started in recording music. One of the top was searches that came up was Recording Connection so I checked out their website.
Tuition wasn’t too expensive; much cheaper than Full Sail or some of the other recording schools. I looked at the other testimonials and they all seemed very honest and upfront. They didn’t seem sugar-coated or anything so I signed up with them.
They started me with Jason Shaffer at Full Tilt Productions. He’s been in the recording industry around ten years. He did an excellent job teaching me everything through the program from the basics of science of sound all the way to the end, mixing, studio design, recording techniques, different mics.
Some advice I would give to other students is try your hardest, do all your homework, don’t slack off and I would say be realistic. It’s a hard field to get into but just keep trying, keep your head up and if this is something you really want keep trying and I’m sure eventually you’ll get somewhere with it.
— Joel Licata, Harrisburg, PA
Lean how to record live sessions with the guidance of your Recording Connection mentor.
“The studio this week was great. On Friday I got to come in and sit in on a recording session that my mentor had going on that day. Then later that night he invited me back to actually play some music and record to help show me how a real live session goes! It was very exciting and working with my mentor is really great. He is a really good guy and I am getting along with him great. He really is great at his job and I am learning a lot from him and the Recording Connection course. I am very excited to be a part of it and to continue working with my mentor. This week I also had a lot of questions for my mentor, mainly about problems I was having with my Pro Tools and my system. He showed me a number of solutions to them which was very helpful. Moreover, he also showed me what we would be doing from here on out as far as lessons and everything else goes.”
— Ryan DeFrees, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Become successful in the music industry by joining the Recording Connection.
“Today in my mentor’s studio I got to sing a vocal track for our cover of Hey Jude. Before hand, my mentor showed me a new plug-in called Melladyne. It is a plug-in that can take an instrument and correct any wrong note the player might have played during recording. Once my vocal track was done, he used Melladyne on my vocals to fix any bad note I had sang. After that was done, we went and covered a Lesson assigned to me by the Recording Connection. Afterwards my mentor let me mess around with some plug-ins on the tracks I had recorded. Well let me just start by saying thank you to the Recording Connection program for helping me out so far! I have been working with a really good live sound engineer for the past month now, that my mentor hooked me up with, and have been on some really amazing gigs! I can’t thank you guys and my mentor enough for this amazing experience that I have had so far with your program. So thank you so much for helping me along the way and get me up and running with everything, I have been really busy with these live sound gigs. Once again I thank you for all your help. I just love being in Philly, and being with a cool mentor who is showing me so much! My life has changed so much these past few months, it’s really awesome.”
— Ryan DeFrees, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Learn by doing.
“This week I learned what equalizers are, learning the different types of equalizers and filters. While in the studio with my mentor, he showed me the function of a graphic equalizer hands-on. He showed me that the 12 EQ controls for each octave band control frequencies, which you can choose to boost or cut, and it called a graphic EQ because it actually shows a graphic readout out of what’s going on. In class I also continued to mix one of the sample songs that I have. My mentor really has been a great teacher assigned to me by the Recording Connection and I cannot wait until I go back to the studio!”
Learn by doing.
“I am currently on my twelfth week with the Recording Connection and I must say I am having a great time with my mentor. He gives me Lesson reading assignment to do at home before I go and see him for the week. Then I send them to him so he can see that I am really paying attention, which is great. Next I go into the studio and we go over them in great detail, and when I go back to the studio this week we are going to do some live recording where even lets me sit in and do hands-on work. Thank you goes out to the Recording Connection.”
Practice the people skills you’ll need as a pro.
“My mentor and I talked about the importance of protecting one’s self as an engineer. This means we must converse with every client/artist making sure they feel at ease so you (the engineer) will know everything that is expected of you before a session is even started. We as engineers also must talk with and to the client before they begin recording while they are in their booth so that they are comfortable with what they hear (through the head gear) and comfortable with the music/sound they are creating. It is good to be considerate to everyone because some people will be very mean and we must cover ourselves. From the mouth of Joey himself, ‘Make sure your levels are just right or the recording will become a poopie! Be more than cool, be outstanding!’”
Your mentor will help you understand the curriculum.
“After reading the text I had a vague understanding of the four connection types of in/out jacks but, as usual, it took a real world explanation from my mentor to understand why they exist. Sometimes the technical jargon and diagrams in the text actually make it harder for me to understand a concept. I’m glad my mentor’s able to give me practical world applications.”
— Matthew Lutchman, Philadelphia, PA
Learn invaluable skills from your mentor.
“My favorite part of my last lesson was getting to stand behind and examine my mentor’s analog live soundboard. While I am familiar with doing live sound, I have never gotten to study such a large and professional soundboard as this one. The ones I usually get to deal with have maybe 5 or 6 channels. More often than not, when I do live sound, none of the instruments are mic’d so I’m just dealing with vocals and perhaps a direct box for a laptop or keyboard. It was very interesting to see all the aux out’s to different monitors around the stage so that the drummer, keyboard player, guitar player, bass player, and singers can potentially all have different mixes coming through their monitors.”
Learn and work at a real recording studio.
“What surprised me the most when I started interning at Milkboy The Studio was how quiet a recording studio really was. When here I am expecting it to be super hype all the time, and busy. Other than a few engineers walking from rooms to the kitchen, and back to the rooms to work on a mix, it was quiet. I also learned about the long hours, and late nights that engineers have to put in.”
Work directly with bands to learn what it takes to record for live audiences.
“Today my mentor and I recorded a woman vocalist that is a client of his, where I was able to watch how he interacts with his clients’, getting the opportunity to watch the entire recording process. I learned how to slowly bring the music into the artists’ headphones, ensuring the sound is not too loud or quiet, along with the sound of the client’s voice. I then learned several short cuts to the program that Mac computers have, which is a great skill to have as I continue my career in the music industry. The next day my mentor had a video shoot at the studio for a band he is recording. I got to go watch them perform, watch all the video guys videotape the live performance, as well as continually interact with the entire band. It was really awesome to watch this, also being in the front row of a great band didn’t hurt. I did learn a lot. And it was a lot more interesting because it was my friend who we were recording. As well as doing it hands on.”
— Taylor Reese, Malvern, Pennsylvania
Start planning for your future in the recording industry.
“This week my mentor and I reviewed the physical properties of sound: frequency, waveforms, wavelength, period, amplitude, and velocity. We talked about the four basic forms of sound waves – sine, triangle, square, sawtooth, where my mentor demonstrated to me in Pro Tools what each wave sounds like using a synthesizer. We discussed attack, release, sustain, and decay, and how each property works. He also demonstrated how he manipulates those settings to get the sound he is looking to produce. We reviewed the decibel scale and talked about its importance in setting levels and mixing. He shared a couple of his own experiences with poor mixing and successful mixing in his amateur and professional career. That tied into the topic of the Fletcher-Munson frequency curves graph and its important relationship to audio engineering. My mentor also spent a good amount of time talking about our own musical background and experience with various instruments. We discussed the many career opportunities available after the program, and how each field of audio engineering relates to each other. Engineer, assistant engineer, producer, and studio management positions were among the fields we talked about. I talked to him about my goals and what I aim to achieve through the Recording Connection program.”
— Ben Eklund, Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Work with up and coming artists.
“Great session with my mentor this week. We had in this new rap artist from the Philadelphia area. My mentor explained to me that this guy just finished some heavy touring and would be working with Atlantic Records. A lot of exciting stuff and my mentor couldn’t be more excited. I sat in on a real recording session with an upcoming artist and I must say, it’s pretty cool and I learned a lot of stuff that really helped me out.”
— Drew Davis, Aldan, Pennsylvania
Bring your parents into your mentors’ professional recording studio.
“This class with my mentor was very important to me personally because I brought both of my parents to see what this is all about. My mentor really made them feel at home and was not at all hesitant in showing them around the studio, and telling him about his background in the music industry. What made it so special was the fact that he gave countless compliments about me to my parents. Hearing all these great things gave me such a feeling I can’t even explain. With that said, my passion and ambition I have for music has grown even more. I know now that I can only get better as long as I keep working on it. Ever since that very class with my mentor and my parents, I can tell my mother and father have much more faith in me now. I can just see it in their eyes that they are proud of me and that’s the best feeling I can ever ask for.”
— Albert Flordeliza, Burlington, New Jersey
Reach your goals with the assistance of one-on-one training from your mentor.
“During this weeks’’ lessons, my mentor and I did a quick review as always. My mentor used his teachings to show me that volume control is the most important part of being a audio engineer. After the review, my mentor and I decided to get a more hands-on view on volume control. In his studio, he showed me how a noise gate work using different instruments and how loud of a sound you must create for the noise gate to actually perform properly. After that, we talked about noticing distortion in the being stages so. I will always know when there is an overload in the volume. We also covered limiters, compressor, and expansion. By using all the information taught to me by my mentor, I am able to apply everything to my career and real life experiences. I am soaring to my dreams!”
— Brandon Paige-Rockemore, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Prove to yourself that the music industry is yours for the taking.
“Today my mentor and I discussed the multiple types and of amplifiers. Going into the session like usual I had some questions I was prepared with as to what certain amps looked like, as well as what they were used for. And, as usual, I left with a much better understanding of what I had read from the assignment the Recording Connection had assigned me. I learned that power amps are mainly used to power speakers and that equalizer amps are used mainly for live performances, all though that is not their sole purpose. After this session, which we went over into great detail over, my mentor asked me to come in the following day and sit in on a video shoot. I came into my mentors’ studio the next day and got to sit in the control room and monitor the console, while the band was in the next room performing and recording the video. It was a great experience in which I got to see what a normal day in the studio consisted of, and further reinforced my thoughts that this is what I want to be doing.”
— Michael Butler, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Learn from an Expert
“My second session of the week was on Thursday. My mentor and I went over lesson 5, as he walked me around the studio explaining to me the things that I learned in the lesson, as well as giving me a more ‘hands-on’ understanding of this lesson”
— Tracy Laster, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Recording Connection paves the way to your future career success.
“I just wanted to let the Recording Connection know that I wanted to thank you for setting me up with my mentor. The studios great, and my mentor is an awesome mentor, and a great person! My mentor really helps me understand things when I don’t’ understand them, and he puts things into perspective that makes everything easier for me to understand! Everything is going great, and I am very excited about continuing the sessions with my mentor, as well as my future after finishing this course. Thanks you so much Recording Connection!”
— Taylor Reese, Malvern, Pennsylvania
Always look towards the future for career opportunities
“In this lesson I learned a lot about sound and hearing. For instance, how we measure the speed of sound, the pitch, and volume of sound. Career opportunities were another topic we touched on during our review of the lesson. I now know a few extra jobs that are available in this field of Audio Engineering. My mentor is a great teacher. He really takes his time to explain the things that I have trouble understanding. I think this style of learning in a real recording studio, combined with my mentors’ way of teaching, will be a great deal of help towards my success.”
— Tracy Laster, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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.
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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO GO TO SCHOOL INSIDE A REAL STUDIO?
Great question. Learning from inside the actual environment where music gets made professionally is a proven way to acquire industry skills, experience, and connections. When it comes to getting a career in the music business, it’s smart to start out from inside the business. It’s what we’ve been doing for more than three decades and it works.
The value of interacting with professional audio engineers, music producers, and their clients from within a real recording studio environment cannot be overstated. You must learn within the environment in which you want to work. It’s all about being able to grow usable skills and showcase your abilities and determination to the very same people who do the hiring.
HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT THAN ORDINARY SCHOOLS?
With The Recording Connection, you do not have to fight over lab time, experience overcrowded classrooms, or work to get your teacher’s attention. With us, you are the only student. It’s just you and your mentor who trains you privately, at your own pace. A real recording studio is your classroom. It’s within this environment that you acquire skills and knowhow in a way that makes sense—hands-on.
HOW MUCH CAN I MAKE IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS?
The amount you can make in the music business varies greatly and that largely depends on you. Like other careers in arts and entertainment, you’re going to have to pay your dues which can mean earning a lower wage while you’re starting out. The duration, cost, and setup of our unique approach enables our students to incur less in student loan debt (vs. traditional 4 year college and university programs) and get themselves in, right where they need to be to gain skills, get connected, and get on with building a career in music—without drowning in debt. If your goal is to get paid for doing what you love and music is it, then training from inside a real recording studio could be your way to start.
WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS AND WHAT ARE THEIR CREDENTIALS?
Our mentors own and work in the studios where Jay Z, Solange, Kanye West, U2, Blake Shelton, Rihanna, Jason Mraz, Aerosmith, Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton, Beck, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Eminem, Janelle Monáe, Taj Mahal, Deadmau5, Skrillex and many more have recorded. In fact, our students and graduates have met and/or recorded/collaborated with artists including Miley Cyrus, Aerosmith, Beyoncé, Lady Antebellum, Justin Bieber, Kylie Minogue, The Killers, A$AP Rocky, Shawn Mendes, Carlos Santana, Lil Wayne, Scorpion Child, Fetty Wap, Mae, Trinidad James, The Ting Tings, Sia and more!
Mark Christensen (Alicia Keys, The Killers, Trey Songz, 50 Cent), Larry Goetz (Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande), Josh Monroy (Ludacris, Justin Bieber, Quincy Jones), Ira Parker (Wiz Khalifa, Jadakiss, DMX, Zaytoven Beats), Devon Kirkpatrick (Lauryn Hill, Marilyn Manson, Timbaland), Brian Boland (Rihanna, Timbaland, Macy Gray, Y.G.), Matt Stein (DMX, Trey Songz, Jason Mraz), Oscar Diaz (Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg), IV Duncan (Eminem, ASAP Ferg, Dej Loaf), and many more.
DO YOU GUARANTEE ME A JOB ONCE I’M FINISHED WITH THE RECORDING CONNECTION?
We are guaranteeing only access, education and real world training via our blended education model, but make no mistake: such access can be an essential part of your success. We put you in the door, guarantee you a one-on-one education inside a real studio, no-cost tutoring, Pro Tools (or Ableton, Logic Pro), and a year of career services if you are not hired by the studio where you trained as an extern. Doesn’t it make sense to learn the music industry from inside it?
SO YOU PUT ME INSIDE A REAL RECORDING STUDIO, DO YOU MATCH ME WITH MY FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC?
Yes, we try. If you are into hip hop we will try to place you in a hip hop studio. Rock students go to rock studios, etc. But working in this industry requires its professionals to be versatile, capable of working in multiple genres and with all types of clients. The Recording Connection believes in what we call the Cross Genre Principle — this means we will train you to be a certified Recording Connection audio professional who can work in all genres. This unique approach to learning enables you to maximize your chances for success and to remain tapped in to a myriad of opportunities.
HOW AM I LEARNING, HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
Our hands-on, project-based assignments and workshops are designed to get you attuned to working as a professional within a professional environment. You receive private classes in the studio which are reinforced with lessons in our comprehensive eBook. With us, you learn at the pace of one lesson per week. The work is intensive and structured to get you thinking and building the foundation you need to achieve your goals. Furthermore, you’re training in an environment where you get to learn theory and practice in-tandem. When you have questions about something complex, your mentor is there to answer your questions, in depth. For many, this is where the real learning and understanding takes place.
BUT DON’T I NEED A DEGREE?
Like many other creative industries, the music business does not run on degrees. The studio owners, music executives, artists and producers who are hiring generally don’t ask for degrees. Knowing what you’re doing is generally what they’re after. Having experience and connections matters because they’re markers of someone who is trustworthy, hardworking, and dependable.
MY PARENTS WANT ME TO GET A DEGREE IN MUSIC. I’M NOT SURE THEY KNOW HOW THE MUSIC BUSINESS WORKS.
The job of being a parent means setting your children up for success. We understand that. Degrees are necessary for people who want to work as doctors, lawyers, scientists and other such careers. But degrees are not commonly necessary when it comes to working in the music industry (as a musician, audio engineer, music producer, DJ, music business professional, hip-hop, EDM producer, and in other areas of the business) unless you want to be a professor of music, perform with the philharmonic, or be an entertainment lawyer, in which case, getting a degree is the prescribed path to follow.
But don’t get us wrong. Education is great and so are degrees (when suited to one’s goals). Having to spend lots of hard earned money on an expensive music degree is not a prerequisite for working in the music industry. The majority of recording studio owners are not going to ask you for a degree. Instead, they want to know what you’ve worked on and what you can do. Degrees don’t automatically get you access, connections, or real world experience you can put on your resume. So, if your parents have questions, encourage them to do their research online or contact us directly. Knowledge is power. When you understand how the music industry operates, you can make an informed choice that works for you.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MENTOR AND A TEACHER?
Mentors usually help with career advice and guidance, while teachers teach a course. Typically, the best teachers are also mentors. With the Recording Connection, your mentor is your one-on-one, in-person instructor (a working professional audio engineer or music producer) and your Academic Facilitator also works with you remotely (telephonically and online) to oversee your progress and assist where needed.
WHO ENDORSES YOU?
Great question. The Recording Connection has earned thousands of professional endorsements. We do not know of any ordinary recording schools that can make that claim.
Ryan Hewitt (The Red Hot Chili Peppers, blink-182, The Dixie Chicks), Al Schmitt (Paul McCartney, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall), Niko Bolas (Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Stan Getz, KISS, John Mayer), Bob Bullock (Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, George Strait), Bil VornDick (Bob Dylan, Béla Fleck, John Oates), Carmen Rizzo (Coldplay, Alanis Morissette, DJ Tiesto), Steve Marcantonio (Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton), Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, Elvis Costello, The Roots), F. Reid Shippen (Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Jewel), Adam Moseley (U2, Beck, Rush, The Cure)
“I am very impressed with the way Recording Connection trains students in real recording studios and how hard they work for their students. This is a special program run by visionaries.” -Dave Pensado, Grammy Award Winner, Mixer for Beyoncé, Pink, Michael Jackson.
“I endorse this program.” -Hans Zimmer, Grammy Award-winning Composer for films including The Dark Knight and The Lion King
“I recommend this program. Excellent way to break into the business.” -Larry King, award-winning television & talk show radio host
“The Recording Connection puts students into a real world work place. Students learn first hand what it means to be in a recording session with producers, engineers, musicians and songwriters. It’s on the job career training! You learn the practical, technical, and people skills that cannot be found in any classroom. I highly recommend the Recording Connection.” -Warren Huart, producer for Aerosmith, Better Than Ezra, The Killers, The Fray, James Blunt
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE TO BE ACCEPTED?
No. You need a good attitude, a sense of responsibility, and a hard work ethic. Your acceptance depends on you making a lasting first impression with your prospective mentor. Our admissions staff will help you prepare for this meeting.
SO WHAT IS AN EXTERNSHIP EXACTLY?
Externs learn on the job, they learn one-on-one, from a professional audio engineer, music producer, or music business professional (for applicable programs). Make no mistake, externs are students, only with externship they get: On the Job attention. Our students learn via our eBook, materials, and from inside a real recording studio. The opportunity to get their hands dirty (so to speak). We believe the way to get a job in this business is to get inside and learn from a pro. This allows students to show what they’re made of, starting on their very first day. The ability to connect with the professionals who do the hiring. Working in music takes knowing the people who do the hiring. Our approach eliminates the searching and guesswork and places you right where you need to be to show what you’re made of.
WHAT COURSES DO YOU OFFER? WHAT PROGRAMS DO YOU OFFER?
We offer programs in EDM, Hip Hop, Beat Making, Audio Engineering, Music Producing, Electronic Music Production, Music Business, Live Sound, DJ, Post Production for Film and TV, Advanced Audio, and more.
WHERE ARE YOUR STUDIO SITES LOCATED?
We’re probably a lot closer than you think! With us you can go to school i.e. an externship location in a recording studio in cities in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK. Chances are, we have a location within easy commute distance of where you live. We are in more than 250 cities and towns, on three continents! View a full list of our US locations.
HOW OFTEN DO I ATTEND MY PRIVATE CLASS INSIDE A REAL RECORDING STUDIO?
Students are expected to put in 10 hours per week. Students start off their externship at a pace of twice per week until Lesson 4 or four weeks into their training. If you’re hardworking and reliable, do not have excessive truancies/ absences, and get the okay from your mentor, we can arrange for you to go 3, 4, or 5 times per week. Many of our students spend up to 8 or more hours per day in the studio, while others choose to work around their work schedules. Either way, we are here for you. Days, nights, and weekends may be available, depending on the mentor’s schedule. Schedules are set and agreed upon by mentor and student extern.
HOW LONG DOES YOUR PROGRAM LAST?
Most of our programs are designed to last six months. Your length of time may vary based on the time you make available for your studies. A list of all our programs is here.
CAN I WORK WHILE I DO MY EXTERNSHIP?
Yes. Many of our students work while they do the program. Scheduling is set by the mentor and student. Externs must do a minimum of two in-studio lessons per week, although we strongly encourage them to go into the studio as much as possible to observe, assist, and learn.
WHEN DO YOUR SEMESTERS START?
We offer open enrollment, year-round, to all students. You can start at any time.
HOW MANY LESSONS ARE IN YOUR COURSE OR PROGRAM?
Our curriculums are comprised of 20 lessons. Upon completion of the 20 lessons, graduates will automatically be entered into our career services program.
IS THIS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
Nope. We’re the real deal and happy about it too. Check out our Reviews page to see what actual students and mentors say about us in their own words. None of the students or mentors are fake. These are all real people who believe in our in-industry approach.
WHAT DO I GET WHEN I GRADUATE?
You get three things when you graduate from the Recording Connection. The first is a certificate of completion. The second is a skill set that you have used in actual recording studio sessions—in other words, actual job experience you can put on your resume. The third is one year of graduate employment and job placement assistance. Helping people get themselves hired in the industry is an intrinsic part of our graduate employment and job placement success.
ONCE I GRADUATE, WILL I BE CERTIFIED?
Yes. You will receive a certificate of completion, certifying that you have completed the workshop or graduated the program in which you were enrolled. Graduates of the audio engineering program will receive a certificate of completion which signifies to the music recording industry that you have enough experience to hold a position as an Assistant Audio Engineer or Audio Engineer. Upon completion, they will be an RC Certified Audio Engineer – Music Producer with on the job experience. Graduates from any of our externship along with distance education programs will have accumulated at least 6 months of real life studio experience which is something studio owners often look for when hiring.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO ATTEND RECORDING CONNECTION?
We’ve had students in their early teens to well into their sixties and older. If you are under 18 you will need to have your parent or legal guardian approve your application. We strongly encourage applicants to get their parents involved so that we may answer any and all of their questions.
CAN I STILL ATTEND RECORDING CONNECTION EVEN IF I DIDN’T GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL OR DON’T HAVE MY GED?
While we would never advocate not finishing high school or its equivalent, we would never hold it against you. As long as you can read, write, speak English, have basic computer skills and a passion for music, you’re eligible to apply.
CAN I ASSOCIATE WITH MY MENTOR AND GO INTO THE STUDIO AFTER I FINISH THE COURSE, AFTER I GRADUATE?
Yes. If you are invited back to your mentor’s studio, we have no problem with that. In fact, we encourage it. We urge all of our students to show up to every class, never be late, and to be helpful. Build a relationship with your mentor that will last a lifetime.
DO YOU PROVIDE STUDENT HOUSING?
Not at this time. Since you don’t have to move to attend the Recording Connection, if you already have a roof over your head, your housing is taken care of. If you have a job, you can keep it and schedule your externship around your work schedule too.
DO YOU TAKE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
We accept international students provided they have the necessary VISA requirements. As for VISA issues, upon acceptance into our program we are more than happy to furnish a letter of enrollment for your consulate/embassy to qualify you for a visitor visa. It is recommended, however, that you attend a community college in your city of choice as they have the necessary facility and faculty to petition F1/J1 Student Visas. A Student Visa is valid for the entire duration of your studies at the community college and would enable you more than enough time to attend this program and take full advantage of our career services program afterwards.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
A private mentor in a real recording studio.
Our course curriculum taught by that mentor and overseen by an Academic Facilitator.
The opportunity to extern in that studio and make real-world connections while taking our structured course curriculum.
Your very own Student Services Representative who calls you every 2 – 4 weeks to assist you and make sure that you are going to class.
Upon graduation, a certificate of completion that certifies you as a Recording Connection Certified Assistant Audio Engineer (if applicable), plus one more full year of career services assistance.
Learn from the Engineer that records Deadmau5
Hans Zimmer has met with Founder of the Recording Connection and gives his thumbs up to the program
An Engineer for Jack White teaches Recording Connection students
Learn audio from the producers and engineers that have worked with Skrillex
Snoop Dogg’s producers teach our students
Learn music production from Taylor Swift’s music producer
Student Nick E. Beats makes beats for Fetty Wap, becomes 2X Platinum producer
Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher
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