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The Recording ConnectionAudio Engineering School Traverse City-CadillacNot like any other school: We. Hit. Different.

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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 Traverse City-Cadillac studio?

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The Traverse City-Cadillac area of Michigan might seem an unlikely place for an audio engineering school, but our innovative program makes it possible! We’re the RECORDING CONNECTION, the only Traverse City-Cadillac audio engineering school that gets you working as an audio student extern inside an actual Traverse City-Cadillac recording studio, learning from the pros while you study music production, audio engineering, mixing, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dub step, drum and bass, techno, jungle and more), club DJ and post production audio. In Traverse City or Cadillac, the best way to start a career in audio is to extern in one of the area recording studios–and that’s where we come in.

Don’t make the mistake of spending 20-50 thousand dollars (plus relocation expenses) to go to an audio engineering trade school elsewhere, when for a fraction of that amount you can go to audio engineering school in a real recording studio in the Traverse City-Cadillac area. Make the smart choice–learn directly from the pros, and get connected as you get educated. Our audio recording school alternative is the smartest, most cost efficient program available anywhere.

To APPLY for our Traverse City-Cadillac Audio Engineering School, click here.

The towns of Traverse City and Cadillac, Michigan are located about 50 miles apart in the northwest part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, hosting a combined population of around 25,000 people.  Despite its seemingly remote location, the Traverse City-Cadillac area serves as a regional artistic and creative hub. The famed Interlochen Center for the Arts, located between the two cities, is an acclaimed organization offering numerous instruction opportunities in the fine arts for young people and adults.

The Traverse City-Cadillac also hosts an eclectic indie music scene, with local artists regularly performing in live venues around the area, and several local recording studios accommodating the needs of the musical/artistic community. If you are considering a career in audio as a recording engineer, live audio engineer or music producer, but prefer a quieter, more scenic location to the craziness of the big city, you’ll find the Traverse City-Cadillac area to be a welcome alternative.

How are we different than other professional audio 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!

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Music and Audio Engineering Programs

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Our distinct advantage over other audio engineering schools is our mentor-apprentice (extern) approach. Rather than placing you in a sterile academic learning environment, we put you where the real action is–in a real recording studio, working one-on-one with an industry professional who serves as your personal instructor. In this way, any of the Traverse City-Cadillac recording studios can become your classroom, enabling you to learn in a real-world environment without having to relocate elsewhere. As you learn, you'll also make important industry contacts that can lead to future work. Enroll in the RECORDING CONNECTION of Traverse City-Cadillac today, and discover why over 70 percent of our graduates get hired.

Audio and Music Programs Available Learn from an Industry Professional in a Real Recording Studio.

Ableton Electronic Music Production

24-Week and 36-Week Programs Available

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.

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Hip Hop & Beat Making

24 Weeks

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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Logic Pro Electronic Music Production

20 Weeks

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.

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Music Producing

20 Weeks

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 Producing program, you’ll learn in private sessions with a professional producer who can show you the ins-and-outs of this dynamic career.

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Audio Engineering & Music Production

20 Weeks

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.

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