The Recording Connection
Externship Virginia Beach

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 Virginia Beach studio?


Our audio engineering classes hit different and here is why:

Known as the first region, Virginia Beach is steeped in history. The Recording Connection AUDIO ENGINEERING CLASSES IN VIRGINIA BEACH already has a step in the future. Traditional audio production degree programs at four-year universities or trade schools require prerequisites, multiple years of schooling, and may leave you in up to $100,000 in debt when you’re done.

And what do you have to show for it? The Recording Connection has revolutionized the way audio engineering, music production, sound design, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering are taught. Instead of attending a “name” university on the other side of the country, away from family and friends, we put you in the middle of the action right here at home.

How are we different than other music colleges?

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 Business Professional

The Virginia Beach metro area is the most populous in Virginia. So while it may be easy to find a Virginia Beach studio relatively easily, finding an audio engineering or post-production program to learn from is tricky at best. If you live in Princess Anne, Dam Neck, or Salem, the Recording Connection has you covered. Even if you live in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, or surrounding areas, The Recording Connection is never too far away.

Why? As one of the first audio engineering schools in the music business to offer remote learning, you can still find yourself inside a professional recording studio even if you’re in your home. If you have a fast enough computer, storage space, and wifi, you can take our programs from a boat in the middle of Hampton Roads if you wanted. What university or trade school offers that kind of flexibility?

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Even if traditional schools could offer everything THE RECORDING CONNECTION AUDIO ENGINEER SCHOOL does - flexibility, a tenth of the cost, six and nine-month programs - we feel there’s something they just can’t offer.

Opportunity. Even with the latest digital audio workstations (Ableton Live, Logic Pro, or Pro Tools), the best instruction, and name recognition, what touring hip hop stars or pop music powerhouses will visit a school to record their latest hit or polish their publisher’s music?

At Recording Connection, our mentors have worked with the biggest names in the music industry. In many cases, our mentors ARE some of the biggest names in the music industry. You’ll have the opportunities to work with touring pros, learn from industry insiders, and meet the people that can help your career.

This is your life, though. You have a decision to make: Walk away with a piece of paper and a pat on the back from a university, or work with the people already in the business, build your brands, and expand your portfolio in nine months? Many of our graduates find work after finishing or even while they’re still in the program.

What sounds better to you?

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Virginia Beach 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

Amplified Audio Production 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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Contact the Virginia Beach
Recording Connection Advisor Team

Virginia Beach Audio Externship Location

5239 Challedon Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

(757) 279-7980

Email: [email protected]

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

  • Pocahontas Village
  • Sandbridge
  • Kempsville Lake
  • Dam Neck
  • Aragona Village
  • Arrowhead
  • Woodhouse Corner
  • Pungo
  • Chimney Hill
  • Salem
  • Princess Anne
  • Bay Island
  • Greenbrier East

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