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Audio Engineering/Music Production Education

Audio Engineering EducationThere are two good ways to get into music or audio recording: the first, more traditional method is to attend an audio school. The second is to find someone who’s working in the business and willing to take you under their wing and mentor you. There is no one-size fits all approach to breaking into the recording business. This guide is made available to help you find and compare many different audio schools from all around the world so that you are better informed before embarking on your journey to be an audio engineer or music producer.

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Top Rated Audio Schools

Locations: All 50 US States, Canada, the UK, and Australia
Tuition: $8,800


The Recording Connection Audio Institute is a fully accredited school that trains students for a variety of careers in the recording industry. All training occurs on-location in real recording studios across the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK. Training is conducted one-on-one in the studio by actual recording engineers and music producers, blending course work, hands-on training and apprenticeship in the studio.

The basic Audio Engineering and Music Producing program (bachelor-equivalent) includes training Pro Tools, live tracking, microphone placement, overdubs, mixing and post-production. The program can be tailored according to the student’s strengths and interests, with concentrations in pop, rock, metal, hip-hop, electronic music production, beat-making, DJ, live sound and more. Graduates of the basic course may continue their education with the advanced master’s-equivalent program in Audio Engineering and Music Production.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Audio Engineer
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Electronic Musician
  • DJ
  • Hip-Hop Producer
  • Beat Maker
  • App Developer
  • Music Business Executive
  • Recording Studio Owner
  • Film/TV/Game Soundtracks

Accessibility: 10 of 10

Affordability: 9 of 10

Course Variety: 6 of 10

Financial Aid

Yes, this school offers financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance

Yes, this school offers job placement assistance.

Locations: 50+ Locations in USA & Canada
Tuition: $48,500

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With 50 locations throughout the United States and Canada, The Art Institute is a well-recognized trade school. The Art Institutes offers two audio degree programs: an Audio Production Associate of Science and an Audio Production Bachelor of Science Program for more advanced audio students. Both courses have English, Mathematics and Social and Behavioral Sciences requirements in addition to the audio core curriculum requirements.

Both audio production programs feature lessons in audio recording, live sound reproduction, audio for video, and broadcast production. Students learn to record, mix, and produce audio in analog and digital formats. Graduates are prepared for entry-level employment as audio engineers, radio producers, assistant sound technicians, or sound engineers.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Audio Engineer
  • Assistant Sound Technician
  • Board Operator
  • Radio Producer

Accessibility: 7 of 10

Affordability: 5 of 10

Course Variety: 3 of 10

Financial Aid

Yes, this school offers financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance

No, this school does not offer job placement assistance.

Locations: 50+ Campuses Worldwide
Tuition: $22,075

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First established in Australia in 1979 as School of Audio Engineering by producer/engineer Tom Misner, SAE Institute has since grown to encompass over 50 locations worldwide, including U.S. locations in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville and San Francisco. In the U.S., the school offers a variety of diploma programs with an emphasis mostly on audio production, with a one-year associate’s degree in Audio Technology offered at the Atlanta campus only.

Specific course offerings vary by location, but the following programs are currently available at various U.S. campuses: Audio Technology, Electronic Music Production, Beat Lab Production, Music Business, Digital Journalism and iPhone App Development. International locations offer expanded course offerings such as Web Development, Video Game Development and Filmmaking, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees also available at certain overseas campuses.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Audio Engineer
  • Electronic Musician
  • Beat Maker
  • App Developer
  • Music Business Executive

Accessibility: 8 of 10

Affordability: 7 of 10

Course Variety: 9 of 10

Financial Aid

Yes, this school offers financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance (limited)

This school offers limited job placement assistance.

Locations: Winter Park, Florida
Tuition: $75,000


Located in Winter Park, Florida, Full Sail University is a large media and art school offering more than 30 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs in concentrations related to art, design, media and the entertainment industry. Students can major in fields related to Art & Design, Business, Video Games, Film & Television, Web & Technology, Media & Communications or Music and Recording.

Full Sail’s Music Department offers degrees in Music Production, Show Production, Recording Arts and Music Business. Areas of focus within these degree programs may include composition, post-production, audio engineering, marketing, management and others. The school offers a rolling enrollment system with new classes beginning monthly, and with their accelerated programs, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as two years.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Audio Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Live Audio Engineer
  • Film/TV/Game Soundtracks
  • Artist Management
  • Music Supervisor
  • Music Publisher

Accessibility: 2 of 10

Affordability: 2 of 10

Course Variety: 7 of 10

Financial Aid

Yes, this school offers financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance

No, this school does not offer job placement assistance.