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Locations: All 50 US States, Canada, the UK, and Australia
Tuition: +/- $10,000 to graduate


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, combining course work with 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: 8 of 10

Financial Aid

Yes, this school offers financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance

Yes, this school offers job placement assistance.

Locations: New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA
Tuition: +/- $12,000 to graduate

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With locations in New York City and Los Angeles, DubSpot is a trade school specializing in training for up-and-coming DJs and electronic music producers. Staffed with instructors boasting many years of experience, the school conducts classes in fully equipped classrooms and labs, with many courses also available to take online.

DubSpot offers specialized certificate courses inn the latest software and hardware, including Logic, Ableton, Reason, Maschine and more. Students can also opt for certificate programs in specialities like Sound Design and Mixing/Mastering. Courses are scheduled throughout the year, most of which last for 3-6 months. For the more dedicated student, extensive master’s programs are also available in Electronic Music Production (EMP) or DJ/Producer.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Club DJ
  • Touring DJ/Producer
  • Electronic Music Producer
  • Sound Designer

Accessibility: 2 of 10

Affordability: 8 of 10

Course Variety: 5 of 10

Financial Aid

Yes, this school offers financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance (limited)

This school offers limited job placement assistance.

Locations: 50+ Locations in USA & Canada
Tuition: +/- $50,000 to graduate

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With 50 locations throughout the United States and Canada, The Art Institute is a well-recognized school that offers degrees and certificates in a variety of art and media related disciplines. Depending on location, the school currently offers two audio degree programs: an Audio Production Associate of Science for basic training, and an Audio Production Bachelor of Science Program those desiring a more comprehensive education. 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: Potsdam, New York
Tuition: +/- $12,000 to graduate (New York residents)
or +/- $32,000 to graduate (non-residents)


Part of the SUNY school system, the State University of New York at Potsdam is a public university offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Within the university is the Crane School of Music, which offers degree programs in the fields of Music Education, Performance, Music Business and Music Theory/History/Composition.

Most majors in the Crane School of Music are 4-year bachelor’s degrees, including Composition, Music Education, Performance and others, with master’s degrees also available in Performance, Music Education and Composition. Of particular note is the schools Music Business bachelor’s program, which specifically prepares students for careers on the business side of the music industry. Students may also minor in Music Business or Jazz Studies.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Composer
  • Music Educator
  • Professional Musician
  • Record Label Executive
  • Music Supervisor

Accessibility: 2 of 10

Affordability: 8 of 10

Course Variety: 6 of 10

Financial Aid

Yes, this school offers financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance

No, this school does not offer job placement assistance.

Locations:
Tuition: +/- $90,000 to graduate

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First founded in 1831, New York University has grown to become one of the world’s largest private universities, hosting a total enrollment of over 50,000 students and offering hundreds of varied degree programs. Within the university, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development offers many opportunities for music students, with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the areas of Performance, Education, Therapy and Production. Study programs include Music Education, Music Composition, Music Therapy, Film Scoring, Songwriting, Performing Arts and more. The Music Technology major also encompasses music recording and production, post-production, audio mastering, scoring for film and media, and more.

For those desiring to focus exclusively on music recording, the Tisch School of the Arts offers a BFA degree in Recorded Music through the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Musical Performer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Music Therapist
  • Record Label Executive
  • Composer
  • Music Supervisor

Accessibility: 2 of 10

Affordability: 1 of 10

Course Variety: 8 of 10

Financial Aid

Yes, this school offers financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance

No, this school does not offer job placement assistance.

Locations:
Tuition: +/- $72,000 to graduate

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First established as a community music school in 1917, the Manhattan School of Music has evolved into a prestigious conservatory, preparing students for careers primarily in classical or jazz music. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in majors such as Classical Performance, Composition, Conducting and Jazz Studies, with additional master’s programs in Contemporary Performance and Orchestral Performance.

While Manhattan School of Music offers no formal degree program in audio production or recording, it houses a professional recording studio on campus which both offers live recording of venue performances, private recording sessions for students, and videoconference coaching and training.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Classical Performing Musician
  • Jazz Musician
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Music Educator

Accessibility: 2 of 10

Affordability: 2 of 10

Course Variety: 8 of 10

Financial Aid

Yes, this school offers financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance

No, this school does not offer job placement assistance.

Locations:
Tuition: +/- $72,000 to graduate

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Located in New York City, Juilliard School is considered one of the world’s premier music and arts conservatories, offering an array of degrees and professional diplomas in the fields of Drama, Dance and Music. The Dance Department offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance, while Drama majors can earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in acting, or participate in a fellowship for playwrights.

Juilliard’s primary focus is its Music Department, where students may choose concentrations in Composition, Brass, Woodwinds, Collaborative Piano, Orchestral Conducting, Jazz Performance, Organ, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Percussion, Strings, Historical Performance, or Voice/Opera. The Music Department also offers an accelerated BM/MM program, under which students can begin work on a master’s degree during their senior year of undergraduate coursework, allowing them to progress to a master’s degree more quickly.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Classical Performing Musician
  • Jazz Musician
  • Composer
  • Music Educator
  • Professional Dancer
  • Actor
  • Playwright

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.

Locations: 50+ Campuses Worldwide
Tuition: +/- $44,000 to graduate

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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.