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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: London, UK; Los Angeles, CA
Tuition: +/- $7,000 to graduate


A music school focused on electronic music production, Point Blank first opened in London, UK, and is now offering courses in Los Angeles, as well as a selection of courses online. The school is staffed with a roster of instructors who are industry professionals with experience in the field. Point Blank also occasionally hosts guest artists to conduct master classes.

The premiere course offering at the Los Angeles location is a 6-month certificate program in Music Production and Sound Design. Other, short-term courses available include Music Production and Composition, Sound Design and Mixing, and an Introduction to Ableton Live.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Sound engineer
  • Music producer
  • Electronic musician
  • Radio professional
  • DJ
  • Sound designer

Accessibility: 3 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.

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Tuition: $35,000


The Los Angeles Recording School (a division of The Los Angeles Film School) is a career-focused school offering associate’s degree programs in Recording Arts and Music Production. Classes are conducted in the studios and labs of the school’s campus in Hollywood, California. The Music Production Program may also be taken online.

The Recording Arts program covers such topics as microphone techniques, recording, mixing, mastering, audio editing, live sound, and Pro Tools training, while the Music Production course incorporates music composition, programming sequencing with an understanding of digital recording, mixing and mastering. Associate’s degree programs at L.A. Recording School typically require an 18-month requirement.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Recording engineer
  • Music producer
  • Publisher
  • Music editor
  • Music arranger
  • Composer
  • MIDI programmer
  • Dialogue editor
  • Mixing engineer
  • Sound designer
  • Live audio engineer
  • Studio maintenance engineer
  • Mastering engineer

Accessibility: 2 of 10

Affordability: 3 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: 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: Oceanside CA, Austin, Houston & Dallas TX
Tuition: $24,000

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Started in Texas, MediaTech Institute now boasts four locations (Austin, Houston, Dallas TX, and Oceanside, CA). The school offers courses in four disciplines: Recording Arts, Digital Film, Animation & Effects, and Mobile App Development. All courses are 45 weeks in duration and are diploma programs. The Recording Arts Program and includes lessons in Audio Engineering, Business of Music and Business Communication.

The Audio Engineering portion of the program includes recording in the studio, live sound, and post production. Graduates are eligible for Pro-Tools certification. The Recording Arts Program includes hands-on training inside a campus recording studio and the teaching staff includes professionals currently working in the recording business. Graduates are assisted in career/job placement by the Career Services Department.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Audio Engineer
  • Studio Technician
  • Sound Designer
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Record Producer

Accessibility: 3 of 10

Affordability: 7 of 10

Course Variety: 5 of 10

Financial Aid

Yes, this school offers financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance

Yes, this school offers job placement assistance.

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

School Website:


Founded in 1890 by John D. Rockefeller, The University of Chicago is one of the world’s most acclaimed private universities, hosting a combined undergraduate/graduate enrollment of about 15,000 students per year. Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees are offered in a wide range of disciplines, including liberal arts, science, engineering, business, medicine and more.

For music students, the university’s Music Department offers a general Bachelor of Arts degree, and three graduate degrees, with options to concentrate on Composition, Music History & Theory and Ethnomusicology. The catalog also includes courses in Computer Music, and the facilities include a computer music studio with digital recording and post-production capabilities.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Composing
  • Musical Performer
  • Ethnomusicologist

Accessibility: 2 of 10

Affordability: 1 of 10

Course Variety: 10 of 10

Financial Aid

Yes, this school offers financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance

No, this school does not offer job placement assistance.

Locations:
Tuition: +/- $22,000 to graduate


The Blackbird Academy was established by John and Martina McBride within their recording studio, Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN. The school currently offers a 24-week training program in Studio Engineering, along with classes in Live Sound Engineering.

Classes take place 5 days a week over the 24-week period, consisting of 50% classroom and 50% work in-studio, in small classes of five students each. Coursework includes training in pre-production, live tracking, overdubs and mixing.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Audio Engineer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Music Producer

Accessibility: 2 of 10

Affordability: 7 of 10

Course Variety: 5 of 10

Financial Aid

No, this school does not offer financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance

Yes, this school offers 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: Los Angeles & Sacramento, California
Tuition: +/- $30,000 to graduate


Originally founded as Sound Master in 1972, Pinnacle College now offers a variety of music industry training programs from its two campuses in Los Angeles and Sacramento. The school offers an 18-month associate’s degree in Music Production Recording Arts, plus certificate programs in Video Game Sound Design and Recording Engineering. Individual Pro Tools certification courses are also offered.

Pinnacle College offers both day and evening classes, with numerous start times for each program throughout the year. Courses may include Music Theory, Music Production, Digital Audio Workstations, Sound Design Concepts, Live Sound, Business Theory and more.

Possible Career Outcomes:

  • Audio Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Sound Designer
  • Live Sound Engineer

Accessibility: 2 of 10

Affordability: 6 of 10

Course Variety: 5 of 10

Financial Aid

Yes, this school offers financial aid.

Job Placement Assistance

No, this school does not offer job placement assistance.