Recording Connection Audio Institute
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Why Traditional Recording and Audio Engineering Schools Don't Work

Degrees and Diplomas Are Irrelevant in Music and Recording

Unless you’re planning on becoming a record label accountant or something similar, a college degree or diploma is not a necessary for a job in the music business.  Those credentials carry no weight when it comes to getting hired in the music industry—none whatsoever.

In the case of most audio engineering and music recording schools, the primary objective is to grant you a degree or diploma. However, at The Recording Connection, our objective is always to get you hired. To that end, we focus on teaching you the skills that help to make you indispensible in the eyes of the people who do the hiring in this business.

At The Recording Connection, we hold that the best way to learn a job is to do the job. By learning real-world skills from your personal mentor (an actual working audio professional) on real-life music recording sessions, you obtain vital work experience and industry connections that you’ll never find on a trade school or college campus.  Why is this the case? Traditional recording schools are controlled environments where everything works according to plan, while in the real world, Murphy’s Law holds true (“If something can go wrong, it will”). To put it plainly, if you never actually experience what it’s like to deal with real problems in the studio, or to have things fall apart mid-session, you can’t be properly prepared for a job in the music business. The professionals know this—that’s why they don’t hire someone based on a diploma or degree. They know that students fresh out of traditional music and recording schools haven’t been tempered by the trials of the real world, and that’s why they are slower to hire them.

Are you ready for a little experiment?

Try this exercise: grab a handful of your favorite CDs, or go to iTunes and write down a list of your favorite artists. Find out the names of the people who produced or audio engineered your favorite records, Give this a try: get a handful of your favorite CDs (or go to iTunes) and make a list of your favorite artists. Write down the names of the people who produced and engineered their records. Then call us at 604.259.0585 and ask us whether the music producers or audio engineers on your list went to a traditional audio or recording school. Be prepared to be shocked.

The reality is, none of your favorite audio engineers or music producers got their big break by earning a diploma at a recording school. NOT ONE. If they attended school at all, it’s a virtual guarantee that their schooling did not actually factor into their getting hired.

How, then, did these professionals get their break? They got their break by getting themselves inside real recording studios or record companies.
Here’s something else of interest: most billionaires today (Doug Casey, Ted Nichols, and Warren Buffet among them) actually recommend that their apprentices not go to college. They’ll tell you that going to college in 2011 is a misallocation of both time and money. 
What do they recommend as an alternative? They recommend self-education (reading and doing) and working with a mentor.
The billionaires we mentioned are not alone in this belief. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Records and Virgin Airlines; David Geffen, founder of Geffen Records; and Jimmy Iovine, founder of Interscope Records—these men all dropped out of college and became apprentices on their respective roads to success.

Why The Recording Connection Audio Institute Works

At The Recording Connection, we have been utilizing our hands-on approach to audio engineering and music producing for several decades. We know that the mentor-apprentice approach works, and we know why it works. With The Recording Connection, you will learn real-world skills quickly and effectively, simply because our program is geared to help you learn the job by doing the job, with personal instruction from a working audio professional who is making a successful living in the recording industry. The Recording Connection is a solid recording school alternative because it saves you a great deal of money, because it can get you into the job market in as little as six months—and most of all, because it works.

Recording Connection School Alternative
  Traditional Music and Recording Schools
Real World Experience
What You Graduate With
A Diploma
One-on-One Private Tutoring on Real Music Sessions
Learning Environment
Crowded Classroom
A Working, Professional Audio Engineer/Music Prod
Over 100 Cities in the United States and Canada
Limited to Campus(es)
Six Months
Up to Four Years

What It Takes To Succeed in the Music Business

It takes a particular type of person to be successful in the music business. It requires passion, dedication, an ability to focus, an ability to deal with the unexpected, and plenty more.  
Are you the type of person who can arrive home at 6AM after working a 20-hour day, and when your alarm wakes you up at 8AM to get ready for a 10AM session, you can’t wait to get to the studio?  If you aren’t that type of person, then you need not apply with us, because you don’t have what it takes. The real success stories with our program are the people who have that kind of motivation—the ones who don’t even need the alarm clock. These are the ones who aren’t doing it for the money, but because they love the work. These people thrive on the satisfaction of creating something out of nothing, of accomplishing something great. This is the kind of passion for the work that you’ll need in order to succeed in this business, not just as a student, but after you graduate. 
That’s why The Recording Connection only accepts about five percent of all the applications we receive—that’s one application out of every twenty. This is a competitive business, and we don’t want to waste your time—and we can’t afford to waste our mentors’ time, either.
On the flip side, because of our exceptionally high admission standards, Recording Connection’s job placement record is outstanding. Currently, 72 percent of students who complete our six-month curriculum get hired in the music business within a year after they graduate—and many get hired even before graduation.

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