It used to be that you had to go to a very liberal university or an art school to find a decent music production program. Now it seems that they are popping up everywhere. No surprise due to the fact that the average American spends more time and money on entertainment than they do on food and shelter combined.
Choosing a music production school: So, the question for prospective students is not where can I find good music production schools. It is who is going to provide an education that the industry will take seriously. The entertainment industry has always been fickle. That hasn’t changed.The old school saying “it’s not what you know, but who you know” has been proven in the entertainment industry more than any other. So, if you take that as a rule, the reputation of the music production school will play an enormous factor in your marketability.
A lot of music production schools offer basic audio production programs. Community colleges have even jumped on the bandwagon. Does this mean that they are all going to get you a job? Sure. There is no doubt that you can get into the field with minimal training at a music production school without any reputation or accreditation from the industry. Are they jobs worth taking? Probably not. Most people that yearn for a career in audio are not going to be satisfied with a career as a sound tech or a live mixer at the local venue that changes names and owners as often as kegs of beer. Some people are. If you dream of a career working with estabished artists, studios, or production houses you need to plan carefully.
The following music production schools have been around for a while and are recognized in the audio production community for providing a solid audio foundation using the latest gear available. Check out their sites and see what they have to offer you.
Music Production Schools Recording Connection places students in real music recording studios. Each student is assigned to one recording professional in a real recording studio. The student learns recording from a music producer or recording engineer who is working in the recording business.
Full Sail Real World Education’s degrees for creative minds include Computer Animation, Digital Media, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Design & Development, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring. Regardless of which program at our school you choose, one of Full Sail’s fundamental goals is to encourage the union of art and technology.
Founded in 1945, Berklee College of Music is the world’s largest independent music college and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. The college’s 3,800 students and 460 faculty members interact in an environment designed to provide the most complete learning experience possible, including all of the opportunities and challenges presented by a career in the contemporary music industry.
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. Whether it’s studio recording, concert sound, movie sound, radio or television broadcasting, or working with a record label or artist management, it’s all about music! If you want to work as a recording engineer, a live sound mixer, record producer, or any other audio career, you will never be satisfied with anything else.
Pyramind is a media and music production school offering hands on training in today’s recording studio environment. Driven by a philosophy of creativity meeting technology, students get hands on training interacting with industry professionals in both the recording studio and classroom. Through Pyramind’s Digital Producer Certificate Program students learn the most up to date software and hardware skills and techniques for both media and music production.
IAR is a music production school now in its fourth decade. We’ve seen all kinds of fads, gadgets and recording technologies come and go. What remains the same is our time-tested vision: a complete education in audio engineering and music production, combining a broad background with hands-on experience. We prepare students for the music business with teachers that are in the business.
Vancouver Film School. Sound professionals need to be equipped to handle audio-engineering for all manner of visual media. To meet this need, our students learn Pro Tools software, the world’s most widely used sound design platform. VFS is the only school in Canada authorized to give Operator-Level certification in Digidesign music and post-production systems.