Recording Connection Audio School

Introduction

About The Recording Connection

A division of the Recording, Radio, Film and Culinary Connection (RRFC), the Recording Connection is an industry-recognized trade school geared around providing you with practical, one-on-one training for a career as an audio engineer or music producer. Our overarching goal is not simply to equip you with the skills you need, but also to help you break into the industry by putting you in a position to gain on-the-job experience while making important industry connections. Through our revolutionary mentor-apprentice (extern) learning approach, we pair each of our students with an actual music producer or audio engineer who provides one-on-one training in a real recording studio. Our program combines a structured-yet-flexible curriculum with a large amount of hands-on training in the studio, which enables our students not only to learn the rudiments of producing, recording and mixing but the business aspects of running a studio, as well as the inner workings of the industry itself. Since our inception in 1989, the Recording Connection has expanded its reach into all 50 states, as well as into Canada, Australia, and the U.K., ultimately placing more than 11,000 students as apprentices (externs) in real recording studios across three continents. Our mentoring staff consists of actual producers and engineers in world-class studios, many of whom regularly work with Grammy-winning, Platinum-selling artists. We carefully screen our mentors to ensure they are giving our students the best education possible, as well as the best opportunities to connect with the industry in the process. The Recording Connection’s on-the-job audio training program is an excellent choice for anyone with a passion to launch a career as an audio engineer, music producer, live sound engineer, music recording artist, live DJ, composer or other industry professional. Our unique approach puts you in the right place at the right time with the right people to help you break into the industry.

Possible Career Paths

Within our basic audio engineering and music production course, we are able to pair students with mentors that specialize in their chosen genre or field of interest. We currently offer customized training for the following career paths:

  • Electronic music production
  • Hip-hop music production/beat making
  • Live sound engineering
  • Post-production audio
  • Audio for film, TV and video games
  • Touring DJ
  • Music business (artist management, label executive, etc.)

Top ten reasons to consider the Recording Connection:

1. Learn near where you live. ( 250 cities to choose from) With over 250 locations across the country, we can train you in a real recording studio within driving distance of where you live. No need to relocate, quit your job or say goodbye to your existing connections. 2. Low tuition With skyrocketing education costs, it is not uncommon for students to rack up tens of thousands of dollars in debt before they graduate. For aspiring industry professionals, this can end a career before it even begins. We keep our tuition affordable ($9400, all supplies included, no fees) so you can focus on your career, not on how you’re going to pay your bills. 3. Prepare for a variety of music industry careers Whether you want to produce, compose, engineer, DJ or perform; whether you’re into hip-hop, electronic music, country, pop, rock or jazz; we tailor your curriculum to your needs, and we pair you with a mentor who can help you achieve your specific career goals. 4. Real job placement assistance Thanks to our unique approach, many of our students get hired by their mentors or by connections made through their mentors. However, at the Recording Connection, we leave nothing to chance. For each of our students, we provide additional support, training and job placement assistance for up to a year after graduation. 5. Learn as an apprentice (extern), not a classroom student or an intern As a Recording Connection student, you are not one student among dozens competing for a teacher’s attention in a classroom. Nor are you simply an intern who takes out the trash (although chores are a natural part of studio life). You are an apprentice (extern) who has been assigned to a real producer/engineer for personalized on-the-job training. You aren’t just learning concepts from a textbook: you’re learning the tricks of the trade from a real pro. 6. Work on your own music career One of the things our students love best about the Recording Connection is that our course enables them to apply the things they’re learning to creating their own music. While many of our students simply want to engineer and produce for others, many others want to produce their own music. Our course enables you to up your own game. You’ll learn to record, mix and produce your own music, and even better, get it heard by actual music industry professionals who can help you get it out there. 7. Learn industry standard gear and software Since you’re learning in a real recording studio, you’ll naturally be learning to use the gear and software that the pros use, from vintage amps to virtual plugins, from analog to digital. You’ll learn the industry standard Pro Tools, as well as other programs like Logic, Reason and Ableton. And you’ll get to practice on the gear and software without competing with other students for practice time. 9. One-on-one mentoring In a Recording Connection class, there is only one student: you. No classes with dozens of other students. All the training occurs one-on-one in the studio, just you and your mentor. No glossing over things you don’t understand. Learn at your own pace. Ask whatever questions you like. This personalized attention is what helps people like you become great producers and engineers. And that’s what we’re after. 10. World-Class mentors with real album credits In other schools, teachers often have their degrees and diplomas hanging on the wall. In the real music industry, success is measured in other ways. We partner with top producers and engineers across the country to mentor our students—people who work with superstar talent such as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, U2, Aerosmith, Kendrick Lamar and many, many others. You probably won’t find college degrees hanging on the walls of your mentor’s studio, but you might just see a few Gold and Platinum Records, and maybe even a Grammy or two.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Courses

Ableton Live Course

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 46 more

A thorough working knowledge of Ableton Live is essential if you're planning to be an electronic musician or club DJ. With its combination of powerful on-board virtual instruments, powerful arrangement tools and live-performance capabilities, Ableton is uniquely suited to the needs of today's electronic musician. [+]

TRAINING IN ABLETON LIVE: AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA.

Since 1989, the Recording Connection has placed more than 11,000 students as working apprentices (externs) in actual recording studios throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and the U.K. Our students are mentored by professional audio engineers and music producers, including many who have worked on Grammy-winning, Platinum-selling projects by some of the biggest names in the business. Every Recording Connection mentor is screened carefully to make sure they have the proven experience and knowledge to to help our students get their careers off the ground.

About our Ableton Live Course Curriculum

A thorough working knowledge of Ableton Live is essential if you're planning to be an electronic musician or club DJ. With its combination of powerful on-board virtual instruments, powerful arrangement tools and live-performance capabilities, Ableton is uniquely suited to the needs of today's electronic musician. When used with the right controller, Ableton is capable of being the only instrument you need for designing, recording and performing your mixes. As a digital audio workstation (DAW), Ableton Live functions much like the others, offering you the ability to record, mix and master your tracks in a virtual production environment with industry standard audio and MIDI processing. But unlike other DAWs, Ableton also provides a powerful, massive sound and loop library, along with a set of amazing features that enable you to mix, edit and beat match in real time. With up to 4000 loops, nearly 400... [-]


Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 46 more

Designed with the serious aspiring producer/engineer in mind, our advanced course builds upon the foundation laid by the basic apprenticeship course, giving you the opportunity to take your skills to the next level through intensive hands-on learning. [+]

For the serious producer: Our Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production course is available in all 50 states and Canada.

Since 1989, the Recording Connection has helped thousands of students break into the music industry by placing them as apprentices (externs) in real recording studios throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. Our students are trained by world-class producers and engineers, many of whom have worked with some of the biggest names in the business. Every mentor is carefully screened to ensure our students are receiving a quality education from someone with proven experience in the industry.

About our Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production course ... [-]

Audio Certification Programs

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 46 more

After receiving practical, one-on-one training in audio engineering and music production with a seasoned professional, the next step is to become certified in Pro Tools™. We are proud and excited to offer this opportunity through the Recording Connection's Pro Tools™ Certification Programs. [+]

GET CERTIFIED IN PRO TOOLS™! Demonstrate to the industry that you have the skills to deliver under pressure

After receiving practical, one-on-one training in audio engineering and music production with a seasoned professional, the next step is to become certified in Pro Tools™. We are proud and excited to offer this opportunity through the Recording Connection's Pro Tools™ Certification Programs. This tells the industry that you are no longer a student, but a certified professional, ready to tackle any project.

You are eligible to take our audio certification programs if you:

Have graduated from the Recording Connection course in Audio Engineering and Music Production; OR Have graduated with a certificate, diploma or degree from another audio school. ... [-]

Audio Engineering Course

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 46 more

Prepare for a career as an audio engineer learning directly from the pros, apprenticing (externing) under a seasoned audio engineer. Break into the music industry by getting inside it from day one. [+]

Audio Engineering

Since our inception in 1989, the Recording Connection has helped thousands of students launch their careers by placing them as working apprentices (externs) in real recording studios across the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. We do this by partnering with hundreds of carefully screened producers and engineers to mentor our students on-the-job and one-on-one. Many of our mentors are Grammy-winners who have worked with superstars and Platinum-selling artists.

The Recording Connection Audio Engineering Program Do you dream of working in the recording studio with some of the best musicians in the world?
 Do you have a great ear for what sounds good and want to leverage that talent for income?
 Do you do your own recordings at home but want to take your skills to the next level?
 Do you love the creative energy of recording in a studio? 
Do you work well under pressure?
 Are you able to work with different types of personalities? 
Are you creative, reliable and hard-working? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, please read on: ... [-]

Electronic Music Production Program

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 46 more

You dream about it at night. You obsess over it during the day. You know you have the natural talent, and you believe you have what it takes to make it in the industry as an electronic music producer. [+]

THE RECORDING CONNECTION ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION PROGRAM: AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA.

With hundreds of locations across the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K., the Recording Connection places thousands of students as working apprentices (externs) in real recording studios across the globe. Our students are mentored by top-shelf producers and engineers, many of whom work with Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning artists. We screen our mentors carefully to ensure they have the proven experience and knowledge to help our students launch their careers.

More about the Recording Connection Electronic Music Training Program

You dream about it at night. You obsess over it during the day. You know you have the natural talent, and you believe you have what it takes to make it in the industry as an electronic music producer. The only problem is that if you’re going to be anything more than a “bedroom producer,” you’ve got to up your game—and you can’t really get what you need in some expensive college classroom. You need studio experience, you need guidance from a mentor, and you need connections. Lots of connections. You need to get your foot in the door.... [-]


Hip Hop and Beat Making Course

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 46 more

Take your beat-making and hip-hop music production to the professional level by apprenticing (externing) in a real recording studio alongside a major Hip-Hop Producer [+]

Take your beat-making and hip-hop music production to the professional level by apprenticing (externing) in a real recording studio alongside a major Hip-Hop Producer.

Since 1989, the Recording Connection has helped more than 11,000 students break into the industry by placing them as working apprentices (externs) in real recording studios throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and the U.K. Our mentors are all carefully screened, established professionals with proven reputations and skills, and many of them work with Grammy-winning and Platinum-selling artists. There is simply no better way to launch your career music production and audio engineering than by learning alongside someone like this.... [-]


Live Sound Engineering

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 46 more

Through our revolutionary mentor-apprentice (extern) approach, the Recording Connection partners with hundreds of established audio engineers and music producers to train our students on-the-job. [+]

Through our revolutionary mentor-apprentice (extern) approach, the Recording Connection partners with hundreds of established audio engineers and music producers to train our students on-the-job. These professionals are located in real recording studios across the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and the U.K., and many of them work with Platinum-selling and/or Grammy-winning artists. As a result, we are able to provide our students with world-class, one-on-one training in hundreds of recording studios across the globe, giving them a real chance for breaking into the music industry.

DESPITE WHAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN TOLD, YOU CAN'T BREAK INTO THE INDUSTRY BY SITTING IN A CLASSROOM OR STUDYING ONLINE, AND YOU CAN'T LEARN AUDIO ENGINEERING FROM A BOOK. THE ONLY WAY TO LEARN IT IS BY DOING IT. ... [-]


Logic Pro Course

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 46 more

Do you hear the music in your head, and long for a user-friendly way to bring that music through the speakers or onto the dance floor? Look no further than Logic Pro X, the digital audio workstation (DAW) of choice for composers of original music and electronic musicians alike. [+]

LEARN LOGIC PRO WITH THE RECORDING CONNECTION: AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA.

Since our beginnings over 25 years ago, the Recording Connection has placed over 11,000 students as working apprentices (externs) in real recording studios across the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and the U.K. This involves partnering with hundreds of top professional producers and engineers to mentor our students. Because of our high standards and the working relationships we’ve developed over the years, we are able to place our students with some of the most seasoned pros in the industry, many of whom work with Grammy-winning and Platinum-selling recording artists. Working the professionals of this caliber helps ensure our students receive the training and connections they need in order to launch their own careers. ... [-]


Music Business Program

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 46 more

If you’re going to be successful as a record executive, label owner or band manager, you really need to be smart and deliberate regarding your choice of music school. There are many options out there, but many schools charge far too much money and don’t offer any real connection to the music industry itself. [+]

THE RECORDING CONNECTION MUSIC BUSINESS PROGRAM: AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA.

With hundreds of locations across the U.S., Canada, Australia and theU.K., the Recording Connection has helped thousands of students find their way in to rewarding music industry careers by placing them as working apprentices (externs) in actual recording studios. Each student is paired with a mentor, a successful working producer/engineer with years of experience and real album credits. We partner with hundreds of music professionals across the globe, many of whom work with Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning artists, to ensure that our students are receiving the best guidance, education and opportunities possible. ... [-]


Music Producing Course

Campus Full time 6 - 6 months September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 47 more

Music producing is a key part of the music recording process. While the audio engineer focuses mostly on the technical aspects of recording, the music producer focuses more on the artistic process. [+]

Through the mentor-apprentice (extern) approach, the Recording Connection has helped thousands of students by placing them in recording studios throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and the U.K. To accomplish this, we partner with hundreds of professional producers and engineers across the globe to mentor our students one-on-one. These mentors are carefully screened to ensure they have the proven track record and skills to help our students succeed, and many of our mentors are Grammy-winners with Platinum-selling albums to their credit.

Music producing

Music producing is a key part of the music recording process. While the audio engineer focuses mostly on the technical aspects of recording, the music producer focuses more on the artistic process. He/she helps shape the sound, enabling the artist to get not only the sound, but also the feel they are aiming for. This requires the music producer to be a technician, musician, coach and artist all in one. It's not a job for everyone, but for the right person, it is a very rewarding career with the potential for some serious income.... [-]


Post Production Audio Program

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 46 more

At the Recording Connection, you’ll receive our exclusive one-on-one mentoring as you learn hands-on, working alongside top professionals in your field of interest. We partner with award-winning sound designers, mixers, and composers who have contributed to films like Black Hawk Down and We Were Soldiers, as well as top video games like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Guild Wars 2. [+]

LEARN POST PRODUCTION AUDIO ON-THE-JOB. AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA, ONLY THROUGH RECORDING CONNECTION

With locations across all 50 states, as well as in Canada, Australia and the U.K., the Recording Connection has helped thousands of students launch their music industry careers over the past quarter century. Our collective of mentors includes hundreds of experienced producers and engineers with real album credits, many of whom work with Grammy-winning and Platinum-selling recording artists and musicians. We screen our mentors carefully to make sure our students are receiving the highest caliber of training and guidance available, enabling them to connect to the music industry and go on to successful careers of their own. ... [-]


Pro Tool Course

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 46 more

Pro Tools was developed by a group of audio engineers out of the growing need for a software program that could replicate the functions of expensive studio equipment in a digital environment. Since its development, this powerful digital audio workstation has come to be the industry standard among audio professionals. [+]

THE RECORDING CONNECTION PRO TOOLS COURSE is AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA.

With locations across all 50 states and on three continents, the Recording Connection has been placing its students as working apprentices (externs) in real recording studios across the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. We partner with only the most seasoned producers and engineers to mentor our students, many of whom work regularly with some of the biggest names in music. Working with professionals of this caliber helps ensure our students have the best chance of launching their own successful music industry careers.

Learn to use Pro Tools, The Music Industry Standard Digital Audio Workstation!

Pro Tools was developed by a group of audio engineers out of the growing need for a software program that could replicate the functions of expensive studio equipment in a digital environment. Since its development, this powerful digital audio workstation has come to be the industry standard among audio professionals. These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a modern record release that was not recorded or mixed with Pro Tools, or a professional recording studio that doesn’t use it. Not only is it utilized by major label producers and world-class engineers alike, but it’s also found in home studios across the world, enabling songwriters, composers and musicians to access levels of sound quality once only available at the most expensive recording studios, and at a fraction of the cost.... [-]


Touring DJ Program

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles United Kingdom Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cheltenham Exeter Ipswich Leeds Leicester Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Norwich Nottingham Oxford Plymouth Sheffield Stoke Aberdeen Dundee Edinburgh Glasgow Belfast Derry Cardiff Swansea Ireland Cork Bournemouth Brent Croydon Haringey Harrow Worcestershire York Dublin Australia Canberra Albury Armidale Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn Lismore + 46 more

You probably already realize this, but just to be clear: if you want to become a successful touring DJ, you won’t get the tools, skills or connections you need by sitting in a crowded classroom—and you certainly don’t need to saddle yourself with tons of student debt in the process. [+]

THE RECORDING CONNECTION TOURING DJ PROGRAM: AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA.

With hundreds of locations across the United States, as well as Canada, Australia and theU.K., the Recording Connection has placed more than 11,000 students as working apprentices (externs) in actual recording studios where they have a real chance to launch their careers. We do this by partnering with hundreds of professional producers and engineers around the world, many of whom have worked with Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning artists. These music industry professionals mentor our students one-one-one in their respective recording studios, giving our students the hands-on experience and real-world connections they need in order to succeed in the music business.... [-]