Recording Schools

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The music education field has presided over a boom in the number of recording schools in recent years. Reasons for this include a more highly specialized recording industry, new and better technology, and an increase in the resources available to prospective students. Taken together, these factors have driven recording schools to augment their programs and offer would-be engineers and sound designers even better facilities.

Recording schools serve a number of functions for young music students. A great many of these students have been exposed to the latest in cutting-edge digital technology, either through their high schools or their own online searches. The Internet has made it easier for students to learn about the newest lines of mixers, sequencers, and digital recording devices. Coupled with a love for music, this can be a powerful tonic.

The Rise of Recording Schools

In the old days, those eager to find careers as production coordinators, studio managers, and engineers had no recording schools in which to enroll. The only hope was to be taught first hand by someone else who'd earned a rung on the musical ladder, then fight for the chance to help out during studio sessions. With luck, a permanent job might one day open up, and the credentials that trainee had earned along the way might then help him or her land a gig as a junior engineer or mixer.

With the rise of CD-quality sound, digital remastering, internet music distribution, and higher fidelity recording media, the number of music production jobs has shot up exponentially. Not only are there more recording schools in which to matriculate, but there are more studios, recording houses, labels, and broadcasting facilities too. All of this qualifies as a veritable boom for prospective recording engineers, not to mention the artists who depend on them to help create a better product.

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