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When using this directory, please note that only North American programs have been included. All of the information presented here was supplied by the schools. Specific programs may change, so contact the school/program for up-to-date information.

Alta Center for Communication Arts

9014 N. 23rd Ave., Suite 1, Phoenix, AZ 85021 Phone: 888/729-4954 Fax: 602/749-5418 E-mail:info@thealtacenter.comWebsite:www.thealtacenter.comDegrees/Certificates Offered: Diploma in Digital Audio Recording — a unique program created specifically for project studio owners/engineers/producers and independent musicians. Program and Facilities Description: Our five-week Digital Audio Recording program is an innovative program designed by an award-winning engineer/producer and founder of The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences. Learn all the professional techniques for high-quality recording (including DVD mastering & production), utilizing current project studio gear and software. Only eight students per class. The Alta Center also offers a diploma program in Multimedia Production, including: Computer Animation, Digital Graphics, Video/Audio Production and Website Development.

Art Institute of Seattle Audio Production Department

2323 Elliott Ave., Seattle, WA 98121 Phone: 800/275-2471 E-mail:dyert@aii.eduWebsite:www.ais.eduDegrees/Certificates Offered: two-year Associate of Applied Arts in Audio Production. Program and Facilities Description: The Institute offers an accredited six-quarter audio program in a hands-on environment taught by industry professionals, with emphasis in studio production and audio for digital media. The facility features three 24-track studios, a full digital post-production studio, multiple DAW workstations. The school also offers Video Production and Multimedia/Web Design degrees, with labs including a BetaSP online, Avid, Premier and Media 100. Assistance in obtaining internships and employment is available.

Audio Institute of America Audio Recording School

814 46th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94115 Phone: 415/752-0701 Fax: 415/752-0701 E-mail:audioinst@earthlink.netWebsite:www.audioinstitute.comDegrees/Certificates Offered: Diploma in Recording Engineering. Program and Facilities Description: Home study course for professional careers and home recording studios. Join our successful working graduates or learn how to build and operate your own home studio. AIA has students in 100 countries around the world. This licensed school specializes in the art of digital and analog recording techniques.

The Banff Centre for the Arts

Box 1020, Stn. 28, Banff, Alberta, Canada T0L 0C0 Phone: 403/762-6180 Fax: 403/762-6345 E-mail:studios@banffcentre.ab.caWebsite:www.banffcentre.ab.ca/musicDegrees/Certificates Offered: Audio Assistant and Associate Work/Study programs. One to three terms. Program and Facilities Description: Financial assistance and weekly stipend available. Audio engineers refine their skills in an international, multidisciplinary environment. The audio program runs alongside internationally renowned music programs with prominent faculty and musicians. Guest audio faculty have included John Eargle, Bob Ludwig, George Massenburg and Dr. Wieslaw Woszczyk. Activities include learning equipment, software and advanced recording techniques, involvement in CD, concert and studio recording, individual research and experimentation, and audio-for-video. Facilities include recital hall with adjoining control room, digital multitrack recording studio, Pro Tools audio-for-video post-production suite, Sonic Solutions editing suite.

California Recording Institute

1137 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103 Phone: 650/324-0464; 800/9000-MIX Fax: 415/861-1613 E-mail:virtmixr@hooked.netWebsite:www.CaliforniaRecording.comDegrees/Certificates Offered: two-year Audio Producer Associate Degree Program; three- or nine-month Recording Arts and Technology Certificate Program. Program and Facilities Description: Hands-on intensive program with a wide array of complementary classes. Four studios (24-track 2-inch, ADAT, MIDI, Pro Tools 4, Digital Video Editing Suite and The Virtual Mixer) per 18 students. The Virtual Mixer uses 3-D visuals of the mix to teach mixing theory. Gibson's book “The Art of Mixing” is used as the primary text. Serious internship program and placement assistance. Classes include the Art and Technology of Production, Equipment Maintenance, Music Theory for Engineers, MIDI, Computers and Hard Disk Recording, the Music Business, Live Sound Reinforcement, Audio-for-Video, Audio for the Internet, Video Production and Multimedia. Call, write or e-mail for free brochure.

California State University, Chico

Department of Music, Chico, CA 95929-0805 Phone: 530/898-5500 Fax: 530/898-4082 E-mail:kseppanen@oavax.csuchico.eduWebsite:www.csuchico.edu/mus/rcrdDegrees/Certificates Offered: four-year B.A. in Music with an option in Recording Arts; four-year B.A. in Music with an option in Music Industry.

California State University, Dominguez Hills

1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90247 Phone: 310/243-3543 E-mail:dbradfield@dhvx20.csudh.eduWebsite:music1.csudh.edu/MusicDegrees/Certificates Offered: four-year B.A. Audio Recording; four-year B.A. Music Synthesis; Certificate Audio Technology. Program and Facilities Description: CSUDH has a fully equipped analog and digital studio in addition to its synthesizer studio. Completely renovated in 1999, the new equipment includes: Mackie and Panasonic Digital 5.1 mixing consoles, 48 tracks of DA-98 and ADAT format multitrack recording, Pro Tools and Sonic Solutions DAWs and high-res mastering equipment.

Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences

2300 East Broadway Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282-1707 Phone: 800/562-6383 Fax: 408/829-1332 E-mail:cras@crass.orgWebsite:www.audiorecordingschool.comDegrees/Certificates Offered: Master Recording Program. Program and Facilities Description: The MRP-II is a 37-week-long comprehensive audio engineering program. Classes are limited to 12 students. This is the only accredited recording school in the U.S. authorized by Avid/Digidesign to certify its graduates on Pro Tools courses 135 and 235, and it is the only program that requires and procures an internship for its students. The program utilizes state-of-the-art gear, including SSL, Tascam, Otari, Lexicon, TC Electronic and Neumann. Financial aid available to those who qualify.

Expression Center for New Media

6601 Shellmound St., Emeryville, CA 94608 Phone: 510/654-2934 Fax: 510/658-3414 E-mail:Doreen@xnewmedia.comWebsite:www.expression.eduDegrees/Certificates Offered: 14-month, accelerated total immersion bachelor degree programs in audio mixing and engineering, 3D character animation, and digital graphic design. Program and Facilities Description: The Expression Sound Arts Program is uniquely designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work in the professional audio community In addition to sound engineering, students are trained in Music Theory  (Reading, Writing, Composing), Acoustics and Studio Architecture, Studio Etiquette and Psychology, DVD authoring, mastering for 5.1, Live Sound and even Law in Music. Students have unparalleled hands-on access to digital and analog studio equipment (e.g. 15-20 sessions at the controls with a live band) and all students are required to do a professional internship. Class sizes are small (capped at 36 in a graduating class) to insure personalized attention. The program is designed to train students for careers in music recording engineering, audio post-production for film and television, live sound for theater and concerts, MIDI production, studio design, studio management and DVD authoring. Semester begins January, March, May, July, September and November each year. Private financial aid is available to qualified students.

Fullerton College Music Department

321 East Chapman Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832-2095 Phone: 714/992-7296 Fax: 714/992-7327 Website:www.fullcoll.eduDegrees/Certificates Offered: A.A. in Music; Certificates in Piano Pedagogy and Recording Production.

Long Beach City College

4901 East Carson St., Long Beach, CA 90808 Phone: 562/938-4309 Fax: 562/938-4118 Website:www.lbcc.cc.ca.usDegrees/Certificates Offered: A.A. with emphasis in Commercial Music, 10 certificates in Music, Radio or Television — each requires three to five semesters. Program and Facilities Description: LBCC offers job placement as well as intern positions. Most instructors are active in the professional field. Facilities include seven studios equipped with digital audio and/or analog multitrack, 42 individual MIDI workstations, three camera online video facilities, as well as three offline editing rooms. Studio use is available first semester; all students get hands-on experience during their first semester. Equipment includes ADAT, Fostex DMT, MCI 24-track, Soundcraft, CAD, Sound Workshop, Pro Tools, Music Shop, Vision.

Los Angeles Recording Workshop

5278 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 Phone: 818/763-7400 Fax: 818/763-7447 E-mail:larw@idt.netWebsite:idt.net/~larwDegrees/Certificates Offered: seven-month Recording Engineer Certificate, seven-month Audio-Video Production Certificate. Program and Facilities Description: Located in North Hollywood, close to more than 1,300 studios, we offer hands-on training in our 17,000-square-foot, 16-studio facility, featuring Solid State Logic 4000 G+ with Ultimation, four-station Pro Tools Lab, four-station AVID 1000 Lab, and four-station Silicon Graphics Lab. Students learn audio, video and film techniques in small-group, hands-on workshops. Internships and job placement assistance for life. Financial aid and dorm-style housing are available. Tours available Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Los Medanos College

2700 East Leland, Pittsburg, CA 94565-5197 Phone: 925/439-0200 Fax: 925/427-1599 Website:www.losmedanos.netDegrees/Certificates Offered: two-year Recording Arts Certificate or Associate Degree. Program and Facilities Description: The most comprehensive community college recording program in the country. Courses in digital and analog multitrack formats, sound reinforcement, jingle production, music business, session producing, employment strategies, MIDI, audio-for-video, digital editing and related subjects. Two well-equipped multitrack studios, 10 MIDI stations.

Mills College

Phone: 510/430-2191 Degrees/Certificates Offered: B.A.s can specialize in composition with an emphasis on technology. M.F.A.. degrees in composition can specialize in electronic music and recording media. Program and Facilities Description: Mills College is an undergraduate women's college and a co-educational graduate college. Our studios include 24-track analog (with Dolby SR) and Pro Tools workstation.

MiraCosta College Music Department

One Barnard Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056 Phone: 760/757-2121 x6527 Fax: 760/795-6817 E-mail:ccoobatis@mcc.miracosta.cc.ca.usWebsite:www.miracosta.cc.ca.us/info/acad/music/default.htmDegrees/Certificates Offered: A.A. in Music. Program and Facilities Description: All certificates are two-year programs: Recording Arts/Record Production Certificate; Sound Reinforcement Certificate; Certificate of Achievement — Guitar; Computerized Audio Production Certificate; Certificate of Achievement — Music Technology; Certificate of Achievement — Performance Technician. Programs in commercial music, choral, piano, guitar, as well as general transfer-level courses.

Mt. San Jacinto College

1499 North State St., San Jacinto, CA 92583 Phone: 909/487-6752 x1577 Fax: 909/487-1452 E-mail:music@msjc.cc.ca.usDegrees/Certificates Offered: Audio Technologies Certificate (18 units) Associate Degree, Audio Technologies. Program and Facilities Description: The MSJC program features both hands-on and theoretical instruction. Plus, the MSJC program uses the same professional equipment the audio industry does with names like Soundcraft, Yamaha, Pro Tools, Lexicon, Otari and QSC. Additionally, we offer both digital and analog recording. The $2 million facility features five studio floors and three independent control rooms. Also computer music lab. California resident enrollment fees are $11 per unit. Out-of-state fees are higher. Financial aid is available.

Music Video Products

9030 Eton Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91304 Phone: 818/709-5809 Fax: 818/709-7846 Website:www.musicvideoproducts.comProgram and Facilities Description: Music instruction videos for all ages and instruments. Use as a supplement for face-to-face lessons. Excellent beginning primer for band or lessons. Economically priced.

Musicians Institute

1655 McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90028 Phone: 323/462-1384 Fax: 323/462-6978 Website:www.mi.eduDegrees/Certificates Offered: Musicians Institute offers a Bachelor of Music in commerical music (Recording Artist program), Journeyman Certificate in music (Recording Institute of Technology and Guitar Craft Academy), and Professional Certificate in Music: Bass Institue of Technology, Guitar Institute of Technology, Keyboard Institute of Technology, Percussion Institute of Technology and Vocal Institute of Technology. Non-certificate training in music: Encore. Program and Facilities Description: Musicians Institute is over 25 years in the business of music education, and we are commited to high-quality training of musicians for careers in commercial music. When MI set out to create a recording program, the first decision we made was that it had to reflect the same philosophy as MI's other programs. It had to offer hands-on, performance-oriented preparation for the real world of the professional recording studio. The Recording Instute of Technology (leading to a Journeyman Recording Certificate) furnishes engineers and producers with the day-to-day encounter as professionals. The success of this approach can be measure both by the ability of RIT graduates to work in the recording industry and by the number of artists waiting to record in MI's studio.

Recording Connection

8033 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 4042, Hollywood, CA 90046-2427 Phone: 800/295-4433 Fax: 310/826-8064 E-mail:musicbiz@earthlink.netWebsite:www.recordingconnection.comProgram and Facilities Description: Recording Connection is a 15-year-old accredited program that has a worldwide network of over 5,000 recording studios throughout the United States and Canada. The company signs on new affiliates each month. We provide on-the-job training in major recording studios, record companies, and radio and TV stations. Available in every city or town. Call for free video or CD-ROM.

Sacramento City College

3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95822 Phone: 916/558-2111 Fax: 916/558-2441 E-mail:donyg9999@aol.com.

San Diego City College

1313 12th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619/230-2522 Fax: 619/230-2212 Website:www.sd.ccd.netProgram and Facilities Description: See Website.

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132 Phone: 415/338-1111 Website:www.sfsu.eduDegrees/Certificates Offered: Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts Dept.: B.A. and M.A. four-year degree program; Music Recording Industry program, College of Extended Learning: Certificate Program. Program and Facilities Description: Facility is a fully equipped studio with 2-inch analog multitrack, automated console, misc. signal processing equipment and digital audio workstations; B.A. program includes multitrack recording for music, audio-for-visual media and sound design components.

Santa Barbara City College

721 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394 Phone: 805/965-0581 Fax: 805/963-7222.

Santa Monica Academy of Entertainment and Technology

1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405 Phone: 310/434-3700 Fax: 310/434-3709 E-mail:cook_maria@smc.eduWebsite:http://academy.smc.eduDegrees/Certificates Offered: two-year Computer Animation certificate; two-year Interactive Media certificate. Program and Facilities Description: The Academy of Entertainment and Technology trains students in interactive media, traditional animation and computer animation. A program in audio engineering is in development. We offer hands-on training with industry-standard software, including Maya, Dreamweaver, Director, Flash, Pro Tools 24 MIX, Sound Forge, Premier and PhotoShop. Facilities include NT, Macintosh and Unix. Classrooms have a computer at every desk. Our mission is to develop flexible professionals who can adapt to a variety of projects and roles in rapidly changing fields.

SF Audio Net

39 Gilbert St., San Francisco, CA 94013 Phone: 415/863-6883 Fax: 415/863-8419 E-mail:info@SFaudio.netWebsite:www.SFaudio.netDegrees/Certificates Offered: two-month Music Production certificate; 10-week Post-Production certificate; non-degree granting status registered with the California State Bureau for Post-Secondary and Vocational Education. Program and Facilities Description: SF Audio Net provides a combination of training and hands-on experience in an immersion-style educational program. Training sessions are held in a commercial facility and taught by working professionals in the industry. Commercial projects are used as training tools to demonstrate the practical applications of the skills and theories being taught. These workshops provide an educational and networking resource for both professionals and students in the field of digital audio production for both commercial post-production and music recording applications.

Sound Master Recording Engineer School Audio/Video Institute

10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 Phone: 323/650-8000 E-mail:engrsnd@aol.comDegrees/Certificates Offered: Recording Engineering Certificate, 10 months (720 clock hours). Program and Facilities Description: The school offers comprehensive training in Record Engineering, Audio/Video Post-Production, Film Scoring, Digital Mastering, Synchronization, MIDI and Technical Maintenance. Job placement is given upon graduation. Sound Master is proud of its graduates' achievements in the industry. Many of the school's graduates hold key positions in top music/recording companies. Student grants and loans are available for those who qualify. Day or evening classes are available. Approved for foreign students.

Trebas Institute, British Columbia

112 East 3rd Ave., Vancouver, BC, Canada V5T 1C8 Phone: 604/872-2666 Website:www.trebas.comDegrees/Certificates Offered: one-year diploma programs in Audio Engineering, Recorded Music Production, Music Business Administration, Film/Television Production and Film/Television Post-Production; B.A. in Sound Technology (two years, following one-year diploma in Audio Engineering) in partnership with the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts; and B.A. in Enterprise Management (two years, following one-year diploma in Music Business Administration). Admission to B.A. Degree program highly competitive. Program and Facilities Description: Established in 1979 to help students acquire knowledge and develop skills and professionalism for entry into fields of music business, audio, record production, film/TV production, post-production, interactive multimedia and computer animation. Outstanding instructors. High-tech studios and labs. Focus on preparing grads for real-world careers. Government loans. Internships. Lifetime national job search assistance. Grads with major entertainers, studios, companies worldwide. Resource center. Authorized training center for Cubase and Macromedia.

UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies

10995 Le Conte Ave., Room 437, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Phone: 310/825-9064 Fax: 310/206-7435 E-mail:espa@unex.ucla.eduWebsite:http://uclaextension.org/entertainmentstudiesDegrees/Certificates Offered: Certificate Program in Recording Engineering takes approximately one year to complete. Program and Facilities Description: A rigorous training program that prepares the student in both the art and science of sound recording. Drawing on the talent and studio facilities of Los Angeles, UCLA Extension has created a curriculum of required and elective courses that cover both theory and practice in audio technology, equipment, musicianship and business practice. All classes are taught by working professionals. The objective of the program is to enable future engineers to acquire vision and problem-solving techniques that meet the challenges of rapidly evolving technology and a dynamic sound recording market. State of California-approved program of significant educational accomplishment in a professional field.

University of Oregon, School of Music

1225 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 Phone: 541/346-3761. E-mail:lgoren@oregon.uoregon.edu (undergraduate); gradmus@oregon.uoregon.edu (graduate). Website:http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~fmo. Degrees/Certificates Offered: B.S. Music Technology Option, Master of Music in Intermedia Music Technology (final approval pending). and Intermedia Music Technology as a secondary area for doctoral students.

University of Southern California School of Music

Music Industry/Recording Department, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0851 Phone: 213/740-3224 Fax: 213/740-3217 E-mail:scmusind@usc.eduWebsite:www.usc.edu/schools/musicDegrees/Certificates Offered: four-year B.S. in Music Recording; four-year B.S. in Music Industry; Bachelor of Music in Music Industry. Program and Facilities Description: All classes taught by full-time faculty and local L.A. professionals. Music industry class lecturers/instructors include Mark Goldstein, Jay Cooper, Jeff and Todd Brabec, Donald Passman, Mark Isham, Chris Stone. Recording arts classes taught in SSL/Studer-equipped classroom by instructors/guest lecturers Ed Cherney, Steve Krause, George Massenburg.