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., Ste. 1, Phoenix, AZ 85021 Phone
888/729-4954 Fax 602/749-5418 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.thealtacenter.comDegrees/Certificates:
diploma in Digital Audio Recording. Program: Innovative 10-week
Digital Audio Recording program is designed by Wayne Vlcan, a
multi-Gold Award-winning engineer/producer and founder of The
Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences. Designed for today’s
music business. Unique curriculum is created specifically for
independent musicians, artists, producers and engineers. The Alta
Center also offers a Multimedia Production program, including digital
graphics, video production, animation and Website development.
Art Institute of Seattle
The Art Institute of Vancouver, Burnaby
2323 Elliott Ave., Seattle, WA 98103 Phone 206/239-2338
Fax 206/269-0274 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.ais.edu
Degrees/Certificates: 6-quarter A.A.A. in Audio Production.
Program: Includes studio production, A/V post, streaming media,
radio production. Required internships, placement assistance upon
completion. Hands-on experience: 5 studios (3 tracking, 2 mixing), 4
DAWs (Pro Tools|HD), two 25-seat computer labs (Windows/Sonic Foundry,
Mac/ProTools LE). Consoles: SSL4000G+, Euphonix C300, Mackie D8D,
Yamaha 02R, Mackie 32X8. 24 I/O analog 2-inch (2), 24 I/O Pro Tools|HD,
(5.1 DTS surround),16 I/O Pro Tools|HD (2).
3264 Beta Ave. Phone 604/298-5400 Fax 604/298-5403
Degrees/Certificates: 1/2/3-year programs. Articulated degree
program with the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA).
Program: Using the latest linear and nonlinear recording
techniques and state-of-the-art recording studios, students train for
careers in music and post-production for film, video, TV and new media.
The campus covers over 55,000 square feet across four separate
buildings and boasts five recording studios, a mix-to-picture surround
sound studio and an automated music production facility. A policy of
liberal access to facilities and equipment creates an environment where
art and creativity blend seamlessly with technology.
Audio Institute of America
447 Georgia St., Vallejo, CA 94590 Phone 707/554-1935
Fax 707/554-9751 E-mail[email protected]
professional growth training, non-accredited. Program: Free
online, self-paced professional audio training courses taught be
renowned author Bill Gibson, using text, high-quality audio and detail
images teaching Understanding the Mixer Part I, Understanding the Mixer
Part II, Essential EQ Theory, Dynamics Processors, Microphone
Technology, Digital Recording, Synchronization, Recording
Instruments/Vocal, MIDI and more!
The Banff Centre
PO Box 15427, San Francisco, CA 94115 Phone 415/752-0701
Fax 415/752-0701 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.audioinstitute.comDegrees/Certificates:
diploma in recording engineering. Program: Home-study course for
recording engineers, producers and live sound engineers. Learn how to
build and operate your own studio or join successful working graduates
in studios around the world.
California State University, Chico
107 Tunnel Mountain Dr., Box 1020, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1H5
Phone 403/762-6180 Fax 403/762-6345 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.BanffCentre.ca
Degrees/Certificates: audio assistant and associate work/study
programs; 1 to 6 terms. Program: This is a work-study program
that provides a bi-weekly stipend with no tuition fee. 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, Elliot Scheiner, Jim Anderson,
Doug Sax, Shawn Murphy, David Frost, Jean Marie Geijsen, Tony Faulkner,
Richard King, among many others. Facilities include recital hall with
adjoining control room, digital multitrack recording studio, Pro Tools
audio-for-video post-production suite, Sonic Solutions editing suite
and Pyramix Digital Audio workstation.
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Department of Music, Chico, CA 95929-0805 Phone 530/898-5500
Fax 530/898-4082 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.csuchico.edu/mus/rcrd
Degrees/Certificates: 4-year B.A. in Music with an option in
Recording Arts; 4-year B.A. in Music with an option in Music
1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90247 Phone 310/243-3543
4-year B.A., Audio Recording; 4-year B.A., Music Technology;
certificate in Audio Technology. Program: 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
multitrack recording, Pro Tools and Sonic Solutions DAWs, and high-res
City College of San Francisco
1000 W Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA 91741 Phone 626/852-8061
Fax 626/852-8063 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.citrusstudios.orgDegrees/Certificates:
1-year Vocation certificate in Recording Technology. Program:
Citrus offers hands-on training in a working studio. The facility
centers on two studios with Neve VR and Euphonix CS2000 consoles, with
Tascam digital, Studer A827 analog and Pro Tools recorders. Other rooms
include and auditorium for live recordings and film scores, a smaller
analog studio and a lab with 25 Pro Tools workstations. The curriculum
consists of courses in audio engineering, acoustics, live sound,
critical listening, digital audio, MIDI and music business.
Cogswell Polytechnical College
Broadcast Electronic Media Arts Department, 50 Phelan St., Box A6,
San Francisco, CA 94112 Phone 415/239-3527 E-mail[email protected]
Degrees/Certificates: Sound Recording and Sound Design
certificates. Program: Covers analog and digital multitrack
techniques used in the various stages of pro sound recording. Basic
tracks, overdubbing, editing, mixing and mastering. Mic placement for
ensembles, instruments and vocals, console, signal flow, gain
structure, music mixing theory and aesthetics, equalization,
compression, reverberation and more.
1175 Bordeaux Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94089 Phone 408/541-0100
Fax 408/747-0764 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.cogswell.edu
Degrees/Certificates: 4-year B.S. in Digital Audio Technology;
4-year B.S. in Audio Engineering. Program: Digital Audio
Technology prepares students for careers in the music industry with
concentrations in studio recording, synthesis and sound design, and
composing and arranging. Audio Engineering addresses the manufacturing
side of the music industry. Students can get either a B.S. in
Electrical Engineering or Software Engineering with a concentration in
audio. Both programs are supported by a facility that has three
recording studios and two classroom labs. The college is regionally
Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
1295 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3X8 Phone
800/665-9283 Fax 604/731-5458 E-mail[email protected]Website
Degrees/Certificates: 1-year diploma in Digital/Analog Recording
Arts. Program: Utilizing three recording studios, students
develop professional skills in engineering, music production,
post-production for film and television, digital editing and mixing,
studio tracking and recording techniques. The program provides
practical, hands-on experience in broadcast production, audio post and
music recording studios. In the music studios, students are regularly
working with a variety of live talent. In post-production, independent
filmmakers provide students with feature-length movies, documentaries
and short films.
Ex’pression Center for New Media
2300 East Broadway Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282-1707 Phone
800/562-6383 Fax 480/829-1332 E-mail[email protected]
Degrees/Certificates: Master Recording Program II.
Program: MRP-II is a 37-week program with classes limited to 12
students. It is the only program that secures and requires an
internship for graduation. 40,000-square-foot facility includes 8
control rooms, 5 studios, 2 Pro Tools labs, 2 digital audio labs, 2 mix
labs and a 6000-square-foot live sound classroom. Gear includes SSL,
Neve, Studer, Manley and Neumann, among others. Students are offered
manufacturer certification on Pro Tools, TC System 6000, Waves
plug-ins, SIA Smaart. Financial aid available.
6601 Shellmound St., Emeryville, CA 94608 Phone 877/833-8800
Fax 510/658-3414 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.expression.edu
Degrees/Certificates: 2-year accelerated Bachelor’s in Sound
Arts. Degrees also offered in Animation and Graphic Design.
Program: The 60,000-square-foot campus includes a 200-seat 5.1
Meyer Sound Theater, 11 full-size studios, gear from Studer, Neve, SSL,
Mackie, Yamaha and more. Class sizes are small to ensure personalized
attention. In addition to sound engineering and production, students
are trained in music theory, studio etiquette and psychology, DVD
authoring, Pro Tools, MIDI, mastering for 5.1, live sound and media
law. 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.
Programs start every month except May and December.
Globe Institute of Recording and Production
321 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832 Phone 714/992-7302
Degrees/Certificates: Music Production Recording certificate as
part of a Commercial Music major. Program: 24-track digital
studio with Mackie HDR24/96, D8B, monitors. MOTU 896 and Pro Tools LE,
MIDI and analog electronic music labs.
Golden West College
PO Box 961, Brisbane, CA 94005 Phone 800/9000-MIX
2-Year Audio Producer Associates degree; 4-month certificates in Audio
Recording and Production, Music Business, Digital Composition, Audio
for Media, Digital Audio Workstation (Pro Tools), Psychoacoustic Sound
Healing. Program: Hands-on classes in recording, mixing,
production and Pro Tools utilizing the Virtual Mixer concept, which
visualizes sounds in 3-D. Top instructors including David Gibson,
author of The Art of Mixing and The Art of Producing.
Classes include instruction in music theory and instrument
Long Beach City College
15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647 Phone
714/895-8780 Fax 714/895-8784 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.gwc.info
Degrees/Certificates: Commercial Musician/Recording Arts
certificate program. Program: Classes include music, business
and recording study areas. The hands-on facilities include three
24-track digital control rooms. Specialty labs are provided for Pro
Tools, Final Cut Pro video editing, CD/DVD duplication, maintenance and
Digital Performer-based synthesizer workstations. The program, which is
almost 30 years old, has produced graduates working in recording
studios and in almost all related sound areas.
Los Angeles Recording Workshop
4901 East Carson St., Long Beach, CA 90808 Phone 562/938-4309
Fax 562/938-4118 Websitewww.lbcc.cc.ca.us
Degrees/Certificates: A.A. with emphasis in Commercial Music, 10
certificates in Music, Radio or Television. Program: LBCC offers
job placement and 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. 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,
Los Medanos College
Center for the Recording Arts, 5278 Lankershim Blvd., North
Hollywood, CA 91601 Phone 818/763-7400 Fax 818/763-7447
reer.comDegrees/Certificates: 900-hour Recording Engineer
Certificate. Program: One of the best-equipped schools on the
planet. Our 10 studios include Solid State Logic, Neve VR, Pro Tools,
five Sony DMX-R100s and the Sony Oxford digital console. Financial aid
and student scholarships, and dorm housing are also available.
Loyola Marymount University
2700 E. Leland Rd., Pittsburg, CA 94565 Phone 925/439-0200
Fax 925/427-1599 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.losmedanos.edu
Degrees/Certificates: 2-year A.A. in Recording Arts and 2-year
Recording Arts certificate. Fully accredited. Program: The most
highly respected community college Recording Arts program in the
country. Faculty honored with multiple Grammy Awards and nominations.
Tuition for CA residents: $18/unit. Two fully equipped 24-track
studios, with Studer and Alesis ADATs, Otari MX-70 and MTR-90
multitracks and Pro Tools.
Mesa Community College
One LMU Dr., MS-8230, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Phone
310/338-4575 Fax 310/338-3030 E-mail[email protected]
4-year B.A. in Recording Arts (music recording and film sound).
Program: Recording Arts at LMU educates students in audio
engineering, music production, film sound production and
post-production. Students cannot record their own music at LMU. They
must scout the artists that they want to record. Entirely Pro
Tools-based state-of-the-art audio facilities.
1835 West Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ 85202 Phone 480/461-7273
Fax 480/461-7422 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.mc.maricopa.eduDegrees/Certificates:
A.A.S. in Music Technology: Studio Recording (approximately 2 years) or
Certificate of Completion (CCL), approximately 1 year. Program:
Classes in studio recording, Pro Tools, live sound reinforcement,
electronic music (MIDI and digital audio), music business, music
theory, electronics and more. Our recording studio recently installed a
Solid State Logic console. Using digital multitrack recorders, we
record with Neumann and AKG microphones and the finest of processing.
With a huge two-story studio proper, we’re able to record orchestras,
big-band jazz, choirs and pop music bands.
Phone 510/430-2191 Degrees/Certificates: B.A.s can
specialize in Composition with an emphasis on technology. M.F.A.
degrees in composition can specialize in Eectronic Music and Recording
Media. Program: 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.
Mt. San Jacinto
Music Department, 1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056 Phone
760/757-2121 x6703 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.miracosta.edu/music
Degrees/Certificates: A.A. in Music. Certificates in Recording
Arts/Record Production, Computerized Audio Production, Sound
Reinforcement, Music Technology and Performance Technician.
Program: We offer programs in commercial music, choral,
instrumental and other general transfer-level courses. Two control
rooms/studios with digital and analog recording. Pro Tools systems and
lots of state-of-the-art processing equipment. Students are given many
opportunities for hands-on recording experience. We also have a
MIDI/digital recording lab with 25 stations and a Foley lab. Located
near the beach in North San Diego County.
Pacific Audio Visual Institute
1499 North State St., San Jacinto, CA 92583 Phone
909/487-6752 x1577 Fax 909/487-1452 E-mail[email protected]
Degrees/Certificates: Audio Technologies certificate (18 units),
Associate degree, Audio Technologies. Program: The program
feature both hands-on and theoretical instruction, from basic audio
principles to full lock-to-picture audio post using Otari RADAR, Pro
Tools and automated consoles. We offer both digital and analog
recording. We can also train your employees with both day and evening
classes. The $2 million facility features five studio floors, four
independent control rooms and computer music lab. Upper-level classes
are small, giving you more project and board time. California resident
enrollment fees are $18 per unit. Out-of-state fees are higher.
Financial aid is available.
34 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Y 1M7 Phone
604/873-4853 Fax 604/873-4295 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.pacificav.com
Degrees/Certificates: 1-year Audio Engineering & Production
diploma; 1-year Film & Music Business diploma; 1-year Indie
Filmmaker diploma. Program: Train in a state-of-the-art
commercial studio with field trips to other professional entertainment
and production facilities. Learn to record for film, TV and radio, make
your own beats, loops and grooves. Learn entertainment industry
structure, where you can fit in and how to contribute to your own
success or that of other artists. Also, learn to create, finance, cast,
direct, shoot, edit and market your own film, TV pilot or music
880 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94107 Phone 415/896-9800
Fax 415/459-5417 E-mail[email protected]
Producer, Composer & Film Audio certificates. Digidesign Pro Tools
certified training, Apple Logic Audio certified training.
Program: Pyramind’s media complex in San Francisco includes a
state-of-the-art multiple-workstation training lab for hands-on
learning in the digital audio arts. The expanded course curriculum,
adapted from the very successful SF Audio Net workshops, now includes a
series of courses geared toward production, music composition and film
audio. As an Apple- and Digidesign-certified training location,
Pyramind also offers operator certification for Pro Tools and Logic
Sacramento City College
8033 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 4042, Hollywood, CA 90046-2427 Phone
800/295-4433 Fax 310/826-8064 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.recordingconnection.comProgram:
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.
San Diego City College
3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95822 Phone 916/558-2111
Fax 916/650-2945 E-mail[email protected]
San Francisco State University
1313 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 Phone 619/388-3337
2-year A.A. in Electronic Music. Program: Students receive a
well-rounded education in music while focusing in depth on Pro Tools in
a Mac-based lab. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in
recording studios, radio and TV stations, multimedia facilities
including Web-based production, as live sound engineers and for
positions in retail electronic music sales.
Santa Barbara City College
Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts Dept., 1600 Holloway
Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132 Phone 415/338-1787 Website
Degrees/Certificates: B.A. and M.A. in Radio and Television with
emphasis in Music Recording, Audio-for-Visual Media and Audio
Post-Production. Program: Fully equipped recording studio with
2-inch analog multitrack, state-of-the-art DAWs and labs for individual
Santa Monica College
721 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394 Phone
805/965-0581 Fax 805/963-7222.
School of Worship
Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart St., Santa
Monica, CA 90404 Phone 310/434-3700 Fax 310/434-3768
and A.A. degrees in Interactive Media Certificate Level I, Interactive
Media Certificate Level II, Animation. Program: The Interactive
Media Program is a comprehensive course in the design and
implementation of Websites, interactive entertainment such as games and
CD-ROMs, and other interactive media. The program emphasizes
high-quality design driven by real-world business, entertainment and
Sound Master Recording Engineer School Audio/Video Institute
3000 W. MacArthur Blvd., #520, Santa Ana, CA 92704 Phone
714/979-4422 x3547 Fax 714/429-0652 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.schoolofworship.net
Degrees/Certificates: 1-year certificate program.
Program: Designed to equip and train future worship leaders for
a specific ministry role in the local church. Classes are basic
theological concepts, leadership administration, worship
administration, music theory, worship team development, studio and live
engineering, songwriting, vocal techniques and many others. Throughout
the year, students will participate in four mini-workshops focusing on
specific subjects such as songwriting, choir arrangements, leadership
and other topics relating to the worship ministry. The campus is
located at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa.
The Academy of Production & Recording Arts
10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 Phone
323/650-8000 E-mail[email protected]Degrees/Certificates:
Recording Engineering certificate. Program: 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 hold key positions in top music/recording companies. Student
grants and loans are available for those who qualify. Day or evening
classes are available.
Trebas Institute, British Columbia
619 11th Ave. SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2G 0Y8 Phone
403/237-8561 Fax 403/237-6128 E-mail[email protected]Websitewww.thebeachaudio.comDegrees/Certificates:
Sound Basics 101 certificate; Music Advanced certificate;
Post-Production Advanced.Program: APRA is a school that is
located within Alberta’s premier recording facility, The Beach Advanced
Audio. The courses enable students to learn all elements of audio
recording, engineering and production. Courses focus on all elements of
audio, be it music, post-production, broadcast,etc.
112 East 3rd Ave., Vancouver, BC, Canada V5T 1C8 Phone
604/872-2666 Websitewww.trebas.comDegrees/Certificates: 1-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 in partnership with the
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts; B.A. in Enterprise Management.
Program: Established in 1979 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. Government loans.
Internships. Lifetime national job-search assistance. Grads with major
entertainers, studios, companies worldwide. Resource center. Authorized
training center for Cubase and Macromedia.
University of Oregon
Department of Entertainment Studies, 10995 Le Conte Ave., Room 437,
Los Angeles, CA 90024 Phone 310/825-9064 Fax 310/206-7435
Degrees/Certificates: certificates in Music Business,
Songwriting, Recording Engineering, Film Scoring. Program: UCLA
Extension’s Department of Entertainment Studies offers rigorous
training programs that prepare students in both the art and science of
the music business, songwriting, recording engineering and film
scoring. Drawing on the talent and studio facilities of Los Angeles,
Entertainment Studies has created a curriculum of required and elective
courses that cover both theory and practice in audio technology,
equipment, musicianship and business practice.
University of Southern California
School of Music, 1225 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403
Phone 541/346-3761 E-mail[email protected] (undergraduate), [email protected] (graduate)
Degrees/Certificates: B.S., Music Technology option; M.M. in
Intermedia Music Technology; and Intermedia Music Technology as a
secondary area for doctoral students. Program: Each curriculum
strives to balance the development of artistic and creative skills with
the mastery of the technical aspects of the discipline. Courses
emphasize music composition, performance and real-time interactive
media environments. The focus is on the creation of experimental types
of musical content, not on the training of recording engineers or
Vancouver Film School
School of Music, Music Industry/Recording Department, Los Angeles,
CA 90089-0851 Phone 213/740-3224 Fax 213/740-3217
Degrees/Certificates: 4-year B.S. in Music Recording, 4-year
B.S. in Music Industry, B.M. in Music Industry. Program: 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
Women’s Audio Mission
200-198 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 1H2 Phone
604/685-5808 Fax 604/685-6389 E-mail[email protected]
1-year diploma in Sound Design for Visual Media; Film Production,
3-D Animation, 2-D Animation, Interactive Media, Broadcast Media,
Acting, Writing, Foundation Visual Art & Design, Maya, Make-Up
Design. Program: Sound Design at VFS focuses on all
areas related to sound in the visual arts, including those in the film,
television and games industries. Led by award-winning veteran Robert
Grieve, Sound Design provides students with a professionally equipped
facility and a curriculum in tune with the needs of industry, as
determined by VFS’s Advisory Board of high-profile industry
professionals. Sound Design gives students the unique opportunity to
collaborate on projects with colleagues from other departments (3-D
& 2-D Animation, Interactive Media, Film, Acting), providing them
with industry-relevant experience and more compelling portfolios.
PO Box 410663 San Francisco, CA 94141 Phone 415/239-3269 x5
Degrees/Certificates: Audio Workshops taught by women for women.
Audio Certificates are scheduled for fall 2004. Program: In a
field where women professionals are historically underrepresented, WAM
seeks to create an environment that will encourage and enable the
aspirations of women in the recording arts, and, in turn expand the
vision and voice of media and popular culture. We provide access to
audio technology and training in its use to record sound for music,
radio, film, television and the Internet for women and girls.
To make sure that your school and audio program are included in next
year’s guide, please contact [email protected].