Learn About Trade Schools and Other Educational Opportunities in Southern California

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If you are in southern California pursuing a career in audio as a recording engineer, music producer, or similar profession, there are few places on the planet that offer more education options in professional audio. Numerous colleges and trade schools throughout Los Angeles and southern California currently offer a variety of recording arts programs. We highly recommend that you research your options carefully, as each recording program is different. Here is just a partial list of the many choices available in this area:

University of Southern California (Los Angeles)

Currently offers bachelor’s programs in Music Industry through the Thornton School of Music.
[URL: http://www.usc.edu/schools/music/]

Audio Professionals of America RecommendedRecording Connection (Los Angeles, San Diego, Bakersfield, Fresno, Palm Springs and others)

A work-experience school with a structured course curriculum taught through a mentor-apprentice approach. The Recording Connection places students in real recording studios for hands-on training by professional audio engineers and music producers in locations throughout southern California. Currently offers a 6-month certificate courses in audio engineering or music producing as well as Masters equivalent courses for the digital music producer, songwriter/artist/producer, and live sound engineer.
[URL: http://www.recordingconnection.com]

SAE Institute (Los Angeles)

Offers a diploma course in Audio Technology, and certificate courses in Electronic Music Production and Beat Lab Production.
[URL: http://losangeles.sae.edu/en-us/home/]

Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)

Currently offers a B.A. degree in Recording Arts through its School of Film and Television.
[URL: http://sftv.lmu.edu/programs/reca.htm]

Mt. San Jacinto College (San Jacinto)

Currently offers associate’s and certificate programs in Audio Technology and Advanced Audio Technology.
[URL: http://www.msjc.edu/Pages/default.aspx]

C.S.U. Dominguez Hills (Carson)

Currently offers a bachelor’s program in Digital Media Arts with optional emphases on Audio Recording or Music Techology.
[URL: http://www.csudh.edu/]

Musician’s Institute (Hollywood)

Currently includes certificate and degree-emphasis programs in Music Industry and Audio Engineering among its other music-related course offerings.
[URL: http://www.mi.edu/]

Citrus College (Glendora)

Offers a one-year certificate program in Recording Technology through its Fine and Performing Arts Department.
[URL: http://www.citrusarts.org/ra/index.html]

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