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1. SAE Institute - San Francisco
Courses / Programs
SAE Institute - San Francisco (SAE-SF), located in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, is a private audio engineering school offering two courses: the signature Audio Technology Program diploma that trains for careers in the music and post production industries, and SAE's Electronic Music Production Certificate course, a vocational training covering all the tools, tips and tricks involved in producing electronic music. SAE-SF can help you jump start your career in the recording industry. SAE-SF is a campus of SAE Institute, which is the largest audio school worldwide, and currently has campuses / facilities in 46 cities in 21 countries.
- Audio Technology Program Diploma
- Electronic Music Producer Certificate
2. Indigital Institute of Recording Arts, Santa Cruz
Courses / Programs
Indigital Institute of Recording Arts (IIRA) provides an 18-month certified Audio Engineering and Beat Production program that consists of over 70 lessons. Students can take the program in-full, or concentrate on one of the 6-month individual certifications - Recording Engineering, Mixing, or Beat Production.

Based in Santa Cruz CA, approximately 30 miles south of San Jose and 75 miles south of San Francisco, IIRA is designed to give students the essential knowledge for building a career in today's music industry. IIRA programs give you the skills you need, without the enormous tuition costs of some recording schools.

Each class provides immediate hands-on training in real professional studios, student labs, class interaction studies, and apprenticeships during actual paid recording sessions. The IIRA is your recording industry connection to place yourself in today's music industry.
Audio Engineering and Beat Production Certification:
- 18 month full Certification program
- Combines the curriculum of the Recording Engineering, Mixing, and Beat Production (6 months each)
- Each component can be taken as individual 6 month course

Modules include:
- Fundamentals of Hearing
- Fundamentals of Sound
- Acoustic Environment and Treatment
- Introduction to Mixing
- Dynamics Techniques
- EQ Techniques
- Fundamentals of Music Theory
- Understanding Synthesis
- Understanding Samplers
Updated: 2014-10-27
Updated: 2014-10-27
3. Audio Institute of America
Courses / Programs
Based in San Francisco CA, Audio Institute of America (AIA) is an online music production school that provide a Diploma in Recording Engineering and Music Production to students throughout the United States. Designed for those wishing to start a professional recording or music production career, as well as home-studio musicians, most students take about 3 months to complete their course. However, there is no time limit.

This diploma is an online course which you can download onto your home computer. This convenient learning method means that you can learn at your own pace, around your work or family commitments. Designed by professionals with extensive industry experience, this course is constantly updated to reflect the latest technology, from GarageBand to Pro Tools and everything in between.

Learning by doing is the best and most effective way to learn new skills. In this course, you will benefit from actual hands-on experience with your instructor through the use of Action Videos throughout the lessons. It doesn't matter which recording software or equipment you use, our course works with them all.
Online Diploma in Recording Engineering and Music Production:
- How to use recording software
- Setting up a home studio
- Mixing and mastering
- Digital recording techniques
- Setting up your own record label
- How to record great sounding vocals
- Digital audio workstations
- How to be a master producer
- Using various plug-ins
- MIDI recording
- Songwriting
- Song publishing
- Copyrighting your work
- Advertising and networking
- Internet resources & more...
4. The Colburn School, Los Angeles
Courses / Programs
The Colburn School is a non-profit independent institution located in downtown Los Angeles, Southern California consisting of two divisions: the Colburn School of Performing Arts (CSPA) and the Conservatory of Music (CCM). The Conservatory of Music is a highly-selective college offering classical instrumental music training at the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels. The Colburn School is a community-based school that provides music, dance and drama training from introductory to advanced levels to students from ages preschool through adult. The Conservatory of Music is predominantly college-age students.

As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, we offer a curriculum that includes a rigorous academic program. The school selects unique and gifted musicians and supplies room and board and tuition. Students must audition for admission. The application process for non-U.S. citizens is the same as that for U.S. citizens.
- Bachelor of Music Degree

- Performance Diploma

- Artist's Diploma

- Professional Studies Certificate
5. The Recording Arts Center, San Diego
Courses / Programs
The Recording Arts Center (TRAC) is San Diego's only Digidesign Authorized Pro School. Our school is in a dedicated training space within Studio West of Rancho Bernardo, the largest and most established recording studio in San Diego County, Southern California. We offer a wide range of classes with flexible schedules that are designed to give students the knowledge and skills required to succeed in the world of audio engineering and post production, including Pro Tools certification. Our students learn in a real recording environment and have many opportunities to get involved in various sessions and projects.
- Music Creation
- Advanced Music
- Industry Certifications
- Individual Courses

- Pro tools Training
Pro Tools 101; Pro Tools 110; Pro Tools 201; Pro Tools 210M; Pro Tools 210P; Pro Tools 310M; Pro Tools 310P; Pro Tools Operator Certification; Pro Tools Expert Certification I; Pro Tools Expert Certification II
6. College of Extended Learning at San Francisco State University
Courses / Programs
Conveniently located at the corner of Market and Powell in downtown San Francisco, The College of Extended Learning at San Francisco State University provides a variety of music business and recording industry classes which are open to everyone. You can select any class that interests you, or follow our Music/Recording Industry academic certificate program. Our downtown campus is directly on the Powell Street BART and Muni lines, and close to affordable parking.

Designed for students who want to gain a solid foundation in the music business and/or recording industry, this program offers a comprehensive education in all aspects of the music business. Students choose an emphasis on either the recording arts/technology or the music business, which enables them to acquire real marketable skills to compete successfully in a fiercely intense environment.

All certificate students are required to complete a professional internship as well as a portfolio of projects such as audio engineering demos or music business and marketing plans. In addition, students can select from a number of electives and seminars for the most comprehensive music industry education in the San Francisco Bay Area. Coursework in the program may be applied toward the certificate, or individual classes may be taken to learn or update skills.
- Music/Recording Industry (MRI) academic certificate program: Choose an emphasis in either the recording arts/technology or the music business. All students must complete a professional internship.

The program can be completed in as few as two semesters; however, most students take four semesters, or two years. Evening classes are also available.
7. Shepherd University, Los Angeles
Courses / Programs
Located in the heart of culturally active Los Angeles, the Cornel School of Contemporary Music at Shepherd University is situated at the center of the entertainment industry. We provide an Undergraduate (Bachelor) Degree in Music as well as a Graduate (Masters) Degree program. Concentrations include Music Production, Songwriting, Contemporary Performance, Contemporary Christian Music, Contemporary Composition, and Film Scoring.

The modern music industry is looking for complete musicians; talented people who can create, know the technology, and run their business. The Cornel School of Contemporary Music is the place to get a complete musical education, and real-world practical training. The skills you acquire at CSCM prepare you for success in the competitive professional world.

Our mission is to provide students with an education and practical skills necessary to prepare them for careers as professional musicians and composers, and to develop each student’s scholastic and artistic achievement through courses leading to Certificate, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degrees.
Bachelor of Music Degree Program:

Concentrations include:
- Music Production
- Songwriting
- Contemporary Performance
- Contemporary Christian Music
- Contemporary Composition
- Film Scoring

Master of Music Degree Program:

Concentrations include:
- Contemporary Christian Music
- Contemporary Composition
- Contemporary Performance
- Film Scoring
- Music Production
- Songwriting
8. Kaldoa Music Productions, San Jose
Courses / Programs
Kaldoa Music Productions, located in southern San Jose, California, is a music school offering guitar, drum, bass, and piano lessons for kids, teens & adults. We are a husband and wife team and lessons are held in our home studio. At Kaldoa Music professional high-quality instruments and recording gear are used to make the studio a fun place to learn your instrument.

Our desire is to nurture a love of music while fostering self-discipline and commitment. We are able to demonstrate flexibility and patience because each student is unique. Music lessons are viewed as multi-dimensional learning processes as well as skill development. Encouragement, determination, and perseverance are all vital qualities when learning any instrument. We look forward to working with you as you seek to make this important decision in music education.
Guitar, Drum, Bass, and Piano lessons are offered in the following format:
- Private Lessons
- Multiple Instrument Lessons
- In-Home Private & Group Lessons
- Instrument Buffet Lessons
- Group Lessons
- Alternative Learning Lessons
9. MusicStar Academy
Courses / Programs
MusicStar Academy of Music, located in Riverside (60 miles east of L.A.), south California, is a music education tutoring service providing private lessons to students of all ages in the comfort of your own home. We offer private music lessons in the following instruments: piano, keyboard, guitar, bass, vocal, drum, flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin and other band or orchestra instruments.

We also offer free recital opportunities for all instruments and voice, as well as hugely discounted instrument rentals, such as electric pianos and keyboards, guitars, basses, amps, band instruments, drums, accessories, such as sheet music, metronomes, tuners, cables, music stands, and much more!
- Private instrumental and voice music lessons
- Group music classes
- MusicStar Rock Academy Camps

Band Instrument lessons include:
- Guitar, Piano, Drum, Bass, Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet ...

String Instruments lessons include:
- Violin, Harp ..

Other lessons include:
- Percussion, Music Production and recording....
Updated: 2014-10-26
Updated: 2014-10-26
10. Logic Pro Help
Courses / Programs
Located in Los Angeles CA, Logic Pro Help is an Apple Authorized Training Center owned by David Nahmani, author of the official Apple Pro Training Series book "Logic Pro X". We focus all our energy on delivering the absolute best professional training services for Logic Pro.

Our services range from live, hands-on Apple Certification Logic Pro workshops taught by David Nahmani in our Los Angeles classroom, to in-home consulting, online forum and free user groups meetings with seminars from music industry professionals. Online training can also be arranged upon demand.

We are located 3 miles east of Hollywood in the Vermont Village: a new hip and trendy area that invites you to stroll amid the many restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other hangouts. We are on Vermont Avenue, just north of Hollywood Boulevard.
Logic Pro Training Programs:

- The New Features in Logic Pro X (one day class - intermediate level)
- Produce Music in Logic Pro X (three day class - beginner level)
- Electronic & Dance Music Production in Logic Pro X (two days - intermediate level)
- TV & FIlm Scoring in Logic Pro X (two days - intermediate level)
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