Some people just can’t get enough music. If you’re one of them and you are thinking about making it as a career in life, you should consider the option of going to a recording school. Note: Audio enginerring, Surround Sound, Soundscaping and so on, are all very different. Depending on your focus, you’ll have to look in different places.
There are a lot of schools to choose from. They may offer the same/similar courses, but the differences are massive. Here are some elements that you have to consider in choosing the best audio engineering / recording school for you:
- School Equipment and Facilities – You would not want to go to a recording school without having to actually record right? Now, make sure the equipment of the school is up-to-date in order for you to learn the current trends in audio engineering. Learning to use modern audio production equipment will help you more than any written lecture would do.
- Location – You have to determine the city in which you plan to start your career as an audio engineer. This way, you can easily gain the experience you need to move forward after graduation since the music industry is already flourishing. You can detach yourself from geography by considering online schools. But it’s not as hands-on and networking is harder (and networking IS STILL a large part of the music industry).
- Staff – Who’s going to be your teacher? Choose a school that offers the ‘best of the best’.
- Niche – it’s obvious: if you wan’t to do soundscaping and scoring for movies, consider what elements are important in regard to topic. For instance sheet music may be a worthy focus when writing background music for TV, and surround sound would be a healthy focus in you wan’t to work with soundscaping for computer games.