If you’re considering recording school, chances are, you’re hearing a broken record of negative advice: The competition is fiercer than ever. Schools are churning out more grads than the industry can support. There are no jobs in this economy.
But warnings like these, while certainly rooted in reality, oversimplify the situation. As the music industry has evolved, so has the role of the recording engineer. Sure, there are only a handful of jobs tracking rock stars in big studios, but there are more kinds of opportunities than ever. And as the industry changes, schools are adapting, tailoring their programs for a new generation of versatile engineers and musicians.
Pursuing an education is a simple matter of defining your goals and setting your course. The right path for you might be an online class, a full-time program, or maybe just a weekend spent actually reading your gear manuals.
If you’re considering formal education, check out our “Choosing a Recording School” feature, which outlines options ranging from short-term courses to advanced degrees. More inclined toward DIY? In “Learn, Baby, Learn”, we bring you dozens of free and low-cost alternatives to schools.
Either way, remember that education is a lifelong pursuit, so whichever approach you take, boosting your skills will only work to your advantage.