While your other music buddies have bought some basic mixing equipment and have called it good enough to teach themselves an old version of ProTools in their basement, you are still considering going to music school. There is no shame in that. While your hypothetical buddy may certainly be talented, you might feel that there is still something to be said for being trained in the fundamentals, and having some credentials under your name to promote yourself. In spite of the increased availability of self-producing and self-learning, striving for formal schooling can provide opportunities to gain hands on experience with industry-standard equipment as well as a chance to expand your horizons for the various modern techniques trending in the music business.
However, searching far and wide for the best audio production school can be an overwhelming task. Deciding whose hands to trust your artistic future can be a vital and intimidating event; but doing a bit of personal research and applying some of the tips listed here can alleviate the task of knowing what to look for and how to look.
College Location: Your proximity to a particular facility may be a large factor in where you choose to go to school. Fortunately, there are many good music production schools located around the country. However, if the one nearest you is not your dream school, there are out-of-state or even viable online options to consider for the other pristine audio engineering universities around the country.
Before venturing out to school, it may be helpful to have a meeting with yourself and to be sure you have mulled over some of the following questions:
• How is the daily travel time to school, or its general distance from my current home going to affect me?
• Will I choose to relocate to a distant college area and join dorm life or local apartment living?
• Can I balance the trip and time dedication that audio engineering school will require with the work-life and other obligations I currently have?
Cost of the Training Program: Of course finances must be taken into account when weighing your college options. Examine the program offerings and course options for the best schools in your ideal budget range, or utilize whatever scholarship programs or financial aid assistance you may qualify for if you want to try to aim even higher. With a little research, you can find out how to apply for grants that are offered by the government.
The College’s Reputation: At the very least, before hauling of to the illustrious world of audio engineering school, you ought to have an idea of what you are in for. Take the time to make sure that the atmosphere, vibe, and general reputation of the school in which you are considering enrolling is in line with your own values, work ethic, and personality. College is a large investment, and you don’t want to find yourself committed to investing many thousands of dollars in an institution that looked nice on paper, but does not accommodate your educational and personal needs.