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Choosing an Audio Engineering School – Topic of Hot Debate!

2 APR 2012
Career Path : Audio Engineering

One thing is clear. You know that you want to become a sound engineer. School application deadlines are looming. But which audio engineering school is right for you? The answer depends on your priorities.

World-class equipment?

We’ve all seen advertisements for sound engineer school or DJ training that put the emphasis on having the latest studio equipment. But some graduates of audio engineering school argue that “good enough” equipment is actually better, because that is what most graduates will work on in the real world, especially those who choose to set up their own studios – a costly process at the best of times.

Hands-on experience?

Some graduates of audio engineering school report that they are surprised by how useful the “boring” bits of their schooling prove to be. Frequently cited: legal information about contracts, technical information on music theory. Others find the first semester, which tends to be the most theoretical, the most challenging.

Teachers who work in the industry?

At first glance, most prospective students would probably agree that a sound engineer school should be staffed by people with real-life industry experience. But some audio engineering school graduates point out a downside to this requirement: teachers who work in the industry may sometimes miss classes to attend gigs.

This downside must be weighed against the benefit for students of forging connections within the industry. If they are to succeed, they will need to develop a strong professional network. Their teachers are the first building block in this network. A sound engineer school that employs industry professionals is also more likely to offer such perks as interviewing practice with industry representatives or an alumni job board.

Broad overview?

If you already know exactly what you want to do, a broad-based approach to sound engineer school may be of little interest to you. But for the industry novice, it can be life changing.

Fewer exams?

You will be tested on everything that you learn in sound engineer school. Would you prefer to be tested in smaller increments or to prepare for one big exam at the end of each semester?

There are, however, some things that everyone seems to agree on when it comes to finding the right audio engineering school for you.

Most graduates of sound engineer school would recommend that prospective students:

  • speak with staff and students of the school that they are interested in
  • tour the school if possible
  • check out more than one school (this can help you identify your priorities)

Happy touring! And good luck this application season.