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Los Angeles Recording Schools with Career Training Overviews

There are around 13 schools in the Los Angeles area that have recording programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements, and admission info for two schools within 25 miles of downtown and find out which school is the right one for you.

Schools with Recording Programs in the Los Angeles Area

There are a number of school options available to students looking for recording arts career training in Los Angeles (LA) and the surrounding region. This article profiles two schools, neither more than 35 minutes from the city center and the relevant undergraduate programs. These programs prepare students for careers in recording technology and music production through classroom work and hands-on experience in the studio.

There is also a table of facts about each institution, such as enrollment, tuition, school setting and the graduation rate. Prospective students can refer to this table in order to make an informed decision about their education. A listing of a few more area schools with recording-related programs is presented at the end of the article.

  • Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) offers recording technician training through a certificate program in commercial music. It has three control rooms on campus that are equipped with Pro Tools software and a variety of recording functions. LAVC is approximately 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
  • Around 19 miles from downtown LA is Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a private school with several recording and mixing rooms, as well as a number of opportunities for students to study abroad. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Recording Arts degree there.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are deciding what school to attend need to consider many factors. The following table of information makes it easy for them to compare these three schools and makes a smart choice.

Los Angeles Valley College Loyola Marymount University
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 15,648* 9,618*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,220 in-state; $7,538 out-of-state* $46,386*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 75%* 90%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions 52%*
Retention Rate (2017) 72% for full-time students; 48% for part-time students* 91% for full-time students; 67% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2014) 21% (9% transfer-out rate)* 79%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Los Angeles Valley College

LAVC's recording technician training spans from instruction in the fundamentals of music to a hands-on workshop in recording arts. Some courses from the certificate program may transfer to 4-year institutions.

Certificate of Achievement in Commercial Music - Music Technology

The music technology certificate curriculum at LAVC includes courses in areas such as basic piano and music notation. Students also study electronic music and recording arts as well as recording arts and music as a business. The program requires 18 credits for completion.

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Marymount University is a Catholic institution with both Jesuit and Marymount heritage. The recording arts program at LMU addresses realms of both music and film. The department has several full-time and part-time faculty members, as well as a chief audio engineer.

Bachelor of Arts in Recording Arts

In addition to general education requirements in subjects like literature, math, and theology, LMU's recording arts program includes classes in sound, mass media, music fundamentals, and film production, among other topics. Recording arts majors also complete advanced coursework in post-production sound, multi-track studio recording, and live recording. In order to complete the program, students must complete a final project in music or film production.

Other School Options

Courses and programs in recording are also available at the 2-year public schools Citrus College, Cypress College, Fullerton College, and Golden West College, all of which are within 35 miles of downtown LA.


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