History of Recording Arts Schools
by Alex Cosper (2/14/14)

The recording industry began in the late nineteenth century, but the concept of recording arts schools came many decades later. One of the most legendary institutions that is still around is Berklee College of Music in Boston, which was established in 1945. By the early 21st century nearly 100 students who had been through the program accounted for over 200 Grammy Awards. The school began issuing bachelor's degrees in music in 1966.

The Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts, certified by Apple, started in Maryland in 1968 as a high end recording studio. It became the Sheffield Institute in !995 and the following year the Recorrding Arts school was approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The school offers classes in audio engineering, video production, audio/video electronics and radio/television broadcasting.

Full Sail University, a nonprofit recording school that offers online degrees, was launched in Dayton, Ohio in 1979 by John Phelps. The operation moved to Orlando, Florida the following year. In 1989 the studio moved to Winter Park, Florida. The school offers masters, bachelor's and associate's degrees beyond audio, such as film and computer animation. The school began offering online degrees in 2007.

The Los Angeles Recording School (LARS) opened in 1985 as a division of the Los Angeles Film School. It is a private commercial collegen that offers Associate of Science degrees in Recording Arts. The school teaches industry standards for the entire recording process. Since the school is located in the middle of Hollywood, it attracts many people trying to break into the entertainment industry.

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) rose in New York City in 1980 as a 24-track recording studio that also offered recording classes. The operation moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1987. The school offers small classes and experienced educators with a focus on staying up to date with recording technology. In 1992 CRAS graduate producer Robert Anderson became the school's first student to receive a Gold award from the RIAA for the single "Finally" by CeCe Peniston.

The Nimubus School of Recording Arts launched in 2009 in Vancouver, Canada and was founded by Bob Ezrin, Garth Richardson and Kevin Williams.

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