School of Audio
Music Business

Dark Horse Institute’s Audio Engineering and Music Business programs are built on hands-on learning and real-world experience to prepare you for your career in the music industry.

Dark Horse Institute

What do Taylor Swift, Mastodon, Matchbox Twenty and Amy Grant all have in common (besides the fact that they all made hit records at Dark Horse Recording)? They have great sounding records and massively successful careers. And how did they get there? With a powerful team of Audio Engineers, Producers and Music Business Executives.

Whether you’re into Pop, Hip-Hop, Country or Rock, Dark Horse Institute’s Audio Engineering Program will teach you how to produce, record, mix and master music. The Music Business Program will show you how to build successful careers as an Artist Manager, Booking Agent, Studio Owner, Publisher and Record Label Executive.

Since the founding of Dark Horse Institute eight years ago, we’ve helped many students from cities across the country to launch their careers. Award-winning music business veterans have identified Dark Horse Institute as one of the Top 10 Audio Engineering, Music Production and Music Business schools in America.

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Carrie Underwood wins the CMT Female Video of the Year award for “The Champion”, Lead Vocal Recorded at Dark Horse

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Up-and-coming artist Brooke Hatala and producer Billy Smiley work through a new song at Dark Horse Recording.

Audio Engineering Program


Our program has its roots in our world-famous studio, Nashville’s Dark Horse Recording. Our instructors are all working professionals who have been involved in Gold, Platinum and Grammy Award-winning albums. As a student in our Audio Engineering program, you’ll get expert instruction and hands-on experience recording, mixing and mastering.

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Music Business Program


Music Business students take a deep dive into how the ever-changing music industry works. As members of our student-run recording, marketing and management company, Dark Horse Music Group, you’ll get real-world experience working as Artist Managers, Booking Agents, Record Label Executives and Music Publishers.

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The mission of Nashville’s Dark Horse Institute is to offer you the most compelling Audio Engineering, Music Production and Music Business education available anywhere.

We accelerate the learning process by cutting out the fat and focusing directly on the knowledge and skills you’ll need to launch your career in the music world as an Engineer, Producer or Music Business Executive. Every Dark Horse student gets virtually unlimited access to our labs, classrooms and four professional recording studios. Plus, as an alumnus, you get 6 months of free studio time at world-famous Dark Horse Recording to help you keep your skills fresh and begin building your career.

You’ll graduate from one of the foremost schools in the country with not just a Certificate, but with your all-important first professional credits, proving to the music world that you’ve got what it takes to succeed as an Engineer, Producer or music Business Executive.

Our mission is nothing short of changing your life…so that you can go out and change the world.