We’re thrilled that you want to know more about getting your Audio Engineering and Music Business education at Dark Horse Institute.
Below you’ll find a list of some of the common questions we get about the admissions process, job placement, our education department, financial aid, student resources, and more. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, call us at (615) 791-7020.
At DHI our instructors are working engineers and music industry executives, we keep our classes small to ensure that our students get plenty of one-on-one time with their instructors, that our audio engineering students are trained on professional studio equipment, and that we offer a comprehensive career development program—all of which give our students an edge in this highly competitive industry. Our goal is to provide you with the working knowledge and marketable skills you need to step into a wide range of positions in the production or business facet of the music industry. We specialize in training our recording arts students for production, as well as engineering, which consists of three major elements: the creative skills of a producer, the technical skills of an engineer, and the business skills of an entrepreneur. Our music business students will graduate with the knowledge and skills to either get a job or start your own music business.
There are many reasons why DHI may be a superior choice: professional instructors with real-world experience, world-renowned facilities equipped with industry-standard equipment, more opportunities for independent studio time, and hands-on learning of the business, smaller class sizes, and career services to name a few. Most of all, we are a professional recording studio and an indie record label, not just a school. When comparing other schools to our professional program, we suggest spending some time researching these critical components:
Many people don’t have the time or funding to go to a 2- or 4-year program for a degree that is not required for audio or music business professionals. Our program is designed to benefit someone right out of high school wanting to learn new skills as well as a professional wanting to sharpen their skills. We accept students of all ages and levels of experience.
It’s always good to have some business education under your belt. Part of being a good engineer is having a good business background. Many students take our program after graduating from high school or college and launch a career afterward. Some college students often take a semester off and attend DHI as a supplement to the college degree they are seeking.
Our programs cut out the fat and give you not only a thorough understanding of your chosen field but hands-on experience doing the things that will make you successful.
The two things that will make the difference in a successful career in the entertainment industry are your level of competency with the skills we teach you and the relationships you make.
On average, it will take one to two years of consistently working on your craft, along with networking and building relationships. This is why we allow our graduates to record at Dark Horse Recording for free for a year after graduation. And that’s why we currently have a 78 percent in-field placement rate that is far beyond the industry standard.
Basic admissions requirements are as follows:
Our music business program is 12 weeks and our audio engineering program is 20 weeks in length. Our curriculum is focused. We cut out the fat and unnecessary general electives. We teach audio engineering and music business in a vocational setting. DHI graduates who have what it takes are often out in the field working in their trade long before their peers who remain in lengthy traditional learning environments.