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Hi all. I'm not sure if there is a better place to post this, but this forum seems to have the most views so I thought I could get a good response:

I've been looking into recording schools and I was curious if anyone has an opinion on the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona? Is it worth it? How's the program? Are there better schools for the money? Is their job placement really as good as they say it is? Any information would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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anonymous Mon, 10/09/2006 - 16:23

Most of the recording schools are generally the same. I have worked with people from the conservatory, full sail, and SAE. I went to a four year college, MTSU. I also teach at SAE and it is a good school and the people from the conservatory seem to know there stuff. It all depends on how serious you are about it and what you want to deal with afterward. The job placement is always tough because it is what the market will bare, and you usually get your jobs from your internship or someone you met at your internship. From people that I talk to they say that generally they tend not to hire full sail people because of bad experiences, but I had a friend that went there and did live sound and does really good. As long as you work hard and go to a place that will work with what you want you will be happy. But also look at the posts online see what other poeple say, because I will say that MTSu was worth the money as long as you jump through the hoops to get into the program, but others drop out and then go to SAE because they hate the four year thing, and like the quicker 9 month thing

anonymous Fri, 10/20/2006 - 13:39

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What is up man. I just happened to come upon this site while browsing and saw your question. I personally attended the Conservatory and I absolutely LOVED it. I dont think that there is a better school out there. The program gives you the opportunity to acquire more knowledge than say full sail and is less expensive to boot. The faculty there is top notch, and have worked with too many major label acts to count. They will bend over backwards for you if they see that you are very serious. Your success in this program depends completely on your level of committment. Many kids wind up there because they didnt know what else to do or my personal favorite "it just seems like it would be cool." IF you fall into one of these categories dont waste your time. There is more to be learned there than you really have time for. So many teachers with so much knowledge to offer, you just cant fit it all in before its time to go find an internship. Also I have found that Conservatory graduates have a little bit better reputation than those from other schools. I also considered full sail and SAE, but I am happier now more than ever that I chose the conservatory. I have friends who have attended full sail say to me that just in talking with me they got the impression that the Conservatory had a better program. It is much more focused and student oriented in my opinion. You will not regret going to the conservatory. I hope this helps you in your decision making process. Good Luck.