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Best Music Schools New York City

New York City, the center stage for all things music, art, fashion, and entertainment. There are several audio engineering schools located in New York City designed for individuals at all levels to further their knowledge and create a pathway into the music industry.

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NYC audio engineering schools will not only offer you a diverse, accredited, and expert mentorship but you will be living in a city where live performances and studio recording are commencing at all hours of the day.

Steinhardt New York University

82 Washington Square E, New York, NY 10003

Steinhardt is suited for Students seeking the highest levels of education in Music Technologies. Students who place education in the uppermost respect and are willing to pay for exclusiveness and at acclaimed alma mater. With the large investment in education, the knowledge and access gained to experts in music technologies as well as the facilities provided to students cannot be touched by any other school. NYU Steinhardt is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


  • Music Technology Undergraduate
  • Music Technology, Masters
  • Music Technology Advanced Certificate
  • Music Technology Doctoral
  • Music Business Undergraduate
  • Music Business Master’s


41,500, plus supplies and housing per year.

Financial Aid: Yes

When you enroll in Steinhardt  you not only inherit the name as an NYU student and access to all of the  famous campus but you have world famous instructors who have made advancement in sound engineering we all use in daily life. Paul Geluso, Master’s Program of Music Technology,  worked in music since 1992 and has developed how music is heard through different channels such as surround sound, DVD, live, studio, and broadcast. Located in the East Village the progressive  neighborhood has everything to offer, the best cafes, multiple parks, theater, and distinguished New York City architecture. Steinhardt truly offers their students the finest education and resources. Many students work with major artists in world renowned studios while enrolled in their undergrad. Placement after graduation is almost guaranteed as most internships develop into full time careers.


Subway: 4, 5, 6

Restaurants and Entertainment

  • The Public Theater
  • Students receive access to the James L Dolan Music Recording Studio

Rent Within Half Mile

Starting at 2,000 a month, student housing is offered but for an almost identical price of having an off campus apartment.

Institute of Audio Research

64 University Place NY, NY 10003

Programs and Certifications

  • Audio Technologies Program – Recording and Mixing
  • Audio Recording
  • Live Sound and AV
  • Game Audio and Sound for Picture
  • Music Production and Artist Development
  • Music and Entertainment Management Program


Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCCS), New York State Education Department (NYSED), AVID (Pro Tools) Learning Partner

Tuition: 4,582 – 17,405

Financial Aid: Yes


Institute of Audio Research (IAR) is geared toward fast-paced learners looking to complete a program in 9 months of less. Enrolling in IAR means you will be working with notable instructors such as Steven Eigneer, adjunct instructor, Grammy award winner, credited with gold, platinum, and multi platinum albums, Eigneer has worked in studio with Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, and Tupac among others.

If you are seeking a career in AV and live sound, your mentor will be found in Daniel M. Ricci. Ricci has provided AV in numerous corporate settings and live sound for Billy Joel, Carrie Underwood, and One republic to name a few off his long list of accomplishments.

Located in the university area of Greenwich Village, IAR’s neighborhood has a college town feel with the accessibility and fast paced vibe of NYC.  

Situated between Washington Square Park (pictured to the left) and Union Square Park students can experience green areas and the daily farmers market while walking to class in the concrete jungle.



Bus: M8, M1, M2, M3, M55

Subway: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W

Restaurants and Entertainment

  • Cinema Village
  • Village Taverna Greek Grill
  • The Grey Dog
  • Gotham Bar & Grill
  • Union Square Park
  • Washington Square Park

Rent Within Half Mile

Median rent within the area is around 5,000 a month and go upwards of 20-30K. You can always find tiny studios for less on StreetEasy.

Recording Connection

Campus: 1330 6th Ave #23A, New York, NY 10019  and online.

If you are looking for a large school with multiple locations, accreditation based on schools reputation in the industry, endless resources, and a massive list of accomplished instructors, Recording Connection is for you. With schools located all over the United States and beyond Recording Connection has developed a large brand and network in the audio engineering business.

Degrees Offered in NYC

  • Music producing, audio engineering
  • Electronic Music- Ableton
  • Hip Hop Music
  • Live sound
  • Live DJ program
  • Music business
  • Post production
  • Advanced audio
  • Learn from legends
  • Audio Certification
  • Electronic music – Logic Pro


7,000 – 11,000 for 5-7 month course

Financial Aid: No


Recording Connection is best for Students with high interest and previous knowledge of audio technologies. Stand out students and self starters will get the most out of education from recording connection’s programs. With the amount of instructors in NYC let alone Recording Connections worldwide database of notable educators. Any music loving student will be able to seek out an instructor that has worked with their favorite artist. Alumni services provide assistance with job placement and there is a high success rate for job placement in music  after graduation. Located in Midtown NYC, thriving neighborhood with many restaurants, museums, iconic architecture, and theaters.


Bus: bXm2, m5, m7, x10, x10B, x12, x14, x17, x17j, x30, x42

Subway: E, M

Restaurants and Entertainment

  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Benoit New York
  • Radio City music Hall
  • Rockefeller Center
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Rent Within Half Mile

One bedroom’s starting around 3,000, average around 5,000 with an unlimited range upward. 

SAE Institute

218 W 18th Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10011

One of the industry pioneers in Audio Engineering. School opened in 1976. SAE is best for a dedicated student who is willing to invest in rigorous schooling and obtaining a nationally accredited associate’s or bachelor’s degree. SAE has set the standard in many aspects of audio engineering.  As one of the oldest schools, current and past students can take advantage of SAE’s 30 year, international alumni network. Located in the heart of Chelsea, a multicultural area known for its cosmopolitan vibe. Located near google, new media outlets, and financial technology start-ups.

Diplomas offered in NYC

  • Audio Technology Diploma



Financial Aid: Yes


Bus: M7, M20, M14A, M14D

Subway: A,C, E, L, 1, 2, 5

Restaurants/ Entertainment

  • Cafeteria
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • High Line
  • Chelsea Market
  • Navy Piers

Rent Within Half Mile

Studios available for around 2,000 but Chelsea neighborhood is considered one of the most desired neighborhoods in NYC.

ProMedia Training

Located in Scratch DJ Academy NYC 32 Cooper Square, #2 New York, NY 10003

ProMedia Training are short classes that provide knowledge and training to achieve certification through Pro Tools ( AVID). This school is meant for moderately experienced students looking for a quick 1-10 day refreshers and instructor based classes. If you have been using Pro Tools and have want that extra push in efficiency and the backing of a certified educator, these short courses are for you.  


1,000 – 5,000

Financial Aid: No

ProMedia offers about 5 short courses monthly in various major cities around the country. To enroll in their courses in New York check their website to see when courses are in session for NYC. Although courses run on a few day schedule expect 8-10 hour, punctual class days. Studies take place in the East Village, a cool community of young artists and close to the famous SOHO neighborhood.


Subway: 4, 5, 6

Restaurants and Entertainment

  • Washington Square Park
  • New York University
  • SOHO

Rent Within Half Mile

Studios starting at 1700