Frequently Asked Questions

+ What’s the daily schedule?

Our program is full time and classes are held between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. We break the day into two sessions, 9am to noon and 1pm to 4pm. Some days students will have classes all day; other days in the morning only or the afternoon only; and occasionally they’ll have a full day off. We schedule a ‘catch up’ week every quarter, where there are no classes and students have the chance to catch up on projects. We also honor all public holidays. The program averages 20 hours per week. Students book studio time in the evenings and weekends, plus weekdays when classes aren’t scheduled.

+ When does the next music production program begin?

We typically start 3 music production programs in a calendar year.

+ What are the payment options?

Although TRAC doesn’t participate in Federal Financial Aid Programs, we do have payment plans that can spread the cost of tuition over multiple years. Go to our Funding Options page for more information.

+ Can I use my VA benefits?

We are happy to announce that we have been approved by the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs to offer benefits to Veteran’s and other eligible persons for our year long diploma program. Please inquire within for further details on eligibility and benefits.

+ Will I get to use the studios at Studio West?

Yes! Students in our program get to book studio time in all three of our world-class studios throughout the program. This is an essential component of our program and is one of the things that makes us unique.

+ Are Avid certifications part of the program?

Yes, Avid certifications are a key element of the program and you will have the opportunity to obtain a wide array of these critical certifications throughout the program.

+ Where will classes be held?

All classes are held at Studio West, in the Rancho Bernardo area of San Diego, about 25 miles north of downtown. We have two dedicated classrooms with individual computer stations running Pro Tools, Logic, Abelton Live, Reason, Media Composer and a wide range of software plug-ins. Many classes are held in one of the three studios at Studio West, and students also get to book time to work on projects. In addition to the classrooms and studios, we have an Edit Suite and a library stocked with periodicals and reference books.

+ Who are the faculty?

Our instructors are industry professionals, many of whom have decades of experience. We’ve put together a team of professionals who really know what’s important to teach, and who enjoy sharing their knowledge.

+ How big are the classes?

We never have more students in a class than workstations, which means that there is a maximum of 12 students per class. Some classes in the studios will have smaller group sizes to enable students to get hands on with the gear. We pride ourselves on offering the best possible educational experience to our students.

Consumer Information

“I can’t say enough wonderful things about Studio West. Our son graduated from the The Recording Arts Center program. What they’ve taught him and given him as far as experiences completely exceeded our expectations. He has a resume starting out that would take most three years to accumulate.  There’s nothing like watching your kid become exactly who he’s meant to be. If you’ve got a child like mine who’s alway dreamt of immersing themselves in the music industry, I’d recommend Studio West to anyone interested in becoming a true professional.  The  support that our son received from Peter Dyson and his team completely surpassed our expectations….they don’t just educate… They inspire!”
—Beth Schreibman Gehring