Recording Engineering School

The mission of Dark Horse Institute is to provide students with an accelerated, affordable and experiential learning environment designed to prepare them for a career in audio engineering, production, and the music business.

Our hands-on, mentor-based programs pair students with working industry professionals in real-world scenarios with recording studio resources, gear, and so much more.


Audio Engineering Program at Dark Horse Institute

Audio Engineering Program:

Learn the art of audio engineering and music production in real working studios. Our 20-week program teaches you the entire process. From mic placement, recording, editing, mixing, mastering, business and much more.

Every aspect of this program is aimed at one goal: to prepare you for a successful career in audio engineering and music production. In this comprehensive program, we do not waste a minute of time. We concentrate on the essential elements and core concepts of what you really need to know.

You’ll be trained on professional gear that is currently being used to create chart-topping records. You will learn how to set up complex recording sessions and record in a variety of settings, use instead of your consuls, mics, and outboard gear.


About the Program:

On the first day of class, you’ll be working in one of Dark Horse Institute’s four professional recording studios. We don’t make you spend weeks reading textbooks before we let you get your hands on the gear. Classes at Dark Horse Institute are very small—never more than 13 students. That means you will learn by doing, not just watching.

Our instructors have decades of experience recording the “who’s who” of recording artists from all genres of music. They’ve worked on countless Gold, Platinum, and Grammy®-nominated albums and will be sharing their tips, tricks, and tools of the trade with you firsthand.

Our Audio Engineering Program is a 20-week, 500-hour program divided into eight courses, including two real-world recording projects during which you’ll record, mix and master 6-song EPs with professional working bands.

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Pitch Perfect

Our Music Business programs will take you behind the scenes where your class will PITCH an artist to the head of a major record label and the A & R Department. 

Nothing is more important than receiving hands-on, real-world experience. Using all the tools available, you will scout out talent which has the potential to take it all the way. 

Dark Horse Music Group

In our programs, you’ll work with Dark Horse Music Group, a student-run recording, marketing and project management company. Using digital marketing platforms, you’ll scout and sign indie bands, and prepare them for the production of 6-song EPs recorded by our audio engineering students on-site in Franklin, TN, just outside of Nashville. You’ll also develop the web and social media marketing tools that are essential to launching a career. 

You'll find our GRADUATES working with some of the most celebrated artists in the world.


Dark Horse Institute is authorized for operation as a postsecondary education institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by Dark Horse Institute, please visit and click on the Authorized Institutions Data.