Parent Resources

For parents, we know that you want the best for your child. CRAS graduates are ready to succeed in a variety of highly competitive audio engineering fields. View our resources for parents to learn more.

CRAS is a private technical college offering professional level training for careers in the audio recording industry. The following resources for parents are intended to help answer common questions we hear from the parents of prospective students.

For parents, we know that you want the best for your child. CRAS graduates are ready to succeed in the highly competitive fields of studio recording technology and engineering, live sound engineering, and music production/post-production for film, corporate presentations, television and game audio design. Every year, numerous CRAS graduates are awarded gold and platinum records and win Grammy awards.

Our curriculum is centered around the Master Recording Program II, which is a 42 credit program that includes 36 weeks on campus in Tempe/Gilbert, AZ and 12 weeks interning at a site of the student’s choice throughout the United States. Classes meet Monday through Friday for four hours per day. There are additional hours on scheduled Saturdays and/or Sundays and the facilities are open 24 hours a day for student accessibility.

As an education professional you need to have a high level of assurance with regard to how and where you make your recommendations to students and parents. With that in mind we offer the following statistics. CRAS graduates eighty-two percent of its students and currently possesses a ninety-four percent cohort loan repayment rate – allowing you to recommend CRAS with confidence.

Make sure to check out our FAQ’s if you have any additional questions about attending CRAS.

Click here to view our answers to the most commonly asked questions we receive.

The CONSERVATORY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1740 W. Adams, Ste. 3008, Phoenix, Arizona 85007, (602) 542-5709.

The CONSERVATORY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency under the Provision of Chapter 33, Title 38, US Code and subsequent legislation.

If you have any questions regarding our school or the career opportunities that are available to CRAS graduates. Please call us at 800-562-6383. We look forward to speaking with you.

Josh Voyles – Live Sound Engineer
United Air Force Band, Pacific Clave, Java Jazz Festival, The Whitehouse
Wil Anspach – Producer
Justin Beiber, Justin Timberlake, NAS, American Horror Story
Chris Dennis – Audio Engineer
Jordan Smith, Hillsong United, Lil Nas X, Nipsey Hustle

Get Certified!

The best way to demonstrate expertise in any field is through certification on industry-standard applications and gear.

At CRAS we understand that proficiency across a range of products gives our graduates a significant advantage in the workplace. In the recording industry, proficiency doesn’t just mean theoretical knowledge. The certification process gives you the feedback you need to gain full competence in the basic operation of the hardware and software systems that you will use after graduation.

Job Opportunities

Additional information about jobs here.

  • Foley Engineer
  • Board Operator
  • Sound Effects Engineer
  • Manufacturer’s Specialist
  • Environmental Sound Designer
  • A&R Operations Coordinator
  • ProTools Engineer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Game Audio Designer
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Audio Visual Technician
  • Corporate Media Tech
  • TV/Video Scoring Engineer
  • Broadcast Engineer

CRAS has been recognized as an ACCSC School of Excellence for Over 15 Years! The ACCSC is an organization dedicated to accrediting career schools and colleges. Our students’ graduation and graduate employment rates have continually exceeded other ACCSE-accredited institutions for 15 years in a row.

Laptop Recording Package Included in the Cost of Tuition

As a CRAS student you’ll receive a Laptop Recording Package so you can take your studio with you wherever you go.

The thing that makes CRAS grads unique is that they are most prepared for the adventure ahead. They are open to hang through the variety of experiences that come right as you begin your career. Our entire staff is exclusively made of CRAS grads and they have gone to work on albums from everyone from icons like Adele, Post Malone, Travis Scott to rock acts like Anthrax and Avenged Sevenfold. I’m continually impressed by their dedication and sense of adventure.

— Cameell Hanna, Manager, Serenity West Recording

Through the years, CRAS has consistently sent us students that have been experienced, knowledgeable, and ready to seamlessly jump into the fast paced workflow of our studios.

— Jeff Guillot, Director of Global Business Development, Deyan Audio

I find that CRAS students are the most prepared in handling the technical and professional demands of recording studios. CRAS’ consistency in updating their curriculum and training their students on the latest gear is why they’ve been my go-to for the last decade.

— Roxy Flo, Director of Business Development, Fever Recording & Clear Lake Recording

AMVs most recent hire came from CRAS. I worked closely with Rachel finding the right person that we both felt would be best suited. He is doing just fine and a welcome addition to the team. I would highly recommend looking at CRAS when looking for employees, finding people in this business can be extremely difficult, but knowing there is a school like CRAS offering this kind of technical training is certainly a great tool for companies to have.

— Ian Vysick, Audio Development Specialist, All Mobile Video

CRAS and PSAV have a strong partnership, offering graduates and alumni a career path in the live event technology industry.  CRAS students are eager to take their education and experience and put it to work, while continuing their training and development in all aspects of live event technology with a global employer.

— Marty Matyas, Senior Recruiter, PSAV

I think CRAS is top notch and I see the difference in caliber of students not just on the technical side but professional!

— Destiny Rael, Studio Manager, Firehouse Recording Studios

I have taken on lots of interns from CRAS. I think they give the best education of any of the schools I have worked with. CRAS sends people that are ready to work and know the gear. They are good students and good people.

— Jim Kaufman, Owner, American Voodoo Records; Musician

I have been taking CRAS interns since 2003, back when I was working on Pirates of the Caribbean. They are dedicated and get the job done. They are really into learning and working at the highest level of audio production.

— Allison Clark, Music Supervisor/Production, Seven Pin Studios

The only interns we take are from CRAS. The program is intensive, the students have Pro Tools skills, and they rise to the occasion when given the opportunity.

— Kathleen Wirt, Owner, 4th Street Recording

Our CRAS interns have been terrific. We have had over 15 in the past 2 years and we are excited to have them. We have also hired 10 – 12 CRAS alumni who have futures in this business and are very talented. My CRAS alumni employees are very key individuals in this company.

— Ruben Veloso, President, CCI Digital

Omnisound Studios has benefited from CRAS students for many years now. The level of preparedness and knowledge that these student interns arrive with makes it an easy transition to getting them not only involved but plugged into the recording process here in Nashville.

— Chris Holloway, OmniSound Studios, Nashville

I’ve been working at Chalice Recording Studio for over 10 years. From my experience, some of the best interns that were referred to us came from CRAS. They are motivated, hardworking and well informed about the real world of the recording industry. The intern coordinators are friendly and extremely helpful as well.

— Valerie Pilinsky, Chalice Studios, Los Angeles

As an owner of a busy studio in Chicago I have reached out to various recording schools offering a chance for their students to intern, assist and hopefully engineer at our facility. CRAS students have always been tops on my list. They are prepared and knowledgeable and fit into our pace of everyday recording. This is important as we don’t have time or energy to retrain students for the real world of studio recording.

— Rick Barnes, RAX Trax

CRAS is a place that offers a very well rounded education for anyone with an interest in audio. It teaches you everything from the basic fundamentals that you need to get somewhere in the industry. Not only is the staff extremely good at what they do, they teach you things in a hands on world filled with some of the best equipment that you will run into in the following stages of your career.

— John Mullers, Flux Studios, NYC

I am always happy to bring on a CRAS graduate at my studio. I know prior to offering any training that they have some real studio experience, are knowledgeable in signal flow and have an understanding of how to use and maintain the studio equipment.

— Jesse Rothman, Penthouse Recording Studios, NYC

In only 11 months, you’ll learn all 5 focuses of the recording arts at CRAS

1Music Production
2Video Game Audio
3Live Sound Engineering
4Film/TV Sound Engineering
5Broadcast Sound Engineering

The Future of Post Secondary Education

There is much in the news these days about the efficacy and value of post-secondary education. Heated discussions about soaring costs, loan programs, repayment rates and other topics are all tied to what should be the ultimate goal — gainful employment and a fulfilling career.

The following links to stories about the “new world” of post secondary educational opportunities speak to how this new way of thinking can open up a whole new window of opportunity for our young men and women. Please take a few minutes to read these informative articles, and as always, feel free to contact us with any further questions.

“How Certificates Can Lift Income” by Motoko Rich

“Are certificates the future of higher education?” by Daniel de Vise

CRAS – The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

CRAS is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency under the Provision of Chapter 33, Title 38, US Code and subsequent legislation.

Our Students & Grads Are Connected

At CRAS our industry connections, graduate awards and project credits make the difference.

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CRAS Classes Start Every 3 Weeks

CRAS classes fill up well in advance, so regardless of the time of year you wish to attend apply today.

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Laptop Recording Package

As a CRAS student you’ll receive a Laptop Recording Package included in the cost of tuition.

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Graduate in Only 11 Months

CRAS graduates enter audio careers 336% faster than traditional 4 year colleges, and 118% faster than 2 year community colleges.

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Get your hands on The Latest Gear

Be exposed to the same gear and software found in professional studios around the world.

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16 Certifications

The best way to demonstrate expertise in any field is through certification on industry-standard applications and gear.

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