First established in New York City, in 1980 a 24-track recording studio called "Songshop" offered adult training classes to novices as well as record label personnel. These classes proved to be very popular and the increasing demand for training and hands-on experience necessitated expansion of the program to include internships with commercial studios and recording artists.
In 1987 the entire enterprise moved to Phoenix, AZ and the name was changed to "The Academy of Recording Sciences." As the reputation of the institution gained prominence in the music recording industry, the name was again changed in 1988 to the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences as this more appropriately reflected the nature of the institution – "to conserve, enhance, improve and promote the artistic and technical skills of audio recording by preparing students to enter the business as qualified audio recording engineers."
CRAS's structured programs and highly qualified teaching staff provide a professional and supportive atmosphere, which is complemented by our small class sizes allowing for individual instruction and assistance for students in engineering audio recordings. CRAS has been providing quality vocational training in audio recording for three decades. The curriculum and equipment are constantly being updated to keep pace with the rapid advancements in the music and sound recording industries. CRAS's course offerings and subject matter have always centered around the skills and knowledge necessary for students' success in the music industry.
Through extensive hands-on training with studio standard equipment, a 1:1 student/computer ratio and practice with current production techniques, students gain the expertise to move forward with their career goals. The fact that every student has a Laptop Recording Package (included with the cost of tuition) assures that our curriculum is up to date and standardized, giving everyone at CRAS the best possible learning environment.
The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences was founded on the philosophy that the unique nature of the recording industry requires a combination of technical skill, knowledge and creativity. Teaching methods emphasize this through hands-on experiences with a wide variety of modern and vintage equipment. CRAS provides training, disseminates information, encourages positive work attitudes and emphasizes career education, enabling dedicated students to achieve success.
The best way to demonstrate expertise in any field is through certification on the applications and gear that are used in the industry. This principle holds especially true in the audio recording industry. Because of this, CRAS places a great deal of emphasis on providing certification opportunities, providing certification in Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Reason, Melodyne, Auto-Tune, Smaart, Waves and more.
Like Coke for Coca-Cola and Chevy for Chevrolet, The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences has always been called CRAS in "shorthand" by students, faculty, staff and alumni. And, like Coke and Chevy ... CRAS has "stuck." Be CRAS!
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