WARINING - Very long article. Read at your own time.
NOTE: I'm writing on my experience at this school from my own prospective. Hopefully this will help anyone who plans on attending this school, but better yet, just save their MONEY and TIME!
The first time I found out about The Recording Conservatory Of Austin was online. With more extensive research and no negative reviews online compared to the others, has led me to think that this school was the ONE!
So I called the number on the website to schedule for a personal tour. The person who answered the phone was very friendly and informative. Later I found out that person is the owner of the school. John Stinson.
Before I showed up to the conservatory, I was imagining how the campus looked like and how ecstatic I was to embark on this new learning experience.
After 15 minutes of driving around the area, I finally pulled in to a drive way to see a brick house with a gravel parking lot.
I walked to the front and rang a doorbell and no one answered. Called them back and they told me to come around the side. When I walked in, I was introduced to the main control room, B control room, and C Room, which is pretty much a closet. Don't get me wrong, the view is beautiful, but that is the only thing worth looking at.
From a person's prospective who has never seen equipment like this before might look enticing, but it is pretty much masked garbage. The rooms are not treated. There is not an analog control board anywhere to be found. The gear looks old and worn out. The students recording in the next room are coming up to john stinson about errors in the control room. At that moment, my gut feeling told me that there was something wrong.
We sat down in a room and john stinson informed me on all the details about the curriculum and pretty much just trying to sell me. Though I had a gut feeling about signing up for a school that is apparently someone's house, I decided to give it a chance. Big mistake.
My first day was with john stinson. He never shows up. I call his cell phone at least 10 times. I go home. An hour later he calls me to tell me that he wants to reschedule and that he forgot about our class. The next day I showed up and he was there. He tells me that he and his wife had an argument and he had to watch after his kids.
After my unfortunate first class with john stinson, I was set up with another teacher for my recording techniques classes. My music theory class, which is part of the curriculum was next. I show up to an apartment where my instructor was with another student. While I was waiting for them to get done, I see remnants of pot on the coffee table. Don't get me wrong, I love pot, but I paid good money to go to a SCHOOL!
They have an open house where they invite random guest to come every month, along with a special guest speaker. There is food and alcohol accommodated! The bad part is that this is when they graduate the students. A friend I've made through the program graduated during one of theses open houses, and it was very awkward! I even saw one of the staff print out the diploma papers and frame it!
In a nutshell, there was some valuable information that I obtained from the recording conservatory of austin, but I would not recommend this school to anyone. You will waste your time and hard-earned money!
*I once asked John Stinson if he knew who Kings of Leon was, and he did not know. How can a person teach someone about modern music if they don't listen to it? Let alone not listen to any music!
*I ended up dropping out of the program. Though it was cool to book studio time to myself, It was not worth my time or money. I am still paying off for my time there!
*John Stinson is a snake who will do anything in his power to take your hard earned money! Please keep it in your wallet!
I hope this helps any person or parent! Don't make the same mistake that I did! For a man in his mid thirties, I should have learned from my mistakes on decision making in the past, but life teaches you that you are always learning no matter how old you are!
Thanks for reading!