Ithica has a good state school thats got a very very good audio program i believe. I would of liked to attend there.
after attending a private school (i have 6 classes left) i'm gonna walk out with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Production...was it worth it?
yes- and no
i spent alot of money, more than i should have on a degree. I learned everything that really stuck from working in the industry.
However i learned alot of production in school- basically how to deal with people in this industry. How do you communicate with someone pissed off that the guitar tracks sound the way they do? or why the band isn't there yet?
school and the industry=completely different things
you can't really get fired in school for ****ing up! in the industry you blow up someones subs, your on the hotseat bigtime. why do i say this?
my boss came in hammered one night, and was like MORE BASS! and he blew my subs..well his subs, also damaging one side of a crown5000vz.
you will never have that experience in school. lol.
I've seen kids blow sidefill monitors that literally looked like a flashpot going off..and getting his ass chewed in half by people for it. no teacher can call you a fvcking asshole to your face...lol
my point- is there are so many variables out in the field that you will just not encounter in school.
also- at 8am you can doze off in school. if your unloading a PA, or simply showing up to put one up- you doze off and your all a sudden applying for a local hamburger job.
my advice- ask yourself, do you want to have a degree? further down the road do you think that you having a degree will ever hurt, or maybe get you the job over someone who doesn't?
and to just get a degree in audio engineering is insane to me. learn about everything, mixing is just as important as getting the cabs and boards to the venue, even knowing the musical scales, etc are important. sitting in a studio with session musicians talking technical music theory and not understanding a word of it is a very lonely experience!
who is more valuable? the kid who just knows how to mix, or someone who can mix, schedule and take care of some technical things, as well as communicate with promoters, producers, etc.
from going to school i can say i can be thrown into any audio/television set/movie set and get a job done. i can do the audio job way better than i can do the other 2!
Ithica is a state school, and although i never tried to get into that school (i went to school for animation first...) i have heard some kids landing killer jobs coming out of that school. Its in upstate New York btw..
okay enough ranting good luck bro in whatever you do.