Discover Audio Engineering at the Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts

Becoming an audio engineer, whether behind the console in a professional recording studio or behind the console at a major rock concert, is a dream of many. However, as many people have come to find out, the dream cannot become reality for the individual who lacks the proper training and experience.

The Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts teaches future industry professionals how to become Pro-Audiovisual or AV technicians. Our staff of industry professionals provide hands-on AV training experiences, immersing students in a real-world environments and preparing them for the CTS exam. Our Techworks program prepares students for in-demand careers in the Pro-AV field and arms them with the opportunity to earn their AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification. The Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts is approved by The Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Our Audio Engineering School

The AudioWorks program at Sheffield gives the audio student both a solid foundation in audio engineering technology and the hands-on experience that will get him or her in the door of a major facility.

You will have the opportunity to work with the latest sound engineering software you need to succeed in this field.

Upon successful completion of our sound engineer courses and the AudioWorks program, graduates will be qualified to apply for entry-level employment in one or more of the following positions:

  • Studio Recording Engineer
  • Live Recording Engineer
  • Front of House Sound Reinforcement Engineer
  • Monitor Engineer
  • Audio for Video Engineer
  • Non-Linear Digital Audio Editor
  • Remix Engineer
  • Equipment Sales
  • Installation Technician

The AudioWorks program consists of 96 hours of lectures and 200 hours of labs, totaling 296 hours. The typical full-time class is four days a week, four hours per day, for 23 to 25 weeks; part-time is two days a week, four hours per day, for 43 to 46 weeks. Our audio technician school is located in the Baltimore area in Maryland.

If you’re interested in audio production or audio recording, contact the Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts today.

Meet Your Instructors

Drew Mazurek
Drew is an experienced recording engineer/mixer with over 20 years in the music industry. He has owned and operated his own studio since 1988.
Glenn Workman
As the owner of Freq Sound Music Laboratory, Glenn has written music for television, film, commercials and industrial productions.
Keith Kelley
Keith has been a professional audio engineer since 1999, working in virtually every capacity of the industry. Keith has logged thousands of hours recording, mixing, mastering, and doing post production audio for film.
Speedoo McFadden
After experiencing virtually every analog system ever made, as well as many cutting-edge digital systems, Speedoo is happy to begin passing on his experience to a new generation of live sound technicians.

About Sheffield

Since 1968, Sheffield Recordings Ltd. has been synonymous with high-end professional audio & video production. We have co-created with the likes of Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Elvis Costello, Walt Disney Motion Pictures, etc

Today, in our 20,000 sq. ft. Maryland headquarters we help artists and brands create world-class audio and video content. Our soundstage and our audio and video studios have the cutting-edge gear and the elite staff that discerning professionals expect.

At our school, The Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts we teach future industry professionals about audio engineering, audio-visual tech, and video production. Licensed by the Maryland Higher Education Commission we provide certifications in audio engineering, video production, and audio-visual technology. Our staff of industry professionals provides hands-on learning experiences while immersing students in a real-world environment.



  • Prospective students applying for initial admission to our recording arts school in Baltimore, Maryland are required to provide a copy of their high school diploma, transcript, or GED equivalent.
  • Students registering will need to bring:
  • $25 Registration Fee
  • Proof of Graduation (High School Diploma or GED)


Each student will be given a personal tour of our Phoenix, MD facility and will get a glimpse of our AV training lab, student lounge, and adjacent learning spaces. Prospective students will interview with one of our school officials to determine the student's level of motivation and interest in our Techworks program. Students must possess the minimum verbal and written communication skills needed to be successful. Prior to every program, students will be given a review of the school policies, receive program documents and have a picture taken for their student identification badge.


The easiest way to learn more is to fill out the form on this page and we will get back to you within 24-hours. We love hosting prospective students and look forward to inviting you to take a tour of Sheffield!