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Audio Technology Program (ATP)

900 Clock hours – 9 months

SAE’s audio course was first offered in 1976 and has since been perfected into the Audio Technology Program.  SAE has thousands of graduates working in the audio industry all over the world including Oscar and Grammy Award winners.

ATP is a 9-month full time course taught Monday to Thursday with workshops on Fridays consisting of 25 hours a week of class and studio time.

Music Business Program (MBP)

36 Credit Hours – 12months

The Music Business Program leads to a Diploma of Music Business. The Music Business program provides the multiple skills necessary for careers in today’s Music Business Industry.  Students will learn promotion, marketing, management, graphic and web design, video and audio production, and publishing.  Students will also learn about team building and networking. 

General Enrollment Procedures

  1. Provide a scanned copy of your passport and visa.
  2. Provide proof of English ability.
  3. A copy of your bank statement as required by the USA Embassy.
  4. Pass an online entrance exam.
  5. All students that have attended high school outside of the USA must have their transcripts evaluated by a NACES approved evaluation company.  We recommend using  Please visit their website for individual country instructions.  Generally, all documents can be submitted by email.
  6. Sign and return an application and enrollment agreement.
  7. Make a down payment to be issued an I-20 in order to obtain a student visa from a USA Embassy.

For more information please email:

Jesse Fagerhaugh or Jorge Perez

About SAE Nashville

SAE Institute Nashville is located in the heart of the famous Music Row District. Music Row is located between 16th and 17th Avenue South, minutes from downtown, and offers hundreds of professional studios within walking distance from the school.  Upon touring our Nashville campus, it is obvious that SAE Institute takes music business & audio training seriously.

Immediately surrounded by some of the best technology available, you instantly appreciate the breadth of the program. With over 20 studios and workstations, SAE offers students the production and learning tools necessary to prepare themselves for a successful career in music business or audio engineering.

SAE Nashville occupies over 15,000 sq. feet and our studios and workstations include SSL 9000 J and Neve 88R control rooms, 5.1 surround studio, as well as, Mackie analog and Neve Genesys control rooms. With exclusive AMS-NEVE & SSL training, as well as an included Apple MacBook, Digidesign's Pro Tools, and industry related software for every student in the Music Business or Audio Technology Programs, SAE Nashville is the clear choice to jump start your career in music business or the audio industry.

SAE Institute Nashville is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. To view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by SAE Institute Nashville, please visit and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.

For information on transferability of credits, please visit our Transferability of Credits Disclosure page.

International Student Health Insurance

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Campus Life

SAE Institute Nashville has a diverse student body that includes local Tennessee residents, out of state American students, and international students from all over the world. This rich tapestry of cultural diversity among the student body allows our students to meet new life long friends while experiencing other cultures.

SAE Institute Nashville takes our programs very seriously. The faculty at SAE Institute is passionate about their craft and offers tutoring upon request. We have an open door policy that encourages student and staff communication.

Students may book additional studio time on their own in our industry standard studios. This studio time is crucial for students to develop their skill set via hands on training.

Our Student Services department is available for any questions or concerns that students may have while attending SAE Insititute Nashville. SAE Institute Nashville has a caring staff of professionals that love what they do and strive to ensure that our students' experience is successful all the way through graduation.  


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