Welcome to Nimbus School of Recording & Media! Our unique hands-on, small class sized mentorship based programs get you working on real projects, in real world-class 24/7 accessible studios, with real music and media experts, right from day one.
Located in beautiful, Vancouver, BC, Canada Nimbus School of Recording & Media is the elite music and media school offering courses are taught by current industry professionals. We offer diploma and certificate programs in: audio engineering, music production, video production, post & game audio, live sound, music industry entrepreneurship, and artist development. Nimbus aims to equip each student with the industry level skills that can help support their passion and shape their future in music and media.
Nimbus was created to teach the next generation of content creators in the same way our founders were taught, by passing along the traditions of excellence in audio engineering and music production pioneered by Jack Richardson.
The Nimbus legacy began in the late 60s with music legend Jack Richardson at Nimbus 9 Productions. A pioneer and mentor, Jack produced over 240 albums, 27 Billboard charted singles and over 20 Billboard charted albums. He has received 38 gold and platinum awards. Widely recognized as the father of the Canadian recording industry, the Juno Producer of the Year Award is named after Jack.
Jack in turn mentored our founders, Bob Ezrin and Jack’s son GGGarth, both of whom went on to successful careers as producers.
Bob Ezrin’s legendary career as a music and entertainment producer, songwriter, arranger and mixer has spanned over 40 years. He has worked with a wide variety of artists including: Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Fefe Dobson, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, K’naan, will.i.am, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, U2, Green Day, Rod Stewart, Nine Inch Nails, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Darkness, Jane’s Addiction and the Deftones and many more.
Read Bob's full bio here or view the Ask Bob video series...
Throughout his career as a Juno Award winning producer and engineer, GGGarth has worked with some of the most exciting artists in music history including: Rage Against the Machine, Ozzy Ozbourne, Alice Cooper, Hedley, Biffy Clyro, Rise Against, Mudvayne, Chevelle, Trapt, Atreyu, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Gallows, and Taylor Swift.
Read GGGarth's full bio here.
Nimbus exists to change lives through music. We are passionate about music, mentorship and community. We value excellence and character. We are committed to creating a sense of belonging regardless of race, religion, gender, or orientation to our students, alumni, staff and the larger community. We provide hands-on transfer of knowledge and life-skills from current industry professionals.
Matching your creativity and passion with in depth technical skills and knowledge sets you up for success in this fast-paced entertainment industry. Our Admissions Advisors are committed to helping you determine the best program for you to achieve your goals.
Audio engineering and production are at the heart of Nimbus. After establishing a solid foundation with our Intro to Audio Engineering and Intro Audio Production courses, you can specialize in Post & Game Audio, Live Sound, Studio-based production, In-The-Box Electronic production, or advanced engineering.
Our studios are in operation 24/7 for classes, assignments and student-bookable studio sessions.
Whether you want to create music videos, commercials, short films or film live webcasts, we’ll give you the skills and confidence you need to step into any production role and create professional video content for any medium.
We will teach you well-established video production techniques and new, up-to-the-minute skills necessary to put yourself at the forefront of the ever-evolving media landscape.
Nimbus Advanced Music Industry students gain up-to-the-minute skills in the music industry as it is today. Students of the Advanced Music Industry program will promote albums and gain real, practical experience, including how to successfully run and manage a modern media business.
As part of our commitment to hands on learning, our business students run their own record label, Business Class Records, and services company, Nimbus Media.
Becoming a commercially viable artist takes more than talent, drive and commitment. So, we talked to top industry professionals to find out what they look for in artists they would want to work with – then we designed a course to do exactly that.
Covering songwriting, identity, branding, photoshoots, marketing, coaching, videos and the production of a single, this intensive course ends with an industry showcase.
This is not your normal school. From our small class sizes, industry-active instructors, gear and studios, to our hands-on approach, we've created an environment where you can thrive.
Nimbus faculty includes an impressive list of engineers, producers, sound designers, and business leaders (including Juno winners & nominees, and gold & platinum record recipients). You will have the chance to learn from the best in the industry.
All of our instructors are current in the industry, actively working in projects and bringing that current knowledge back to the classroom.
Meet our faculty...
At Nimbus, you will get your hands on the highest-quality industry standard gear and the latest digital technology - in and out of the box.
Nimbus is open 24/7. When our classroom studios are not in use for classes, students can book them for sessions to work on their assignments and their own projects. We provide over 3,500 studio sessions each year, representing almost 30,000 hours of recording time.
See our studios...
We build our lessons around a career focused, hands-on approach to education. With small class sizes, you learn by doing the work, not reading about it in a textbook. Audio & Video students train in real studios with top of the line gear, the same gear used in professional studios around the world. Business students work with real artists, plan and run real events, and work for our student-run record label.
We believe that who you are as person is more important than what you know how to do. That's why, in addition to providing training on skills and technical knowledge, Nimbus also focuses on opportunities for personal development.
All of our students have classes with our Registered Clinical Counsellor, learning interpersonal skills, group dynamics and conflict resolution.
Nimbus is also actively involved in the community. By supporting hundreds of community projects each year, we provide students with the opportunity to interact and apply these soft-skills in real life situations, as well as to strengthen their experience for their future career.
Our son has been at Nimbus since August 2016. Everything has been an amazing experience for him. From his initial interview (for which I was present) until now....a year later. Every time we talk or text he is just loving this school. So much so that our son who graduates this year from high school has an interview with Nimbus in the near future. As out of province parents, we couldn't have had a better experience. Knowing that our son has made some amazing friends and loves his teachers (who have tons of experience) has made his transition/experience for us all exceptionally wonderful.
Music BC and have collaborated on numerous initiatives that have fostered countless creative opportunities throughout the globe. As one of the country’s leading music educational institutions Nimbus plays a significant role in the creative sector of our community that continues to grow in part from their progressive faculty and leadership.
We encourage those who are seeking a well-rounded career in the music industry to consider Nimbus as an institution who is dedicated to changing lives through music.
Nimbus holds a very special place in my heart, it has nurtured and supported a vibrant exhilarating group of talented musical minds in a way that is tremendously positive and inspiring. I have had the pleasure of working with and hiring Nimbus students on a number of projects now both sonic and visual. Tirelessly creative, endlessly excited: that is a Nimbus grad.
Coming to nimbus was one of the best decisions of my life. If you have goals related to sound engineering and production (also in the video realm) then this is one the best places you can learn the trade at. If you're unsure about on embarking on a career in sound and music, then spend more time getting to know yourself before committing as there's finances involved. But if you have a burning desire to make this your life and you put in the work, trust me, you'll see results.
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