Tuff Sound Apprenticeship Program (TSAP)

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TSAP is a nonprofit educational program teaching Pittsburgh's young adults the art of audio engineering, mixing, and production. Through a ten week intensive program, participants develop expertise in audio engineering; and create their own portfolio of work by collaborating with local musicians, media makers and performers.

We partner with leading youth-arts and media education programs to find a wide variety of talented young people. While all apprentices learn technical skills in audio engineering, our program is flexible to fit each participant’s areas of interest. Through hands-on instruction from Herman Pearl and Amos Levy—two professionals with extensive experience in the field—apprentices learn how to work in an industry-quality recording studio.

TSAP is made possible through our partnership with the Homewood-Brushton YMCA and their Lighthouse Program. Our classes take place at the Lighthouse Studio, a large professional level recording studio with top of the line equipment and a skilled, knowledgable staff.

TSAP received catalytic funding from the Hive Fund for Connected Learning at The Sprout Fund. Hive Pittsburgh is a program of The Sprout Fund that supports connected learning projects that help youth, including tweens, teens, and young adults, prepare for college, the workforce, and civic participation. Continuing programing has been made possible by Partner4Work and the Heinz Endowments Youth Philanthropy program.


Photo by Kitoko Chargois

Photo by Kitoko Chargois