Tuff Sound Apprenticeship Program (TSAP)

We are currently accepting nominations. All applicants must complete this online nomination form. Applications are due by February 5th at 5pm.

This fall’s TSAP Program will run 10-weeks from Feb 19th through May 16th at the YMCA Lighthouse Recording Studio. 8 apprentices will learn studio recording, engineering and mixing through hands on instruction with expert teachers. Apprentices will receive a weekly stipend for their attendance and a certificate upon successful completion of the program. 

Ideal candidates are youth between the ages of 14-19 who demonstrate passion for recording, mixing, creating songs and sound design. Candidates must be able to demonstrate foundational skills in audio technology, including creating multi-track recordings or compositions. Beatmakers, rappers, singers, instrumentalists, and producers are encouraged to apply.

Selected participants will need to be able to commit to attending classes and lab times 2 times per week during after school hours for all 10 weeks. All classes will take place at the Lighthouse Studio in the Homewood YMCA, from 6pm to 7:30pm. Lab hours will take place from 4pm to 5:30. Dinner will be provided for those who arrive before class, and transportation home will be available after class.

Photo by Kitoko Chargois

Photo by Kitoko Chargois

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.