This semester I am taking a Sound for Media class. We focus on recording, editing and mixing audio. To help us with the class our instructor arranged for us to go to an actual recording studio. The owner and engineer, Matthew, gave up his professional time to talk to us.
He brought in a drummer and did an amazing demonstration for us. He went over a lot of the practical things that up until this point had all been simply theory. This made more sense, seeing and hearing their application. These kinds of things are really important. There is so much more than theory.
More team ups like this with the local community can have a real positive effect on both learning and employers.