Pinnacle College, formerly known as Sound Master, was founded in 1972 by Brian David Ingoldsby. Known by his mastering signature BDI, Ingoldsby was a legendary music producer, engineer and studio head whose discography included Elton John, Neil Young, Mick Jagger and Frank Zappa. An inventor who held many patents on audio instruments, his Phrasing and Doubling devices continue to be used today.

Pinnacle College remained true to Ingoldsby's legacy of invention, innovation and ingenuity while preparing today's students for tomorrow's careers. Brian believed in teaching audio engineers "how things work, not how to work things" so his engineers would be able to move from studio to studio, and project to project, and jump right in and make a valuable contribution without needing to be retrained. At Pinnacle College, we continued to train future music professionals using the same philosophy. The result? Our graduates are able to make a smooth transition from the classroom to the workplace.

Our instructors, all working professionals with successful careers, believed strongly in preparing students for the rigors of the workplace. Pinnacle College's programs followed a Five Step Program that culminated in a professional-level portfolio of the student's work, mimicking the workflows they will find in the real world. Pinnacle College also strongly believed that all students should be trained in CIP: Communication, Integration and Presentation. The benefit to employers is Pinnacle College alumni are uniquely trained to make a contribution in the workplace from their first day of employment.

Pinnacle College, a private institution, was accredited by Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). Throughout its history, Pinnacle College maintained its accreditation and has no blemished on its record. Pinnacle College was also approved as an authorized college by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), and granted approval to operate under the terms of California Education Code (CEC) Section94890 (a)(1) per CEC Section 94890 (b). In addition, Pinnacle College was approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond Pinnacle College's control, the school is unable to continue to provide the quality instruction and guidance it prided itself on delivering. The school may have shut its doors, but we continue to remain deeply proud of our instructors, our staff and most of all our alumni, who will carry on the Pinnacle College tradition of excellence and a thirst to continually learn new things and strive for professional success into their careers.

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