The Part Time Program is designed for beginner students committed to becoming a working DJ Producer. The Program includes training in a variety of mixing, scratching, and music production techniques.
Curriculum consists of 8 Levels. Part Time Program students meet once a week for an average completion time of 1 year. Class sizes are small and contribute to a collaborative setting. Students keep the same day and time throughout the program to keep scheduling conflicts to a minimum.Level I: Intro to DJing - Learn the Basics
Level 1 is the perfect starting point for anyone looking to learn to DJ. Our hands-on instruction will teach you the fundamentals of mixing, blending, and scratching. No matter your music tastes or commitment level, DJ 101 will teach you the fundamentals to get started on your journey. We provide all gear necessary for the class.You will learn:
Level II: Intermediate Mixing
- DJ history
- Basic music theory & song structure
- Ins & outs of equipment (turntables, mixers, speakers, etc.)
- Basic scratching & timing
Now that you have the fundamentals down from Level 1, it’s time to put those skills to work. Learn to mix seamlessly between all genres of music and gain a better understanding of when and how to utilize transitions. At the end of the course, you will perform a 10-minute set that will showcase what you have learned. You will learn:
Level III: Intermediate Scratching
- Construct and perform a 10-minute mix with correct phrasing and solid manual beat matching
- Understand Key Mixing and the Camelot system
- Learning how to record your set within software
- Understanding how to set cue points and why they are crucial
- Creating playlists/crates and understanding file organization
Set yourself apart from other DJs and showcase your creativity by incorporating various tricks and techniques into your live performance sets. Level 3 will improve your timing and record control with intermediate Turntablism techniques, and teach you when & how to utilize scratch patterns in your live mixes. You will learn:
Level IV: Music Production
- Mixing techniques
- Beatmatching & genre mixing
This course helps students understand the technical and creative process involved using the comprehensive digital audio workstation Ableton Suite. By the end of the course, each student will have created at least one or more re-edits.You will learn:
Level V: Advanced Mixing
- Ableton Live Fundamentals
- Beat Sampling and Usage
This performance based class will develop your mixing skills through real world situations, group activities, and valuable peer and instructor feedback. Level 4 mixing will teach you to augment your performances with advanced mixing tricks and song transitions, and how to properly utilize features and functions in Digital DJing software. You will learn:
Level VI: Remix-Mastering Performance Mixing
- Advanced Serato Techniques
- Create, record and produce music
- Performing your music
Personalize your production style in Level 6. We’ll teach you to create sounds from the ground up – a great way to give your music a unique personality that stands out from the crowd. You’ll also learn some of the basic mixing and mastering functions which can utilize Ableton 9 Live Suite’s internal effects processors to help give your final tracks the additional sheen you’ll want before presenting them to the world.You will learn how to:
Level VII: The DJ Business
- Publish and distribute your music
- Advanced Ableton Live features
- Voice your own style through DJing
Once you’ve developed the skills to play out as a DJ or make tracks as a producer, this session will teach you how to build a presence in the industry by creating a brand, releasing mixes and tracks regularly, and positioning yourself to meet your goals.
You will learn:
Level VIII: Performance Mixing
- Lock down your DJ name and what kind of DJ you want to be
- How to market yourself
- The nuts and bolts of starting your own business
Level 8 prepares you for real life DJing. You will complete weekly assignments that simulate a live setting with all the trouble shooting and unexpected turns that happen when DJing for a live audience. Learn how to market yourself as a desirable artist. From communicating with the client, to executing the event including master of ceremony duties and appropriate music programming.
You will learn:
- What to do in an equipment malfunction
- How to improvise your mix
- Reading the crowd and recovery mode
- Part Time Program meets for 8 classes over 48 weeks
- Schedule posted is for Level I only.
- Our Part Time Program meets once a week during evening or weekend hours. Once joining the Part Time program, students stay with the same day and time for all their levelsuntil completion of the program.
- The Part Time Program is 48 weeks in length which doesn’t include breaks between classes and holidays. The Part Time Program covers 92 hours of instruction and recommended 40 hours of lab time.
- Students have the option to take off one term. If you plan on taking off more than one term, then a $500 re-entry fee is applied and an evaluation may need to occur in order to assess what Level you will re-enter into.