DJ BOOT CAMPS
4 Days // 12 hours of hands on instruction // All Ages 9+
We see the DJ as an artist playing an instrument of personal expression called the turntable and our four day programs are designed to engage the creative imagination of students from all musical backgrounds. With the majority of learning being hands on, we encourage students to use their mistakes as a way of discovering new things. Our focus is placed on technical aspects of mixing, scratching, and use of equipment, but we also highlight a DJ culture component to emphasize the music that exists beyond commercial hits. Secrets that take years to learn are revealed in a warm modern studio design featuring small class sizes for ease of communication. This is 21st century music education!
Expression – Imagination – Originality – Culture – Creativity – Fun
LEVEL 1 - EXTENDED INTRO TO DJING
Covering all the basics of mixing/scratching and use of equipment. This is a hands on course designed for the beginner who has little to no experience with DJing. The main focus of the Intro camp is to develop hand skills, basic music theory, and experiment with different ways of playing with sound on the turntables. We'll also introduce you to digital DJing with a look at the latest software. We'll compare the pluses and minuses of both approaches and examine how to integrate the skills of each. By the end of the week we'll have you beat matching, scratching, and blending your first 3 - 4 song set. This course is also a good way figure out the best equipment for you before making an investment.
LEVEL 2 - EXTENDED SET DEVELOPMENT (summer only)
This 4 day intensive course is built on the basics of mixing & scratching learned in the Intro course, but places them within the context of set development. Some notable differences in format are that you'll be given more one on one time to hone in on specific skills and aspects of the art that you choose to develop. You'll also start crafting an idea of your musical style/character, meaning you'll begin to explore mixing with different genres and selecting a musical style that suits you. The session builds towards creating a dynamic 15 minute set featuring a wide variety of mix and transition techniques which each of you will perform on the final class. As you prepare for recording your first mix, you'll learn electronic music production basics as they relate to DJing through one of the worlds leading DJ software programs: Traktor Scratch Pro.