Welcome to The Lab's DJ Course Syllabus.


DJ 101 Beginner

DJ 102a Intermediate

DJ 102b Intermediate

DJ 103 Advanced


If you have any questions regarding class scheduling or signing up, please feel free to email The Lab at:

thelab123@gmail.com




The Lab is not responsible for lost or stolen items. The Lab's instructors are not liable for personal injury or the loss/damage of personal property. A $25 service charge will be enforced on all returned checks. The Lab reserves the right to refuse admittance; or have student(s) removed from the learning area who may be disruptive or act in a manner in which other students or instructors deem dangerous or offensive.

 

Class Cancellation Policy

In order to reschedule a lesson, students must give 48 hour notice before canceling a lesson-unless due to the following reasons which are deemed as valid 24 hour notice excuses: act of god including bad weather, death in family or illness. Failure to give proper notice will not allow students to have a make up lesson.

DJ 101 Introduction

Instructor: Derrick Brown

Prerequisites-None

Class One

Student(s) will be introduced to the history, culture and art form behind turntablism. The lesson will conclude with an overview on equipment and introduction to the first scratch ever. 

Class Two

Student(s) will learn about basic music theory including identifying the ''one, two, three, four'' count. Student(s) will then practice releasing on the one. New Scratch-the Forward. 

Class Three

Student(s) will learn about BPM's (beats per minute) and how to properly mix instrumental records with different tempos. New Scratch-Forward Transformers and Transformer combos. 

Class Four

Student(s) will be asked to choose random instrumentals from The Lab vinyl library and mix them together. The class will conclude with a demonstration on the functions/purpose of equipment. New Scratch-the Crab. 

Class Five

Students(s) will learn about the art of turntablism and battling. The class will be dedicated to the trick mixing technique and basic beat juggling. New Scratch-Bubble Taps. Homework: View Scratch Documentary. 

Class Six

 The class will have a review on all the basic skills. This is a chance for the student(s) to brush up on any skills they need to master. The class will conclude with an introduction to the intermediate program. New Scratch-Hydroplanes.


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DJ 102a Club Set

Instructor - DJ A-Dog

Prerequisites-Mixing Elective. Student must display proper blend of instrumental pieces.

Class One

A brief review in beat matching, scratching and overview on six week semester. Student(s) must have mastered dropping on the one and be able to demonstrate basic knowledge on proper equipment use. New Scratch- Fade Drops. 

Class Two

Student(s) will work on beat matching skills and technique. In this class, student(s) will learn on  the difference between ''train-wrecking and loud mixing.'' Students will then participate in a phrasing exercise. New Scratch-One Click Flare. Homework: Choose 4-6 songs for presentation. 

Class Three

Student(s) will continue learning about phrasing and alternative transitional techniques: EQing, Back Spins, Fade Drops and Kill Switches. New Scratch-Two Click Fare. 

Class Four

Student(s) will participate in an intermediate trick mixing and scratching exercise.  New Scratch-Twiddles.

Class Five

Student(s) will be introduced to the digital world of DJing. Then the student(s) will participate in a special Rane Serato workshop. 

Class Six

The entire class will be dedicated to putting the finishing touches on the sets before student(s)' final presentation.


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DJ 102b Mixtape Demo

Instructor- DJ A-Dog

Prerequisites-DJ 101 and DJ 102a or equivalent knowledge. Student must display a proper phrase between two songs.

Class One

A brief review on beat matching, phrasing, scratching and equipment. Homework assignment: Listen to assigned mixes and choose 6-8 songs for recording sessions. 

Class Two

Students(s) will learn about a ceppella remixing. The rest of class will be dedicated to discussion on live recording vs. production demos. Homework assignment: Student(s) must have songs ready to record. 

Class Three

Student(s) will learn how to use DJ software program to record set. Student(s) will then record set live. New Scratch-Chirps. Homework assignment: Listen to mix. 

Class Four

After gathering notes from recorded mix student(s) will re-record first mix using blending, phrasing and tracking. New Scratch-Stabs. 

Class Five

Student(s) will continue working on editing and EQing demo. Student(s) will learn how to add scratching, trick mixing and a ceppella's to second mix.

Class Six

The entire class will be dedicated to student(s) putting the finishing touches to 6-8 song demo.


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DJ 103 Group Showcase

Instructor - Derrick Brown and DJ A-Dog

Prerequisites-DJ 101 and DJ 102a or equivalent knowledge. 

Class One

Student(s) will be assigned to create and make roles for project mission. Student(s) must complete one hour of community service. Set up Log check list. 

Class Two

Review of beginner and intermediate lessons-equipment, mixing/phrasing, scratching and Serato software. Student(s) will then participate on an advance mixing drill. How many records can you mix in 10 minutes? Log. 

Class Three

Demonstration and lecture on the art of Scratch Notation. Student(s) will then be asked to brainstorm their own scratch using the notation form. Log.  

Class Four

The entire class is dedicated to a field trip to venue and to meet with promoter to go over logistics for  concert. Log. 

Class Five

Trouble shooting drill. What happens when something goes wrong with equipment? Tricks and tips on fixing Turntables, Mixers, PA System, Needles and Serato Software. Log.  

Class Six

Lecture on performing live for an audience. Discussion on the art of ''reading and rocking crowds.'' When is it appropriate to scratch? How to select songs for a show? Log.  

Class Seven

Advance beat juggling and trick mixing drills. Student(s) will then practice on combos and scratching on 1/2 (double time beats). Log. 

Class Eight

Review. Student(s) will rehearse final sets for presentation and project. Review log for any last minute needs in preparation for concert.


DJ 103 Private Showcase

Instructor: DJ A-Dog

Prerequisites-DJ 101, 102a and mixing elective

Student(s) will be getting a hands on experience out of the Lab by assisting instructors with DJing gigs, shows, concerts and events for six weeks. Students will also receive six hours of DJing time that instructors will assign during the six week period

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