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DJ Skills

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This comprehensive eight-week course is perfect if you have an interest in learning how to DJ and a passion for music. During the course you will be provided with expert guidance on DJing, studying a structured curriculum outlining basic and advanced techniques. You will develop a range of DJ skills, including beat matching, sound control, EQ, seamless crossfading and exposure to the various styles and genres of music. Including an introduction to the music business and music technology theory, this course is designed for those interested in becoming a DJ and performing at nightclubs, special events and on the radio, or simply just for fun. This course will provide you with the foundation for beginning a career as a DJ and live performer.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to beginning this course, although previous experience of using DJ equipment will be beneficial.

Course content

You will focus on the mixing and creative techniques used by the DJ in live performance, as well as looking at the equipment available to the DJ. While the traditional ‘decks and mixer’ setup is still the cornerstone of performance techniques new developments in DJ software and hardware controllers are widening the possibilities of DJ performance. Learners will consider the range of equipment available to DJs looking at the technical features and what can be done creatively.

Overview of the course structure:

  • Setting up the equipment and software used by a performing DJ: Mixtrack pro DJ controller, Traktor DJ software, Ableton Live, Apple iMac computers, Mbox audio interface, speakers and headphones
  • Music genres, tempos and song structure
  • Beat matching, transitions, volume levels, EQ, filters and special effects
  • Advanced mixing techniques, tempo manipulation, manual sync mixing, drop mixing
  • Planning, preparing and recording a DJ set, CD Production
  • Introduction to the music business, DJ agencies, marketing, promotion, social networking, tips and tricks.
  • Introduction to digital performance with Ableton Live

Assessment methods

There will be no formal assessment on this course.

Further study and career options

Further opportunities on completion of this course include guest DJ sets on a local radio station, and professional one to one career development advice.

Funding information

To take part in this course you will be required to bring your own headphones.

Course Information & How to Apply

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled. Please ring 01234 291000 or email for alternatives.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
8 weeks 09/01/2019 Wed 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm £190 Cauldwell Street L1570S2 Course in progress


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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