Disc Jockey Techniques - AAS

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Disc Jockey Techniques program is designed to prepare students for employment as a live-performance disc jockey (DJ). This program is designed to provide the student with the technical skills required for a successful performance or production and to demonstrate an understanding of common business practices in a highly competitive and rapidly changing entertainment industry. There are Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Disk Jockey Techniques I and Disc Jockey Techniques II available.

Details

Major Code: 
3159
Award: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
60-62
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

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Description

Welcome to the nation’s first DJ program in higher education to offer a two-year degree or Certificate of Completion. Our program teaches DJ techniques for live performance (such as working a dance floor) and introduction to DJ music production formation in a state-of-the-art audio studio and computer lab. Students learn beat matching, scratching, production, promotion and more from faculty who are today’s top DJ professionals.

Program Contacts

Ron Marschall
Director Music Industry Studies
Phone: (480) 423-6466
ron.marschall@scottsdalecc.edu

Summer Contact:
Music Building, Room MUS-139
Phone: (480) 423-6333
music@scottsdalecc.edu

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:35
MHL204Hip-Hop Music and Culture3
MUC109Music Business: Merchandising and the Law3
MUC110Music Business: Recording and Mass Media3
MUC135Introduction to Disc Jockey Techniques3
MUC136Turntablism: The Art of the Scratch DJ3
MUC137Digital DJ Performance Techniques3
MUC138Disc Jockey Laboratory1
MUC139Introduction to Emcee-Rapping Techniques3
MTC191Electronic Music I3
MUC197Live Sound Reinforcement I3
MUC293Self-Promotion for Music1
 
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
MKT101Introduction to Public Relations (3)
HRM145Events Management (3) OR
GBS151Introduction to Business (3)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:6-9
Students should choose six (6) to nine (9) credits from the following list of courses to complete a minimum of 60 credits for the AAS degree.
 
MTC101Introduction to Music Theory3
MTC192Electronic Music II3
 
MUC195Studio Music Recording I (3) OR
MUC195AAStudio Music Recording I (3)3
 
MUC198Live Sound Reinforcement II3
MUC237Electronic Dance Music Production3
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0
None
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 16-21
 
General Education CoreCredits: 9-14
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL(3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0
Met by COM110 or COM225 or COM230 in the Required Courses area.
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) OR
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Higher level course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-5)3-5
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 7
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 0
Met by MHL204 in the Required Courses area.
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.3
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4
Competencies
  • Analyze the values and ethics that influence the creation of a live performance event. (GBS151, HRM145, MHL204, MUC109, MUC110, MUC135, MUC137, MUC138, MUC139, MUC197, MUC293, MUC198, COM225, COM110, CRE101, [FYC])
  • Develop and demonstrate the technical skills required for a successful Disc Jockey performance or production. (MTC191, MUC135, MUC136, MUC137, MUC138, MUC139, MTC101, MTC192, MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC197, MUC198, MUC237, MAT112, MAT140, MAT141, MAT142)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and collaborative skills to build relationships and network with clients, colleagues, and organizations. (GBS151, HRM145, MHL204, MUC109, MUC110, MUC135, MUC136, MUC137, MUC138, MUC139, MUC293, MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC197, MUC198, HRM145, [FYC], COM110, COM230, [SB], [SG/SQ])
  • Develop opportunities for leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the music industry. (GBS151, HRM145, MKT101, MUC109, MUC110, MUC135, MUC136, MUC137, MUC138, MUC139, MUC293, MUC195, MUC195AA, COM230, COM110, COM225)
  • Critically analyze and synthesize musical content for social, cultural, aesthetic, and historical significance. (MHL204, MUC109, MUC110, MUC135, MUC136, MUC138, MUC137, MUC139, MTC191, MTC101, MTC192, MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC237, CRE101, [FYC])
  • Evaluate and apply marketing strategies to build a brand (e.g., advertising, social media campaigns, public relations, interactive media, digital media). (MKT101, GBS151, MUC109, MUC110, MUC135, MUC138, MUC139, MUC293)
  • Interpret and explain intellectual property law, rights management, publishing, licensing, and contracts. (GBS151, HRM145, MHL204, MUC109, MUC110, MUC135, MUC137, MUC139, MUC293, MAT112, MAT140, MAT141, MAT142)
  • Apply common business practices used in the entertainment industry. (GBS151, HRM145, MKT101, MUC109, MUC110, MUC135, MUC138, MUC139, MUC197, MUC293, MAT112, MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC198, MAT140, MAT141, MAT142)
  • Demonstrate self-reliance, problem solving skills, and the ability to work independently. (GBS151, HRM145, MHL204, MKT101, MTC191, MUC109, MUC110, MUC135, MUC136, MUC137, MUC138, MUC139, MUC197, MUC293, MTC101, MTC192, MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC198, MUC237, COM225, COM230, COM110, CRE101, [FYC], MAT112, MAT140, MAT141, MAT142, [SB], [SG/SQ])
  • Use effective written, oral, and visual communication skills for diverse audiences and a variety of purposes. (GBS151, HRM145, MKT101, MHL204, MTC191, MUC109, MUC110, MUC135, MUC136, MUC137, MUC138, MUC139, MUC197, MUC293, MTC101, MTC192, MUC195, MUC195AA, MUC198, MUC237, CRE101, COM225, [FYC], MAT112, MAT140, MAT141, MAT142, [SB], [SG/SQ])

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.