The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Disc Jockey Techniques is designed to prepare students for entry level employment as a live-performance disc jockey (DJ). This program is designed to provide the student an understanding of how businesses related to the DJ profession are organized and operated in this highly competitive and rapidly changing profession.
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Develop a specific public relations program for a DJ promotion.
- Detect, through listening, rhythmic errors in a musical fragment.
- List structural characteristics of a melody.
- Describe the responsibilities of professional agents, artist management, and arts administration.
- List the organizations and the procedures which govern music copyrighting, licensing, and publishing.
- Describe marketing practices, production, and merchandising in the record industry operations.
- Describe the typical construction of an industry formatted dance song and how the song's composition relates to segueing.
- Explain the process of determining a song's beats per minute and its relationship to beat mixing and dance music genres.
- Describe how to cue a song to prepare for a segue with an industry standard compact disc player and turntable.
- Identify and discuss common methods of segueing songs.
- Describe how to program songs to entertain a live, general audience.
- Describe and perform basic scratching techniques.
- Explain and demonstrate exercises and practices.
- Explain and create various components of an Artist/DJ image.
- Explain and demonstrate the use of various digital interfaces.
- Identify and describe proper electrical connections.
- Explain the uses of equalizers and frequencies.
- Demonstrate speaker placement, and identify load impedance.
- Describe the factors taken into consideration when working with various loudspeakers and monitors.
- Apply classroom instruction to work experiences during 80 hours per credit during the semester.
- Evaluate appropriateness of personal goals and objectives to the market needs.
- Develop a self-promotion package, including a resume and business correspondence materials.
- Apply communication skills for employment interviews and in marketing DJ mixes, recordings, and performances.
- Apply basic procedures of recordkeeping and keeping a tax file.
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|MTC103||Introduction to Aural Perception||1|
|MUC136||Turntablism: The Art of the Scratch DJ||3|
|MUC137||Digital DJ Performance Techniques||3|
|MUC138||Disc Jockey Laboratory||1|
|MUC293||Self Promotion for Music||1|
|MUC109||Music Business: Merchandising and the Law||3|
|MUC197||Live Sound Reinforcement I||3|
|MUC139||Introduction to Emcee-Rapping Techniques||3|
|MHL204||Hip-Hop Music and Culture||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107, or permission of Instructor.||C, HU, L||3|
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Disc Jockey Techniques (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=134699).
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