Disc Jockey Techniques - AAS

Effective term: 
2019 Spring
Final term: 
Total credits required: 

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 an understanding of how businesses related to the DJ profession are organized and operated in this highly competitive and rapidly changing profession.

Program notes

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

MKT101Introduction to Public Relations 3
MTC103Introduction to Aural Perception 1
MUC109Music Business: Merchandising and the Law 3
MUC110Music Business: Recording and Mass Media 3
MUC135Introduction to Disc Jockey Techniques 3
MUC136Turntablism: The Art of the Scratch DJ 3
MUC137Digital DJ Performance Techniques 3
MUC197Live Sound Reinforcement I 3
MUC198Live Sound Reinforcement II 3
MUC291AADisc Jockey Internship 1
MUC293Self-Promotion for Music 1
Restricted Electives
Students should choose six (6) to eleven (11) credits from the following list of courses to complete a minimum of 60 credits for the AAS degree.
COM/THP271Voice and Diction 3
COM225Public Speaking 3
DAN102AAHip Hop I 1
DAN103AABreak Dancing I 1
DAN106AALatin I 1
HRM145Events Management 3
MHL145American Jazz and Popular Music 3
MHL153Rock Music and Culture 3
MKT210Applied Marketing Strategies 3
MTC105Music Theory I 3
MTC106Aural Perception I 1
MTC191Electronic Music I 3
MTC192Electronic Music II 3
MUC111Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I) 3
MUC112Digital Audio Workstation II (DAW II) 3
MUC130Music Electronic Components 3
MUC139Introduction to Emcee-Rapping Techniques 3
MUC194Introduction to Audio Mixing Techniques 3
MUC195Studio Music Recording I 3
MUC196Studio Music Recording II 3
MUC209Music Industry Entrepreneurship 3
MUC237Electronic Dance Music Production 3
MUC295Studio Music Recording III 3
TCM100Digital Multimedia 3
TCM101Fundamentals of Radio and TV 3
MTC/TCM120Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video 3
TCM131AARadio-Television Announcing 4
TCM202The Music Video 4
MTC/TCM220Advanced Sound Design for Film and Video 3
TCM290Professional Media Marketing 3
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 22-27
General Education CoreCredits 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits 6
Any approved general education course from the First Year Composition area. 6
Oral CommunicationCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area not taken as a restricted elective. 3
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment 0-3
MathematicsCredits 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area 3-5
General Education DistributionCredits 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. 3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area. 3
Natural SciencesCredits 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area. 4
  1. Develop a specific public relations program for a DJ promotion (MKT101).
  2. Detect, through listening, rhythmic errors in a musical fragment. (MTC103)
  3. List structural characteristics of a melody. (MTC103)
  4. Describe the responsibilities of professional agents, artist management, and arts administration. (MUC109)
  5. List the organizations and the procedures which govern music copyrighting, licensing, and publishing. (MUC109)
  6. Describe marketing practices, production, and merchandising in the record industry operations. (MUC110)
  7. Describe the typical construction of an industry formatted dance song and how the song's composition relates to segueing. (MUC135)
  8. Explain the process of determining a song's beats per minute and its relationship to beat mixing and dance music genres. (MUC135)
  9. Describe how to cue a song to prepare for a segue with an industry standard compact disc player and turntable. (MUC135)
  10. Identify and discuss common methods of segueing songs. (MUC135)
  11. Describe how to program songs to entertain a live, general audience. (MUC135)
  12. Describe and perform basic scratching techniques. (MUC136)
  13. Explain and demonstrate exercises and practices. (MUC136)
  14. Explain and create various components of an Artist/DJ image. (MUC137)
  15. Explain and demonstrate the use of various digital interfaces. (MUC137)
  16. Identify and describe proper electrical connections. (MUC197)
  17. Explain the uses of equalizers and frequencies. (MUC197)
  18. Demonstrate speaker placement, and identify load impedance. (MUC197)
  19. Describe the factors taken into consideration when working with various loudspeakers and monitors. (MUC198)
  20. Apply classroom instruction to work experiences during 80 hours per credit during the semester. (MUC291AA)
  21. Evaluate appropriateness of personal goals and objectives to the market needs. (MUC293)
  22. Develop a self-promotion package, including a resume and business correspondence materials. (MUC293)
  23. Apply communication skills for employment interviews and in marketing DJ mixes, recordings, and performances. (MUC293)
  24. Apply basic procedures of recordkeeping and keeping a tax file. (MUC293)