ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

Our DJ program is a 12-week comprehensive course designed to provide students with a fundamental and holistic foundation of skills, along with knowledge upon which to build their craft as a modern DJ.

In addition to learning the core skills of mixing and creating a live DJ set, students will learn viable music business skills necessary to being a working DJ in today’s industry, including how to navigate and network in the Los Angeles music scene, getting booked, and branding.

Finally, students will learn advanced DJing techniques including making mash-ups and custom edits, harmonic mixing, recording demos, and adding live elements and custom controls to their performances. Our course is geared towards producers looking to expand their skills and take their music to the stage, as well as beginners looking to learn how to DJ for the first time, and finally for intermediate DJs looking to take their skills and careers to the pro level

Our course is designed to give students the skills they need to take their passion to a professional level and provide them with tools to kill it on any night, on any system, at any party.

LESSON OVERVIEW

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    Rhythm Theory

    Understanding structure, phrases, and beat matching

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    Harmonic Mixing

    Understanding the circle of fifths and how to mix seamlessly

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    Advanced Performance

    Beat Juggling, Live Looping, Finger Drumming, Using instruments and vocals

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    Turntablism

    Using the tables as an instrument

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    Business of DJing

    Booking shows, throwing events, branding, and building an EPK

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     Class Jams

    Unique Classroom Setup with Futuristic DJ Jams

LESSON PLAN

DJ01 – Introduction, DJ History and Culture

Learn the history of DJ culture from its inception to the modern era. Gain a crucial understanding and appreciation for DJ culture and learn valuable lessons from history’s greatest DJs.



DJ02 – Audio Foundations & Intro to Mixing

Learn the basics of working with audio and understanding signal flow as it pertains to DJ set-ups. Learn the basics of using and interfacing with DJ software and hardware. Understand the basics of music theory necessary for mixing.


DJ03 – Finding Your Sound & Developing Style

Compare and contrast different styles of DJing. Learn fundamental elements of different styles from Hip Hop to EDM. Learn and practice basic transitioning techniques. Learn how to cultivate your unique taste and grow your music library.


DJ04 – Intro To Performance & Crowd Psychology

Learn the basic tenants of delivering a live DJ performance. Learn how to prepare your set. Understand the basics of reading a crowd and reacting to the energy of your audience. Discuss common performance mistakes and how to avoid them.


DJ05 – Intermediate Mixing Techniques

Learn fundamental mixing concepts that the pros use in every set. Learn harmonic mixing, quick mixing, phrase mixing and how to mix using the EQs. Get an introduction to basic scratching techniques.


DJ06 – Critical Analysis and Day Of Show Preparation

Perform for the class and receive critical feedback on your mixing. Learn how to properly prepare for a real life gig and how to make your way through a show at any major club or venue. Test your new skills during the week 6 midterm, which entails a live-streamed performance from Beat Lab’s Live Room.


DJ07– Honing Your Sound and Adding Unique Flavor

Learn how to set yourself apart in an oversaturated DJ market. Learn how to blend different genres and styles to synthesize your own unique sound. Learn how to adapt your sound to different environments to be ready for any stage you might come across.



DJ08 – Demos, Mixtapes, and Recording

Learn how to record your DJ mixes for the best quality possible. Learn how to create and promote your own Mixtapes. Discuss making demos and how to leverage them to book more gigs. Learn how to live stream your DJ performances from home or the club.



DJ09 – The Business of DJing, Understanding Events

Learn how events work from a fundamental level. Understand the process of how DJs get booked and learn how to make that process work to your advantage. Learn how to throw your own parties like a pro.


DJ10 – The Business of DJing, Developing a Brand.

Learn how to develop a compelling DJ brand through industry standard techniques. Build your own electronic press kit. Learn insider tips and tricks for getting yourself seen and heard on search engines and social media.



DJ11 – Advanced Mixing and Live Performance

Learn advance mixing techniques and secrets the pros use. Learn the basics of DJing with Vinyl. Incorporate live elements into your DJ set including finger drumming, sequencing, live looping, instruments, vocals, and more.



DJ12 – Cultivating a Performance Mindset & Being Ready for the Big Stage

Learn practices and techniques to help cultivate a razor sharp performance mindset. Learn to shake off stage fright and preshow jitters. Learn practice techniques to keep your skills as sharp as possible between gigs.
All students give a final performance that will be live streamed across the Beat Lab social channels to an audience of thousands around the world.


DETAILS

DURATION 12 Weeks

ADMISSION $1,250 (Payment plans available)

DATES January 6, 2019

SCHEDULING Sundays 2:00-5:30PM

Duration

Admission

Dates

Scheduling

12 Weeks

$1,250

January 6, 2019 

Sundays 2:00-5:30PM

BEAT LAB STUDENTS GET

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     Access to Beat Lab Online Course Curriculum
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    Small classrooms for maximum attention (up to 10 students)
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    In-class personal station with multiple DJ controller, mixers and CDJs
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    Exclusive student discounts on DJ gear, software and accessories
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    DJ Cheat Sheets, check lists, exclusive tutorials, access to exclusive record pools
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    Performance & collaboration oppotunities after graduation

FAQ

This class is for beginner to intermediate DJ’s or anyone looking to taking their DJ skill set to the next level. Whether they are just starting out, or they are an experienced bedroom DJ looking to transition to the big stage, they will find the tools they need to reach the next level of creative and professional success.

Saturdays 3:30PM-7:00PM

Yes absolutely.

You can book your class visit HERE

Call: 323-999-7815

or Email: info@beatlabacademy.com

You only need a laptop.

We can provide the software, headphones, speakers, decks/controller, and accessories while you are in school.

It is recommended to have a DJ controller at home.

If you are not sure on which DJ controller to get talk to us first.

As a Beat Lab student, you will also get exclusive discounts on DJ controllers and DJ software.

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Foundation of Music Theory
  • Rhythm Theory
  • Using Semitones and Intervals
  • Diatonic composition
  • Harmonizing and building chords
  • Styling
Learn the language of music to help you make the music you want to make, To communicate with other musicians and reveal the magic behind your favorie songs.
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Progremming Beats
  • How Drum Racks work
  • Choosing the right samples
  • How to use Syncopation
  • Layering Techniques
  • Drum Processing methods
Sequence drums in any style using Ableton Live's Drum Racks. Learn tricks and techniques to take your beats to the next level.
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Ableton Live 101
  • Why Ableton Live?
  • Session vs. Arrangement
  • Recording & Editing Audio
  • Live's Warp Engine
  • Using & customizing MIDI controllers
Experience the leading software today for modern music production.
Demystify the world of Ableton Live to make any style of music.
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Sampling
  • History of Sampling
  • Hardware Samplers
  • Simpler vs. Sampler
  • Sampling your own instruments
  • Slicing Samples
Explore the endless world of sampling.
Add organic texture or make it into an instrument
Everything is possible with sampling
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Using MIDI Controllers
  • Which Controller Should I Get?
  • Setting Up
  • Expression Controls
  • Advance MIDI Utilities
  • Playing Live Beats
Choose the right MIDI controller for your production/live needs.
Use MIDI remote scritps to enahce your workflow
Learn tricks and tips to customize your controller
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Recording & Warping
  • Choosing the right mic
  • Setting up recording session
  • Working with other musicians
  • Time Stretching
  • Live's editing tools
Learn how to setup and record mics and instruments in Ableton Live.
Master the warp engine for syncronizing audio and sound design
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Class Jams
  • Play in a band with your computer
  • Try out different instruments and MIDI controllers
  • Improvise on any given scale
  • Develop your ear for melodies, harmonies & Basslines
Play live with your classmates in the first modern ClassJam environment.
Develop collaboration skills, performance focus and improvisation techniques.
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Structure & Styling
  • Active Listening
  • Pre-Determined Arrangement Techniques
  • BPM Ranges
  • Song Segments and how to use them
  • Finishing a full song
Get your own sound from analyzing and deconstrucing modern song structures.
Learn different musical genres to help you achive your own unique sound.
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Music Theory 202
  • Parallel Harmony
  • Relative Scales
  • Pentatonic & Blues Scales
  • Jazz in Modern Music
  • Voicing Techniques
  • Borrowd Chords
Progress your composition skills by learning advanced music theory methods.
You will get a deeper understanding of how produce strong harmonies, melodies and arrangements.
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Ableton Live 202
  • The Launchbox
  • Modulation Vs. Automation
  • Session View Production Techniques
  • Advance Audio & MIDI Editing
  • Clip Envelopes
Learn advance Ableton techniques to take your production to the next level.
Everything is possible with Ableton Live let your imagination be your guide.
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Styling
  • Analyzing Electronic vs. Acoustic music
  • Odd Time Signatures
  • Arrangment Styling
  • Sound Selection
  • Deconstructing Methods.
Learn the key characteristic of all popular music styles.
You have a specific style in mind you want to produce? We'll show you all the secrets.
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Synthsis
  • Analog vs. Digital
  • Synth Signal Path
  • Oscillators, Filters, Envelopes and LFOs
  • Advance Modulators
  • Reverse Engenieering
Take the sounds in your head and create them in the computer using synthesizers.
Demistify the vast world of virtual synths.
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Sound Design
  • Advanced Time Stretching
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Fractal Soundscapes
  • Experiments in Sound
  • Field Recordings
  • The Art of Layering
Develop creative thinking by using multiple techniques to create unique and complex sounds.
Become a sonic master.
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Collaboration
  • Ableton Link
  • Class Production Sessions
  • Project Managment
  • Real vs. Virtual instruments
  • Live Performance Routines
  • Rewiring
Collaborate with class mates with in-class synchronization.
Develope the skills needed to productevlly work with other musicians.
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Remixing
  • Choosing The Right Song to Remix
  • Flipping a Sample
  • Remixer Tools
  • Stems and Multi-Tracks
  • Preparing your Original Production for Remixing
Learn the art of remixing from top remixers in the industry.
Take your favorite songs and filp them with your own style.
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Live Performance
  • DJing in Ableton Live
  • Preparing your Songs for Live Performance
  • Playing with a Band
  • Live Looping
  • DIY Controllers
Use the computer as a live musical performance tool.
DJ or play your own orgianls in any way you can imagine.
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Max for Live
  • Max for Live Essentials
  • Modifying Exciting Devices
  • Creating your own Devices
  • Ableton as a Modular Environment
  • Live's API
  • VJing using Jitter
Explore the infinite potenital of Cycling 74's and Ableton's Max for Live.
Control Live in ways that weren't possible before.
Anything is possible with Max for Live
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Mastering
  • Win the Loudness Wars
  • Mastering Song vs. Album
  • Prepering Your Music for Distribution
  • Understanding the importance of Dynamic Range
Master your songs to sound as good as possible on as many playback systems as possible.
Learn the secrets on how to make your songs loud and punchy.
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Finger Drumming
  • Choosing the Right Controller
  • Sound Design for Live Performance
  • Building Custom Racks
  • Using DIY Controllers
  • Planning your Controller's Configuration
Humanize your production or impress your audience on stage.
Build your own sound packs and develope your live performace skill with finger drumming.
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Live Looping
  • Hardware Looping
  • Using Live's Looper
  • Live Looping in the Session View
  • Automatic Loop Recording using MIDI Scripts
  • Setup and Routing
Master the art of live looping with virtual instruments, conventional instruments and mics.
Come up with quick musical ideas, build your songs live on stage.
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Online Presence
  • Social Media
  • How to Reach Out to Labels
  • Booking Shows
  • Getting Signed
  • Getting more Followers
  • Making a Music Video
Develop your artist brand and get your music heard by the right people.
Book shows, tours and festivals.
Find the right label and make music your career.
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Entertainment Law
  • Clearing Samples
  • Commercial vs. Indie Distribution
  • Getting your music on TV and Film
  • Working with a Manager
  • Copyright your Music
  • Performance Rights
Understand the legallty behind the music industry.
Get the most out of your shows and releases. Maximize income streams.
Distribute your music the right way.
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Production Sessions
  • Class Jams
  • Live Routines Assignments
  • Additive Composition
  • Produce other Classmates
  • Online Collaboration Methods
  • Musical Chairs
Collaborate in class.
Get private mentorship sessions from Beat Lab's instructors
Learn how to add part of yourself creatively to an exciting song.
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Mixing
  • Understanding How Sound Work
  • Gain Staging
  • Controlling the Stereo Field
  • Using Compressor & EQs
  • Using Time Based Effects
  • Bussing and Pre-Mastering
Master the art of sound mixing.
Make your music sound more clear, punchy and loud.
Learn the techniques and tools to help you take your music to the next level.
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