DJs and wanna-bees: Miami’s SCRATCH Academy is about to start their spring term. If you’ve ever thought about becoming a jockey-er of discs their classes are a perfect starting point to understand the basics of what it takes. For the intermediate/veteran selectors, their advanced classes will help further hone your skills. I took a course last year and it was fun and incredibly helpful.
DJ 101: The beginner’s course for someone who has never stepped in front of the turntables. Students learn the basics behind scratching, mixing and blending. ($350)
M 202: Intermediate Mixing– covers the skills and principles behind mixing tracks and creating a performance set. Students should develop beat matching skills and mixing techniques to create one six-song set. ($350)
M 303: Advanced Mixing- Takes students mixing skills to the next level by exploring mixing tracks, in-depth cross-genre mixing and multi-performance set creation. The class will also cover an introduction to the business behind getting a gig. (demo & promotion) ($350)
M 404: Club Mixing- Prepares students for performing in clubs. Students will create and perform different types of mixes for each class. This is performance based class. The class will also cover a more in-depth look into business behind DJing. ($350)
S 202: Intermediate Scratching- Incorporate scratch techniques into your mixing sets. S 202 gives you everything you need -from chirps to flares, transforms to juggles, drumming to tapping out and beyond. ($350)
S 303: Advanced Scratching- Continue to build on the number of scratches at your disposal. This course is also dedicated to developing your timing, syncopation and combinations. Simply put: we will make you quicker more precise and more controlled. ($350)
BM 101: Introduction to Music Production- Uses Ableton Live 8.0 to cover the basics in music theory, song structure, and the fundamentals of the Live software. ($400)