Maricopa Community Colleges  MUC135   20046-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 5-24-2011

MUC135  2012 Spring - 9999

L+L  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Occ

Introduction to Disc Jockey Techniques

Development of beginning level live-performance disc jockey techniques. Emphasis on understanding the construction of industry-formatted dance songs, cueing, segueing/mixing methods, the relationship of beats per minute to segueing, and programming songs to entertain a live audience. Covers the history of the live performance DJ and strategies for soliciting employment in the field.

Prerequisites: None.


Course Notes: MUC135 may be repeated for a total of six (6) credits.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


MUC135  2012 Spring - 9999

Introduction to Disc Jockey Techniques



Explain the historical innovations that led to the evolution of the modern live performance disc jockey. (I)


Describe the typical construction of an industry formatted dance song and how the song's composition relates to segueing. (II)


Explain the process of determining a song' s beats per minute and its relationship to beat mixing and dance music genres. (III)


Describe how to cue a song to prepare for a segue with an industry standard compact disc player and turntable. (IV)


Identify and discuss common methods of segueing songs. (V)


Describe how to program songs to entertain a live, general audience. (VI)


Explain various strategies for soliciting employment as a live performance disc jockey. (VII)


Identify regulations and copyright laws that apply to production of a demonstration compact disc. (VII)

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MUC135  2012 Spring - 9999

Introduction to Disc Jockey Techniques


I. Live Performance DJ History

A. First wave (1943-1969)

B. Second wave (1974-1982)

C. Third wave (1985-2001)

D. Current period in historical perspective

II. Typical Dance Music Song Construction

A. Song layout in detail

1. Intro

2. Post

3. Verse(s)

4. Chorus/"Hook"

5. Break/Outro

B. Segue locations in industry formatted songs

III. Beats Per Minute (BPM)

A. Determining a song's beats per minute

B. Relationship between beats per minute and beat mixing

C. Dance music genres and beats per minute range

IV. Cueing a Song

A. Headphones/mixer cues/volume

B. Cueing vinyl

C. Cueing compact discs

D. Cueing digital software

V. Common Types of Disc Jockey Segues

A. Classic volume fade

B. Thirty-two-in-and-out (32-beat segment mix)

C. Blend mix (64 or more beats)

D. Slam (dropping it on the one)

E. Scratch and slam (effect and slam)

F. Choosing the appropriate segue to facilitate music genres

VI. Programming

A. Programming theories

B. Programming general dance clubs/events

1. Pre-show

2. Show/peak

3. End/after hours

C. Programming weddings

D. Procuring music and building a music library

VII. Soliciting Employment

A. Attitude and expectations

B. Business cards

C. Resume or package

D. Disc jockey website

E. Demonstration compact disc

1. Mechanical licensing through Harry Fox Agency (HFA)

2. Compliance with industry regulations

a. American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

b. Broadcast Music, Incorporated (BMI)

c. Recording Institute Association of America (RIAA)

d. Copyright laws

3. Demo song selection

4. Demo compact disc appearance

F. Networking

G. Disc jockey agents, publicists, and personal managers


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