Maricopa Community Colleges

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

MUC137  2012 Spring - 9999

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

Digital DJ Performance Techniques

Covers the skills required for live performance employing digital media with an emphasis on programs such as Serato Scratch Live and Ableton Live.

Prerequisites: None.


Course Notes: MUC137 may be repeated for a total of six (6) credits.


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



MUC137  2012 Spring - 9999

Digital DJ Performance Techniques


1.          Identify and describe the four major DJ performance types. (I)

2.          Explain and demonstrate proper control room environment. (II)

3.          Describe and perform various blending styles. (III)

4.          Explain and demonstrate the use of various digital interfaces. (IV)

5.          Explain and demonstrate how to prepare for programming a performance. (V)

6.          Explain and create various components of an Artist/DJ image. (VI)


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MCCCD Official Course Outline:



MUC137  2012 Spring - 9999

Digital DJ Performance Techniques


I.          The Four Major Performance Types

            A.        Club DJ

            B.        Rave DJ

            C.        Scratch DJ

            D.        Laptop DJ

II.        Control Room Environment

            A.        Lights

            B.        Sound

            C.        Booth

            D.        Video

III.       Blending Styles

            A.        Basic Four-Count Intro

            B.        Mixing in Key

            C.        Quick Mix

            D.        Smooth Blends

            E.         Edit Mixing

            F.         Glitching

            G.        Fading

            H.        Effects

IV.       Digital Interfaces

            A.        Serato

            B.        Torq

            C.        Ipod Mixing

            D.        Ableton Live

                        1.         Song Mixing

                        2.         Song Creation

V.        Preparation for Programming a Performance

            A.        Knowing the Crowd

            B.        Knowing the Music

VI.       Developing as an Artist/DJ

            A.        The Role of the DJ

                        1.         Remixer

                        2.         Promoter

                        3.         Artist

            B.        Creating an Artist/DJ Image

                        1.         Creating a Name

                        2.         Creating a Unique Style

                        3.         Flyers

                        4.         Venues

                        5.         Creating a CD


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