£289.00

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What Will I Learn?

  • How to download and organise your music collection
  • How to use Rekordbox to prepare your playlists
  • How to mix harmonically
  • How to use the industry standard decks
  • How to beatmatch with the jog wheel
  • How to use the mixer and blend your tracks together with the EQs
  • All about phrasing, track structures and the timing of your mixes
  • How to use the colour FX
  • How to record your set

Requirements

No prior DJing or music knowledge required.

Course Overview

The beginner DJ course is designed to teach you all the fundamental skills and theory you need to DJ in a club. The core areas of tuition for this course are beat-matching by ear, volume control, mixing, EQing, timing, phrasing, harmonic mixing and set structure. It's everything you need to get started! It's all taught one-to-one, so you'll never be in a group, and you can learn at your own pace with your favourite music.

Equipment & Software

PioneerRekordboxPioneer

You'll start learning on industry standard DJ equipment including the Pioneer CDJ 2000 Nexus and DJM mixer set up used in the majority of clubs alongside Rekordbox and Mixed In Key.

Lesson Plan

1

Preparing Your Set

Learn all about the different formats and how to download and organise your music library. Learn how to organise playlists in Rekordbox and set cue points.

Harmonic Mixing

Learn how to analyse the key of your tracks using Mixed In Key and how to plan and mix harmonically.

2

Getting Started

Learn about the industry standard Pioneer DJ decks and mixer. Get your hands on the controls and load your tracks.

3

Beatmatching

Get to grips with cueing up your record and beatmatching by ear. Use the Jog wheel, monitors and headphones to lock in the perfect mix.

4

Seamless Mixing

Learn how to blend your mix seamlessly with the channel faders and the EQs.

5

Phrasing

Learn all about the phrasing structure of your tracks and how they are produced to be mixed together. Practice mixing your tracks on the phrase.

6

Impact Mixing

Learn how to create more impactful mixes using your EQ’s alongside your musical phrasing. Broaden your mixing abilities and be able to mix quicker, with more accuracy.

7

Filters & FX

Learn how to use the Filter and other Color FX to make your transitions even smoother.

8

Prepare You First Recording

Prepare your playlist on Rekordbox for your first recording while making use of the advanced functions of the program.

9

Improve Your Mix

Recap your previous lessons and improve on your basics with more in-depth mentorship and one-to-one mixing with your tutor.

10

Record Your First Mix

Learn how to plan and record your first mix with your tutor by your side.

11

Course Report

Receive your course report with notes from your tutor.

12

Student Testimonials

"I’m so glad that I went with LSA to learn how to DJ, I was a complete beginner and knew nothing about it before starting so I was a little nervous. Great tutors, we always had a laugh and I felt totally relaxed in the lessons. I booked my intermediate course in Camden as soon as I finished my beginner course. I will definitely be recommending LSA to my friends!"

Bruna Pacheco

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"LSA are absolutely brilliant. Their attention to detail and passion to pass on knowledge is just what all aspiring DJs need. During my lessons at LSA I had as much time as I needed to get to grips with all the controls before moving on to more complex things, like planning sets to ensure that all details would be perfect. As for LSA staff, I was very impressed with their professionalism, prompt responses and attention to detail. LSA is where you need to go if you want to learn from the best."

Nigel Evelyn-White

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"London Sound Academy is second to none for learning how to DJ. I've tried other courses elsewhere but LSA is the only one I'd recommend. I've just completed all 3 DJ courses and have gone from being a total novice to feeling completely confident as a DJ. The one-to-one tuition by enthusiastic, friendly and professional DJ tutors makes the whole learning experience easy and enjoyable!"

Tom Surr

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"I had no DJ experience previous to doing the LSA course and I was a bit apprehensive before starting. I've just finished the intermediate course and I really enjoyed it. All my lessons were with tutors in Camden. They were great and put me at ease from the outset teaching in an engaging and hands on way. The kit you learn on is professional grade and they cater for a wide variety of genres. I'd totally recommend it."

Chris Mundy

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"During one week I took all of LSA's courses, and I must say I'm very happy with the final result. I learnt so much about DJing and Music Production! I definitely recommend both courses. Ben was one of my tutors, and without any doubt was one of the best, for the knowledge he shared, motivation shown during all lessons and the availability to listen to what the student really wants to achieve!"

Miguel Sousa

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"I was a first time DJ and wanted to explore music. LSA provided me with the tools I needed to hit the decks in future. The teaching quality is good, friendly and very pleasant. Also, having the choice of visiting different studio locations with different tutors is phenomenal. The prices are extremely fair and the equipment they use to teach on is cutting edge. I'd highly recommend LSA."

Victor Gonzalez

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"I’m so glad I went with LSA to learn how to DJ. I was a complete beginner and knew nothing about it before starting so I was a little nervous. Noah is a great tutor, we always have a laugh and he makes you feel relaxed in the lessons. I booked my intermediate course with him as soon as I finished my beginner course. I will definitely be recommending LSA to friends!"

Joanna Hamer

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"I want to say huge thank you to the LSA tutors! I came from Poland and it was totally worth coming. It was really helpful, full of knowledge and an amazing experience. I took only a basic course, but I'll be back in London to take the next 2 courses. Thank you guys once again, you helped me a lot. See u soon xxx"

Patrycja Sokołowska

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Our Expert Tutors

LSA Hoxton

Erin

Komati

Erin is one of our most experienced tutors having worked in the music industry for over 15 years and having played at major festivals around the world. When he's not in the LSA studios, he's touring as a DJ/Producer and has released tracks on labels such as Saved Records, Kinetika, Bad Life and Balkan Recordings. Catch him in his fully analogue studio producing or on the decks at Fire.

Support from: Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli, AME, Skream, Laurent Garnier, Dusky, Shadow Child, Tim Green & more.

Teaches: All DJ & music production courses
Genres: All
Specialties: Dance Music, House, Techno, Logic, Ableton, Traktor & Vinyl

Ben S

S.M.I.T.H

Ben's a passionate teacher with a wealth of DJing and production experience gathered whilst touring across the UK & Europe. During his DJ sets, he often plays his own tracks and edits guaranteeing an original experience for the listener. He's released three EPs with big label deals on the horizion. Catch him at Ministry of Sound, Egg LDN, Lightbox, Fire and We Are FSTVL.

Teaches: All DJ & music production courses 
Genres: All
Specialties: Dance Music, House, Techno, Logic, Traktor & Vinyl

Harry

Harry Clarke

Harry is a producer, DJ and music lover. He's been a prolithic producer from a young age and his first single release was at the age of sixteen. It gained support from legends such as Annie Nightingale, Roger Sanchez and Andi Durrant. After that came tracks that garnered air time on platforms such as Radio 1 and Capital FM along with reviews in the likes of Mixmag and DJ Mag.

After studying at many of the UK's best music colleges Harry started work on many projects that included songwriting, producing, engineering and mastering with many famous clients. He's also composed to moving image, working with companies such as STA Travel and Oreo to create soundscapes that bring their visual ideas to life. All of this experience has enabled him to work with others to help them discover the very best sound for their music. 

Teaches: All DJ & music production courses
Genres: All
Specialities: House, Techno, Dance, Melodic & Songwriting

Phil

Phil Asher

Phil is one of LSA’s most experienced DJ and Producers. Over the past 25 years he’s played at "The Room” & Club Yellow (Tokyo), the Velvet Room at Club Zouk (Singapore) and Panorama Bar in Berghain (Berlin). He’s also played alongside Ron Trent at
Giant Steps (New York) and Masters at Work in the main room of Ministry of
Sound (London). Phil was recently featured on Boiler Room with Kerri Chandler
for his Madhouse label event. He’s a truly legendary DJ.

Apart from rocking dance floors across the world Phil has remixed Earth Wind and Fire, Dame Shirley Bassey, Jamiroquai, Sia, Osunlade, and Peven Everett to name a few. He’s produced music for Marlena Shaw, Vanessa Freeman, Shea Soul, Zansika, Sandra Nkake, Nathan Haines, Rich Medina and many more.

Teaches: All DJ and Logic Production Courses
Specialities: Vinyl, CDJs & Logic Production

LSA Soho

Ben P

Lone Drum

Ben has been DJing since he was 15. His love of Hip Hop, Scratching and all thing Battle DJing landed him a residency at Throwdown, a breakdancing night in Brixton at Plan B. Later, he started to dabble with music production where he manipulated breaks, old funk and soul records that he found in record stores which he later used to make his own tracks and eventually get out his first release on Colony Productions. His descent into the Glitch Hop scene has led to a collaboration with Kursa, and later on teaming up with Osmetic to form the group K.L.O. Since then he's had gigs all over the USA.

Teaches: All DJ & music production courses 
Genres: All
Specialties: Hip Hop, Experimental, Urban, Serato, Traktor & Vinyl

Kieran

James Wilson

Kieran's an established international DJ with his own house and techno label, Route 1 Audio, that has multiple digital releases. He's a favourite with many of our students. He started by perfecting his craft at some of London’s biggest pirate stations hosting radio slots from the age of 16. He's performed on Heat Fm, Subjam, Pulse LDN, Rinse Fm, Hoxton FM and our own LSA Live. He DJs regularly at many of London's biggest clubs including Ministry of Sound, Egg and Scala.

Teaches: All DJ courses 
Genres: All
Specialties: Dance Music, Hip Hop, House, Techno, Serato, Traktor & Vinyl

Olmo

Allmoe

Olmo teaches our DJ courses as well as our specialist turntablism course where students can learn to scratch and beat-juggle like a DMC Pro! Early on in his career, he honed his skills and knowledge of Reggae and Hip Hop with other DJs and rappers. More recently he's been caught indulging in a new found love of Techno at Ministry of Sound, Egg and Fire here in London.

Teaches: All DJ courses & Turntablism (Scratching) course
Genres: All
Specialties: Dance Music, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Reggae, House, Techno, Serato & Vinyl

Samantha

Samantha Togni

Sam is an established international DJ and producer from Italy based here in East London where she has set the music and fashion world alight with her DJ skills. Recently, her skills saw her headline in Europe and Tokyo at the Radio Kiki festival. Thanks to her international notoriety, she has also played alongside Marshmello, Slushii, Flux Pavillion, Camelphat, Danny Howard and more at many of the world's most celebrated nightclubs including 02 Academy Brixton, Ministry of Sound, Goa, Club Haus, EGG and XOYO.

Because of her talent, she was signed by three booking agents in her first year of DJing, worked for big brands like Nike, Juicy Couture, Dr Martens, Urban Outfitters, MAC, Selfridges and Karl Lagerfeld as well as getting voted as the #175 best female DJ in the world by DJanemag.com.

Beyond DJing, she released her first single in 2016 called "Queen Nemesis" on Doner Music and has so far received support from Red Bull, Adidas Originals, the 405 and Wonderland Magazine.

Teaches: All DJ courses
Genres: All
Specialties: Trap Music, Bass, Traktor & Vinyl

LSA Camden

Ben S

S.M.I.T.H

Ben's a passionate teacher with a wealth of DJing and production experience gathered whilst touring across the UK & Europe. During his DJ sets, he often plays his own tracks and edits guaranteeing an original experience for the listener. He's released three EPs with big label deals on the horizion. Catch him at Ministry of Sound, Egg LDN, Lightbox, Fire and We Are FSTVL.

Teaches: All DJ & music production courses 
Genres: All
Specialties: Dance Music, House, Techno, Logic, Traktor & Vinyl

Noah

Noah Priddle

Noah is one of our most popular tutors because of his welcoming attitude. His genre-hopping sets are well known in the industry and he’s forged a reputation for digging deep for unfamiliar but brilliant tracks. His skill has led him to DJ at some of the worlds largest events including Exit Festival, Boomtown, NAS and Bestival. Catch him locally at Ministry of Sound, The Coronet and at Alexandra Palace.

Teaches: All DJ courses
Genres: All
Specialties: Dance Music, Reggae,
Hip-Hop, World Music, Experimental, Traktor, Serato & Vinyl

Ollie

Ollie Rant

Ollie has been a fixture on the london clubbing scene for the last 10 years and has garnered a hole host of accolades along the way. He's an alumni of Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings, has original releases on Kerri chandler affiliated label King Street Sound / Real Nice, and hosts monthly radio shows on Radar Radio and Balamii. His extensive record collection represents his eclectic taste, but, his speciality in tutoring lies in house, hip-hop, grime and garage.

Teaches: All DJ courses
Genres: All
Specialties: Dance Music, Hip Hop, RnB, House, Garage, Serato & Vinyl