AAS Disc Jockey Techniques
Academic Plan Code
MCCCD Program Detail
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Disc Jockey Techniques program is designed to prepare students for employment as a live-performance disc jockey (DJ). This program is designed to provide the student an understanding of how businesses related to the DJ profession are organized and operated in this highly competitive and rapidly changing profession.
What You’ll Learn
This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Develop a specific public relations program for a DJ promotion.
- Detect, through listening, rhythmic errors in a musical fragment.
- List structural characteristics of a melody.
- Describe the responsibilities of professional agents, artist management, and arts administration.
- List the organizations and the procedures which govern music copyrighting, licensing, and publishing.
- Describe marketing practices, production, and merchandising in the record industry operations.
- Describe the typical construction of an industry formatted dance song and how the song's composition relates to segueing.
- Explain the process of determining a song's beats per minute and its relationship to beat mixing and dance music genres.
- Describe how to cue a song to prepare for a segue with an industry standard compact disc player and turntable.
- Identify and discuss common methods of segueing songs.
- Describe how to program songs to entertain a live, general audience.
- Describe and perform basic scratching techniques.
- Explain and demonstrate exercises and practices.
- Explain and create various components of an Artist/DJ image.
- Explain and demonstrate the use of various digital interfaces.
- Identify and describe proper electrical connections.
- Explain the uses of equalizers and frequencies.
- Demonstrate speaker placement, and identify load impedance.
- Describe the factors taken into consideration when working with various loudspeakers and monitors.
- Apply classroom instruction to work experiences during 80 hours per credit during the semester.
- Evaluate appropriateness of personal goals and objectives to the market needs.
- Develop a self-promotion package, including a resume and business correspondence materials.
- Apply communication skills for employment interviews and in marketing DJ mixes, recordings, and performances.
- Apply basic procedures of recordkeeping and keeping a tax file.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|Students should choose six (6) to eleven (11) credits from the following list of courses to complete a minimum of 60 credits for the AAS degree.|
|COM/THP271||Voice and Diction||3|
|DAN102AA||Hip Hop I||1|
|DAN103AA||Break Dancing I||1|
|MHL145||American Jazz and Popular Music||3|
|MHL153||Rock Music and Culture||3|
|MKT210||Applied Marketing Strategies||3|
|MTC105||Music Theory I||3|
|MTC106||Aural Perception I||1|
|MTC191||Electronic Music I||3|
|MTC192||Electronic Music II||3|
|MUC111||Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I)||3|
|MUC112||Digital Audio Workstation II (DAW II)||3|
|MUC130||Music Electronic Components||3|
|MUC139||Introduction to Emcee-Rapping Techniques||3|
|MUC194||Introduction to Audio Mixing Techniques||3|
|MUC195||Studio Music Recording I||3|
|MUC196||Studio Music Recording II||3|
|MUC209||Music Industry Entrepreneurship||3|
|MUC237||Electronic Dance Music Production||3|
|MUC295||Studio Music Recording III||3|
|TCM101||Fundamentals of Radio and TV||3|
|MTC/TCM120||Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video||3|
|TCM202||The Music Video||4|
|MTC/TCM220||Advanced Sound Design for Film and Video||3|
|TCM290||Professional Media Marketing||3|
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
General Education Requirements
|General Education Requirement||Credits: 22-27|
|General Education Core||Credits: 12-17|
|First-Year Composition||Credits: 6|
|Any approved general education course from the First Year Composition area.||6|
|Oral Communication||Credits: 3|
|Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area not taken as a restricted elective.||3|
|Critical Reading||Credits: 0-3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR|
|Equivalent as indicated by assessment||0-3|
|Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area||3-5|
|General Education Distribution||Credits: 10|
|Humanities and Fine Arts||Credits: 3|
|Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||Credits: 3|
|Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.||3|
|Natural Sciences||Credits: 4|
|Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.||4|
This Associate in Applied Science is associated with
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