Certificate of Completion in Disc Jockey Techniques Disc Jockey Techniques II

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Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Disc Jockey Techniques is designed to prepare students for entry level 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.


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Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Disc Jockey Techniques (CCL)
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Total Credits Required
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What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Develop a specific public relations program for a DJ promotion.
  2. Detect, through listening, rhythmic errors in a musical fragment.
  3. List structural characteristics of a melody.
  4. Describe the responsibilities of professional agents, artist management, and arts administration.
  5. List the organizations and the procedures which govern music copyrighting, licensing, and publishing.
  6. Describe marketing practices, production, and merchandising in the record industry operations.
  7. Describe the typical construction of an industry formatted dance song and how the song's composition relates to segueing.
  8. Explain the process of determining a song's beats per minute and its relationship to beat mixing and dance music genres.
  9. Describe how to cue a song to prepare for a segue with an industry standard compact disc player and turntable.
  10. Identify and discuss common methods of segueing songs.
  11. Describe how to program songs to entertain a live, general audience.
  12. Describe and perform basic scratching techniques.
  13. Explain and demonstrate exercises and practices.
  14. Explain and create various components of an Artist/DJ image.
  15. Explain and demonstrate the use of various digital interfaces.
  16. Identify and describe proper electrical connections.
  17. Explain the uses of equalizers and frequencies.
  18. Demonstrate speaker placement, and identify load impedance.
  19. Describe the factors taken into consideration when working with various loudspeakers and monitors.
  20. Apply classroom instruction to work experiences during 80 hours per credit during the semester.
  21. Evaluate appropriateness of personal goals and objectives to the market needs.
  22. Develop a self-promotion package, including a resume and business correspondence materials.
  23. Apply communication skills for employment interviews and in marketing DJ mixes, recordings, and performances.
  24. Apply basic procedures of recordkeeping and keeping a tax file.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MTC103 Introduction to Aural Perception 1
MUC136 Turntablism: The Art of the Scratch DJ 3
MUC137 Digital DJ Performance Techniques 3
MUC138 Disc Jockey Laboratory 1
MUC293 Self Promotion for Music 1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUC109 Music Business: Merchandising and the Law 3
MUC197 Live Sound Reinforcement I 3
MUC139 Introduction to Emcee-Rapping Techniques 3
MHL204 Hip-Hop Music and Culture C, HU, L 3

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Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Disc Jockey Techniques (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=134699).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Disc Jockey Techniques II program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019