Best Online DJ CoursesLearn to DJ online – Best courses of 2020
When it comes to spinning some records and pumping out some tunes there’s really a little more to it than powering on your kit. Listen to the best DJs in the world and it’s clear straight away that these are people who know a thing or two.
There may not be degrees in DJing just yet (although that would be insanely cool) but there are plenty of ways to learn how to be a DJ online.
To give you the spark of inspiration you’ve been looking for I’m going to introduce you to 5 of the best DJ online courses right now.
Perfect for learning something that will take your skills to the next level…
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These guys are absolutely nailing it right now and have a rather aptly named site DJ Courses Online.
Well, the first thing to say is that this paid for course is a little different to the others that have made it onto this list. Rather than paying for a specific course you pay a subscription to the site.
This then grants you access to a ALL of the courses that have been created by DJs from all walks of life.
What I like about this way of doing things is that it puts you in touch with a whole host of different teaching styles. Paying for content created from a single DJ can be a great way to learn; provided you find their style clicks with you.
This subscription model means you’re not paying over and over for new courses. You can try them all! So far its the best value for money I have found.
By being able to try loads of different teachers who’re all housed under one roof you can easily find the right fit for you. The same goes for the difficulty level that your course teacher delivers their content at.
I like this because it gives advanced DJs plenty of new content with more added every month, and it also gives beginners something to aspire to. By seeing for yourself what you could be doing in just a few months you’ll have the drive and focus needed to take your DJ skills to new heights.
Here’s an example video.
View their latest courses here
All in all this site comes highly recommended for those of you who want to learn to DJ online, but don’t necessarily want to tie yourself down to one style of teaching or level of difficulty. Check out DJCoursesOnline.com
CrossFader Online DJ Courses: Jamie Hartley
Founded in 2014 Jamie built his own Practical DJ courses in a custom built studio. It was so successful that he took it online with courses for the masses anywhere in the world. Since then he’s amassed an amazing 150,000 subscribers and many happy DJs have bought he’s courses.
Along with his team of content creators he has produced some excellent courses based around industry standard DJ software like Traktor, Serato and Rekordbox. He’s also created some additional courses on advanced DJing which are well worth checking out.
The online DJ courses feature video tutorials that are easy to follow and very professionally produced. Making following the instructions a breeze.
There’s even different courses for each skill level so you can grow and improve along with them on whatever DJ hardware and software you use.
I like how clear and concise the courses are and easy to follow. Its also nice to see courses based upon specific software and skill levels. This is rare and makes these courses stand apart from the others.
If you’re already in deep with one DJ software app then these courses are perfect for you.
Head over to Crossfader.com to read more about each of their courses and find one that suits you.
Millionaire DJ: The Perfect Entry Level Course
No list of the best DJ courses online would be complete without a reference to the world of udemy.com. If you haven’t heard of this site then where have you been? And what do you want to learn? These are the only two questions you need to ask yourself because it covers literally everything when it comes to becoming a DJ.
I’ve selected Millionaire DJ as my course of choice for a number of different reasons. Firstly, I like that it’s targeted at the absolute beginner. By starting off with recommending the audio equipment and software that you’ll need this course is ideal for those of you still researching what kit you want to buy.
One potential drawback is that you will need a copy of FL Studio 12 to use this course at all. To be fair I don’t think this will catch anybody out as it’s actually included in the name of the course.
You can use a trial version for free to get you started, but as mentioned quite clearly in the course description this isn’t recommended.
The price is super reasonable at £25 and is often discounted by half in flash sales so if you want to grab yourself a bargain then this is one course that’s well worth keeping an eye on.
As for the lessons themselves they’re clearly structured and thought out, although some of them may need to be done in several sittings as they’re well over an hour long.
You may think that this is an odd thing to flag up, but remember you won’t be able to watch a lesson from beginning to end like you can you favourite Netflix show.
New concepts and techniques are going to be introduced that you’ll have to get your head around, learn to recognise, and then finally put into practice yourself. If you simply speed through every video and treat it like a boxset you want to binge watch then you won’t get the most out of it.
Take your time and work through all of the subtle pointers and this course could well make all the difference to your fledgling DJ career!
Check out Millionaire DJ on Udemy
Jon Sine - Youtube
Video content is where it’s at if you want to perfect the art of DJing folks. With so many subtle effects that you need to master it can so hard to know where to begin. Luckily YouTube tutorials like this one above have all of this covered.
Jon Sine gets tens of thousands of views a month for a whole host of videos covering everything there is to know about the music industry. He knows his DJing inside out which is great, but he also has a great view of the big picture. This makes him the ideal person to tell you exactly what you need to know.
I’d suggest starting with the beginner’s DJ tutorial he offers as it’s a great little intro to all the basics. By hearing the sounds produced by someone who’s already mastered the basics you should be able to easily tell what you need to work on.
This is great as it ensures you don’t skip over the fundamentals before moving onto more advanced stuff.
Another real plus point about trusting your musical education to this guy is that he gives you everything for free. There’s certainly no better feeling than getting something amazing for nothing in return, and that’s exactly what he’s giving you.
This makes it ideal for experienced pros and intrepid beginners alike. If you’ve been in the game a long time you may well have heard a lot of what he has to say; in which case you wouldn’t want to shell out some of your hard earned money to hear the basics all over again.
And if you’re new to the genre you may find that you dip in and out of practice as you get used to it. By paying nothing you’re not risking anything. Basically you have nothing lose.
The other great thing is that you can easily interact with him in the comments section or via social media. This gives you the chance to ask pressing questions as well as suggesting new content for future videos.
Think of it like this: if enough people ask him how to become a DJ he’s going to keep adding new content isn’t he!
Check out Jon’s YouTube channel
This is something that everyone who wants an online DJ course needs to know: LaidBack Luke has his own YouTube channel. Not only is he one of the world’s premier DJs, he’s also made well over $10 million doing it. Sounds like just the kind of guy that we could all do with a little help and advice from right?
What I really like about this channel is it comes straight from the mind of one of the best DJs in the business. He covers everything from the absolute basics you need to get started, all the way up to some of the most advanced techniques in the world today.
This makes it ideal for those of you who want to continue to evolve under the tutelage of a single teacher.
There’s also the added bonus of it being free and available wherever you are. Granted there’s no certificate to work towards as this isn’t a formal course as such, but does that really matter?
Look at the best musicians you know and it’s perhaps only the ones who create classical music that have any formal qualifications.
By learning from one of the best DJs around you’ll be able to master anything you put your mind to and you won’t care about certificates at the end of it.
I also really like the relaxed presenting and teaching style he uses (perhaps it’s not all that surprising given his stage name). What’s really refreshing about his style is that there aren’t piles of jargon you have to battle through before you can understand what he’s talking about.
He prefers to just fire up his kit and show you rather than talk and talk. This makes the learning experience engaging and easy to keep pace with.
At no point did I feel like I was being left behind or out of my depth. Plus because it’s all on YouTube you can pause or rewind with the click of a button which is really nice. If you’re looking for a simple way to learn that you can keep using no matter how advanced you get then this channel comes highly recommended!
Check out LaidBack Luke on Youtube
Armin van Buuren
If you want to learn a thing our two about DJing in general, and dance music in particular, then who better to learn from than this guy? With millions of streams and views every week his songs are anthems in clubs right around the world.
Now it’s time to see how he gets on when he has to teach the likes of you and I…
What’s impressive about this course is how professionally it’s delivered! Armin hasn’t gone down the YouTube route, opting instead to distribute his educational content via the online teaching platform masterclass.com.
This helps to give the course a more coherent look and feel than a YouTube channel, and you may also find that this helps you focus a little bit more on your learning as you’re less likely to get distracted and start page hopping.
One thing that you certainly do need to be aware of however is that this course isn’t free. There’s nothing wrong with paying for an online DJ course and perhaps we’re all too often spoilt when it comes to getting stuff for free on YouTube.
A single lesson is priced at £85 which may sound a little expensive if you’re just starting out, but you are hearing words of wisdom from one of the very best DJs in the world.
There’s also the option of making use of the 7 day free trial pass. This allows you to access course content and material for an entire week at no charge. The perfect try before you buy if you will.
If you’re the sort of person who doesn’t mind paying out for expertise but wants to be sure of getting value for money before you part with a chunk of your pay cheque then this will be the right option for you.
The interactive element is also well worth the investment if you ask me. By providing workbooks on every lesson (there are dozens of them on there) you can test your knowledge and start applying your new skills the moment you’re ready. This is a great way of checking that you’ve taken on board everything you need to know before jumping ahead to more advanced stuff.
The final thing that may just sway you are the uploading options. By showing what you’ve done to the rest of the class you can get instant feedback on where you’re going wrong and where you can make those all-important final tweaks that will make all the difference.
Ideal for those of you who are happy to pay for interactive learning from one of the world’s top DJs.
Check out the masterclass by Armin van Buuren
Hopefully this rundown of 5 of the best online DJ courses has given you plenty of ideas about how you can take things to the next level. Now all you have to do is find which one clicks with you and then practice, practice, practice.
Its worth looking in to courses you can do in person, offline and on a real pro DJ setup as well. There’s more and more DJ studios popping up around the world so its worth checking a few out to see if they better suit your needs.
Make Me A DJ
For a real hands-on one to one experience take a look at Make Me A DJ based in the Manchester, England. Whether you’re a professional already or a newbie to the DJing world they can help you improve immensely. They have industry leading hardware ready for you to use in a friendly and comfortable environment great for learning the tricks of the trade.
They’ve also got a range of courses to suit all budgets and skill levels. From a quick 2 hour lesson that you can book weekly or whenever suits you. Right up to cost effective multi-day packages and advanced courses.
They even offer music production courses and can combine the two for those who are keen to be world famous DJ producers.
Check out MakeMeADJ.com for more information.
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