DJ Element




WEEK 1Knowledge of equipment and parts.
Turntables, CD Players, Mixers, Mics, Headphones.
Home Setup vs Club Setup.
Wiring process, signal flow, etc.
WEEK 2 P.A Systems
Powering up and down.
Leads, Connectors, Insulators.
Setting of EQs and acoustics for live venues.
Basic Knowledge on lighting consoles and software
WEEK 3 Intro to Basic Music Structure.
Counting bars to apply the mix.
Beats Per Minute.
Cueing. Record handling techniques
WEEK 4 Ear Training.
Applying the pitch control.
Handling records in the mix
WEEK 5 Intros and Outros.
Release points.
Mapping out the mix.
Applying Eq’s and effects
WEEK 6 Drops vs. Blends.
Working in club environment.
Final Test (Comprehensive).

$299 for 6 weeks



WEEK 1. Scratching Part 1.
Equipment requirments.
Scratch Drills #1 (Stabs, Transform, Crabs)
Scratch Notations.
Sample selection.
Home Work #1
WEEK 2. Scratching Part 2.
Extensive training in advance scratching.
Scratch Drills #2 (Chirps, Flare, 2-3 Click Flare, Orbits, Tears, Combos)
Combining digital effects with the scratch.
Home Work #2


WEEK 3. Turntablism.
Beat Juggling.
Visualizing and notating
Stage presentation.
Making melodies combining scratch with juggle.
other battling and showcasing techniques.
Home Work #3


WEEK 4. Interactive DJing.
Pairing students up.
Back to back team playing.
using multiple turntables/decks.
Tips on Showcasing with other DJ’s.
Preparing a Team battle/showcase set.
Home Work #1 due and tested.


WEEK 6. Live Sampling and Remixing.
Using digital midi controllers.
samples and acapellas in between the mix.
Loops and creative overlaying.
Live remixing (Traktor).
Live Production (Ableton/serato/bridge).
Video mixing DVJ with Serato.
Tour to a major studio (optional)
Home Work #2 due and tested.


WEEK 7. Self Promotion and Event Management
Creating a unique style.
Networking, Social media.
Identifying and programming to diverse crowds.
Being selective with promoters.
Sourcing music.
Marketing yourself and contracts.
Promoting you own night
Budgeting and Advertising
Home Work #3 due and tested.


WEEK 8. Revision and Final Test.
Arranging and composing a short trick set for a battle
Originality and developing your strengths
Students are required to complete a demo CD
A promo pack and personal web site will be created for each student.
4 week break then Final test at a Night Club (10 Minute set).

$399 for 8 weeks

WEEK 1. Intro to MIDI and how it can be applied to a basic home studio.
Common home studio set up (eg. wiring, patching, hardware, software)
Recommended hardware and software for your personal needs.
Sound properties explained for recording and insulation.
WEEK 2. Basic understanding of Multi Tracking.
sequencers explained.
Setting up the midi sequencer and patching instruments.
intro to interface of commonly used software.
The fundamental features of all sequencing software.
Plug Ins vs external instruments.
Importance of CPU usage on different applications.
WEEK 3. Sampling concepts and methods explained.
internal sampling opposed to external.
Manipulating the sampled sound.
loops and time stretching.
WEEK 4. Composition
notations and harmonies.
Live sound vs Quantised sound.
External and internal Effects explained.
WEEK 5. Arrangement of the Compositions and Samples.
Layering sounds and overdubs.
common arrangements of different genres.
working 1 on 1 with each student for their final arrangement.
WEEK 6. Mastering.
Mixing down your arranged piece.
recording of Levels, eq’s, and effects.
WEEK 7. Copyright Laws.
Legalities concerning sampling.
Protecting your Interlectual property.
APRA and it’s role in the industry.
WEEK 8. Pros and Cons of Major record companies
Tips before approaching Record Companies.
maintaining your style and direction of your music
and balancing with the record company’s marketing strategies.
Commonly used contracts and deals by the Majors.
WEEK 9. Setting up your own Record label.
Business fundamentals.
Business laws and contracts.
Vinyl pressing and CD Manufacturing.
Distribution deals.
Marketing your product and networking essentials.
The money flow chart from the artist to the consumer. 
WEEK 10. Final Showcase.
Demonstration of all student’s pieces

$499 for 10 weeks

Private lessons offer a more intimate one-on-one learning experience. Based on your interests and skill level, we’ll match you with an instructor who is just right for you, covering anything from mixing and scratching to digital DJing, production, and more.

$80 – $150.00 per hour
Pricing depends on lesson details.
Multi-Lesson Discount Packages Are Available.


Contact Info: 5e Private Lesson Booking
Detroit (313)283-7177 / email:



We understand that our 6-week courses may not be the best option for everyone’s schedule. In response, our private lessons offer a great alternative for those with weekly commitments that conflict with our course schedules. Private lessons are also ideal for anyone with years of DJ experience who want to touch up or further develop specific skills. You can also use private lessons to get a taste of what it’s like to DJ or produce before you commit to one of our courses.

When you book a private lesson at 5e, our staff takes the time to understand your level of experience and the exact topics you want to cover. We’ll then match you with the appropriate teacher to ensure your expectations are met. You can also choose to follow specific curriculum from one of our courses.

Private lessons can cover almost any materials you desire including the basic principles of DJing and production, intermediate to advanced mixing tricks, scratching and beat juggling, Serato and digital DJing topics, and much more.

Please contact 5e Gallery for more information or to set-up a lesson.



No skills are required to take Private Lessons. Private Lesson are appropriate for students of all DJ, music production, and digital DJing skill levels.



Private lessons can cover almost any DJ or music production topic you desire. See below for a list of some options or call 5e Gallery office to discuss your specific needs.
DJ Fundamentals: If you’re a beginner, we’ll cover everything you need to know from the equipment basics to all the introductory principles of mixing and scratching.
Music Production Fundamentals: For anyone interested in music production, we’ll help you explore the intricacies of the software, explore MIDI instruments, and help you create beats.
Scratches: Whether you’re beginner or advanced, we can work on everything from forwards to transforms, chirps to flares, drumming to beat juggling, boomerangs to looping and more.
Mixing: We can cover everything from beat-matching to song transitions, cross-genre mixing to advanced transition tricks, and much more.
Digital DJing: Private lessons are also a great way to explore Digital DJing. We’ll show you how to be an expert at any program like Serato, Traktor, or any other software.
Production Software: Whether you’re using Ableton Live, Reason, or Pro Tools, we’ll help you maximize the features of each program and show you some creative tips in producing your own tracks.

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