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Group DJ Lessons 
@ Pirate Studios

Content & Exercises to run your lessons

Content & Exercises


Hello DJ Tutor, 

Welcome to your LSEM - DJ Course Lessons Navigator


The point here is to locate resources that can be used in DJ studios to supplement the instruction of DJ course programmes.

This is just the stuff only you can see, and it's meant to go with the pages that DJ students can access through their Member's Area within their accounts.

You can also find links to these pages further down.

These sections are in Beta mode right now, so feel free to share your ideas about what to add, things that need fixing, etc.

Your ideas are always welcome, and you are encouraged to share them and participate in the development.


All the best with your classes and future star-making!

Yours truly,


Pablo Ranacat

Founder & Director




The 3 Level Course


Learn the essential skills from expert tutors to launch your professional DJ career

Entry Level
No experience Needed

You'll learn:

  • How to get new music

  • Download, organise & create playlists on Rekordbox

  • Equipment overview in detail

  • Beat-matching

  • Basic mixing techniques

  • Understanding 'Phrasing'
    to Mix Flawlessly

  • Memory Cues

  • Introducing Loops

  • Harmonic Mixing


Refine your technical skills
Nurture your talent
Earn confidence to DJ  

Beginners Course
or Technical Knowledge

You'll learn:

  • Take your basic knowledge
    to the next level

  • Advanced Set Structure

  • Start preparing your playlists
    to record your first DJ mix

  • Memory Cues & Hot Cues

  • Rekordbox in depth

  • Beat FX to Mix Creatively

  • Mix Harmonically

  • Advanced use of loops


Take it to the next level
Get club-ready
Start to get gigs

Intermediates Course
or Mixing Experience 

You'll learn:

  • Polishing everything
    you’ve learnt so far

  • Advanced Set Structure
    & planning

  • DJ Performance

  • Beat FX to Mix Creatively

  • Advanced use of Loops

  • Execution and recording of
    your first 1 hour DJ Promo Mix

  • This is a general idea of what will be taught throughout the whole course.


  • Please make sure you've read and understand the first tutor's page to get a general idea of the course and its goals, as well as the must-have gadgets you must bring and how it all works at Pirate Studios.


  • Make progress as a group: The above boxes show the content that is advertised on the website, however even though it would be great to follow it quite strictly, it's also good to always make sure that progress is made as a group.


  • Some students are slower to understand, so moving on to more advanced topics should be done when you know that they are all on the same track with what's already been covered.

  • Even if it's tempting to show off some features or more advanced mixing techniques, it's fine to do so as long as you explain that this is an example of what they will be able to do soon.


  • However, especially with FX, it can be tempting for students to start using them right away, which can be a bit of a hassle and make it hard for you and other students who might be a little behind to learn the basics.


  • Some groups never got the chance to start applying FX or Hot Cues to their mixes during this course, which isn't necessarily a bad thing because we can always offer them the opportunity to continue their learning journey by taking further, more advanced courses or even 1-1 lessons with us.

Every Lesson

Every Lesson:

Begin by reviewing what was covered in the previous lesson.

It's best to ask so they can explain; otherwise, you'll have to teach them again.


It's always a good idea to ask and remind them:

  • The one-hour mix is their final assignment.

  • Expand their collection of music.

  • Listen to the new songs they've got.

  • Have you put together any playlists?

  • Help them with their playlists. Have they set some memory cues on your tunes?

  • Have questions about Rekordbox?

  • Who wants to show us what you've made at home? Either on their laptops with Rekordbox or with CDJs.

Finish every session by reminding them of this same stuff and give them a general idea of what's coming next.


L1: Music, Rekordbox & Equipment Overview

Lesson 1

The first lesson, I usually compare to how warm-up sets pave the way for the rest of the journey.


I like to set the tone by easing in and allowing them to talk about themselves as much as possible.


Allowing them to introduce themselves one at a time and asking the standard questions about how they got into electronic music, how they decided to join the course, what parties they go to, if they have experience as DJs, and so on goes a long way toward making them feel at ease and leading to a nice introduction about yourself.


If you are the type of person who feels uncomfortable when the topic turns to you, you should try to force yourself to break the mould.


They want to know why you'll be their tutor, and by telling them about all of your accomplishments, you'll establish yourself as an authority figure and earn their respect.


You will do most of the talking in the first class.


Inform them that they will learn the majority of the technical aspects of the equipment during this first lesson. 

It'll be the most boring because they won't be playing music.


You'll go over: 

  • Where to get their music. Display websites to them. Give them some pointers.

  • Rekordbox fundamentals. A tour of Performance mode, including playlist creation and exporting them from Export mode.

  • CDJs basic features

  • Explain 'Signal Flow' by showing them the main knobs and faders from when the song leaves the CDJ until it finishes playing out the speakers

  • Prepare in advance and play them a few really good mixes and demonstrate how it's done

Lesson 1 Content

Extensive pages for you and your students are being created. These will be available through the member's area. They are a work in progress, so here is some information to get you started.


This is a free course I created last year that I am no longer using because the plan is to start producing high-quality video content. 

Anyway, I'm happy to share it with you so you can get some inspiration.


These are two videos, along with a few others, that serve as an introduction to becoming a DJ.


Ideas for where to get your music and how to get started DJing at home using Pioneer's free-forever version of the professional Rekordbox DJ Software, as well as an introduction to using the DDJ-400 USB Controller.