The Art and Science of the Modern DJ

Electronic musicians and DJ's play a pivotal role in modern music, from soul to EDM.

This workshop will teach you the fundamental skills used in creating electronic music and professional DJ'ing.

You will learn music theory, sampling, synthesis, song structure, mixing, DJ history, and some of the science behind the equipment used to create electronic music. You will also learn to use DJ music industry tools to help you on your way to becoming a beat maker, electronic music producer and DJ.

This workshop will enable you to make beats on an industry standard Digital Audio Workstation and equip you with the basic production techniques and DJ skills to scratch and mix the music you create. You will also learn basic scratch techniques and beat juggling on Digital DJ Controllers, using the industry standard Serato DJ software. The workshop will also include tips on the performance aspect of the art and on how to structure your song selection to suit your audience and or environment.

By the end of this workshop, you will have the ability to perform a mix incorporating beat mixing, scratching and some beat juggling to provide the soundtrack to a DigiPen video game.

You will learn:

  • Electronic music theory, sampling, synthesis,
  • Song/arrangement structure & in the box mixing
  • DJ history, music theory & problem solving
  • Beat mixing, basic scratching and beat juggling techniques
  • Performance, sampling and music curation



Students should expect to be challenged, and be open to feedback from professionals with years of experience in their respective fields. Due to the rigorous nature of MasterClasses, only students entering 10th through 12th grades are eligible.


This course is open to students entering Grades 8 through 12.

DigiPen's ProjectFUN offers workshops, camps and college prep courses for kids and teens. Technology courses are held in Redmond, WA (near Seattle and Bellevue), and online.