FutureDJs is an educational initiative founded in 2016 by Austen and Scott Smart, also known as the DJ and production duo Austen/Scott. The brothers previously campaigned for DJing to be involved in formal education, with successes include getting DJ decks recognised as an instrument for GCSE assessment and helping to write the curriculum for a DJ course for school students to take as part of a music GCSE.
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Now a syllabus has been put in place that provides a national standard for grading DJing, equivalent to the marking for classic and jazz instruments such as piano and saxophone.
Three tiers of the qualification are offered for beginner to accomplished levels: Debut, Breakthrough and Artist.
Grading will be assessed on techniques such as scratching, beat juggling, looping and beat matching, as well as track selection and developing a personal style.
There will also be aural tests, learning about electronic music sounds and distinguishing between styles such as dubstep and 2-step.
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Pioneer DJ has offered to provided a pair of CDJs for each school that signs up for FutureDJs’ teaching.
Find out more via futuredjs.org.
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