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MUS2016 : DJing Skills and Turntablism

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mariam Rezaei
  • Lecturer: Dr Richard Elliott
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To successfully deliver several ‘live recording‘ DJ mixes with various equipment and varying criteria.
To successfully compose for turntables, as a soloist and in a small group.

Outline Of Syllabus

A split of lectures and practical workshops focusing on the history of DJ Mixing with progression in to Turntablism.
The lectures will include group analysis, music theory and compositional experiments. Practical workshops will include working solo and as groups. Tasks set clearly each week with dedicated studio and time needed for each student to fulfil work aims for the following week.
The course will provide a theoretically correct and up to date learning of DJing in a professional context, where students will make several mixes with practical applications and learn to perform and compose experimental turntablist works.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Needs AV support.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading116:0066:00Preparation and research for practical work
Guided Independent StudySkills practice119:0099:00Needs to be in studio with DJ equipment or home equipment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0024:00Needs to be in studio with DJ equipment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods reflect the fact that DJing is a practical skill that requires hands-on tuition. Teaching is a combination of small groups and one to one tutoring. Students are expected to undertake short weekly practice sessions, which they will be able to do in the dedicated DJ Studio space.
Lectures provide essential historical, social, technological and professional context to the practical sessions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2A202 reflective logs, 1000 words each
Design/Creative proj2A4090 minutes combined of mixed music through 4 different DJ mixes
Practical/lab report2A4015 minute performance
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The reflective log tests students' awareness of their developing skills and enables them to place their practice in a professional context. The exam tests the practical skills developed during the module in a manner comparable to recitals on other performance modules.
The creative project gives participants the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding whilst applying creativity through practical means.

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