The DJ Night Program
A 16 week DJ and performance night course
Ready to take the leap and learn the art of DJing? Want to get confident behind the decks and deliver an epic experience? Even if you have the drive, learning to DJ can be tricky without the proper tools, the right instructor, and the time to put it all together.
This is exactly why we created the DJ Night Program. To help aspiring DJs and music producers learn how to DJ using state of the art tools, with the help of a professional instructor, and at a time that works for everyone.
Our DJ training classes are now being held directly in the club at Monarch SF. Students get to immediately step up their game by performing in front of their peers in a real club environment.
Monarch showcases a custom gold Void Acoustics audio system, voted one of the top 10 sound systems in the US. This horn loaded European masterpiece is the first of its kind to be permanently installed on the West Coast and one of only a few in America.
These types of partnerships come from being in the industry so long and create meaningful relationships that build community. They are important not only for the fabric of our local scene but also give our students a leg-up to better prepare for a long career in music.
DJing is the best entry point to learning electronic music production.
There’s no substitute for putting your hands on the decks and practicing in front of others. Learning on your own, alone in your bedroom simply does not prepare you to take on a gig. Performing in a real club with the nurturing support of a mentor, is the best way to overcome fear, perfect those transitions, and get ready to rock the floor!
The Pyramind Difference
Start Your Journey In Music
Many electronic producers start as DJs. By learning the basics of music performance, you’ll also be learning about musical genres and song structure. Building a foundation in DJ’ing can lead to a career in music and playing music for your friends, fans, and huge crowds!
Train With Touring DJs
Pyramind’s DJ instructors are professional, playing some of the biggest festivals and the Bay Area’s biggest clubs. You’ll learn about the gear, the craft, and the business of DJ’ing from supportive teachers who love what they do.
Weekly Class & Lab Time in the Club
Performing is best learned by doing it over and over again in a real setting. This is why we now hold our classes and lab time at Monarch SF. Aditional lab time can also be booked on the decks at our recording studio facilities only a few city blocks away.
By taking our DJ program, you’ll have loads of time on the decks both in front of fellow students and your instructor, as well as plenty of practice time on your own.
DJ’ing and Performance
- Rekordbox software and song anaylsis.
- CDJ's and DJ Mixers.
- Showmanship and reading the crowd.
- Working with scenes.
- Harmonic Mixing.
- Building a set list.
- EQing and working with FX.
- Promotion and Getting paid.
All courses in the DJ Night Program are now held at Monarch SF,
32 hours, 7PM -9PM Wednesdays, 2 hours per night, 16 weeks.
Students will prepare a 15-minute performance.
Practice time on the DJ rigs is available 7 PM - 9 PM Friday’s at Monarch and can also be booked at our recording studio facilities only a few city blocks away. Additional access may also be purchased.
Discounts on gear are available through our partnerships with Ableton, Mixed in Key and Sweetwater Sound!
Tuition - $1,485 (includes registration fee)
Click on the questions below for more info
What will I learn in these classes?
The DJ courses offered at night are exactly the same as the one's offered to our Full Time students so you'll get the same education. These are not "cheapened" versions! The subjects covered are listed above and are designed to take you from "wow that looks cool" to "yeah, I can DJ the gig"!
Do you offer payment plans?
The DJ courses at night do not have payment plans available.
Can I get discounts on equipment or software?
Yes! We partner with industry partners so you’ll get access to the best tools in the industry, at a serious discount. ALL online students qualify for an EDU discount at most major retailers, including Sweetwater.
When does the program begin and how long does it last?
As shown above, we enroll 3x per year and the next start date is listed on this page. The two classes taken back-to-back (which is highly recommended!) lasts for 16 weeks.
How much time should I dedicate each week to do well in the program?
DJ students can purchase studio access to our live room to work out on our decks as much as possible when not already booked. However, to really be good at this, you should consider investing in the gear yourself (with your student discount!) and work out every weekend. We recommend at minimum 2 hours per week outside of class time.
What tools do I need before joining the course?
The most important thing you’ll need is your passion for learning and producing music! We recommend you already have the tools (computer, keyboard, headphones, internet connection, Decks etc). If you don’t already have the right gear, use your EDU discounts—provided by Pyramind—to gear up!
Will I be able to release / get signed after this?
We have many label relationships and are constantly connecting students with opportunities. This program is meant for beginners so to be honest, getting signed out of the DJ courses might be tough. However, most students continue on to the EMP Online program which can help you get to that goal!
What can I do if I fall behind?
Instructors are available for at least 1 hour per week / per class outside of class. If you find you need more, you can book 1-1 live mentorship sessions through our mentorship network. Just follow the menu above to search for DJ mentors!
What if I need to take a break from the program?
Students have the right to take a Leave (4 months) due to family emergency, personal health concerns or financial hardship. Students returning from LOA will be re-enrolled into the program at the beginning of the Block of classes they were enrolled in during the Leave request.
I'm an Internatinal sudent, can I enroll in the DJ night courses?
No - International students should look at our Full-Time programs like the Electronic Music Producer program (music focus) or the Complete Producer Program (music and games/ TV/ Film focus).
Can I add courses to my program?
Absolutely! While it might be tough to find time away from work to take our Full-Time programs, most ANP students "upgrade" into the EMP Online program to round out their training while keeping their day job.
Can I place out of classes if I’m already familiar with the material?
The DJ night courses are meant to be a part-time program and is designed for beginners. If you're more experienced than this, you might want to enroll in the EMP online program OR book 1-1 mentorship sessions to round out your skills.