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Dolphin Education: Understanding Dance Music Culture

Published: Thu April 14, 2005  News Feed

Dolphin Music has found that within education today teaching music whilst relating it to the ‘real world’ can be more helpful to young people then necessarily teaching the more traditional methods. Dance music has become a culture throughout the last 20 years and now methods like DJ’ing, music production and even break dancing have become common teaching in schools.

Our aim is to provide a full understanding of modern dance music culture and how it relates to performance in a club environment. Much of our youth are extremely enthusiastic to know more about this subject, but often do not have the facilities to explore their talent to its full potential.

We will provide highly informative and stimulating sessions in which every aspect of the music industry will be explored, from DJing, music production and break dancing through to budgeting for a live event. All equipment will be provided and will be of a quality expected by the professionals who will teach these workshops.

These sessions will also show the learners how to budget and organise a live event, from working out the costs of marketing / promoting an event through to contacting and booking an act. This also covers designing a flyer for an under 18s event and budgeting for a home DJ setup or recording studio. The overall outcome of this section is geared towards the “Learn to earn” concept.

We offer each institution something individual to meet their unique requirements.

Workshops Included

DJ skills

Teaching the skills and techniques needed to become a high competent DJ including Beat matching and scratching.

Workshop

Part 1: Introduction To DJing

  • Demonstration
  • Equipment explained
  • Key-words and meanings
  • Budgeting for a home DJ setup

Part 2: Beatmatching

  • The basic structure of a song & beats
  • Keeping two tracks in time and key, so as to seamlessly blend them

 Part 3: Music Appreciation

  • Different styles of Music
  • Roles of the DJ (and DJ / MC collaborations)
  • Knowing which records will fit together

 Part 4: Introduction To Scratching

  • Live Demonstration
  • Video and history of the scratch DJ

Part 5: Life Skills

  • Recording a demo CD

Music Production

This course provides an insight into the art of producing modern dance music with workshops that will focus on writing and producing in many styles using modern computer-based audio systems, taught by leading producers and experienced studio engineers.

WORKSHOP

Throughout this course you will learn how a modern dance / hip-hop song is written, arranged, mixed and finally “burned” onto a CD for all to hear.

The software we will be using is called EJAY. This gives you many parts from which you can create your track – they include Drums (also called Loops), Bass, Keyboards, Guitars and Vocals.

The last of these – vocals, may not be used, because during this course we will also record a live vocal over an EJAY song.

This is a basic introduction course and is there to encourage students to get into music production

Part 1: Introduction to Music Tech

  • Equipment explained (Laptops and Ejay / Reason software)
  • Demos of experienced producers work – reverse engineering
  • Constructing a beat and bassline
  • Budgeting for a home recording setup

Part 2: Sampling and Editing

  • Extracting audio
  • Editing audio
  • Importing audio to an existing song

Part 3: Recording & Arranging

  • Recording a vocal / solo instrument using a microphone, working alongside the vocalists
  • How to accommodate a vocal performance into a piece of music

Part 4: Mixing and evaluation

  • Levels / Panning / Effects – finishing a song
  • Burning audio CDs
  • How to evaluate to improve production

MCing / Rapping and Vocal performance –

Modern club music is becoming more focused on the MC to interact with the crowd. These sessions will show the full process from writing and arranging the verse through to microphone and performance techniques. Featuring some of the North’s premier artists – MC Raul (Bangra Knights) and female vocalist Nikki Blaze (BBC Radio Merseyside).

Breakdance – Club music has a strong connection with modern dance, and these workshops will provide a chance to learn some new and challenging dance techniques courtesy of the Rocksteady breakers.

Part 1: Introduction to Breakdancing

  • Performance from professional break-dancers; The Rock Steady Cru
  • History and techniques of Breakdance

Part 2: learning participation

  • Basic moves
  • How to combine them to create a performance

Budgeting a live Event

Organising a live music event today is a possibility for many of today’s youth. Weather it be in a church hall, club or even an out door event. It takes a lot of hard work and many skills to organise a good event and can lead to good experience and even a carier.  

This course allows students to use the information provided to plan a budget for a live event. The choices of performers, venues and advertising are listed with all prices and amounts. These will also be as accurate as possible.

They will need to work out the total costs of everything to find out what budget is needed. They will also need to work out the entrance fee how many customers will be needed to break even and cover costs and also to work out the profit made if the venue was full to capacity

This course obviously utilises many skills including English, maths, and business plus inter personal skills are also improved and focussed on.

Tutors Profile

BRENDAN COLLINS (aka - DJ FUTURBOUND)

D.j/producer Futurebound\'s name needs no introduction in the world of dance music. With a 10 year professional career under his belt, which has seen him travel to the four corners of the globe, working up dance floors into hysteria and performing in places such as Beijing (China), New York USA), Puerto Rico (Caribbean), to playing at Creamfields in his native Liverpool, you could say the man is well travelled!

It\'s not only his unique d.j skills that have put him in the spotlight. Brendan runs his own record label \"Viper recordings\", which showcases his own recordings as well as the other artists he manages on the label.

In the last 18 months, Brendan has been working with youths between the ages of 15 to 18, passing on his knowledge of the music industry in various workshops around different institutions in the Merseyside region. From d.j\'ing in front of thousands of people through to running his own events Brendan can cover all areas of the music industry within his tutorials.

BiILL BROOKS (AKA - DJ BREIN_AKE)

Bill started producing hip hop and house at the age of 14. At 18 he moved to Liverpool to study music technology to degree level, at L.I.P.A (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).

He now teaches production and DJing to the youth of Liverpool, trying to provide an opportunity for the children to focus on the creative and rewarding hobbies associated with modern music technology.

He currently produces hip hop, breaks and drum and bass music as part of a collective called Entity. They are releasing music on a number of labels including Entity’s own “E.T. Breaks” label and Futurebound’s “Viper recordings”.

Bill’s DJ residencies include “Sophonic Sessions” in Liverpool and Pyrotechnic radio in London, and with Entity he has performed at a series of live electronic gigs in the Northwest.

NICOLA HAYDEN (AKA - Nicky BLAZE)

Nicky began writing and rapping lyrics from an early age and has since established herself as a leading figure in the North West Hip-Hop scene. She has written and collaborated with some of hip-hops elite names, performing on SKY and Granada TV and co-ordinating and co-hosting the hip-hop show on Radio Merseyside.

From putting down on paper the initial ideas for a song, to recording them professionally, Nicky will work closely with young lyricists and show them how to get the best results from their ideas.

THE ROCK STEADY BREAKERS - MARK JACOB (AKA - REMARKABLE) & MARTIN JACOB (AKA - FLEX)

Nicky began writing and rapping lyrics from an early age and has since established herself as a leading figure in the North West Hip-Hop scene. She has written and collaborated with some of hip-hops elite names, performing on SKY and Granada TV and co-ordinating and co-hosting the hip-hop show on Radio Merseyside.

From putting down on paper the initial ideas for a song, to recording them professionally, Nicky will work closely with young lyricists and show them how to get the best results from their ideas.

More Information

These courses have been working very well in schools and youth groups within Liverpool and are now being offered out to the rest of the country. We offer a basic 3 hour session once a week to a class as standard but classes can be adapted for the specific situation.

For more information on how you can access this course for your school please feel free to call us on 0870 840 9060 or email info@dolphinmusic.co.uk.

 
 
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