DJing is a dying art form.
There, we said it.
Long gone are the days where manual beat matching, scratching, and djing with vinyl were normal DJ skillsets. With the advent of DAWs with
However, these same DAWs have opened the doors to a whole universe of possibilities.
Ableton Live, for example, has enable DJs to basically become whole bands and produce new sounds on the spot.
With that in mind, we set out to find what is the best online DJ course out there in 2020.
We purchased close to 10 courses, here are the ones that made the final cut:
|Course Name||Teacher||What’s Included?||Musical Genre Focus||Price / Our Rating|
|DJ Courses Online Bundle||DJ TLM||– 14 video based courses on DJing, Serato, Traktor, Ableton Live, and more. |
– 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
|Armin Van Buuren Masterclass||Armin Van Buuren||– About 3 hours of video content|
– Downloadable class workbook
– Access to other masterclasses, such as Deadmau5’s.
|EDM / Trance|
|Learn how to DJ From The Wu-Tang Clan||DJ Symphony||– About 7 hours of video content|
– Certificate Upon Completion
|ProducerTech: Ableton Live DJ’s Guide ||ProducerTech||– About 3 hours of video content split into 18 modules|
– Live DJ template and 100MB Bonus FX samples
Best Overal Online DJ Courses
It was a though decision, but due to its laser sharp focus on DJing only, and the quality of the content, as well as the price, the DJ Courses Online program takes the number 1 spot.
All in all, there are over 10 courses included for a monthly fee of only 19$.
It covers all major DAWs as well going in-depth into some really interested and complex DJ theory.
Of all the courses we tested, this was by far the most in-depth one we found.
Unlike some of the other courses in this list, the instructors don’t have big names in the industry, however, they more than make up for this with their knowledge of DJ techniques
#2- Armin Van Buuren Masterclass Review
For those of you who don’t know, Armin Van Buuren is an iconic DJ and producer from the Netherlands. He’s the 4 time consecutive best DJ in the world according to DJ Mag and one of the four “trance” artists nominated to a grammy.
Now masterclasses tend to have the reputation of being sometimes light on the technical side, though we didn’t find that to be the case for this program.
There is one caveat though: The course focuses a lot on the production side of things with Logic.
However, there is still a solid amount of content regarding playing live sets, including the following lessons:
- Approaching Your DJ Set
- Building a Set: Edits and Mashups
- Using the Decks: Basics
- Using the Decks: Armin’s Techniques
- Performance Tips
The good thing about masterclass is that you can pay monthly, starting at about 20$, so once you get done with the DJing classes, you can cancel your subscription without doing the rest of the course. Though we do recommend the rest of the course if you’re interested in trance / EDM production.
This course we simply couldn’t ignore. After all, most things are temporary but the Wu is forever.
In this course, the legendary hip hop DJ Symphony goes through some classic hip hop DJing techniques as well as some overall DJ theory.
It includes over 7 hours of video and entitles you to a certificate upon completion.
The main highlight of the course for us was it’s production value.
The camera is mostly set up from a bird’s eye view of the mixing table and decks, allowing you to follow along with your deck- It’s by far the most hands-on course we tested.
In addition, the teacher is a master at his craft. If you’re looking for a hip-hop specific course, this one is a no brainer.
#4 Skillshare: DJing Live: From Setup to Soundcheck (w/ Young Guru) Review
In the same vein as #3, Young Guru’s DJ course on skillshare is a must have for any hip hop DJ.
It’s a very solid course for beginner and intermediate DJs on how to setup your gear for a live performance, but we rank it after DJ Symphony’s course as we found that it wasn’t as in-depth and hands-on.
It’s still a great course, coming from a legendary engineer and hip hop producer responsible for many hits from Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.
Its important to note that this course focuses solely on setting up your gear and software. No major techniques are discussed, though there are a couple of nuggets of information that are really interesting.
DAW Specific DJ Courses:
#1- ProducerTech: Ableton Live DJ’s Guide Review
Producertech is one of the leading online music course providers.
They stand out from the crowd by producing really specific courses focused on one particular piece of software.
Generally, the quality of content is very high. Their Ableton Live course is no different.
Ableton Live is a whole other ball game when it comes to live DJing as it comes with a huge pad that allows you to program your live performance.
Guys like daedelus have taken the definition of being a DJ to a different dimension, with sets featuring live production and sampling with the Ableton Live:
We can’t promise that this course will make you an overnight daedelus, but if you’re interested in that world, it’s certainly a good introduction.
Here a sample of a class:
#2 Skillshare: The Basics of Serato DJ Review
Hosted by Mister Gray, this skillshare is, like most skillshare courses, short and sweet.
It will take you about an hour to complete, and in the end, you’ll have increased significantly your knowledge of how Serato DJ works and how to make the most of it. Particularly if you’re a beginner in the ways of Serato.
The teacher is a somewhat successful DJ and producer from the United States who focuses on hip hop and EDM / dubstep.
The production value of this course is insane, as is the case with most skillshare courses.
The major downfall, however, is its lack of depth. This really is a course for beginners.
We hope we’ve helped you find the very best online DJ course for your needs.
If you’re looking for general music courses or production related courses, please check out our guide on that subject.
And as always, if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comment box below!