In April, FutureDJs supported by Innovate UK funding launched a free programme which provided around 50 students with a 12-week remote learning course, the Pioneer DJ DDJ-200 controller and handbooks.
Today, the first students to have completed this course go on to take the Grade 1 DJ-ing exam, accredited by the London College of Music Examinations (LCME). Exams are completed virtually online and, as with any other graded instrument exam, students are assessed on their musicality, fluency, reading notation, auditory and visual skills.
These are the world’s first graded instrument exams to be taken on a DJ controller. Leading the programme and examinations is FutureDJs head tutor DJ Mark One:
“Progressing from DJ, to DJ tutor, and now to the world’s first DJ examiner – providing children the opportunity to study DJing and take accredited examinations, gives me great pleasure. Being able to support these students to reach their potential and unlock their innate creativity is one of the best things in the world.”
Around half of the 50 students on the Innovate UK programme have chosen to take their Grade 1 exam to complete their course and receive an accredited certificate from LCME. Many of these children come from under-privileged backgrounds, meaning not only has the initiative provided these students with access to education in a creative skill, it has also re-engaged them with academic study.
You can find out more about taking graded DJ examinations by visiting our partner LCME’s website.