Pirate Academy

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DJ courses

From absolute beginner to club performer, learn to mix on CDJs with our expert tutors whenever best suits you — all ages welcome.

From £119.00

Production courses

Discover the art of music production using Ableton or Logic Pro X. Whether you’re new to creating tracks or want to improve your technique through a masterclass, we have a course for you.

From £119.00

How to book


Find the right course for your goals


We send you a student profile to fill out


You're matched with the perfect tutor


Your session is confirmed within 48 hours


Browse and choose the right course for you


We’ll send you a student profile to fill out


You’ll be matched with the perfect tutor


Your session will be confirmed within 48 hours

For more information, check out our
frequently asked questions →

Learn on the best equipment

DJs will use industry-standard software including Rekordbox and take your DJ lessons on club-standard equipment, including Pioneer Nexus 2000s CDJs and DJM Mixers.

Producer? You'll master Ableton or Logic Pro X, and use the latest Focusrite, SE Electronics, and Novation equipment for recording.

What our students say

Awesome academy! Top quality facilities and staff. Would highly recommend to anyone.

Benedict — London

I felt like I finally "got" how to DJ properly!

Emily — Leeds

I loved the lesson with Ronnie! He explained everything clearly, was supportive. It was a really fun class.

Jacqui — Bristol

Learn what you love

... or broaden your horizons. We teach everything from house to techno, drum and bass to ambient, breakbeat, dubstep, electronica, hip-hop, pop, rock, trance and more. It's your choice.

What is Pirate?

Pirate is a creative studio network and artist community. We provide professional, affordable spaces, education and performance opportunities for pro-practitioners, casual creatives, and everyone in between.

24/7 availability

As a member of Pirate, you have round the clock access to our dedicated DJ, production, rehearsal, podcast and dance studios.


We have hundreds of state of the art DJ and production studios across Great Britain, from Glasgow to Brighton and everything in between. Check out our FAQs for the full list.


• Free car-parking
• High-speed WiFi
• Vending machines
• Kitchen facilities
• Air-conditioned rooms

Ready to book?

Explore our wide range of production and DJ learning options.

Give the gift of music

Our gift cards make a flexible, creative gift for anyone. Choose from a range of denominations — they can be put towards any Academy course, masterclass or simply time in any Pirate studio.

Pirate benefits

Being part of the Pirate family gives you access to our online community to share your creations, tips and tricks. When you’re ready, you can also enter competitions to play gigs and festivals.

Meet your tutors

No wannabes here, each of the tutors at Pirate Studios is a vetted industry professional with a friendly, personal teaching style. Whether DJing or music production, we match you to the right specialist for your needs.

Frequently asked questions

Here you’ll find help relating to our Academy courses and masterclasses. If you’re looking for general Pirate Studios support, you’ll find it here.

Which Pirate Studios offer DJ courses?

Currently, all Pirate Studios locations in the UK offer DJ courses and masterclasses — so choose the one that suits you best!

Studios are in Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London (Greenwich, Notting Hill, Croydon and Earlsfield), Manchester (Ancoats and Salford), Norwich, Nottingham, Plymouth, Reading and Sheffield.


Which Pirate Studios offer have music production courses?

Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Norwich and Sheffield. We’re adding more production studios to other locations soon, so watch this space.

When do courses take place?

We work around you! After you’ve chosen a course and paid, you’ll be sent a confirmation email with a link to a student profile to fill out. We can usually honour your first or second choice of date, depending on the location chosen. If you’d like to know availability prior to purchase, drop the team an email with the details and we’ll check our system.

How are the courses and lessons taught?

We have two types of DJ and production courses, individual and group.

Individual courses offer one-to-one tutoring, so you can take your time mastering the basics, or really drill down into specific techniques.

The group courses are for two to four people that want to learn together in a group environment. You’ll also get the most out of it you’re all at a similar level.

Looking for something different for a corporate event or team building activity? We run memorable, energy-filled sessions for groups of 10+ people. Learn more.

Is there a minimum age to take a Pirate Studios course?

All ages are welcome, but we ask if you’re booking for someone under 14 — or you yourself are — that you please contact us first. This ensures we can match you with a DBS certified tutor with experience of teaching younger musicians.

It’s also worth pointing out our decks are set at about 4ft off the ground, and students must be able to reach these comfortably.

What happens after I pay for my session online?

After you’ve chosen a course and paid, you’ll be sent a confirmation email with a link to a student profile form to fill out. This will fire your preferences over to us, and we’ll match you with the right tutor. As all of our courses are highly personalised to your needs, we need at least 72 hours notice in between your booking and preferred date.

Can I give a course or masterclass as a gift?

Yes! We offer gift cards to purchase in a range of denominations. You can view your options here. On purchase, you’ll receive an email that you can forward to the lucky recipient when the time is right. They can then use the code against anything they like in our online store.

How do I get my free studio credit?

After the session we’ll be sending you a feedback form and codes for your next studio booking, so keep an eye on your inbox.

Not received it? Reach out to the team at academy@pirate.com.

What is your refund policy?

We get it, things change. You can reschedule or cancel your booking via email, for free, up to 48 hours before the session. If you reschedule or cancel less than 48 hours before the session, payments are non-refundable.

Unfortunately, if you arrive late for your session, please note we cannot reschedule or refund the booking.

If for any reason we have to reschedule or cancel your booking, we'll contact you by email or telephone. We'll offer you an alternative course/tutor or a refund.

Not sure?

Drop us an email or give the team a call on our dedicated line — +44 121 679 5681

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