DJ Courses

DJ courses available From absolute beginner to club performer, learn to mix with our expert tutors in a relaxed, positive atmosphere.

Choose anything from personalised 1-to-1 DJ lessons to a crash course in the art of mixing. Or grab a group of mates and learn together.


7 HOURS

This course takes you through the entire DJ academy program, from beginner to advanced level techniques, in a single day.

Ideal for quick, extensive progress, and if you want a discount on taking all the DJ lessons individually.

From £199.00


MOST POPULAR 3 HOURS

Whether you know a little, or nothing at all, this DJ course will teach you the fundamental skills you need to start your DJ journey.

You’ll gain the ability to confidently use all the equipment and make beat-matched transitions.

From £119.00

3 HOURS

Know the basics but want to be more confident with your DJ skills? Our intermediate course is just the ticket.

Delve deeper into the techniques that DJs use to create coherent and well-rounded mixes, combining beat matching, EQing and effects.

From £119.00

3 HOURS

You’ll be guided through a selection of techniques that you can add to your locker to create unique and exciting DJ sets.

This DJ course is for you if you want to be pushed to the next level; ready to step out of the studio and into the club environment.

From £119.00


7 HOURS

Flying solo? Realise your full DJing potential with custom tuition. This flexible course will be designed to meet your specific needs and musical ambitions.

Simply tell us what you’re looking to learn, no problem is too big or too small.

Only £119.00

1 HOUR

Get your mates together and dip your toes into the world of mixing. At £70 per person a session, it’s an affordable way to try something new or improve your DJ skills.

This course is suitable for two to four people, either friends or family groups.

From £140.00 for two

Learn on the best

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.

What our students say

I started with no idea what I was doing but now I know how to beat-match and change between different BPMs.

Alex — Brighton & Hove

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

Emily — Leeds

I loved the DJ lesson with Ronnie! He explained everything really clearly, was supportive and was a really fun class. He was super encouraging and well planned. I definitely want to do another lesson now.

Jacqui — Bristol


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.


Frequently asked questions

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

Where Pirate Studios offer DJ courses?

All Pirate locations in the UK offer DJ courses. Choose from 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.

When can I take my DJ course?

We work around you. After purchase, you'll receive a link via email to fill out your student profile. Share your preferred dates and times here, and we'll match you with an available tutor. If you'd like to check availability before booking, drop us an email, academy@pirate.com.

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 the 1-1 sessions are highly personalised to your needs, we need at least 72 hours notice in between your booking and preferred date.

Which genres will I be able to mix during my session?

Anything goes! Our tutors have experience with anything from drum and bass, to jungle and house and techno, pop and R&B. All you need to do is provide your preferred genre(s) with when filling out your student profile so we have an idea of the sort of styles you'd like to mix ahead of the session.

You'll need to bring a USB to your session loaded with tracks to mix, we suggest using Beatport to purchase these. Unfortunately streaming platforms (like Spotify) aren't suitable for these lessons.

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.

Do I need any DJ or music experience?

Not at all. Our beginner sessions are designed for those with zero DJing experience, whilst our intermediate and advanced sessions are for those looking to fine-tune club performance. Check out the detailed course descriptions to find out which is most suitable for your skill level.

Can I give a course or masterclass as a gift?

Yes! We offer gift cards to purchase in a range of denominations. 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.

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.

 

How do I get my free studio credit?

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

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