Pioneering DJ Lessons at Ivanhoe

Leicester-shire schools music service have produced a pioneering project which builds on inspirational work from the BBC ten pieces. Music consultant, Bradley Smith, was commissioned to write a 6 lesson unit of Turntablism (scratch DJ-ing as it’s known by some) to be offered to schools around the county of Leicestershire. 

As part of the project, schools are given an entire classroom of professional DJ equipment, written lessons plans, PowerPoint slides and tutorial videos which include several features from the BBC ten piece turntablist, DJ Mr Switch. 

In the unit, pupils are introduced to the art of Turntablism and taught how to interact with the equipment safely, several basic scratch techniques and the concept of Turntablism Transcription Method, a method of scratch notation. 

This project is giving Ivanhoe students access to a musical art form which is exciting, culturally contextual and musically engaging whilst also giving teachers and a chance to broaden the curriculum by using specialist music technology.

Subject Leader of Music, Mr Cubitt said, “Ivanhoe College is the first school in the country to pilot the new turntablism project and it is going down amazingly.  Our students have engaged with the decks and have loved every minute of the project and it has created a bit of a buzz around the school.  It is exciting and fun while being a challenging musical experience.”

The feedback from  students has been overwhelmingly positive. The following comments are from some of our new Year 7’s: 

‘Its amazing!! I never thought I could do it!!!’ - Owen Preston

‘Its really good fun!!’ -Che Bent 

‘It is hard, but a great challenge’ - Lilly Homer

‘It’s a good experience that we don’t always get’ - Molly Palmer


25 Nov 2016

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