Does your child idolize people like Skrillex, Tiesto, and Steve Aoki? If so, a DJ summer camp could be the right choice for them.
However, not all DJ summer camps in Southern California are created equal. You want your child to have the best possible experience, which is why we put together this list of things to consider when looking for a place to enroll your child this summer.
Keep reading to find out what you should ask about before you sign your kid up for a DJ camp in California. You’ll also see how Pali Adventures meets all of these requirements and more!
For a child to get the feel for DJ-ing, they need to be able to get their hands on actual mixing equipment. It should also be as modern as possible since this is an industry that’s always changing, and outdated equipment won’t teach your child the newest mixing methods.
Because professional-grade equipment is expensive, many camps skip this step and stick with older equipment or inexpensive sets that won’t give your child a full experience.
Here at the Pali Adventures, we not only use the best state-of-the-art equipment available but we also use virtual turntables as a teaching tool before they get to use our real turntables. This helps them get a wider range of experiences.
Imagine your child being given access to a turntable without instruction from a professional DJ. They may pick up some things on their own but certainly wouldn’t learn much from the experience.
Unfortunately, some camps may have the equipment, but the instructors don’t know how to use it. They instead leave it up to the children to figure it out or simply let them play around on it.
At Pali Adventures, all of our instructors are professional DJ’s who are passionate about teaching the younger generation everything they know. This ensures every camper has the chance to learn from people who know what being a DJ is all about.
At some camps, they focus too much on one subject, whether it’s song creation or matching beats. However, there’s more to being a DJ than being able to create great music.
We teach your child everything they need to know to be a DJ. This goes from creating a DJ persona to song mixing and ensuring people have a great time on the dance floor. Our goal is to turn your child into a well-rounded DJ.
There’s a lot of technical things that happen during song creation, and it’s important for DJ’s to fully understand things like beats per minute and keys. However, there’s also a creative side to DJ-ing that some camps may miss in their focus on teaching techniques.
Here at the Pali Adventures, we focus strongly on creativity and want every camper to fully express themselves and their unique personalities through music. We believe music is a powerful tool for self-expression that every child can use.
Learning how to be a DJ in the classroom is a great starting point for learning the trade, but it won’t give your child a good feel for what it’s like to be a DJ. Unfortunately, there are many camps that only offer classroom learning experiences to their kids.
We love taking our campers out of that classroom and letting them DJ for our Pali Dance. This gives them the chance to show off what they learned to their fellow campers and get some real-life experience as a DJ they won’t soon forget.
By having this experience, your child will also have a better idea of whether or not they want to pursue DJ-ing as a career. Some may also decide to stick with music creation only rather than performing for crowds.
No matter what your child learns at camp, they will take their experiences home with them. But, memories can fade over time. Years later, will your child remember what it felt like to operate a turntable for fellow campers or to match beats in a software program?
DJ camps that hit all the other points can still sometimes fall short in this area. They offer a variety of skills and experiences, but your child has nothing physical to show for it by the end.
Every child that goes through the DJ summer camp at the Pali Adventures will go home with a recording of something they created. This is something tangible they can share with friends and family members to show off exactly what they learned while at camp.
As we’ve already mentioned, there are a number of skills that come with being a DJ that all summer camp programs should be teaching. However, these may not translate well to other aspects of your child’s life.
For this reason, we focus strongly on developing soft skills along with various DJ skills. These include creativity, self-confidence, independence, organization, and time management.
We want your child to come away with more than DJ skills. We also want them to learn things that make them a more well-rounded human being. These soft skills will help your child do just that as they can apply all of these to home, school, and work life.
Now you know what to ask a camp before you sign up for just any DJ summer camp in Southern California. As you can imagine, if a camp doesn’t have these things, your child won’t have a truly immersive experience.
Here at Pali Adventures, we can confidently answer “Yes!” to all of these questions.
If your child is ready for the experience of a lifetime, enroll them today. Be sure to reserve their spot as soon as possible because our specialty camps are popular and we would hate for your child to miss out on this opportunity to learn the art of DJ-ing with us.