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Garrett S.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • B.A. in Music (Jazz Studies) from University of California, San Diego
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Garrett S.

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COVID 19 UPDATE: Currently Offering Online Lessons Via Zoom!

Garrett is a DJ, producer, drummer, educator, and business owner based in Los Angeles, and San Diego, CA. In addition to working with jazz ensembles and symphonies, he performs regularly with local pop/rock bands, and works as a freelance wedding DJ under the moniker “Seth Vitál” (performing for 30-40 weddings per year). Garrett has a B.A. in Music from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied under two-time Grammy award-winning producer/arranger Kamau Kenyatta, and was awarded the university's 2017 Jazz Society Award. His performances have allowed him to open for acts such as Khalid, DJ Mustard, Schoolboy Q and Bad Suns.

In addition to performing, Garrett maintains private studios in North Hollywood and East San Diego County where he produces his own music/DJ mixes, composes for various high schools, and teaches DJing, drum set, and percussion to over 20 weekly private students. His past teaching ...

About Garrett

COVID 19 UPDATE: Currently Offering Online Lessons Via Zoom! Garrett is a DJ, drummer, educator, and business owner based in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to working with jazz ensembles and symphonies, he performs regularly with local pop/rock bands and works as a freelance wedding DJ under the

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Alexa K.
I hired Garrett to work with my two boys ages 8 and 11 during the quarentine. Initially we started online and my two kids had never DJ before. Garrett was able to build rapport very quickly and create a lesson plan for each child that met them where the are developmentally. Garrett used his wide range of music knowledge and natural teaching abilities to create a really fun and engaged learning environment. Once we could safely meet in person, Garrett 's skill as a teacher was even more spectacular. He has helped my kids become real DJ's, find a deeper appreciation for music and has built up their confidence in being able to perform and share music with friends. Garrett has never been late for a lesson and even takes extra time and goes out of his way for his students. He is incredibly professional and has a real gift at connecting with his students. He was the bright light during COVID for my entire family. We cannot thank him enough for all his hard work and the abundance of music that his brought to our home.
Jordan ..
Garrett is incredibly personable and knowledgeable, the best attributes of a great teacher! I've learned so much from him already and am looking forward to more to come in future lessons. I'd highly recommend Garrett to learn basics and beyond of dj'ing.
Matthew A.
Garrett, is very knowledgeable, professional, patient and thorough. He continuously checks for understanding and is enthusiastic and passionate about what he does. My son had his first lesson and is very excited and is looking forward to his future lessons!
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Sergio M.

34 Reviews
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Starting at $34
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaching since 2018
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Sergio M.

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I've been a DJ for almost 10 years. I have done and entertained at many types of events: weddings, sweet 16's, quinces, coorporate, festivals, and many more.

About Sergio

Hi, there! My name is Sergio and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons for a few years and have loved helping my students play saxophone, DJ, and learn the basics of piano. I went to New Jersey City University and earned a degree in Music Business in 2018. I'm a patient and u

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Karl B.
it was 😁
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Karena R.
I just finished my first sax lesson with Sergio and already know my way around the frets. I appreciated that we also tied in useful information about the circle of fifths. Great teacher. Highly recommended.
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Zen R.

23 Reviews
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Starting at $64
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • A.A. in Music Performance, Percussion from Cuesta College
  • Awarded Top Five Jazz Combo from Cuesta College Jazz Program
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Zen R.

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Want to know how to DJ with Serato and a mixing controller? Book a lesson now to start learning the fundamentals of DJing. I personally have the Pioneer DDJ-SX2 controller. Looking forward to your lesson!

About Zen

Want to produce, mix, master and perform with Ableton Live? Want to play the drums? Want to be able to DJ? Set up a lesson time to learn and collaborate right away! Bio: Starting with percussion and drum set in the styles of Classical and Jazz at Cuesta College for his A.A. in Music Perform

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Michael M.
Yo, Zen is the best in the game. Gettin' groovy on the drums as well as in the virtual world. Much obliged!
Jason R.
Dj zen is an excellent teacher for someone like me.. He was patient and understanding when it came to the speed at which I pick up things. (Slowly) He was extremely versatile when it came to the types of music i wanted to mix and very knowledgeable about the equipment i had in front of me. I would recommend him to extreme beginners to people looking to polish their skill sets and add even more. Im very happy with what I am learning!
Lorelei M.
Zen has done such an amazing job teaching me how to operate Ableton. I was extremely overwhelmed and had no idea where to start and Zen really broke everything down for me and provided me with the resources I needed to get started.
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Robert L.

7 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks English, American Sign Language (ASL), Spanish
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Robert L.

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Learn the basics, from unboxing equipment and beat matching, to more advanced topics like curating a great set and marketing yourself as a performing DJ.

Lessons are tailored to each student's current skill level, music taste, and mixing goals, layering on new skills and techniques at your pace.

About Robert

Mixing has been my passion for over 5 years and I regularly DJ for underground parties and live streams hosted by promoters and friends. My partner and I have developed an easy-to-follow 6-step method through our brand Mix 'n Match Mentors that teaches the basic "order of operations" you should fol

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Johnathan Mark
Was attentive and showed his passion for the art form each week! Really helpful in setting my base fundamentals.
Kenneth
Robert was truly fantastic at teaching me the basics of DJ'ng. He first showed me the ropes and then let me try things while he watched and advised. Robert really knows his stuff, and has a knack for presenting things in an easy-to-follow manner which I could understand. In 5 short classes I went from knowing nothing to understanding the basics of mixing with confidence. He is also fun to work with, and very easygoing which is a big plus. I would highly recommend Robert to anyone looking to get started in DJ'ing.
Brett
There are many aspects of Robert that make him uniquely suited to instruct people in the art and skill of mixing:
* he's an extremely empathetic person so he's always on the same wavelength as his student.
* he's an exceptional communicator, as evidenced by his fluency in not only English and Spanish but ASL as well. More importantly than his multiple-language fluency, he has a natural aptitude for teaching and explaining things in an intuitive way.
* he's extremely passionate about live music performance, but especially the sounds that get people moving on the dance-floor. He also possesses an exceptional breadth of knowledge of dance music as a whole: the history, the artists, the genres, and all manner of tracks from timeless classics to fresh releases.

Robert has put a lot of thought into how to build the fundamentals of mixing from the ground up. I know, because I was one of the first people he taught. When we started, I was overwhelmed by the flashing lights and myriad buttons on the controller, and couldn't transition from one song to the next to save my life.

The many hours we spent teaching me to mix had two significant outcomes:
1. Not only do I feel comfortable stepping up to the decks to mix, it's actually something I REALLY enjoy and look forward to.
2. Robert developed the teaching framework he'll use to teach you, which focuses first on mastering critical fundamentals in an intuitive, step-by-step process.

If you're anything like me, listening (and dancing!) to dance music is something that brings you a great deal of joy.

Take it from me: the thrill of a perfectly-executed transition from one song to the next is an intensely gratifying and thrilling one. Being at the helm of a controller, you get to play an active role in the music, which is so much cooler than just passively enjoying it. Robert got me to that level.

He can get you there too.

Paul R.

7 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $27
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Business Adminstration-Finance from Cal State University San Bernardino
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Paul R.

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Learn how to beatmatch and mix your favorite music and create your own DJ mixes from scratch. I use Serato DJ, Traktor, and/or Ableton Live.

About Paul

You might not always notice it, but music is all around—from the stereo in your car to the music piped in at department stores. And you also may not be aware that music has a wide array of impacts on your health: Studies show that music has a strong effect on your mood levels and emotions, and also

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Julian L.
Paul is an amazing teacher. He took the time to find out what i needed, and focused the lesson on my needs. He made sure throughout the lesson to ask if everything was clear.
Trace. Mother of Sophia
Teacher Paul is teaching Guitar lesson in his place for my Daughter 9 years old who is a beginner to learn Guitar. Paul is very detail oritate and patient to teach my daughter step by step using very easy way to help my daughter getting into the point and make my daughter interesting to learn more and quickly jump into the based skill. Paul also provided flexible schedule to meet our need for the class. Paul shows his professional guitar skill and teaching skill for his guitar lesson. Paul is an excellent teachers. Thank him very much.
Julian L.
I had a great lesson, Paul took the initiative, and personalized a lesson for me. he took the time to find out what i know and what i wanted to learn. Thanks Paul

Dino R.

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Starting at $30
  • Teaching since 2016
  • Teaches students 8 to 50
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Dino R.

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I can teach you the basics, from analog turntables & vinyl to CDJs to the current digital era with Serato software and DJ Controllers. I have 30+ years of experience in the industry (Mobile, Club, Bar, Mixtapes). If you're local, I can even take you on an actual gig and show tips and tricks for running a successful gig/event.

About Dino

Hello my name is DJ Dino R. I have over 30+ years of experience in the DJ industry (mobile, club, bars, etc). I can teach you the basics and history of DJ'ing and can cover the history of the technology from the original turntables to today's digital world with controllers and DJ Software (Serato)

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Amanda Baker
DJ Dino helped my husband get lessons and I have to say, I can actually listen to my husband's sets now. Dino did an amazing job with the in-home sessions, was easy to work with, and always on time. He is a highly patient, easy going and knowledgeable individual. I'd highly recommend him for any level DJ.

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing djing teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream djing teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of DJing Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute djing lessons is $79. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $50 and $137 per hour.
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"Really great at explaining everything. Very patient. Great instructor!"
David
Took DJing lessons from Mark F.
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"When I decided I wanted to learn to DJ, I dove right in and bought a controller with no idea how to use it. Garrett took me from being a complete beginner, to a DJ who actually knows his stuff! Just had my first paid gig yesterday and it feels amazing. I highly recommend Garrett to anyone who is serious about becoming a DJ."
Ben
Took DJing lessons from Garrett S.
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"Raymond is a great DJ teacher. Our 11 yr old grandson is learning a lot. Raymond is on time for our in-home lessons. He's patient and understanding. We would recommend him to anyone."
Daniel
Took DJing lessons from Raymond C.
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"My son (a beginner) loves his lessons, and talks about his next session every time. My worried son was so nervous for his first lesson, but Dylan put him at ease, and then proceeded to start from the beginning, giving my son the much needed confidence and began at the beginning with set-up, getting to know him, explaining the software, and was so down to earth; and gave him the one-on-one, a person could only dream of. He is an A++ teacher with a resume too long to list. I highly recommend him and I hope to meet in person one day... (Dylan is the Best DJ for any level, and his way to break it all down is phenomenal!)- -----Thank you --- ****** A+++ ****"
Stacy
Took DJing lessons from Dylan T.
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"Garrett is incredibly personable and knowledgeable, the best attributes of a great teacher! I've learned so much from him already and am looking forward to more to come in future lessons. I'd highly recommend Garrett to learn basics and beyond of dj'ing."
Jordan
Took DJing lessons from Garrett S.
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"Garrett is everything I was looking for in my DJ instructor. He has a thorough background in teaching and working with students, but at the same time is a professional DJ who is out gigging all the time. His studio in North Hollywood is great, and he's made a huge difference in my DJing."
Mark
Took DJing lessons from Garrett S.
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"Robert was truly fantastic at teaching me the basics of DJ'ng. He first showed me the ropes and then let me try things while he watched and advised. Robert really knows his stuff, and has a knack for presenting things in an easy-to-follow manner which I could understand. In 5 short classes I went from knowing nothing to understanding the basics of mixing with confidence. He is also fun to work with, and very easygoing which is a big plus. I would highly recommend Robert to anyone looking to get started in DJ'ing."
Kenneth
Took DJing lessons from Robert L.
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"Awesome experience, really knows how to teach you and not just show you"
Maximus
Took DJing lessons from Dylan T.
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"Zen has done such an amazing job teaching me how to operate Ableton. I was extremely overwhelmed and had no idea where to start and Zen really broke everything down for me and provided me with the resources I needed to get started."
Lorelei
Took DJing lessons from Zen R.
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"Money and time well spent! Garrett is very knowledgeable, capable of discussing multiple DJ methods/styles, and is also great at communicating on different levels of music comprehension."
Aakomon
Took DJing lessons from Garrett S.
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DJing Lessons

If you love to be entertain, then DJ lessons are for you! Most people choose to be DJs because they love music, being the life of the party, remixing music, or the idea of writing their own music and playing it for an excited audience. Learning how to DJ and actually making a name for yourself as a DJ, though, are two different things. 

For those who're unafraid of hard work, self-promotion, and hustle of the gig economy, becoming a DJ, getting regular gigs, and separating yourself from the crowd is definitely possible. You can make a name for yourself in DJing just like the big names of the DJ world — Diplo, Skrillex, David Guetta, and Calvin Harris. You can also choose to keep your DJing small-time, making and promoting music locally to infuse your local music scene with your o

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Why Learn to DJ?

You can learn to DJ just for the pure love of the art form, but there're also plenty of professional opportunities for all kinds of DJs. Learning the skills of a DJ opens up the following opportunities:

  • Club DJ - work beats regularly at a club
  • Radio DJ - the original DJs who entertain us over the radio waves
  • Performer - take to the turntables on stage
  • Mobile DJ - work local events like weddings and corporate events
  • Producer - write and perform your own music

It's a good idea to think about the kind of DJ you want to be before you start lessons because your instructor will be able to show you the skills that'll end up being most valuable to you. 

The Best Way to Learn to DJ and What You'll Study

Although it's easy to find free DJ classes online, the best way to learn is with personalized instruction from a private DJ tutor. You'll overcome challenges quickly and pick up new concepts fast, as you receive immediate feedback, learning the tools and techniques that are relevant to your goals and interests. Plus, no two private lessons are alike. For example, DJ classes for children differ greatly in terms of teaching methods and course content from DJ lessons for adults. In private lessons, you'll learn the topics that interest you most at a pace that's comfortable for you!

Sample Curriculum for Beginner DJ Classes

If you're just getting starting or no previous experience, then beginner lessons are right for you. Your DJ teacher will introduce you to all the basic concepts of DJing and help you find your way around your new software and equipment. In beginner lessons, your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Setting up your equipment and selecting software
  • Learning the basics of Abelton Live or another digital audio workstation
  • Introduction to your DJ deck
  • Kick it old-school and learn to beat match on vinyl turntables
  • Learn how to sample and do it legally
  • Introduction to music theory for successful mixing

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Lessons

If you already have some DJ experience and feel comfortable with the basics of DJing and using mixing software, then intermediate lessons are right for you. You'll learn new skills, techniques, and approaches to DJing to take your entertainment and creativity to the next level. In intermediate lessons, your tutor might cover the following topics:

  • Perfecting transitions
  • Mixing techniques (seamless fade, infinite loop, and tempo transition)
  • Key blending and matching
  • Using filters and effects
  • Adjusting high, mid, and low frequency volumes
  • Production and sound engineering

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Classes

Advanced lessons are intended for students who already have quite a bit of DJ experience. Whether you want to workshop mixes, be introduced to different software or equipment, or learn new crowd-pleasing skills, you'll hone and perfect your talent in advanced lessons. Topics studied in advanced lessons vary greatly depending on the student's individual interests and goals, but your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Developing and honing your style
  • Music business, gigging, and self-promotion
  • Developing stage presence
  • Learning to connect with your audience
  • Audition coaching
  • Performance preparation

How to Find a DJ Teacher Near You

If you're ready to learn how to DJ at live events, then you need to choose a DJ tutor first. Luckily, finding a teacher on TakeLessons is easy. A quick search will direct you to a variety of DJ teachers who offer private DJ classes near you and online to students of all abilities and ages. Before choosing the teacher who's right for you, take a look at several profiles and read through reviews left by other students. It's also a good idea to select a teacher who specializes in teaching with your preferred software. 

If you're concerned about the price of private lessons, you'll find that they're well worth the investment. Working with a private DJ teacher, you'll pick up new concepts fast and see your skills improve quickly. With private lessons, you'll be DJing for live crowds before you know it!

Beginner vs Intermediate vs Expert DJing Lessons

Private DJing lessons with a TakeLessons instructor are tailored to each student based on their current skill level, and goals. Beginner students learn the basics of electronic music, music production, and mixing techniques. From there, the difficulty increases in order to properly challenge and motivate intermediate and advanced level DJs to develop greater skills, to stretch their preconceived limitations, and to ultimately gain more satisfaction and paid opportunities from the DJing.

We understand advancing DJs may also have professional goals, so our teachers can counsel you to increase your chances of getting more and higher-paying gigs. You might even decide to become a TakeLessons DJing instructor and get paid to teach other aspiring disc jockeys like you.

DJing Lessons for College Students

Let’s be honest, private lessons aren’t always ideal for college students who are generally tight on budget, time, and commitments. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop learning, practicing, and improving at any skill or hobby. You can still work on DJing in your free time, and even work the local bars and college events to make some cash. Besides, playing music reduces stress, helps you stay creative, and helps you improve your listening skills.

DJing Lessons for Working Adults & Parents

By now, you’ve already decided whether to stick with the DJing or to drop it. If you’re one of the lucky few that stuck with it, in spite of having an extremely busy schedule with work and family obligations, congratulations. Contrary to popular belief, taking the time out for regular DJing practice has tremendous benefits, even for the busiest of people.

We believe that DJing practice as an adult is more productive than it seems because it clears your head, it builds patience, discipline, and concentration skills which you can transfer over to other parts of life, and it keeps your hand-eye coordination sharp. It also keeps you committed to learning and improvement, which again, are transferable traits to professional life. As role models, parents taking active classes of any subject shows kids the importance of pursuing personal interests for life.

When you become good at DJing, you can even supplement your income with paid gigs on the weekends. Wedding DJs, for example, easily make several thousand dollars per event.