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This course is designed to give our students the edge in a competitive industry. We ensure that our DJs are given the chance to showcase their talent on a stage at live events, getting the exposure they need to break into the international music scene.  This is the only course at RISE Academy where we actively try to get our DJs as much stage time as possible at events.

 Students learn advanced hot cues, effects processing, looping, and other fresh techniques.  We teach our DJs how to enhance their sets by optimising their digital software, and how to convert vinyl to digital. If you want to be the best in SA, this course is for you.

 As of 2021, a recent addition to this course is that Advanced DJs get access to the top 5 business classes from the music production course. These topics including but not limited to: Song selection, branding yourself, how to use social media to market yourself, public relations, press kits, being professional in the SA music industry, agents and managers, demos, how to make money, growth mindset and the reality of what to expect in the SA music industry

Students have the opportunity to practice and record in RISE’s recording studios in Gauteng.

 This course is available part time only on Saturdays.  Part time classes are on Saturdays and full time classes are Monday – Friday.

Total course cost: R 17 975.
Payment options:

  1. Upfront discounted settlement: R 16 177.50.

  2. Monthly debit order: R 3 500 deposit & 7 monthly payments of R 1 939.46 (R 17 076.25).

  3. Monthly payments: R 3 500 deposit & 7 monthly payments of R 2 067.86 (R 17 975).
  4. Student loan: R 17 975.
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Sibusiso (Breeze) Shezi

Lecturer

Breeze aka Zulu Bass King is a musician who brings years of experience in studio, on radio, and on the stage to Rise Academy.
He has had tracks played on major SA radio stations, multiple music nominations, and has performed at some of South Africa’s largest music events. He’s worked with a huge array of top artists such as Nasty C, Soweto Gospel Choir, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, just to mention a few.

He used to dance and play rugby competitively and loves to run fitness drills with our performance students to get them ready to pull off amazing stage routines.

CHAY COOK

DIGITAL

Chay is a Public Relations practitioner who manages all of the academy’s
communications. Her role combines an enthusiasm for social media, digital
marketing, and music.
She is also on hand to help students with their marketing and PR queries by
ensuring that her door is always open, and if students are lucky there might even be
some peppermint crisp tart up for grabs since her recipe is one of the best.

CHAY COOK

DIGITAL

Chay is a Public Relations practitioner who manages all of the academy’s
communications. Her role combines an enthusiasm for social media, digital
marketing, and music.
She is also on hand to help students with their marketing and PR queries by
ensuring that her door is always open, and if students are lucky there might even be
some peppermint crisp tart up for grabs since her recipe is one of the best.

JAMES VERKERK

LECTURER


James is a DJ who got his start at the age of 16. He brings his onstage energy and
enthusiasm for music to the Rise Academy classroom where he teaches students
everything they need to know about the art of DJing. He is a skilled sound engineer
with a background in recording, producing and mixing.
James also trained as a classical pianist and is an avid surfer.

CRAIG GREEN

CO-FOUNDER

With more than two decades of experience in event organising, planning and logistics, Craig knows the ins and outs of the music world. He brings an invaluable
network of industry contacts to the Rise Academy community.
In 1998, Craig began U-PARTY, an event production and management company assisting schools to raise funds through community events and socials. He holds a BComm degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a self- proclaimed lego aficionado.

SUE GREEN

CO-FOUNDER & MD

Sue brings her business acumen and passion for youth development to the academy, which she launched in 2015. She is a savvy consultant who is experienced in coordinating music events that attract young audiences.
Sue’s academic background in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) piqued her interest in business ethics — a subject she ended up teaching at UCT during the final year of her Honours degree. She also loves cats and practices Jiu-jitsu.