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RISE Academy offers programmes that cater to novice DJs as well as performers wanting to take their careers to the next level.

 Our three specially designed programmes include The Ultimate DJ Course (Basic), The Ultimate DJ Course (Full) and the Advanced DJ Course. The Advanced DJ course is for people who know how to DJ already and this is covered in a different course pack.

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

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HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR PROGRAMME

  • Each course is designed to suit the needs of a diverse range of students and their budgets.
  • Using state-of-the-art equipment, we teach our students the technical skills they need to master their craft.
  • Clueless about how to market yourself in a competitive industry? Don’t worry, we have the business side covered. We teach our students how to make their personal brand stand out.
  • We also offer monthly payment plans for aspiring DJs on a tight budget.
  • Students graduate with an industry recognized certificate upon the successful completion of their course.
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This programme is perfect for aspiring DJs who have little or no industry experience. If you have ever imagined headlining at Ultra, or better yet, performing in Ibiza, you must first master the basics and we have got you covered. This programme — divided into four courses at varying levels of complexity — is designed to teach our students the foundational skills they need to get to the top of their game. Students can choose to complete the entire course or pick the level that best suits their needs.

By the end of the programme, our students will be confident enough to perform for a live audience.

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The Ultimate DJ programme is perfect for aspiring DJs who have little or no industry experience. If you have ever imagined headlining at Ultra, or better yet, performing in Ibiza, you must first master the basics and we have got you covered. This Ultimate DJ Course is divided into four
segments at varying levels of complexity and is designed to teach our students the foundational skills they need to get to the top of their game. Students can choose to complete the full course or the basic course. The basic course covers the first 2 levels and not levels 3 and 4.

By the end of the programme, our students will be confident enough to perform for a live audience.
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Option 1:
The full course consists of levels 01 – 04 taken part time on Saturdays.
Available in JHB, CPT & DBN.
Option 2:
The full course consists of levels 01 – 04 taken full time, Monday – Friday.
Available in JHB, CPT & DBN.
Option 3:
The basic course consists of levels 01 – 02 taken part time on Saturdays.
Available in JHB, CPT & DBN.
Option 4:
The basic course consists of levels 01 – 02 taken full time, Monday – Friday.
Available in JHB, CPT & DBN.
Option 5:
If you want private one-on-one tuition, you can arrange this by letting us know.The cost is about 25% more than the advertised prices.

DJ STARTER PACK

This level introduces students to the world of DJing by offering basic technical skills and business management know-how.

We teach our students how to use DJ equipment, the ins and outs of cueing, basic mixing skills, beatmatching for beginners, and we help you build your brand. Our students rate this course as the best introductory package available at an affordable rate.

Raising the bar

Taking things up a notch, this level hones in on the business of being a DJ so you will be ready to perform at house parties and corporate events. Our students are taught marketing, Public Relations, and social media management. On the technical side, our students learn complex musicality, music structure and beatmatching — all of which are essential skills for captivating an audience. In addition, we take you through the logistical, planning, and coordination aspects of live performances in preparation for your next big gig.

Make your mark

This level is all about helping our students stand out in a crowd. If you already have a bit of experience performing at smaller gigs, this course prepares you for larger music festivals. We build on the basics by teaching our DJs to master complex effects, looping, and cutting-edge techniques. Our students also learn digital DJ essentials such as Rekordbox, Serato, Traktor, and how to record their own demos. We help our students take their brands to the next level by teaching them how to build their own press kits, create the perfect booking contracts, and manage clients.

Own the stage

You might be outstanding in the classroom, but the stage is where you will build your career one gig at a time. This level prepares students for some of RISE Academy’s major stage opportunities. We ensure that our students get the chance to perform in front of a live audience. Students also learn about music licensing, building sets, and event logistics.

FULL – TIME

FULL – TIME

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Total course cost: R 21 975.
Payment options:
  1. Upfront discounted settlement: 19 780
  2. Payment plan: 50% (R 10 987.50) upfront and 50% (R 10 987.50) within 2 weeks of course start date.
  3. Student loan: R 21 975.
Total course cost: R 13 500.
Payment options:
  1. Upfront discounted settlement: R 12 150
  2. Payment plan: 50% (R 6 750) upfront and 50% (R 6 750) within 2 weeks of course start date.
  3. Student loan: R 13 500.

PART – TIME

PART – TIME

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Total course cost: R 19 980.
Payment options:
  1. Upfront discounted settlement: R 17 980
  2. Monthly debit order: R 3 500 deposit & 8 monthly payments of R 1 935 (R 18 980)
  3. Monthly payments: R 3 500 deposit & 8 monthly payments of R 2 060 (R 19 980)
  4. Student loan: R 19 980.
Total course cost: R 12 500.
Payment options:
  1. Upfront discounted settlement: R 11 250
  2. Monthly debit order: R 4 000 deposit & 5 monthly payments of R 1 575 (R 11 875).
  3. Monthly payments: R 4 000 deposit & 5 monthly payments of R 1 700 (R 12 500).
  4. Student loan: R 12 500.

Total course cost: R 21 975.

Payment options:

+ Upfront discounted settlement: R19 780.

+ Payment plan: 50% (R 10 987.50) upfront and 50% (R 10 987.50) within 2 weeks of course start date.

+ Student loan: R 21 975.

 

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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.


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.

Total course cost: R 17 965.

Payment options:

+ Upfront discounted settlement: R16 000.

+ Monthly debit order: R 3 500 deposit & 8 monthly payments of R 1 700 (R 17 100).

+ Monthly payments: R 3 500 deposit & 8 monthly payments of R 1 808 (R 17 965).

+ Standard Bank student loan: R 17 965.

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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.