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Jay Borland (DJ Jase, left) and Glenn Barretto (DJ Excess) in SAE Miami's New DJ Lab

SAE Institute is launching djschool@sae, the newest addition to its worldwide educational audio and multimedia programs. The inaugural session, "Turntable Essence," concentrates on both fundamental and advanced DJ techniques as well as equipment interface, music theory, and DJ musicianship. The new course offers a comprehensive three month study aimed at everyone from beginners to professional DJ musicians looking for an added edge to further their art or take the next step in their musical career.

SAE's new Turntable Essence program was initiated to support the increasingly popular dance and urban music industries and offer instruction for these artists within a technically advanced facility. The program -- to be led by SAE alumni Jay Borland (DJ Jase) and fellow DJ Glenn Barretto (DJ Excess) who also serves as Director of Operations for Styluswars Records, both chosen for their given accomplishments -- will offer students a combination of DJ-specific classroom curriculum and instructional lectures, professional demonstrations, and interactive lab assignments. Classes, which will be limited to groups of 12 students, will cover technical aspects of equipment and formats, styles of scratching and mixing, advanced recording and production, and a music business overview intended to give students a real-life look at the role of the DJ in the music industry. Special events to be held throughout the course of the program include guest DJ showcases by such artists as Ned Hoddings and The Allies, a chance to submit demo mix tapes for professional critique, and programs on marketing and promotional tools for the industry. SAE's industry supporters, including Korg, Rane, Shure, and Vestax, will also offer product demos and professional support and training on their latest gear.

Aside from the benefits djschool@sae students are afforded by attending an internationally renowned institution, the unique new Turntable Essence avocational program also offers financial assistance through SAE. The "pay-as-you-play" assistance is available to students of all ages wishing to attend the course.

"The establishment of our new djschool@sae program and Turntable Essence curriculum is the first of its kind on this scale," stated Tom Misner, President and Founder of SAE Institute and the Studios 301 Group. "The growing popularity of the DJ genre and their expanded presence in an increasingly varied amount of today's music, from jazz to traditional rock and R&B, as well as the increase in affordable DJ equipment, has boosted the need for well-trained and well-informed artists and engineers. SAE feels that it is important to include these individuals and their art within the bounds of our audio curriculum, as was evident with the inclusion of DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) in our first Platinum Panel pro audio roundtable discussion. By offering the chance to gain first-hand knowledge of professional DJ and pro audio equipment from some of the top artists in the world, we present our students with opportunities that will give them a leading edge over other turntablists," Misner concludes.

The first djschool@sae session, Turntable Essence, will begin its 12-week run on May 5th at SAE Institute's Miami campus. For more information on the program, contact Jay Borland (DJ Jase) or Glenn Barretto (DJ Excess) at SAE Miami 305 944 7494 (in Miami) or toll-free 877 27 AUDIO (877 272 8346), or write to djschool@sae.edu or 16051 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160.

About the Instructors

Turntable Essence instructors Glenn Barretto (DJ Excess) and Jay Borland (DJ Jase) both come from highly successful DJ careers. Apart from representing the Styluswars team in the 2000 I.T.F. U.S.A. Advancement Class Championships and becoming World Scratching runner-up, DJ Excess has won numerous titles in regional, national, and Western Hemisphere competitions. He has also done studio work for companies such as Pepsi International and Sesame Street and is currently working on a production in conjunction with MTV. DJ Jase has made many high-profile appearances internationally both instructing and performing. His Audio Engineering background has led to work with the likes of Me'Shell Ndeg Ocello and Harry Connick Jr., as well as offering his DJ and Human Beatboxing skills to commercial and musical ventures from Domino's Pizza to Doug E. Fresh.

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