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Beat Generation: Young DJs and Producers Hone Dance Music Skills at Edmonton Summer Camp

Edmonton’s summer camp aims to fill the gap by teaching DJ skills and producing electronic dance music (EDM).

Night Vision Music Academy launched an electronic dance music summer camp in its second year. This group hosts young people aged 10 to 17 at a time for a week and teaches how to make DJs and EDM.

The instructor will use his experience as a DJ and producer to start with the basics and teach teens to create music and collaborate as they become accustomed to playing.

Summer camps fill the gap in music education in Edmonton and teach young people how to DJ and produce electronic dance music. 2:24

In the current session, the youngest student is 11 years old and has attended camps in the past. The oldest of the five students is 16 years old.

The 14-year-old Phoenix Scanbell gave the camp a shot at the recommendation of his father, a professional DJ. But he said he wasn’t sure he wanted it until he started studying at the summer camp.

“I’m DJing almost every night now. I learned more this week than I expected all year long,” Campbell said.

Camp production instructor Jake Roberts says camp fills the gap when it comes to music education in Edmonton. He said that many DJs and producers are self-taught and can develop bad habits.

“There really isn’t something like this here. I don’t think it’s like this for DJs. If you want to learn, you’ll have to find another DJ,” Roberts said.

Two students at the Night Vision Music Academy’s Electronic Dance Music Summer Camp are taking music production lessons from J. Croberts. (Travis McEwan / CBC)

He says registration is usually encouraged by parents of students who want to try different types of music lessons, but students are often curious and interested in the media they consume.

“I know many of them are really into the game. There are a lot of Twitch gamers you’re looking at and they like to play music, which is usually an electronic or DJ mix.” Robertz said.

At the end of each week’s camp, students run a DJ set and play tracks in front of a live audience on the streaming platform Twitch.

Beat Generation: Young DJs and Producers Hone Dance Music Skills at Edmonton Summer Camp

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