DJing is now part of secondary education curriculum in the UK
Decks are now considered instruments…
Students in the UK will now be able to learn the art of DJing in school after UK examination boards finally declared CDJs, turntables and other electronic music equipment as instruments.
This means that students will be able to learn the intricacies of DJing for their General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in the UK.
Austen and Scott Smart — who are professional DJs under the name Brodanse — have helped write the new curriculum which will be offered to students from next year.
The brothers reckon that the change in the curriculum has been long overdue and they’re hoping it will entice more students into choosing music as a GCSE.
"We're are seeing a lot of students who are not just maybe disengaged from the music department, but potentially disengaged from the rest of the school,” said Austen Smart during an interview with the BBC. “I believe that we are able to connect with them, with the music that they get," he added.
The brothers have also set up their own training business, called FutureDJs, which has been sending out DJs and the necessary equipment to teach students throughout the UK in the lead up to the curriculum change.
By doing this they hope “to get more young people into music and in turn more students taking GCSE and A-Level Music."