While babies may be better known for dropping their rattles than dropping beats, a new DJ school is looking to change that.
Over an eight-week course, offered by the new Baby DJ School, founder and instructor Natalie Elizabeth Weiss, a musician, DJ and composer, will teach children the fundamentals of being a DJ. Geared toward the under-three set, Weiss’ class gets kids behind a deck, mixing and matching musical tracks and into “an exciting new musical landscape”. The cost for the 45-minute class, which is based out of a vintage clothing store in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y., is $200.
Weiss is optimistic about teaching children the basics of modern DJing. “It’s going to be easier for me to teach a 3-month-old how to DJ than it is to teach an adult how to DJ because they have especially plastic minds at that age,” said Weiss when speaking to ABC News, “There’s no judgment.” In advance of the class, Weiss made a baby-ready DJ set-up, programming and assigning the pads, sliders and knobs on a professional-grade MIDI trigger to perform commands that are easy enough for a baby to use. In addition to learning how to make music, the class will also help tots hone their motor skills as they turn knobs and move sliders to create electronic tunes.
“It’s a wonderful tool for children to use because it doesn’t require fine motor skill, as opposed to playing the flute,” said one woman who has enrolled her 2-year-old son in the eight-week course. “He can’t really draw a perfect circle, but he can mix some slicing beats together.”
Classes at the Baby DJ School are set to begin on Sept. 18th. Once you enroll. all that’s left is to pick the perfect DJ name for your baby.