Turn the Tables
Learn to DJ with a Real Pro!
The Turns the Tables series is a free beginner’s 9 or 10-week DJ course for young adults ages 15-21.
First started at Compton Library, the free DJ workshop covers essential DJ skills and business training to help you start your own music career. As part of the curriculum, the workshop also offers students the opportunity to perform at the end of the course to show off their skills.
Lancaster Turns The Tables
Do you love making your own music? Are you between 15-21 years old? Are you interested in a music career? Join the free, 9-week DJ workshop at the Lancaster Library. Space is limited so sign up today! Simply fill out the online application, and you will get an email from us about the status on the class list.
Registration ends Wednesday, August 22 and classes start Friday, August 24, 2018, 4 pm – 6 pm.
East LA Turns The Tables
The fourth in the Library’s Turns the Tables DJ workshop series, East Los Angeles Turns the Tables was taught by DJ Moni Vargas, voted one of the best DJs in NYC. The free 9-week workshop started on May 4, 2018, and will end with a community free concert.
On Saturday, June 30, LA County Library will host a free live community concert at the East Los Angeles Library with performances by talented student DJs who have completed the workshop.
San Fernando Turns The Tables
The third in the Library’s Turns the Tables DJ workshop series, San Fernando Turns the Tables was taught by DJ Moni Vargas, voted one of the best DJs in NYC. The free 9-week workshop started on January 12, 2018, and ended with a community free concert.
On Saturday, March 10, LA County Library hosted a free live community concert at the San Fernando Library with performances by talented student DJs who had completed the workshop.
The concert featured artists and professional DJs as panelists: Lee Laamaj, DJ Warapo, and DJ Lynnée Denise.
South Whittier Turns the Tables
The second in the Library’s Turns the Tables DJ workshop series, South Whittier Turns the Tables was taught by professional DJ and Cal State LA professor DJ Lynnée Denise. The free 10-week workshop started on September 15, 2017, and ended with a community free concert.
On Saturday, Nov 18, LA County Library hosted a free live community concert at the South Whittier Library with performances by talented student DJs who had completed the 10-week South Whittier Turns the Tables Workshop.
The concert featured actress Melanie Eke as the Master of Ceremonies and three professional DJs as panelists: DJ Warapo, DJ Moni and Sha Sha Kimbo.
Compton Turns the Tables
Compton Turns the Tables was a free beginner’s DJ course for young adults age 15-21 held at the Compton Library in February 2017. It was the first of our “City Turns the Tables” DJ lab series.
Funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant, the 10-week DJ course was taught by a professional DJ and Cal State LA professor Lynnée Denise. Students learned DJ skills, music history, and received business training.
The course concluded with a live community concert showcase celebrating student achievements, featuring celebrity panelists and performers. The concert provided an additional learning opportunity for the students—performing live in front of an audience, as much of the DJ experience has to do with reading the crowd—it was also an opportunity for students to receive valuable feedback from industry professionals.
Each student DJ’d a 10-minute set and then received feedback from the panelists—actress Dawn Lewis from “A Different World,” Tyler Perry’s music scorer, Elvin Ross, Rayan from boy band group Mindless Behavior, and actor Mandell Frazier from “If Loving You is Wrong.” All feedback was constructive and intended to help the students continue to build on their talents.
Between the student sets, the concert featured performances from local musical artists—pop sensation Kay Dee, rapper Lee Lamaj, R&B heartthrob Anthony Lewis, and hip-hop legend and actress, Yo-Yo. The Westbrooks Sisters from BET’s series #TheWestbrooks were also on site to wish the students success. Students, musical guests and celebrity panelists were all interviewed during a special pre-show red carpet by host Melanie Eke. The concert itself was hosted by KJLH 102.3 Radio DJ Lon McQ.