scratch-academy_535x230 Scratch DJ Academy, the world’s leader in DJ education, is proud to announce the launch of its newest location at the premier Institution for Creative Media Education at the School of Audio Engineering (SAE) in Chicago, IL. Scratch DJ Academy will join SAE’s Chicago campus in February 2013, located in the River North neighborhood just a short distance from downtown.

Scratch DJ Academy, co-founded in 2002 by Rob Principe and the late Jam Master Jay of the legendary group Run DMC, teaches over 50,000 people annually from all 50 states and 35 countries at its three flagship locations in New York, Los Angeles and Miami and eight satellite locations.

“We’re very excited to launch Scratch DJ Academy at SAE in Chicago. This partnership will offer the most robust programming unmatched in the industry,” says co-founder of Scratch DJ Academy Rob Principe.

With its copyrighted curriculum, state of the art equipment, local celebrity instructors and emphasis on mentorship and community, Scratch DJ Academy at SAE will offer aspiring DJs introductory, intermediate, intensive courses and certification programs, turning a novice into a performance ready DJ.

“We’re thrilled to have Scratch DJ Academy join our campus in Chicago. The combined curriculums will give SAE Chicago students a competitive edge and deeper skillset,” says James Thomas, Director of SAE Institute in Chicago.

About School of Audio Engineering (SAE) Institution:

SAE Institute was originally founded as the School of Audio Engineering in October 1976, by engineer and producer Tom Misner, who in doing so, established the world’s first combined practical and theoretical curriculum in audio engineering. Since then, SAE Institute has vastly expanded its curriculum and global network, now offering a diverse array of creative media instruction at more than 50 campuses around the world, to industry and academic acclaim.

About Scratch DJ Academy

In 2002, Rob Principe and the late Jam Master Jay founded Scratch DJ Academy with the goal of lowering the barrier of entry to the art form of the DJ. Scratch’s historic first semester received media attention worldwide with instructors including Jam Master Jay, DJ Premier, A-Trak, Evil Dee, and many more. Scratch DJ Academy went on to sell out every semester during its first year and eventually moved to a permanent location in New York City’s East Village. Over the next few years, Scratch opened additional locations in Los Angeles (2004) and Miami (2005), and expanded its course offering to include music production. Today, Scratch teaches over 50,000 people how to DJ annually through its physical locations and national tours. Scratch has taught students from all 50 states, 35 different countries, and is widely recognized as the world leader in DJ and music production education.