JD Sound (www.jdsound.co.kr), which owns a technology of manufacturing a handheld DJ device, makes inroads into the education market in the US.
K-ICT Born2Global under the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning) said on Sept. 22 that its member startup JD Sound completed its final delivery of portable DJ device GODJ to middle and high schools located in New York, USA, which has officially approved the product as teaching aids.
Currently nine elementary, middle, and high schools have decided to utilize the handheld DJ device in their music class, including Democracy Prep Charter High School, Democracy Prep Endurance Middle/High School, Bronx Prep Middle/High School, Pathways, Harlem Prep High School, and Democracy Prep Congress Heights Middle School in New York. Democracy Prep Public Schools will allow their affiliated 25 schools to offer music courses utilizing the device.
DJ music classes will be offered from next month when the fall semester begins in the US. Teachers are prepared to give their classes without difficulties as JD Sound provides them with English-language video tutorials and teaching material drafts. Students who take the courses will perform at each school festival scheduled to be held in June next year.
Meanwhile, JD Sound, established in 2011, has created GODJ Plus based on the expertise on development and manufacture of audio equipment. Since March this year, it has been housed at the Startup Campus in Pangyo as a member firm of the Born2Global. Now the sound equipment company has been discussing businesses of a variety of hardware IP and software IP with a global audio equipment partner, while supplying its products to approximately 20 countries.
“JD Sound’s attempts seem quite new to us as it has been trying to advance to the global market by expanding its business into various fields. In fact, the US has about 120,000 middle and high schools, so we hope the education business utilizing the DJ device will be getting more favorable response, helping the method to be established as a new system for music education,” said Kim Jong-kap, the head of Born2Global.