Amsterdam Electronic Music Academy
Electronic music has evolved from a subcategory to one of the most popular music genres in the world. The DJ/producer has developed into the pop star of the 21st century and the Netherlands has put itself on the map as one of the leading suppliers of DJs and electronic artists. Therefore the Conservatorium van Amsterdam offers a two-year international Associate Degree study for upcoming electronic artists: the Amsterdam Electronic Music Academy. The AEMA was founded in 2018 by the CvA in collaboration with The School of House.
Music, Media and Management
The AEMA offers a high-quality and intensive study with plenty of personal guidance. Musical skills, creativity, and the development of your own sound and identity occupy centre stage. You acquire all the necessary knowledge on subjects including studio and production technique, modern technology, composition, music theory, and entrepreneurship as an artist. Through work placements, workshops, and masterclasses by authoritative visiting lecturers from the Netherlands and abroad you learn everything you need to know about practicing this profession.
At the conservatory, the pedagogical know-how, the facilities, and the infrastructure guarantee a strong fundament for this study programme. In addition, cooperation with leading parties in the Dutch electronic music scene, such as Armada Music (Armin van Buuren’s label) and music agency MassiveMusic, assures a firm grounding in the professional field. These partners play an active part in the development of the study programme and the coaching of talented students. The same applies to guest lecturers such as Duncan Stutterheim, Joris Voorn and Tom Trago. Other guest lecturers from the professional field include managers, bookers, programmers, A&R managers, publishers, lawyers and (social) media experts.
Your Field of Activity
Once you have successfully completed this study, you will receive an officially recognized certificate and you can get going as an independent producer, DJ and/or artist. In addition, you have the knowledge and skills to produce music for other artists or for projects in the areas of advertisement, film, television, fashion or art.
With its venues, festivals and music industries, Amsterdam is the ideal breeding ground for up-and- coming artists in electronic music. Lessons are given at locations including the Conservatory, the Q-Factory Amsterdam, the A’DAM Toren and Nachtlab Studios.
Coordinator, Jack Pisters
Students pay the regular tuition fee, depending on their educational background and country of origin. Please find the list of tuition fees here.
When you enroll in an Associate Degree course, you can apply for a visa. For more information about visa procedures click here.
* HAVO high school certificate or certificate of MBO+ (intermediate vocational education) music training (minimum)
* Submission of three tracks you produced by yourself
* A letter of motivation, including your vision, goals, context and personal development
* Optional: a live video of a DJ performance or live performance
After a preliminary selection, candidates will be invited for a talk, a music test, and a performance of the submitted work.
This is a two-year study.
The lessons are taught in Dutch and English. Therefore every student must have a passive as well as an active knowledge of the Dutch or English language. Read more about the language requirements.