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Amsterdam Electronic Music Academy

In the last few decades, electronic music has gone through a massive evolution. New styles evolve, while popularity of the genre in general continues to grow. The Netherlands is leading in this regard. To help sustain this strong position and support young talent, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam offers a two-year international Associate Degree for the electronic musician: the Amsterdam Electronic Music Academy (AEMA).

AEMA is an English-taught full-time programme with great attention for the individual student. The programme focuses on developing a unique sound and a solid artist profile. To achieve that, there are courses on music technology, composition, music theory, culture and history. To prepare students for their professional life after school, AEMA offers courses on the music industry, entrepreneurship and marketing. Just as important is the production part: you will learn the intricacies of mixing and mastering, sound design and working with hardware, such as analog synthesizers. There are courses on how to produce music commercially for advertising, film or games and how to perform live on stage. For instance, as a DJ or with hardware or musicians. 

Diversity and collaboration
Diversity is crucial at AEMA. Students come from all over the world and have diverse musical backgrounds and interests. At AEMA, you are encouraged to explore other styles, collaborate, and learn from your peers in an open climate. AEMA does not choose students within a specific style but aims to support students in developing their own style.

Amsterdam dance capital
Amsterdam has become one of the world's biggest dance capitals. There is a vibrant and diverse scene with countless clubs, events and festivals, such as the annual Amsterdam Dance Event. Amsterdam is also home to many record labels, bookers, agencies and media. AEMA is in the middle of all this. In addition to field trips, there will be a variety of guest speakers, who will share both their knowledge and network. AEMA teachers are part of this creative industry too: they often combine teaching with a career as an artist, manager or producer. 

Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Excellence and creativity are paramount at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. The educational experience, facilities and infrastructure of the Conservatory lay a solid foundation under the AEMA programme, allowing students to benefit. There are great opportunities for collabs with students from either the Pop, Jazz or Classical departments. Additionally, students may take instrument lessons at any level. 

Associate Degree
The Associate Degree is a two-year internationally recognised undergraduate programme in the bachelor-master structure. The relatively short duration fits well with the needs of the professional field and the pace of the dance industry. Minimum requirements are a VWO, HAVO, 3-year MBO/VHBO diploma or equivalent. The study is suitable for electronic artists who aim at a career as an independent producer, DJ or musician. 

AEMA Online

Setting the tone in this world’s digital transformation, AEMA is proud to offer AEMA Online - a complete programme delivered predominately online. Offering a study programme similar to the regular onsite AEMA training, AEMA Online has been designed to accommodate students who prefer to study at their own pace, at a location of their choice. Using a state-of-the-art educational platform, educators deliver content through a mixture of lessons and feedback. AEMA Online also includes a weeklong programme on location in Amsterdam two to three times a year.
Students who apply for AEMA Online follow the same application procedure as for the regular programme, and gain the same Associate Degree certificate upon completion of the course.

Head of programme: Jack Pisters

Practical information

Students pay the regular tuition fee, depending on their educational background and country of origin. Please find the list of tuition fees here.

Please click here to get to the application form.

Click here for the closing date for application

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.

September 2021

This is a two-year study.

The main language for this course is English, therefore every student must have a passive as well as an active knowledge of the English language.
Depending on the composition of the groups, some classes will be taught in Dutch.

Read more about the language requirements.

Dennis Waakop-Reijers music technology, building tracks, the art of remixing
Vince Watson style labs, DJ & repertoire, the art of remixing
Ferry Ridderhof sound design, style labs, creativity & identity
Hans Weekhout mix & production
Jack Pisters composition & analysis
Sebastiaan Dutilh general music theory
Victor Coral electronic music history, artist & culture
Martin van den Oetelaar sound design
Sarah Stam industry & entrepeneurship
Seppl Kretz music & media
Remi Lauw Ableton advanced
Attie Bauw production
William Penn web, social media & distribution
Kimberly Tanikromo event & organisation


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