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Amsterdam Electronic Music Academy

The Conservatorium van Amsterdam and The School of House are proud to introduce the Amsterdam Electronic Music Academy, a two-year international programme for the electronic artist of the future.

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. ‘Amsterdam is one of the leading cities worldwide in the field of dance,’ says Duncan Stutterheim, founder of ID&T, who brought together the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and The School of House. ‘There are so many great artists and organizations here. But a study programme at this level was still lacking. At AEMA a wealth of knowledge and experience can be passed on to upcoming talents.'

Music, Media and Management
The AEMA offers a high-quality and intensive programme 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.

Strong Fundament
At the conservatory, the pedagogical know-how, the facilities, and the infrastructure guarantee a strong fundament for this 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 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 programme, you will receive a 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 in locations including the Conservatory, the Q-Factory Amsterdam, the A’DAM Toren and Nachtlab Studios.

Coordinator, Jack Pisters

Practical information

 € 10.995,- per year

Please note that the AEMA is a commercial programme and not a bachelor or master degree programme. Students enrolled on the AEMA course are therefore not eligible for financial assistance (studiefinanciering) or a student travel card.

Please click here to get to the application form.

Application closes on June 1st, 2019.

Please note: this study programme does not entitle you to a visa provided by the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Prospective students from outside the EU must arrange for a valid visa for the duration of the programme themselves. 

* HAVO high school certificate or certificate of MBO+ (intermediate vocational education) music training (minimum)
* Submission of three tracks you yourself produced
* A letter of motivation, including your vision, goals, context and personal development
* A live video

After a preliminary selection, candidates will be invited for a talk, a music test, and a performance of the submitted work.

September 2019. The programme will start only with a minimum of ten enrollments.

The programme will start only with a minimum of ten enrollments.

This is a two-year programme.


Open Days

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