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Electronic Music Production Certificate

Next Start Date: January 2022
Registrations are open. Limited spots available!

The Electronic Music Production Certificate is your opportunity to learn the tips, tricks and production skills to create the music you love. Get hands-on with the tools used to compose electronic music, from sequencers to synthesizers and samplers. Additionally, you will dive into various production, mixing, mastering and sound design techniques with our industry tutors such as voice recording, effects application, mixing techniques and signal flow.

The complete program duration is 8 months and it contains two modules: Level 1 (beginners - 4 months) and Level 2 (advanced - 4 months). 

What You'll Learn

  • Production Process
  • Mixing & Mastering
  • Sound Theory
  • EQ & Filters
  • Synthesizers
  • Beatmaking
  • Dynamics
  • Multiband Sidechaining
  • Advanced Signal Flow
  • Reverb & Delays
  • Sound Design / Sampling
  • Music Theory
  • Microphone Theory
  • Vocal Recording
  • LIVE Performance
  • Music Business

How You'll Learn

Throughout this 8 month course, you are taught in a practical manner, primarily on Ableton and Logic Pro. In a mixed and blended environment, you will be taught via classical, but also online, lessons. Our production studio is also available for the academic needs, however the majority of the practical assignments can also be completed within the digital audio workstations (DAW), such as Ableton and Logic Pro. 

You won't just learn the tech side of things. Everything you learn will be within the context of production, meaning you'll learn the techniques, tips and tricks to make the music you love, regardless of whether you want to produce House, Techno, EDM or Pop songs.

The course is divided in two, 4 month sections (Level 1 and Level 2). Of course, the different levels are also available as stand alone cohorts, however, only the full 8 month programme delivers the complete spectrum. Lessons (2 per week) are predominantly scheduled in the evenings and have a duration of 120 to 150 minutes. Due to external lecturer availability, it could, sometimes, be that lessons are delivered on an alternative day and/or time. however this rarely happens and is always communicated far in advance.

Your Instructors

Joost Stuursma
Joost Stuursma is responsible for the Electronic Music Certificate over at SAE in the Netherlands. For the past 5 years, he has done several ghost productions and established a production team with Belgium’s DJ Licious. Together they produced a series of house tracks including “I Can't Stop” and "Twisted Games" which is their most recent success. Joost brings his experience into the classrooms of SAE, helping students progress with music production. As ghost production is a much-discussed topic, he tries to relate his current situation to his student and how to approach the industry strictly from a producers point of view.
Camiel Daamen
Camiel Daamen is known for his live and DJ-sets. Versatile, often heavy on the groove, including lots of percussive and jazzy elements along the way. His sound is hard to pigeonhole as he creates house grooves just as easy as techno bangers or dub soundscapes. Happy or sad, driving or relaxing it all permits to his versatile sound, as his personality. Energetic, emotional and always smiling. So far Camiel released music on Viva Music, Serkal Music, Inmotion, Act Natural, Arupa Music, Tzinah, Deep Tech, Cervidae Recordings, Soulman Music, Inhouse Records, Eklektisch, Morgen.AM, Natural Rhytm, Flash Recordings and yes even many more. He played infamous clubs like Studio 80, Paradigm, Air, Kater, Wilde Renate. His live sets have been traveling through various countries in Europe ranging from Germany to England, Poland, Macedonia, Turkey, Malta and Ibiza. Besides his artist endeavours, he is one of the founding fathers of Dancefair. An event in Holland for aspiring producers and DJs that have 5000 people attending every year. He helped set up the event in the first year and still is involved by doing masterclasses there every year. He runs a music school in Groningen called Lessons In Live. Often you’ll find him sharing his ideas about making music in Holland and abroad. He’s an in-demand speaker for events and organisations like Dancefair, Amsterdam Dance Event, Sound Education and the SAE Institute Amsterdam. Talking about his 20 years of experience in music production, live performance and workflow. More releases are coming in 2018 expressing his diverse sound, as music is art, and art is freedom. 
Giacomo Piscitelli
Giacomo Piscitelli is an Italian audio engineer, producer and educator based in Amsterdam. After graduating at SAE Institute he worked at Red Bull studios where he had the chance to work for several artists in the Dutch and International dance scene (Nina Kraviz, Michel de Hey, Tom Trago, etc.). In 2015 he became the Electronic Music Certificate course lecturer at SAE Institute.
Jeffrey De Gans
Jeffrey was born in 1971 and was obsessed with music, sound and technique from the day he was born. At the age of ten, he started messing with tape decks, mixers and turntables while playing his sisters disco records. Later he had his own (illegal) radio-station, worked for a drive-in-show, worked for several radio-stations, produced and released over 70 vinyl-records and played worldwide (and still does every now and then) on a zillion parties as a DJ. One of his passions is making espresso; always fine-tuning the machines to make the perfect espresso. This is something that can be found back in his mastering skills; always looking for the best and even push it just a bit more. Da Goose Music was founded as a music production company in 1996. Jeffrey’s first real mastering-job dates back to the end of the nineties and in 2015 Jeffrey was nominated as one of the 4 best mastering-engineers from the Netherlands. Needless to say that he has a lot of experience, a great set of ears and serious knowledge of what he is doing. Jeffrey has also done the mastering on Lil' Kleine album that won the Worldwide Act Award at the MTV EMA 2017. 
Quirijn Vos
Quirijn has worked as a professional trumpet player for over 10 years already. After finishing his degree at the conservatory of Rotterdam in 2012 he became more and more interested in the technical side of audio en decided to also study audio production at SAE. In the meantime, Quirijn’s professional career as a trumpet player started to take of playing with more and better-known artists like Blaudzun and Ellen ten Damme but also a lot with DJ’s like Gregor Salto, La Fuente and so on. At the moment Quirijn is the regular trumpet player for Sam Feldt, touring a lot around the world and playing at stages like the Ultra Miami mainstage.
Edoardo Marin
After graduating at SAE Amsterdam in 2013, Edoardo worked at Red Bull Studios as Head Engineer for the next 2 years and a half, while also covering the role of Main Lecturer for the Audio Production Diploma at SAE. During that time, he had the chance to collaborate with various artists, as recording, mixing and mastering engineer: Wu-Tang Clan, Jameszoo, Pete Philly, Mr. Probz (recording an entire EP), Cassie Ventura, Henrik Schwarz are just some of them. A multi-instrumentalist who opened his mastering studio and now is working on his first solo album.


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Our Electronic Music Production course has been the starting point for so many artists and producers around the world. Get hands-on from day one in this exciting, industry-focused course that specializes in electronic music production. 

The content of the course is continuously adapted and improved by industry professionals to reflect the latest in technology and trends in the electronic music industry. 

LEVEL 1 is a beginners module for people with zero or basic production skills and LEVEL 2 is an advanced level course for experienced producers or graduates of LEVEL 1 who continue for the complete Electronic Music Production program.

  • Sound Theory
  • Working with DAWs
  • Production Process
  • Studio Workflow
  • EQ & Filters
  • Reverbs & Delays
  • Sampling
  • Critical Listening
  • Music Theory
  • Studio Mixing
  • Microphone Theory
  • Vocal Recording & Editing
  • Hardware Setup (LIVE)
  • Mastering
  • Studio Design
  • Track Analysis / Critical Listening
  • Composing & Arranging
  • Loops & Samples
  • Sound Design
  • Advanced Mixing
  • Synthesis
  • Hardware Synthesis
  • Music Theory
  • Multiband Sidechaining
  • Vocal Processing
  • Parallel Processing
  • Advanced Signal Flow & Mixing
  • Building a LIVE Perfromance
  • Advanced Mastering (practical)
  • Copyright Law, Record Labels and Publishing
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age of 16 years
  • The course is taught in English and English intermediate level skills are required
  • For non-EU students, a valid VISA for the entire duration of the selected course is required prior to enrolment. The registration at SAE Institute cannot grant you a Student Visa in the Netherlands.

More information about the Admissions are available here.


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Note: For non-EU students, a valid VISA for the entire duration of the selected course is required prior to enrolment. The registration at SAE Institute cannot grant you a Student Visa in the Netherlands.


Electronic music has been constantly growing and evolving, becoming a major element of the entertainment sector. Having the knowledge and the skills to produce music with technology can allow you to get involved in numerous artistic or creative projects.

Career Opportunities:

  • Music Producer
  • DJ
  • Remix Artist
  • LIVE Performance
  • Sound Designer


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