How do I enrol in classes?

A. Online: After deciding on the right course for you, click on the “enrol” link on our menu.
Submit your details and our enrolment coordinator will contact you to finalize your enrolment.

B. In Person: Make an appointment to come in via email – sue@electronicmusicacademy.com.au and our enrolment coordinator will take you through the enrolment process

C. Via email: create an email with all your contact details, desired course and experience level and send it to info@electronicmusicacademy.com.au

How do I pay for classes?

Enrolment Fee / Deposit
We require an enrolment fee of $80.00 to lock you into your desired course and then require the balance of the full amount minus the enrolment fee before your first class.

Payment options below:

A. In Person: after you confirm your desired course, make an appointment via email sue@electronicmusicacademy.com.au to come in to organize a cash payment with our enrolment coordinator in person, you will receive an on the spot receipt.

B. Via Paypal: after you confirm your desired course, you can make payment directly to our paypal account – accounts@paypal.com.au

C. Via Bank depositl: after you confirm your desired course, you mail a cheque to the following address..

Electronic Music Academy

440 City Road

South Melbourne 3201

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes we do. Prices listed on the website are “paid in full” prices at a discounted rate. Payment plans are designed to make registration more affordable by spreading the total cost into four (2) separate installments at a 10% premium.

Payments will be billed based on the entire length of the course/program.

For example: the Ableton Live Core Program is $800.00 if paid in full prior to the start of class.

If you decide to take advantage of our payment plan option, just add 10% to the full course price, in this case the end figure would be the total $880.
Our payment plans involve 2 payments of 50% of the full amount, one installment 7 days before the course begins and the final payment on the 4th lesson (which is halfway through the course).

Payment #1 ($80.00) = Enrolment fee
Payment #2 ($400.00) = Due 7 days before the course commences 1/2 way into course
Payment #3 ($400.00) = Due on the 4th classe (1/2 way into course)

What are your class sizes?

A maximum of 7 students per class.

Can I get a refund?

All refund requests must be made in writing via email acceptable and preferred. All refunds are subject to a one hundred dollar AUD ($100.00) processing fee, and all refunds can take up to thirty (30) days to process.

Requests made 7 days prior to the first class: 75% refund
Requests made 6 days prior to first class – before the 2nd class: 50% refund

Any and all refund requests made after the 2nd class for a particular course or program are non refundable. Under these circumstances, Electronic Music Academy will make good faith efforts to provide a one-time rollover for your enrolment into a subsequent date that your course may be offered, but Electronic Music Academy makes no representation whatsoever that any course will be offered at any particular time again in the future.


How much prior experience do I need to take a Music Production course?

It depens on the course. For students with little musical background, we strongly suggest the “Ableton or Logic Simple” courses to review basic music theory, songwriting, and keyboard skills.

I have experience. Do I need to choose one of the Basics courses?

If you feel confident enough with your knowledge on either Ableton and Logic then feel free to enrol into either our Ableton or Logic Complex courses. If you don’t know whether you have enough prior knowledge to enrol into our Advanced course, please select the contact link from our menu bar and send an email to one of our evaluators who with complete a quick and easy assessment with you via email.

Should I take courses in Ableton Live or Logic?

Live and Logic are all fully-functional, digital audio workstations. People use each or all three programs for different reasons.

Ableton Live
Ableton Live has grown to be one of today’s most influential digital audio workstations. It is more “straight forward” than logic and easier to use by a novice. However, in addition to the traditional approach to composition, Live incorporates a unique and innovative non-linear interface that adds a level of improvisation to production. Noted for its powerful time warping capabilities, Live allows for easy beat matching as well as audio manipulation. From the studio to the stage, Live is used to create, record, produce, and even perform music, making it the program of choice for many professional producers, sound designers and DJs alike.

Logic Pro
Apple’s Logic Pro is a compositional environment that was designed from the ground up as a tool for producing original music. As such, the program supports multiple methods of production from audio to MIDI to even traditional notation. Logic is well known for its powerful audio engine which produces exceptional, high quality sounds and is often used by professionals to mix and master tracks. Logic’s vast library of loops and sounds helps launch ideas quickly while its solid collection of stock instruments including synthesizers, samplers, and a popular drum machine offers a dynamic range of sonic possibilities. Logic also comes with some of the most robust and intricate effects to further shape sounds.

Generally speaking, people like Live because it…

It one of the easier platforms to pick up from scratch; has advanced audio warping; has real-time arranging capabilities; was specifically made for live performance.

People like Logic because it…

It is the complete production tool in 1 box; comes with a full-featured set of sounds, soft synths and audio effects; has a high quality audio engine; supports standard music notation.


What is your Holiday schedule?

We are closed for most public holidays however once you enrol our consultants will advise whether courses will run.

How long does your Producer Program last?

Both the basic and advanced courses run for 2 months.

What if my schedule changes after my course starts?

If another section of your course is open, you can request to join it. If there isn’t an open section, you must wait until another open section starts. Please give the office as much advanced notice as possible to handle your transfer.

What are the advantages of taking full courses in Music Production vs. the Master Classes?

The Master Classes are designed to provide an insight into the tips and tricks of some of the leading international producers. However courses give students the education from the ground up and take time to let you fully digest all course material, allowing you to ultimately master the relevant tools and develop as an artist.

I’ll be in Melbourne for a short time, and I can’t find any classes or workshops that fit my schedule. What can I do?

We have private lessons available for $150 an hour with a minimum of two (2) hours. These private lessons can be scheduled around you.


When can I visit EMA to take a look at the school’s facilities?

You are more than welcome to have a 1 on 1 tour of the facilities, please contact one of our friendly staff members via email to arrange a time.

What equipment does EMA use?

We use Apple iMacs with Akai Midi Controllers.

Do I need my own equipment to take the course?

During your course you will have a workstation assigned to you.

It is definitely recommended to have any equipment at home however it is not essential. Practice is key to all our courses, and if you plan on continuing these pursuits, we recommend purchasing the necessary software or equipment at the start of your course.

What equipment do you recommend? Can you teach me how to hook this up?

For equipment recommendations, contact one of our staff members via email or speak to one of your instructors before or after your weekly courses.Students are taught how to use and hook up all the equipment we use. If you have a special equipment need, consider a private lesson from a EMA lecturer.

What do I get upon completion of the Basics and Advanced Course Certificate Programs?

You will receive an official EMA certificate acknowledging the successful completion of our curriculum. This is NOT a certificate issued by the manufacturers of the software.

Will you get me a job after I finish?

EMA is not a vocational institute so we do NOT offer job placement after your program. Our lecturers help you discover and fine tune your creative vision whilst mentoring you to grow as an artist. Students are also encouraged to collaborate, network, and take advantage of EMA’s community.


What do I need to bring to class?

Music Production classes require an external hard drive or flash drive. For all classes, bring a notebook and something to write with.

What happens if I miss a class?

Your instructor can email you the in-class material you missed or current students may pay $80 for a one-hour makeup lesson.

What if I lost something at EMA?

We have a lost and found. Check with the office.

What genres of music do you teach?

We teach techniques that apply to all styles of music. We encourage you to expand your musical horizon, but ultimately, instructors focus on the music you like and want to learn. In advanced classes, lessons are customized with the style(s) you are most interested in.

Do you sell equipment or software?

Yes, we can offer an educational discount for currently enroled students.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes, our gift certificates can be purchased online, via phone , or in person at EMA by appointment.

Check out our Gift Certificates page.

What events/artists/equipment is EMA Involved with?

Check out EMA Partners page for all community related info.