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The most important prerequisite for attending any course at SEMA is being passionate about building and developing your skills as a practicing electronic music artist, producer or performer.


Course runs from October 18 to November 26, 2021. It’s free of charge to successful applicants, but certain criteria for enrollment need to be met.

In collaboration with Goethe-Institut’s Jenga CCI, successful applicants may also be shortlisted for financial support. Please note, due to the anticipated high demand, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm EAT September 29 2021 for consideration.


Students entering this intermediate course will need to show a strong understanding of the basics of electronic music production. 

This should include: 

  • Basics of music composition (what makes up a song or track) 
  • Functional understanding of 2 different DAWs (such as Ableton, Cubase, FL Studio, Logic, Pro Tools) 
  • Sounds – internal and external sources for music composition and production
  • Basic operations involving Audio and MIDI Tracks, plug-ins / VSTs 
  • Basic Sampling and audio manipulation 
  • Basics of mixing, use of FX, EQ, pan, gain, etc. 
  • Basic theoretical understanding of sound engineering  – signal flows, acoustics, etc. 

Student profile:

An enrollee for the Skill Development Course will have spent many hours working on music in a DAW, creating tracks and ideas from scratch. They may have fully completed a few tracks and have some experience of self releasing the music to streaming platforms such as Soundcloud, Mdundo, etc. 

They will be able to demonstrate tracks they have made and discuss the process by which they transformed the song from a sketch or idea into a finished track.They will be able to identify the skills they lack and wish to work on through the course. 

Female / non-binary applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are wondering why, please read the Gender section of our report for Ableton here.

Applications will open for the advanced course in late November. 

SEMA is supported by Goethe-Insitut´s Jenga CCI on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in collaboration with the GIZ.

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