FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between courses and workshops
We distinguish between courses that last several days on a regular basis and workshops that are held on only one to three days. Courses can last from 1 week to 5 months and workshops from 4 to 8 hours in one day.
Are you doing timed lessons or school lessons?
In the EMS Cologne and Berlin you always get one time hour, so a full 60 minutes.
Can I drop out of long-term courses in the middle?
The long-term courses can be booked for the entire period and cannot be canceled.
What if I am sick or unable to come, can I make up the lessons for free?
Yes. You have the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons either in the tutoring session, which takes place once a month, or in one of our parallel courses – as long as there are free seats and courses available. No more than a total of 5 days (15 hours) may be made up in PRODUCER beginner parallel courses. In the COMPOSER COURSE it is 3 days (9 hours) and in the PRODUCER advanced course it is 4 days (12 hours).
You can book the tutoring free of charge 5 days in advance by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is NOT intended as a substitute for lessons!
I am not a technical type, does the Producer course still work for me?
If technology is not your cup of tea at all, you should rather take over the creative part. In this case it is better to do the COMPOSER COURSE, but it requires some knowledge of the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
In such cases we advise you to do the PRODUCER COURSE Beginner and then the COMPOSER COURSE. If you stay focused for 5 months, you will see that technology is not so “bad” and quite easy to understand as we explain step by step. You will receive handouts after each day to review what you have learned in writing. If you have any questions, you can email us or reach out via Instagram or Facebook. We usually respond within 48 hours during the week.
What do I need to take with me when I attend an EMS course, workshop or individual coaching?
It’s best to bring your laptop with DAW installed. You are welcome to bring your own headphones, otherwise we have some available. For the PRODUCER COURSE you need Ableton Live (at best the Standard or Suite Edition). As an EMS participant you get a 40% discount on Ableton Live and further discounts on software or hardware.
Do i get a certificate?
Upon successful completion of a long-term course, you will be issued a certificate or certificate of attendance by the EMS.
How and when can i complete my booked private lessons?
The individual coaching is tailored to you. We will discuss the times with you so that you can plan flexibly. You can take advantage of your individual lessons at EMS Berlin, EMS Cologne or online. Appointments are generally always made by e-mail or phone directly with the EMS.
Individual coaching lessons cannot be canceled, but are never lost (if canceled in time, if already scheduled in advance). You can continue the lessons at any time. If you want to take a coaching break in between, that’s no problem.
Once fixed appointments you can cancel 2 weeks before your individual coaching and change your date. If you cancel at least one week before the coaching, half of the hours will be credited. All one-on-one coaching sessions you cancel one week prior to the date are lost and will be credited 100%.
If you would like to change the content during the course of the coaching, we can discuss this together and adjust the schedule thematically for you.
I need help, have questions, can't decide!
If you have any questions, send an e-mail to: email@example.com, or call us.
Berlin: +49 (0) 30 530 509 02
Cologne: +49 (0) 221 17 055 055
(Monday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm).
An EMS team member will answer all your questions.
From what age can i participate?
Our courses, workshops or individual coaching sessions have no age restrictions.
Do i get a discount if I pay for the whole course right away?
Do I get a discount if I book many hours of individual coaching?
Yes, when booking one of our one-to-one coaching packages.
Can I also pay for an individual coaching package in instalments?
Yes, in 3 instalments. However, there are a few processing fees that make the package price a little more expensive, but it is still cheaper than individual lessons. In addition, the extras you get with a one-off payment are not included.
Where else can I get a discount?
As a student we grant a discount of 3% on all courses and workshops (not valid if already discounted). If you are or were already an EMS student, you will receive a discount on software, our equipment in the shop or EDU prices for Ableton for Live for another year. In case of a double coaching (single coaching + 2nd person) the second person saves 50%.
How long do I get EDU discounts through the EMS?
As long as you attend a course, workshop or one-to-one coaching.
I have questions about my invoice, who do I contact and how?
Send an e-mail to our accounting department: firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the payment options?
You will find the payment options at the bottom left of the footer of this website.
Where are your bank details?
EMS – Stefano Giachetta
Volksbank Köln Bonn