michaël verton / founder & managing director
The founder of Music Production Academy. Michael’s idea of establishing a unique educational platform and music production centre began in 2012. At that time he was combining his study in marketing communication with music production. Michaël, a self-taught guitar player, began making his own tracks when still a teenager.
His music evolved from just vocals and guitar to atmospheric electronic productions, in time developing his characteristic style. Now he combines running MPA with making music at the jam sessions and working towards his own first official releases.
- Business to business
- Teacher applications
- On location
- Dream job
- Making music with friends
- Seeing ideas become reality
- Playing the guitar
- Hanging out with the girlfriend & family
marijn / course instructor & studio manager
With dreads that show both patience and a lifestyle, our studio manager had decided a long time ago that he wanted to become one of the world’s best audio engineers. Now he is passing on that knowledge to our students in the MPA Full Course. As an audio engineer student, Marijn graduated with honors after which he had an internship at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. Besides his passion for the DAW Logic, Marijn has a great love for the reggae culture, his dreads and favourite form of transportation: his longboard.
- Reggae music & culture
- Vinyl records
- Longboarding without rain
- Making beats
- Sharing quality time with the homies
beau zwart / dj & music production instructor
After playing classical piano in his younger years, Beau decided he would rather be Beau Zwart than Mozart. This resulted in weekly appearances as a DJ in clubs in Rotterdam. Beau works as DJ Instructor at MPA and also teaches private lessons in Ableton, Logic, and in creating live sets. He is also a regular host at the MPA jam sessions and gives several master classes per year, He then not only discusses over his productions with students, but also produces tracks on the spot.
- A blonde girl that keeps you in bed
- Producing music, forgetting time, waking up with a new album
- Performing as a DJ and forgetting it’s actually work
- Improvising on the piano, preferably during three straight days
- Pizza, Party & Passion to Production
sjoerd huissoon / full course instructor
Starting at MPA as the teacher of the Producer Clinics, Sjoerd is now one of the Full Course instructors. As an artist, Sjoerd has released music on labels such as Armada, Monstercat and Heroic, and played on stages such as Dance Valley, Escape (Amsterdam), Air (Amsterdam), and Paard van Troje (The Hague). He has become one of the elite students at the Music Production course at the Dutch Academy for Music in Rotterdam. Currently Sjoerd is making music as one half of the duo ‘Amy Root’, which has released the EP ‘Lynn’ in 2018 and immediately got gigs at ADE and 3voor12 and a signing with Earth Agency. Besides continuously working on his own music, his goal at MPA is to pass on his knowledge how to get the best results in producing electronic music.
- Helping students in their music genre
- Coming up with weird chord progressions
- A good jam session
- Electronic music
- Collecting vinyl
- A nice studio setup
richard in 't veld / full course & maschine course instructor
Long time DJ and producer Richard in ‘t Veld is known for various styles, symbolizing his experience in producing music. One of his specialties is definitely teaching, which he does at MPA in the Maschine Course. In both his musical journey as in teaching, the development of an own style and thinking in possibilities has always Richard’s trademark. It has releases on various labels and under several artist names. With Near Earth Object being the latest alter ego, Richard also teaches the Full Course and he helps students with private classes in Maschine.
- Long DJ sets
- Making music, alone or with friends
- Endless summer nights
- Crate digging until you find that one great sample
- New technical developments
- Clean washed bedsheets
- The wind in the back while riding your bike
- Finding the right sample within 2 minutes
- Freshly new skateboards