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					The


INSTITUTE
of CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PERFORMANCE




                                    ProsPectus 2010
Welcome
          At times, as we look around the modern            Of all the changes in the music industry in
          music industry and see how the traditional        recent years, probably the biggest has been
          models of making, performing and selling          the growth and development of formal,
          music have changed so radically in such a         structured, relevant and inspiring courses for
          short time, the idea of building a career in      contemporary musicians. At the ICMP we are
          the industry can seem like a daunting task.       proud to have been leading this development
          Music seems to be free, or at least that is       for over 25 years, seeing each year how
          what music consumers seem to want! And            the traditional players in the music industry
          paradoxically, many young musicians and           – labels, managers, publishers and the like
          creative artists also make this assumption,       – increasingly turn to us to help them find
          perhaps without having thought too much           the musicians, materials or performers that
          about the implications for their own careers!     they are looking for. This is another reason
                                                            to choose an ICMP course – by joining us, in
          However, if one looks closely, there has          addition to the great teaching and facilities,
          probably never been more opportunity to           students put themselves at the heart of the
          build a successful and rewarding career,          music market place, where they can be seen
          whether it is in live or recorded music or        and heard and begin to develop that all-
          working in a range of associated disciplines      important network.
          such as writing, producing, promoting,
          touring, managing or teaching. But it has         In conclusion, with so much change and
          become clear that a good and wide-ranging         development out there in the music industry,
          education has become essential for musicians      there has never been a greater need to
          and creative artists like never before.           ensure that musicians and creative artists
                                                            are equipped with the skills, knowledge and
          Education is the process of transferring skills   contacts required to take advantage of the
          and knowledge to those who want and are           many opportunities. And though we can’t
          ready to learn; it is also about ensuring that    make any guarantees, by choosing the ICMP,
          those learners are engaged with activities        a leading player in the world of contemporary
          that best complement their own natural skills,    music education, located in London and at
          ambitions and passions. And ultimately,           the heart of the modern music industry, our
          education is about empowering the learner         students are ensuring that they have the best
          with the tools required to achieve success        chance possible to build a successful and
          beyond the classroom. At the ICMP, we             rewarding career in the music industry!
          understand this and are fully committed to
          ensuring our graduates are empowered not          Paul Kirkham
          just with the musical and technical skills        Director
          required for their chosen discipline, but
          also with a range of transferable skills and
          knowledge that will enable them to achieve
          success in their chosen career.




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    contents

                 Introduction 04
       Why Choose the ICMP 05
    London The Music Capital 06
                 Student Life 07
               Masterclasses 08
           Alumni Successes 10
               Ones to Watch 11
           Teaching Facilities 12
  Music Industry Connections 14
              Guitar Courses 17
               Bass Courses 27
               Drum Courses 37
               Vocal Courses 47
         Songwriting Courses 55
Specialist & Part-time Courses 60
               Electric Guitar 61
              Acoustic Guitar 61
                        Bass 62
                      Drums 62
                      Vocals 63
Live Performance Workshops 63
  Introduction to Songwriting 64
                 Songwriting 64
             Music Business 65
            Music Production 66
      Home Studio Recording 67
            Teaching Faculty 68
             What to do Next 76
                       FAQ’s 77




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introduction




Sometimes, a little history can help to            to continue to grow as their careers develop.    of the original Basstech teaching faculty and
understand the present day, and in the             And since we want to encourage musicians         bass courses that began so many years ago.
case of the ICMP, our history is crucial in        from all backgrounds and cultures to access
understanding why we have gained such              our education, we have established a range of    We also continue to be recognised as the
a reputation for quality and excellence            scholarship and bursary programmes, which        Guitar Institute, as this founding name is often
over the years and why so many students            are always in great demand and provide           described as legendary, and for guitarists,
choose to study with us.                           excellent opportunities for talented and         being able to enroll on a Guitar Institute
                                                   deserving students.                              course often represents the holy grail of
Founded in the early 1980’s, we have over                                                           personal development!
a quarter of a century of experience in            Our students experience more class time, in
developing and delivering relevant, high-          smaller groups, than other schools, enabling     Of course, when we began delivering drum
quality courses for contemporary musicians.        them to effectively benefit from our inspiring   and vocal courses, and expanded into the
The ICMP has pioneered the teaching                and challenging teaching methods. At all         areas of music business and technology,
methods, curriculum and philosophy that have       times, we are focused on the needs and goals     songwriting courses and more, we needed
become the benchmarks for contemporary             of the individual; as musicians we are all on    a new name, and as a result the Institute of
music education. We pride ourselves on being       a personal journey to unlock our potential       Contemporary Music Performance was born,
able to offer modern musicians the kind of         and here at the ICMP, we aim to help you         or ICMP for short! Our name now clearly
rigorous training that conservatoires have         nurture and develop your own unique voice.       represents what we are - a leading centre of
offered classical musicians for centuries. And     And the interest and care doesn’t stop once      contemporary music education, development
of course our teaching faculty, our greatest       you graduate; we work hard to make sure          and training, focusing on the needs and
asset, is unrivalled in the UK and probably        our alumni continue to benefit from the many     careers of a wide range of aspiring musicians
anywhere in the world.                             opportunities that come our way.                 and creative artists.

The ICMP was the first to offer full time          The school was originally founded as             Many places try to copy our formula but of
programmes for students of contemporary            the Guitar Institute and Basstech, which         course, whether you know us as the Guitar
music, and we continue to innovate and             was focused exclusively on training and          Institute, Basstech or the ICMP, it doesn’t
develop our provision. This unrivalled             developing guitarists and bassists. The          really matter - we all know there is only one
experience means that our students acquire         established Basstech name and heritage           Institute, the first and still the best way to
the techniques to express themselves, the          continues to thrive within ICMP along with all   make it in the music business.
tools to survive in the industry and the ability


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Why choose the icmP?




The ICMP is internationally regarded as           are sound-proofed and air-conditioned, all         approach to their studies” and “are inspired
one of the world’s leading schools of             gear is industry standard and all our facilities   and motivated by teachers’ excellent
modern music, not just by our students            are free to use for private practice.              specialist subject knowledge and instrumental
and alumni, but by the wider music industry.                                                         expertise”. Ofsted also acknowledge the
Here are some of the reasons why!                 career development                                 “outstanding range of high quality and well
                                                  We support our students at all stages              managed specialist resources” we have
A fantastic london location                       of their careers, with significant industry        to offer here at the ICMP and stated that
Where else can compare with the music             expertise in-house (including Sony’s ex-Head       “Students benefit from the extensive links
capital of the world? London offers musicians     of Marketing), a full time Industry Liaison        with high profile music industry companies
diversity, sense of community but most            Manager plus extensive connections to the          and professionals”.
importantly a wide range of opportunities to      music industry. ICMP gigs and showcases
support them while building a musical career.     are regularly attended by industry scouts.         live Performance
                                                                                                     The ICMP events team actively promotes
our heritage                                      our courses                                        and organises regular gigs, providing our
We have been training musicians for over a        Relevant, practical, focused on the needs          students with the opportunity to play on
quarter of a century, leading the way with        of the musician and tailored to the ever           some of London’s best and most respected
innovative courses and services. Only the         changing world of the music industry, ICMP         stages. With regular spots at The Luminaire
ICMP can provide so much experience, so           courses have always been at the forefront          (Music Week and TimeOut’s venue of the
much connectivity with the music industry -       of the development of contemporary music           Year), The Bedford, Embassy rooms and the
the success of our alumni is testament to that!   education. Class sizes are small, which            world renowned Matter @ the O2 our students
                                                  means students get the attention they need         regularly attract industry scouts, while also
teaching faculty                                  at all times, and all courses are supported by     having the opportunity to play alongside
Quite simply the best in the business! In         regular clinics and workshops, allowing you        sought after touring bands and artists of the
addition to being world class educators, ICMP     to get up close and personal with some of the      moment.
teachers have worked and toured with the          leading names in contemporary music.
industry’s greatest artists.                                                                         Don’t forget - you are welcome to visit us
                                                  ofsted Accreditation                               anytime, to see for yourself why the ICMP
our facilities                                    In March 2009 we received an outstanding           has developed such a fantastic reputation
We offer the best possible environment for        Ofsted report. The report established that         – just book a place at an Open Day or
learning; everything you need is here. Rooms      “ICMP students take a highly professional          contact us directly for a private tour!


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london the music cAPitAl
What could be better than living and
studying in one of the most exciting and
vibrant cities in the world? Besides having
the greatest concentration of major
attractions in Britain, London is
the recognized centre of popular music
and culture.


Take a stroll down Denmark Street and you
will be walking in the footsteps of some of
your musical heroes. Walk around Carnaby
Street, Soho and Piccadilly and see the areas
that were integral to the development of
popular music culture over the last 40 years.
Head to Camden and experience a town
which has a huge diversity of music venues
from rock, pop, indie and punk to jazz, funk,
soul and metal.


From all of the top international record labels
to world-famous music venues like the Royal
Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, the 02 and Abbey
Road studios, music is being performed,
played and created in London every day
and around every corner! And by choosing a
course at the ICMP, you are putting yourself
at the heart of the world’s music capital!




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student life
There’s more to student life than
playing and practicing 24/7. At the ICMP,
we ensure our students feel part of a
community and get the opportunity to
build relationships and perform with fellow
musicians. We understand the importance
of finding a good balance between educa-
tional and social life. Right from the start,
the Institute will provide a wide range of
social events and activities, including:


- Freshers week
- Open mic and jam nights
- Gig nights at famous London venues, such
  as The Luminaire, The Bedford & Matter
- Showcase nights
- In-house auditions with record labels
  and artists
- Student discount cards
- Organised student party nights
- Masterclasses & clinics
- Visits by industry performers & bands
- Graduation celebrations




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mAsterclAsses, clinics & seminArs

Every year we attract leading
musicians and singers who are always
eager to come and speak to our
students. Masterclasses and clinics
are free of charge to our students
and can be one of the most exciting
and inspirational parts of student life
at the Institute. Here is just a small
selection of the names that have
visited us recently!                      Thomas Lang Drums      Jamiroquai Band




John Petrucci Guitar                      Billy Sheehan Bass     Terry Ellis Vocals




Fausto Cuevas Drums                       Anthony Jackson Bass   Chris Difford Songwriting




Amit Chatterjee Guitar                    Pat Martino Guitar     Albert Lee Guitar


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Larry Carlton                                Janek Gwizdala Project                      Sir Tim Rice
Guitar                                       Featuring Jojo Mayer                        Song/lyric writing
Larry hosted a blue-focused masterclass      Bass and drums                              Legendary lyricist and multi-Grammy
for the ICMP at the legendary London         Visiting faculty member Janek Gwizdala,     and Oscar-winner Sir Tim Rice visited the
venue, The Bedford. Larry gave our           along with his band featuring incredible    ICMP to watch students perform selected
students an insight into how professionals   drummer Jojo Mayer impressed a crowd        songs from his repertoire. Tim provided
approach blues performance playing.          of ICMP students, giving a masterclass on   commentary and gave an insight into the
                                             how to work as a collective.                art of songwriting.




Ian Matthews (Kasabian)                      Shola Ama                                   Doug Wimbish & Will Calhoun
Drums                                        Vocals/songwriting                          (Living Colour) Bass & drums
Drummer Ian Matthews took time out           One of Britain’s most successful R&B        Doug Wimbish and drummer Will Calhoun
of his busy recording schedule to host       artists, Shola Ama hosted a songwriting     captivated a huge audience at London
an exclusive masterclass at the ICMP.        clinic at the ICMP. A select group of       venue, The Luminaire, during an exclusive
Ian asked students onstage to help           students were given a writing brief and     educational clinic for the ICMP, living up
demonstrate effective rhythm section         constructed songs under Shola’s guidance,   to their titles as two of the world’s most
functions.                                   which they then performed.                  talented and respected rock musicians.



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Alumni successes

 Being a student at the ICMP will set
 you up for a long and prosperous
 career! Time and again, our graduates
 prove they have the skills to work at
 the highest levels; session playing for
 top artists, playing and performing
 in front of thousands on the biggest
 stages, producing or composing,
 teaching, and much more. Here is a
 small selection of the thousands of           Nick Kent                                      Andy Green
 professionals we have turned out over         Nick is the bassist in TAT, a rock/punk trio   A graduate of the Guitar Institute, Andy
 the years. Play your cards right, and         who have been on one hell of a ride! TAT       has moved in more of a sound engineer/
 you could be next in line for success!        has toured the UK with The Bouncing Souls,     producer direction. From initially working at
                                               toured Europe with NOFX, Me First and The      The Townhouse studio in Shepherd’s Bush,
                                               Gimme Gimmes, and has performed at the         he has engineered for Elton John, produced
                                               famous SXSW festival as well as at Reading     artists such as Keane and K. T. Tunstall,
                                               and Download festivals. TAT has toured as      The Feeling, Paolo Nutini and Scouting
                                               support act for the legendary Alice Cooper     for Girls.
                                               and also toured the whole of America again
                                               for MXPX and Lagwagon.




 Matt Park
 Matt won the Guitar Higher Diploma
 ‘Student of the Year’ in 1999 and went on
 to complete the Degree course. Matt was
 the guitarist in the band Helsinki, fronted
 by Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell.                                                      Rob Chapman
 The band has supported We Are Scientists,                                                    ICMP student Rob Chapman is an ESP
 toured with Kid Harpoon and have recorded
                                               Chris Morris                                   Guitar artist and has been a professional
 with artists such as Albert Hammond Jr.       A 2008 graduate of our Diploma, Chris          guitarist for 10 years now, playing sessions
 (The Strokes). Matt also plays for various    is already acting as Musical Director for      for Universal Records, clinics for Orange
 other artists and bands including up and      X-Factor finalist Beverley Trotman’s 5-piece   Amplifiers and Faith Guitars, teaching via
 coming Indie outfit Bo Pepper, and            band. Chris is in charge of band and music     video, playing clinics at the Frankfurt Musik
 singer-songwriter Leona Naess, with           selection, working alongside the musicians     Messe and touring in rock bands. Recently
 whom he completed a month long US             and backing vocalists to come up with          Rob shot a guitar tuition DVD in partnership
 tour supporting Ray LaMontagne. Matt is       arrangements and the set order. On top of      with Orange Amplifiers, “Rob Chappers
 now a multi-instrumentalist playing with      this Chris has been recruited as drummer       Rock Guitars Tuition 1”. He has worked
 The Noisettes.                                for Marina and the Diamonds; a Welsh born      with many high calibre producers/engineers
                                               chanteuse whose profile is on the up.          including Eddie Kramer (Led Zeppelin,
                                               Interest is currently going through the roof   Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, AC/DC, The
                                               for the band and big things lie ahead!         Rolling Stones, David Bowie) Nick Tauber
                                                                                              (Thin Lizzy, Def leopard) and Todd Burke
                                                                                              (Ben Harper).



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ones to WAtch

Many ICMP students go on to
develop great careers in the music
industry; we try to follow each of our
graduates’ progress closely and we
are, of course, very proud of their
achievements!

It is difficult to pick out just a handful
when we have so many talented
performers and creative artists               Jack Doolan (Hi Dip, Guitar)                     Beni Giles (Hi Dip,
graduating each year, but here are            Jack set up his London band Cypher16 at
                                                                                               Bass - Scholarship Winner)
some recent stars who are no doubt            the age of just 15, and is also the founder
                                              of his own record label ‘Constant Evolution      Beni was the ICMP bass scholarship winner
destined for great things. Keep your                                                           in 2007 and has gone on to write a wide
                                              Records’. Cypher16’s ‘The Man of The
eyes and ears open for them!                                                                   range of music for TV plus touring with
                                              Black Abyss’ EP was recently released
                                              and the tracks success has now led to a          Gary Go. Beni’s first gig was to a packed
                                              management contract. The band will start         venue of 11,000 after just 2 rehearsals
                                              their tour of India in October 2009 and          as main support for Lady Gaga! He has
                                              have successfully filmed their first music       also released one single as a solo artist,
                                              video ‘Symphony To End It All (III)’ with        ‘Stranger’ (currently available on iTunes),
                                              legendary PR company Workhard PR,                and has a second, ‘Cold At Heart’, due
                                              fronted by Roland Hyams (Iron Maiden,            out in September. Beni’s debut album,
                                              Black Sabbath).                                  Sylvester Path, is set to be released
                                                                                               towards the end of the year.




Loick Essien (Hi Dip, Vocals)
Loick, a 2008 graduate of our Vocal Higher
Diploma and ICMP vocal scholarship
winner, is now set for an extremely bright
future. Since graduating from the Institute
and performing at an industry event at our
local music venue, The Luminaire, he has
many new exciting projects on the horizon.    Joelle Moses (Dip, Vocals)                       Raphaella (Degree, Vocals)
He was recently snapped up by Sony and        Currently studying vocals at the Institute,
                                                                                               Raphaella is a 19 year old singer/songwriter
was quickly signed on a development deal.     Joelle is constantly writing and recording
                                                                                               in her 2nd year of the Degree programme
Loick has spent much time after college       songs, auditioning and performing at every
                                                                                               here at the Institute. She is an exciting,
travelling and has been flown to LA and       opportunity. Recently, Joelle has been
                                                                                               young, vibrant artist that is turning many
Sweden to work with some outstanding          involved in some extremely high-profile
                                                                                               heads in the music industry. She has a
producers. Currently in LA, he is working     projects. She has recorded demos for Toni
                                                                                               unique vocal, which is sure to excite and
on writing and recording his debut album.     Braxton, Leona Lewis, Rhianna and Kylie
                                                                                               capture you whether live or on record.
Loick has also collaborated on a new music    Minogue and has worked with Crown Music
                                                                                               Recently signed to a production deal, she
project and is working with Chipmunk,         Management (Sugababes, VV Brown) on
                                                                                               is currently writing and recording her debut
another up and coming signed artist.          vocal and songwriting sessions. Additional
                                                                                               album which already includes tracks written
                                              to these projects, she is also writing her own
                                                                                               by the legendary Robbie Williams, Ash
                                              album and is certainly one to watch!
                                                                                               Hamilton and Benny D.


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teAching fAcilities
At the icmP we are committed to                  Drum techniques room: Dedicated to the
creating the best teaching and learning          study of drum-specific classes and fully
environment possible, providing our              equipped with acoustic drum kit, PA and
students with the latest industry-               monitors.
standard equipment in a custom-built
space. investment in our performance,            Dedicated keyboard & technology suites:
practice and teaching rooms and                  Housing network-enabled individual iMac
equipment is a priority, and we have             pre-production stations each with gear by
developed partnerships with many of              M-Audio and Line-6, featuring electronic
the leading names in the music industry.         V-Drums for laying down drum tracks via
And icmP students can access all                 MIDI while also offering the latest in Roland
facilities outside of timetabled teaching        keyboard technology.
for personal practice free of charge!


Currently, ICMP students count on a wide
range of specialist facilities including:


Live performance studios: Fully-equipped
with professional PA and monitoring system
and a range of professional standard backline.


Specialist teaching rooms: Fully equipped
with PA, keyboard and instrument backline;
some have electronic drum kits (Roland V-
drums) which supplement the wide range of
acoustic kits available around the school.


Broadcast-quality recording studio:
Linked via Roland’s Digital Snake to a live
performance room and based around the
latest Mac Pro Quad Core running the latest
Logic. Outboard includes Lexicon, TL Audio,
Line-6, Roland and Akai and mics by Shure.




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Songwriting room: Creative and dynamic            specific problems such as RSI, tendonitis
environment which offers facilities guaranteed    or tennis elbow. The Alexander Technique is
to inspire. This room provides songwriters        also ideal in helping to prevent problems from
with a selection of professional instruments      occurring in the first place and will improve
including an electric piano, acoustic guitars     posture, which in turn improves your practice
and percussion.                                   and performance.


Acoustic drum practice booths: Each air-          Why not attend an open day or book an
conditioned custom-designed booth has a           appointment to come and see for yourself
full professional kit, a drum machine, audio      why the ICMP continues to lead the way in
playback and headphone mixer system.              providing a world-class teaching, practicing
                                                  and performing environment!
Lecture rooms: ICMP lecture rooms are fully
equipped with the latest in information and
communications technology and are used to
deliver lecture and seminar classes as well as
video and film presentations.


Learning resource centre: The LRC is
stocked with all the key course texts for
students to use on a reference basis. It
also features internet-connected computer
stations where students can research and
work in a quiet and relaxed environment.


Student area: Comfortably furnished with a
mixture of sofas, chairs, tables and live music
TV, this is where students can relax during
their breaks, read the latest music press or
jam and network with fellow classmates.


Instruments: We hold a wide range of guitars,
basses, mics and even percussion ensemble
kits that are available for classroom use by
students. For the study of percussion, the
school also has a wide range of large and
small instruments (from congas to triangles).


The ICMP also has an in-house Alexander
Technique teacher, who provides help with




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music industry connections




Being located in London (the world’s            supporting the development of your career,       debut performances from the likes of Damien
music capital) is of huge importance to         including such people as:                        Rice and KT Tunstall.
aspiring musicians and creative artists.
With thousands of the most important            Jason guy a former Marketing Director            sam frank Sam has been working in the
and influential venues, promoters, labels,      at Chrysalis, Polydor, Island and Sony UK,       music business for nearly twenty years and
managers, agents and events right on our        who has worked with acts such as Sting,          has arranged, played live and recorded studio
doorstep, the Institute can facilitate the      Jamiroquai, The Coral and Janet Jackson.         sessions with acts ranging from Jay Z, The
development of your network and make                                                             Roots, US3, Aswad, Matt Bianco, Bernie
sure the opportunities come your way.           Andy inglis has run the Luminaire since          Worrel and Don Blackman of Parliament
                                                2005, prior to that Andy’s background            Funkadelic, Joss Stone and many more.
The Institute has regular contact with          was in management and record labels;
promoters, managers, A&R and record             he has managed both Utah Saints and              Paul simm Paul is a British songwriter,
label executives. The ICMP also employs a       Dope Smugglers.                                  musician and music producer who has written
dedicated Industry Liaison Manager, James                                                        and produced several hits for the Sugababes.
Brister, who is on hand full time to help       Ken foreman founding member and singer           He is currently signed with Trevor Horn’s
students and alumni get the best gigs to        of Thrashing Doves who has also produced         publishing company, Perfect Songs.
showcase their material and develop their       records for Chrysalis, Sony, and EMI and has
profiles. In James’s view “the ICMP is the      composed music for commercials including;
perfect place for talented musicians and        Adidas, Vauxhall and 7Up.
creative artists to gain success in what is a
complex and highly competitive industry”        sophie daniels has worked for S Records,
No other school has the resources and           (now SYCO), marketing major pop acts for
connections combined with a London location     Simon Cowell, Sony UK, Sony Classical UK
– and being in the music capital is critical    and BBC Music Live (TV and Radio Events).
for success!’
                                                tony moore The face of famous venue The
In addition to James and his team, the ICMP     Bedford and founder of the Kashmir Klub
counts on an experienced and respected          which almost single-handedly led the singer/
support staff who are committed to              songwriter acoustic revolution in the UK, with




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specifically, the icmP helps students           The following are just a few examples of
and alumni with the following:                  musicians and artists we have recently
                                                developed through our industry contacts
Auditions: Recently, we have facilitated
auditions with Warner Music, RCA, Sony          Animal Kingdom (Signed to Warner)
Music, EMI, BBC, ITV, E4, Sky One, Mercury      Warner approached us looking for a guitarist
Music, Fierce Panda Records, Xenomania,         to join them on their tour dates last year.
ISLAND, Columbia, Universal Music, Channel      ICMP alumnus Matt Park was auditioned and
4, ITV, RDF Television and 1917 to name a       chosen for this outstanding opportunity!
few.
                                                dub Pistols
gigs and open mics: ICMP offers an              The Dub Pistols held auditions for students
amazing and unique opportunity for live         and teachers at the ICMP. Tutor, Darren
performance.                                    Ashford, got the gig together with Jack
                                                Cowens, ICMP alumnus, as the main dep.
A&r advice and support: Some of the             The band recently played at Glastonbury.
most respected people in the music business
regularly host seminars, workshops and          marina and the diamonds
advice sessions for our students.               Drum Auditions were held in the ICMP, to
                                                gig with Marina, alumnus Chris Morris was
Work experience: We have excellent              delighted to be chosen.
contacts and often get work experience
opportunities within local studios and some     Jay Jay Pistolet
of the biggest names in the business, such as   Unsigned but published artist, Jay Jay
Roland, Yamaha and Sony.                        Pistolet came to the ICMP via his manager
                                                looking for a drummer and a bassist. ICMP
                                                student Ed Broad got the gig on drums, with
                                                Arni Arnason on bass.


                                                6 day riot
                                                6 Day Riot auditions were held through the
                                                college and alumnus Caspar Riis got the
                                                gig. They were delighted to be playing at
                                                Glastonbury this year!




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guitAr courses
              Degree 18
       Higher Diploma 20
             Diploma 22
           Certificate 24




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degree
course name      Degree
Qualification    BMus (Hons) in Popular Music Performance
location         Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
ucAs code        W310
start dates      October, annually
duration         3 years full time
timing           Two 15-week semesters (inc. exams) per year,
                 +/- 16 hours/week, 3-4 days/week
class size       Instrumental classes are typically 12 students
                 per class. Academic subject class sizes can vary
                 depending upon the mode of delivery
entry            GCE A/VCE A Level 160 points
requirements     BTEC National Diploma (approx. 160 points) = MPP
                 ICMP Higher Diploma or Diploma (at suitable pass levels)
                 IB 30 points
                 We may consider applicants with equivalent
                 qualifications or professional musical experience.
                 There is a mandatory audition prior to acceptance
course fees      Contact Admissions or see website for details of
                 course fees and funding


THE PROgRAMME

The Institute’s degree is the UK’s pre-eminent BMus degree course for       theory divide. This enables students to develop skills in music practice,
guitarists wishing to reach professional standards of musicianship and      performance and production, resulting in a high level of competence and
                                                                            literacy with the language of popular music.
build sustainable careers in the music industry.
                                                                            Students follow a core programme throughout the first two years,
Key Points                                                                  developing their music skills in performance, theory and practice,
- Conservatoire-style education for the contemporary guitarist              technology, stylistic awareness, collaboration, popular music history,
   Considerably more contact teaching hours than many popular               songwriting, arranging and composition, percussion and backing vocals.
   music degrees                                                            This skill development is augmented in the second year by modules which
- Unique Licentiate as an option in the third year offering experience      examine the business and economic aspects of the music industry.
   of teacher training
- Challenges students to achieve professional levels of musicianship        The third year provides the opportunity to study practical music skills to an
   and instrumental skill                                                   advanced level, both in individual and ensemble ‘real world’ performance
- Develops transferable and industry skills to prepare graduates for        situations. Project options within the third year of the programme offer
   the real world                                                           numerous opportunities for the construction of individual leaning routes
- Delivered by the UK’s leading teaching faculty, with unrivalled           so that students can develop more specialist skills in their chosen area of
   professional credentials                                                 music study (e.g. production project, event management).

This dynamic, relevant and challenging programme combines the               Significantly, students enrolled on this programme receive considerably
development of professional playing and musicianship skills with the        more contact teaching hours at every level than similar UK courses.
provision of the tools and knowledge required to develop and sustain        Students also have the opportunity to achieve teacher training
a career in the modern music industry. The course offers a high-quality     experience by opting to take the Licentiate option during the third year
‘conservatoire style’ approach for the contemporary guitarist and           of study. This unique and innovative element of the programme means
delivers high instrumental standards.                                       that the successful graduate is provided with an immediate pathway into
                                                                            teaching.
It is mainly delivered through practice and performance based modules
(approximately 75% of the activities) and provides a unique practice-


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YEAR OnE
The first semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrumental Studies: Classes include technique, styles and reading. Music Theory: Aimed at developing the student’s wider
musicianship, this includes classes on aural & transcribing, harmony & theory and keyboards
Music Performance History & origins of Popular Music. Live performance workshops, ensemble, introduction to percussion and backing vocals
Music Production Music Technology: An introduction to the fundamentals, equipping students with the tools and principles of programming
and processing Songwriting: An introduction to the ethics of arrangement and the principles of songwriting, including form, lyrics, melody, rhythm
and harmony

The second semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrumental Studies: Classes include technique, styles and reading. Music Theory: Aimed at developing the student’s wider
musicianship, this includes classes on aural & transcribing, harmony & theory and keyboards
Music Performance History & origins of Popular Music. Live performance workshops, ensemble, percussion and backing vocals
Music Production Music Technology: Continuing study of the fundamentals, equipping students with the tools and principles of programming
and processing Songwriting: Continuing study of the ethics of arrangement and the principles of songwriting, including form, lyrics, melody,
rhythm and harmony

YEAR TWO
The first semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrument Studies: Classes include technique, styles and reading. Music Theory: Aural & transcribing, harmony & theory
and keyboards
Music Performance Ensemble Skills: A wide-ranging ensemble class supporting the increasing development of performance and
communication skills within the appropriate styles of 20th century popular music, and inculcating an awareness of industry-standard performance.
Live performance workshops
Music Production Music Business. Arranging and Composing

The second semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrumental Studies: Technique, styles and reading. Music Theory: Aural & transcribing, harmony & theory, keyboards
Music Performance Ensemble Skills: A wide-ranging ensemble class supporting and extending the development of performance and
communication skills within the appropriate stylistic idioms of 20th century popular music. Live performance workshops
Music Production Music Business. Arranging and Composing

YEAR THREE In year 3 of the BMus, students must take one of the Dissertation modules. All modules are 20 credits unless specified
The second semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Event Management (optional 20 credits) This module consists of a broad range of relevant, practical management techniques, including
communication, negotiation, organisation, co-ordination, arbitration, and resource management. Students will also study venue operations, event
culture and tour management and acquire a functional understanding of the relevant legal issues, obligations and regulations such as public and
personal liability, health and safety, and insurance
Dissertation (optional 20 credits) After an initial introduction to the dissertation module, covering issues such as library use, bibliographies,
research methodologies and scholarly apparatus, there will be a flexible timetable of seminars based on student presentations and smaller tutorial
groups in which broad interests are addressed
Production Project (20 credits) This module develops the skills necessary to plan, rehearse and perform a programme of original popular
music, either as a live presentation or as a recorded portfolio of work
In addition, students take the following two-semester modules in the third year:
Dissertation (optional 40 credits) The Dissertation module is broken into three components, as follows: Lecture/workshop component:
Review of the field/subject discipline and reprise of conventions of scholarly writing and citation. Identifying and selecting a suitable object
of inquiry, then identifying primary and secondary sources and discussing framework and structure. Research study group development:
Dedicated series of research seminars and the formulation of agreed project. Supervision & write-up: Regular supervision and production of
drafts, revisions and final submission
Licentiate (optional 40 credits) This unique option equips the student with skills enabling them to design, deploy and evaluate a variety of
teaching, learning and assessment methods. It will also enable the student to achieve a recognised teaching qualification
Specialised Performance Skills (40 credits) This module provides the opportunity to perform, create, and re-create music at an advanced
level. There are two components: Directed Instrumental Skills: Working collectively, as part of an ensemble under direction, this element draws
on the many musical skills acquired at levels one and two. Individual Instrumental Skills: This class involves the student working in a specialised
field requiring virtuoso technique


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higher diPlomA
course name       Higher Diploma
Qualification     Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in
                  Music Performance
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates       October, April
duration          30 weeks full-time
timing            3 x 10-week terms, 16/17 hours/week, 3 days/week
entry             Students should possess intermediate skill levels on
requirements      their instrument. There is a mandatory assessment prior
                  to acceptance. In addition, students would typically
                  have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s, grades A to C, or similar
                  qualifications. Sight reading skills are not required
course fees       Contact Admissions or see website for details of
                  course fees and funding




THE PROgRAMME

The foremost intensive Higher Diploma course for guitarists wishing to      The Higher Diploma course is broken down into four main areas of
study a wide range of contemporary styles, fast-track the development       study, as follows:
of their musicianship, playing and performing skills, and to discover       Core Curriculum
their creative potential.                                                   Covers and develops the essential technical and theoretical skills that
                                                                            are required to establish and maintain a successful career as a guitarist
-   The first course of its kind in the UK and continually improved
    over 20 years                                                           Performance
-   Delivered by the legendary Guitar Institute teaching faculty            Provides an in-depth appreciation and understanding of all the principal
-   Covers a wide range of relevant musical styles                          contemporary musical styles
-   Intense focus on practical instrumental skills and performance,
                                                                            Stylistic Study
    in small group sizes
                                                                            Involves live performance of all the principal contemporary styles, from
-   Designed to achieve the highest levels of musicianship whilst also
                                                                            Blues, Rock and Funk through to advanced styles such as Jazz and
    developing creative potential
                                                                            Fusion
This one year course is designed to equip aspiring professional musicians   Sight Reading
with the skills and awareness required by today’s ever-changing music       Assuming no prior reading experience, this part of the course provides
industry. Successful students will gain a nationally recognised Level 5     the guitarist with the tools required to read standard musical notation
BTEC qualification which can be used to progress to the ICMP BMus
and other HE courses.

On the Higher Diploma course all students perform every week in
live band situations with other instrumentalists, studying the different
musical styles relevant to today’s wide-ranging musical arena. Class
sizes are generally no more than 12, creating a high level of student
interaction with both tutors and fellow musicians. This ensures that
learning opportunities are maximized and the learning environment
remains extremely focused.




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LEVEL I (TERM 1)
Core Curriculum Modules Aural & Transcribing: An introduction to developing aural skills, both as an individual skill and in the practical
application of transcribing Harmony & Theory: An introduction to practical harmony and theory, such as diatonic harmony and scale/chord
formation Fretboard Skills: Builds solid foundations on the fretboard that will facilitate a thorough understanding of the instrument and its
associated techniques Keyboards: Provides the student with an introduction to the keyboard as a second instrument, supporting the music
technology and songwriting modules Music Technology: An introduction to the use of music technology, designed to equip students with the
skills required to program and realise their own works and those of others Complete Musician: An introduction to the all important skills required
to function effectively in the contemporary music business – personal promotion (CV preparation, web based promo skills, networking etc),
professional practice, project planning & realisation
Performance modules Live Performance Workshop: Teaches guitarists to function effectively in a real-band environment. Alongside fellow
students from the drum, bass and vocal faculties, a repertoire of songs are learned and performed covering three key styles; Blues, Soul and Rock
Rhythm Section Workshop: This module begins to investigate the critical role of the guitarist as part of the rhythm section, both analytically and
practically. Essential styles are broken down, analysed and examples from each performed in a band environment.
Stylistic study modules Rhythm guitar: Covers a wide range of rhythm guitar styles, breaking each down into component parts Blues: Covers
a wide variety of styles within the Blues idiom through study of some of the main stylistic innovators Rock: Covers a wide variety of styles within
the Classic Rock idiom through study of some of the main stylistic innovators Fingerstyle: Introduces and develops the fingerstyle technique,
applicable to both acoustic and electric guitar
Sight reading module Introduces all of the concepts that will enable the guitarist to start reading basic standard notation


LEVEL II (TERM 2)

Core Curriculum Modules Aural & Transcribing: Building upon Level I, this module adds more complex chordal structures and progressions
Harmony & Theory: Further extends understanding of the fretboard & associated harmony, moving onto minor scales and their chordal
constructions Fretboard Skills: Extends fretboard knowledge and technique considerably, incorporating arpeggios and their use, and more
advanced modes and minor scales Songwriting: Covers the broad concepts and lays the foundations of the art of songwriting, encouraging
students to explore their creative capabilities Music Business: Provides students with a practical, coherent and solid overview of the main
business practices currently used within the industry, focusing on issues such as music publishing, management, revenue streams and
copyright protection
Performance Modules Live Performance Workshop: This module teaches guitarists to function in a real-band environment. Alongside fellow
students from the drum, bass and vocal faculties, you will learn and perform a repertoire of tunes, covering three key styles; Pop, Rock and World
Music Rhythm Section Workshop: Deepens understanding of the critical role of the guitarist as part of the rhythm section, both analytically and
practically. Essential styles are broken down, analysed and examples from each performed in a band environment
Stylistic study modules Rhythm guitar: An advanced and in-depth look at a wider range of rhythm guitar styles Blues: This module builds
upon previous learning, taking the skills acquired and developing them. Stylistically it incorporates more fusion and jazz styles Rock: Builds upon
the studies undertaken previously, but introduces more technically demanding aspects. As rock guitar has developed over the past 30 years, the
physical demands have increased steadily; this module charts the progress of the rock genre Country: Introduces and develops some of the more
demanding techniques that the country guitarist has to acquire, such as banjo rolls, pedal steel imitation and hybrid picking Improvisation: This
module studies many of the concepts and skills involved in improvisation as applied in a wide range of stylistic settings
Sight reading module Builds on previous learning, incorporating reading in various keys and positions


LEVEL III (TERM 3)
Core Curriculum modules Aural & Arranging: Focuses on complex chordal structures and progressions and introduces basic arranging for
other band instruments Harmony & Theory: Extends harmony and theory into areas of more complex jazz theory, supporting styles covered in
performance Fretboard Skills: Extends fretboard understanding in chords, scales and arpeggios to an advanced level Studio Musician: Building
on the Music Tech and Songwriting modules, students will further extend their creative potential by producing a professional standard recording of
their original compositions
Performance modules Live Performance Workshop: Teaches guitarists to function effectively in a real-band environment, where a repertoire
of songs covering more advanced styles will be learned and performed Advanced Performance Workshop: Involves learning a repertoire of
advanced and esoteric instrumental styles, including fusion, country and contemporary rock. This module is where many of the aspects studied
over the previous two levels are applied in a real band environment Jazz: The practice and application of basic Jazz concepts through the study
and performance of a selection of standard Jazz compositions
Stylistic Study modules Chord Melody: Covers the role of electric and acoustic guitar in a solo environment, incorporating solo arrangements
of many classic jazz and popular tunes Fusion: Introduces more demanding and contemporary techniques developed from the fusion of Jazz,
Rock and Funk styles
Reading Studies module Further develops all of the concepts from the previous modules




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diPlomA
course name        Diploma
Qualification      The validating body is Edexcel and students receive a
                   National Certificate in Music (up to 240 UCAS points)
                   which is a Level 3 award equivalent to two ‘A’ levels
location           Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates        September, annually
duration           40 weeks full time
timing             4 x 10 week terms, +/- 18 hours/week, 3-4 days/week
course fees        Tuition fees fully funded for UK-resident 16-18 year olds
                   All other students contact Admissions or see website
                   for details of course fees and funding. All students pay
                   a small additional materials/registration fee




THE PROgRAMME

The Diploma course is for guitarists wishing to develop and practice           Stylistic Study
their live band performance skills, improve their general musicianship         This part of the course provides the student with an in-depth
and musical knowledge, and explore their creative potential.                   understanding of all the principal contemporary musical styles, from
                                                                               rock to blues, indie to R ‘n’ B, both in terms of performance and their
-   Play and perform every week in live bands and discover                     historical importance.
    your creative potential                                                    Live Performance
-   Experience the ICMP’s unique and inspirational teaching                    These units, where students of all four instruments come together,
-   Gain a nationally recognised qualification                                 provide the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to confidently
-   Tuition fees fully funded for UK-resident 16-18 year olds                  perform in front of an audience, at the same time applying much of
                                                                               what is learned in other classes. Classes take the form of weekly Live
The focus of this course is very much on playing in a band, with lots          Performance Workshops, Band Workshops and a Final Pop Project
of performance opportunities each week and throughout the course.              where learners prepare for their final performances.
Students form bands, choose and rehearse repertoire and deliver the
results where it matters, on stage! In addition to this you will learn about   Composition
a wide range of contemporary styles, study the techniques and theory           These modules focus on developing students’ creative potential, both
of your instrument, enhance your creativity and songwriting whilst             as individuals and as musicians working within a band, and giving them
also looking at the broader issues involved with contemporary music            the skills to become composers and songwriters.
including music business and the history of music.
                                                                               Humanities
The Diploma is broken down into five main areas of study:                      These units focus on many of the historical, social, philosophical and
                                                                               cultural issues relating to the study of music and help develop analytical
                                                                               and critical skills which are highly transferable to different roles within
COURSE OUTLInE
                                                                               the music industry. Classes include Music Business, the History of
                                                                               Popular Music and Music & Society.
Core Skills
These classes develop the fundamental skills that learners will require        If you love music and performing, this course will help you develop the
to progress on their instruments, such as Instrumental Techniques,             instrumental and musical skills you need to start your career. Unleash
Reading Skills, Harmony & Theory and Aural & Transcribing.                     your own true creative potential; find out what you are capable of as a
                                                                               musician!


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LEVEL I (TERM 1)                                                        LEVEL II (TERM 2)
Core Skills                                                             Core Skills
Instrumental Techniques                                                 Instrumental Techniques
Reading Skills 1, Sight Reading 1                                       Reading Skills 2, Sight Reading 2
Harmony & Theory                                                        Harmony & Theory
Aural & Transcribing                                                    Aural & Transcribing

Stylistic Study                                                         Stylistic Study
Styles 1 and Styles 2                                                   Styles 3 and Styles 4

live Performance                                                        live Performance
Live Performance Workshops and Prep class                               Live Performance Workshops and Prep class
Rhythm Section Workshop                                                 Rhythm Section Workshop

Composition                                                             Composition
Songwriting                                                             Songwriting

Humanities                                                              Humanities
History of Popular Music                                                History of Popular Music
Music Business                                                          Music Business


LEVEL III (TERM 3)                                                      LEVEL IV (TERM 4)
Core Skills                                                             Core Skills
Instrumental Techniques                                                 Instrumental Techniques
Reading Skills 3, Sight Reading 3                                       Harmony & Theory
Harmony & Theory                                                        Aural & Transcribing
Aural & Transcribing
                                                                        Stylistic Study
live Performance                                                        Styles 5 and Styles 6
Live Performance Workshops and Prep class
Pop Performance Project                                                 live Performance
Rhythm Section Workshop                                                 Live Performance Workshops and Prep class
                                                                        Pop Performance Project
Composition                                                             Rhythm Section Workshop
Songwriting
                                                                        Composition
Humanities                                                              Songwriting
Music & Society
Music Business                                                          Humanities
                                                                        Music & Society
In addition all students will study one prescribed Key Skill at         Music Business
level three and have regular tutorial support


At the ICMP we share your passion for music, so by choosing to
continue your music education with us you will become a valued
member of a musical community. Consequently, in addition to
timetabled studies, learners are encouraged to participate in a range
of extra-curricula activities designed to enhance and reinforce the
learning experience. These include masterclasses, clinics, recitals,
and participation in jam nights, open days, faculty led ensembles
and many external musical events.




                                                                        The Diploma is delivered in partnership with The
                                                                        College of North West London


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certificAte
course name       Certificate
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates       October, January, April, July (depending on level)
duration          10 weeks full-time
timing            16/17 hours/week, 3 days/week
entry             Students should possess intermediate skill levels on
requirements      the instrument for Level I, with higher abilities for
                  direct entry onto Levels II or III. There is a mandatory
                  assessment prior to acceptance. In addition,
                  students would typically have a minimum
                  of 5 GCSE’s, grades A to C, or similar qualifications
                  Sight reading skills are not required.
course fees       Contact admissions or see website for details of
                  course fees and funding




THE PROgRAMME                                                                COURSE OUTLInE

The Certificate course is designed for those students who cannot             The Certificate course is broken down into four main areas of
                                                                             study, as follows
commit to a full year of study at one time, and provides the perfect
opportunity to maximize learning in a short period of time. Students         Core Curriculum
who complete the Certificate course obtain credits that they can use         Covers and develops the essential technical skills that are required
towards the full Higher Diploma award at a later stage.                      to develop a career as a musician, for example harmony and theory,
                                                                             instrumental techniques, transcribing, arranging and aural skills.
Each level of the Certificate course corresponds exactly to each of          Performance
three levels of the Higher Diploma course. So, for example, studying         Covers all the principal contemporary styles, from blues, rock and funk
on Level I Certificate is exactly equivalent to studying on Level I of the   through to advanced styles such as jazz and fusion. This provides the
Higher Diploma. Students play every week in live band situations with        student with performance experience and skills, as well as a widening
other instrumentalists, studying the different musical styles relevant to    song repertoire
today’s wide-ranging musical arena.
                                                                             Stylistic Studies
Class sizes are generally no more than 12, creating a high level of          This part of the course provides students with an in-depth understanding
student interaction with both tutors and fellow musicians. This ensures      of all the principal contemporary musical styles, both in terms of
that learning opportunities are maximized and the learning environment       instrumental technique and historical importance and perspective.
remains extremely focused.
                                                                             Reading Studies
                                                                             Starting from first principles, this part of the course will provide you
                                                                             with the tools required to read standard notation. This essential skill is
                                                                             supported throughout the course in practical performance classes, and
                                                                             is an integral part of a musician’s skill set.
                                                                             For full details of the course content at each level of the Certificate (I, II or
                                                                             III), please see the corresponding level for the Higher Diploma course.




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    Higher Diploma 30
          Diploma 32
        Certificate 34




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degree
course name       Degree
Qualification     BMus (Hons) in Popular Music Performance
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
ucAs code         W310
start dates       October, annually
duration          3 years full time
timing            Two 15-week semesters (inc. exams) per year,
                  +/- 16 hours/week, 3-4 days/week
class size        Instrumental classes are typically 12 students per class
                  Academic subject class sizes can vary depending
                  upon the mode of delivery
entry             GCE A/VCE A Level 160 points
requirements      BTEC National Diploma (approx. 160 points) = MPP
                  ICMP Higher Diploma or Diploma (at suitable pass levels)
                  IB 30 points
                  We may consider applicants with equivalent
                  qualifications or professional musical experience
                  There is a mandatory audition prior to acceptance
course fees       Contact Admissions or see website for details
                  of course fees and funding


THE PROgRAMME

The Institute’s degree is the UK’s pre-eminent BMus degree course for        performance and production, resulting in a high level of competence and
bassists wishing to reach professional standards of musicianship and         literacy with the language of popular music.
build sustainable careers in the music industry.
                                                                             Students follow a core programme throughout the first two years,
                                                                             developing their music skills in performance, theory and practice,
Key Points                                                                   technology, stylistic awareness, collaboration, popular music history,
- Conservatoire-style education for the contemporary bassist                 songwriting, arranging and composition, percussion and backing vocals.
- Considerably more contact teaching hours than many popular                 This skill development is augmented in the second year by modules which
   music degrees                                                             examine the business and economic aspects of the music industry.
- Unique Licentiate as an option in the third year offering experience
   of teacher training                                                       The third year provides the opportunity to study practical music skills to an
- Challenges students to achieve professional levels of musicianship         advanced level, both in individual and ensemble ‘real world’ performance
   and instrumental skill                                                    situations. Project options within the third year of the programme offer
- Develops transferable and industry skills to prepare graduates for         numerous opportunities for the construction of individual leaning routes
   the real world                                                            so that students can develop more specialist skills in their chosen area of
- Delivered by the UK’s leading teaching faculty, with unrivalled            music study (e.g. production project, event management).
   professional credentials
                                                                             Significantly, students enrolled on this programme receive considerably
This dynamic, relevant and challenging programme combines the                more contact teaching hours at every level than similar UK courses.
development of professional playing and musicianship skills with the         Students also have the opportunity to achieve teacher training
provision of the tools and knowledge required to develop and sustain a       experience by opting to take the Licentiate option during the third year
career in the modern music industry. The course offers a ‘conservatoire      of study. This unique and innovative element of the programme means
style’ approach for the contemporary bassist and delivers high               that the successful graduate is provided with an immediate pathway into
instrumental standards.                                                      teaching.

It is mainly delivered through practice and performance based modules
(approximately 75% of the activities) and provides a unique practice-
theory divide. This enables students to develop skills in music practice,
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YEAR OnE
The first semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrumental Studies: Classes include technique, styles and reading Music Theory: Aimed at developing the student’s wider
musicianship, this includes classes on aural & transcribing, harmony & theory and keyboards
Music Performance History & origins of Popular Music. Live performance workshops, ensemble, introduction to percussion and backing vocals
Music Production Music Technology. Songwriting
The second semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrumental Studies: Classes include technique, styles and reading Music theory: Aimed at developing the student’s wider
musicianship, this includes classes on aural & transcribing, harmony & theory and keyboards
Music Performance History & origins of Popular Music. Live performance workshops, ensemble, percussion and backing vocals
Music Production Music Technology. Songwriting


YEAR TWO
The first semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrument Studies: Classes include technique, styles and reading Music Theory: Aural & transcribing, harmony & theory
and keyboards
Music Performance Ensemble Skills: A wide-ranging ensemble class supporting the increasing development of performance and
communication skills within the appropriate styles of 20th century popular music, and inculcating an awareness of industry-standard performance.
Live performance workshops
Music Production Music Business. Arranging and Composing

The second semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrumental Studies: Technique, styles and reading. Music Theory: Aural & transcribing, harmony & theory, keyboards
Music Performance Ensemble Skills: A wide-ranging ensemble class supporting and extending the development of performance and
communication skills within the appropriate stylistic idioms of 20th century popular music. Live performance workshops
Music Production Music Business. Arranging and Composing


YEAR THREE In year 3 of the BMus, students must take one of the Dissertation modules. All modules are 20 credits unless specified
The second semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Event Management (optional 20 credits) This module will consist of a broad range of relevant, practical management techniques, including
communication, negotiation, organisation, co-ordination, arbitration, and resource management. Students will also study venue operations, event
culture and tour management and acquire a functional understanding of the relevant legal issues, obligations and regulations such as public and
personal liability, health and safety, and insurance
Dissertation (optional 20 credits) After an initial introduction to the dissertation module, covering issues such as library use, bibliographies,
research methodologies and scholarly apparatus, there will be a flexible timetable of seminars based on student presentations and smaller tutorial
groups in which broad interests are addressed
Production Project (20 credits) This module develops the skills necessary to plan, rehearse and perform a programme of original popular
music, either as a live presentation or as a recorded portfolio of work
In addition, students take the following two-semester modules in the third year:
Dissertation (optional 40 credits) The Dissertation module is broken into three components, as follows: Lecture/workshop component:
Review of the field/subject discipline and reprise of conventions of scholarly writing and citation. Identifying and selecting a suitable object
of inquiry, then identifying primary and secondary sources and discussing framework and structure. Research study group development:
Dedicated series of research seminars and the formulation of agreed project. Supervision & write-up: Regular supervision and production of
drafts, revisions and final submission
Licentiate (optional 40 credits) This unique option equips the student with skills enabling them to design, deploy and evaluate a variety of
teaching, learning and assessment methods. It will also enable the student to achieve a recognised teaching qualification
Specialised Performance Skills (40 credits) This module provides the opportunity to perform, create, and re-create music at an advanced
level. There are two components: Directed Instrumental Skills: Working collectively, as part of an ensemble under direction, this element draws
on the many musical skills acquired at levels one and two. Individual Instrumental Skills: This class involves the student working in a specialised
field requiring virtuoso technique




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higher diPlomA
course name       Higher Diploma
Qualification     Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in
                  Music Performance
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates       October, April
duration          30 weeks full-time
timing            3 x 10-week terms, 16/17 hours/week, 3 days/week
entry             Students should possess intermediate skill levels on
requirements      their instrument. There is a mandatory assessment
                  prior to acceptance. In addition, students would
                  typically have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s, grades A to C,
                  or similar qualifications. Sight reading skills are
                  not required
course fees       Contact Admissions or see website for details of
                  course fees and funding




THE PROgRAMME

The foremost intensive Higher Diploma course for bassists wishing           The Higher Diploma course is broken down into four main areas of
to study a wide range of contemporary styles, discover their creative       study, as follows:
potential and fast-track the development of their musicianship, playing     Core Curriculum
and performing skills.                                                      Covers and develops the essential technical and theoretical skills that
                                                                            are required to establish and maintain a successful career as a bassist
-   The first course of its kind in the UK and continually improved
    over 20 years                                                           Performance
-   Covers a wide range of relevant musical styles                          Involves live performance of all the principal contemporary styles, from
-   Intense focus on practical instrumental skills and performance, in      Blues, Rock and Funk through to advanced styles such as Jazz and
    small group sizes                                                       Fusion
-   Designed to achieve the highest levels of musicianship whilst also
                                                                            Stylistic Studies
    developing creative potential
                                                                            Provides an in-depth appreciation and understanding of all the principal
                                                                            contemporary musical styles
This one year course is designed to equip aspiring professional musicians
with the skills and awareness required by today’s ever-changing music
industry. Successful students will gain a nationally recognised Level 5     Reading Studies
BTEC qualification which can be used to progress to the Institute BMus      Assuming no prior reading experience, this part of the course provides
and other HE courses.                                                       the bassist with the tools required to read standard musical notation

On the Higher Diploma course all students perform every week in
live band situations with other instrumentalists, studying the different
musical styles relevant to today’s wide-ranging musical arena. Class
sizes are generally no more than 12, creating a high level of student
interaction with both tutors and fellow musicians. This ensures that
learning opportunities are maximized and the learning environment
remains extremely focused.




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LEVEL I (TERM 1)
Core Curriculum modules Aural & Transcribing: Development of aural skills, individually and in the practical application of transcribing
Harmony & Theory: Introduces practical harmony & theory, such as Diatonic Harmony and Scale/Chord formation Fretboard Skills: Builds solid
foundations on the fretboard that will facilitate a thorough understanding of the instrument and its associated techniques Keyboards: Provides
the student with an introduction to keyboard as a 2nd instrument, supporting the music technology and songwriting modules Music Technology:
An introduction to the use of music technology, designed to equip students with the skills required to program and realise their own works and
those of others Complete Musician: An introduction to the all important skills required to function effectively in the contemporary music business
– personal promotion (CV preparation, web based promo skills, networking etc), professional practice, project planning & realisation.
Performance modules Live Performance Workshop: Teaches bassists to function effectively in a real-band environment. Alongside fellow
students from the guitar, drum and vocal faculties, a repertoire of songs are learned and performed covering three key styles; Blues, Soul and Rock
Rhythm Section Workshop: This module begins to investigate the critical role of the bassist as part of the rhythm section, both analytically and
practically. Essential styles are broken down and analysed with examples from each performed in a band environment
Stylistic Study modules Soul/R&B: Identifies the fundamentals of these crucial styles by analysing key repertoire & performers Blues: An
introduction to Blues idioms through a study of the main stylistic innovators Rock: Covers a wide variety of Classic Rock styles through a study
of the main stylistic innovators Funk: An introduction to this style through a study of the main stylistic innovators, covering both fingerstyle and
slap techniques
Reading Studies module Introduces all of the concepts that will enable the bassist to start reading basic standard notation

LEVEL II (TERM 2)

Core Curriculum modules Aural & Transcribing: Builds on aural skills developed in Level I, adding more complex chordal structures and
progressions Harmony & Theory: Further extends understanding of fretboard and associated harmony, moving onto minor scales and their
chordal constructions Fretboard Skills: Extends fretboard knowledge/technique considerably, incorporating arpeggios and their use, modes
and sequential patterns Songwriting: Covers the broad concepts and lays the foundations of the art of songwriting, encouraging students to
explore their creative capabilities Music Business: Provides students with a practical, coherent and solid overview of the main business practices
currently used within the industry, focusing on issues such as music publishing, management, revenue streams and copyright protection
Performance modules Live Performance Workshop: Teaches bassists to function effectively in a real-band environment. Alongside fellow
students from the guitar, drum and vocal faculties, a repertoire of songs are learned and performed covering three key styles; Pop, World Music
and Contemporary Rock Rhythm Section Workshop: Deepens understanding of the critical role of the bassist as part of the rhythm section, both
analytically and practically. More essential styles are broken down and analysed and examples from each performed in a band environment
Stylistic Study modules Funk: Further develops the techniques and broadens the repertoire from Term 1 Rock: Introduction to contemporary
techniques made popular post-1980 with players such as Stu Hamm, Jaco Pastorius and Victor Wooten Soul/R&B: Further develops the
techniques and broadens the repertoire from Term 1 World Music: A broad appreciation of styles which involve Latin, Reggae and African grooves.
Improvisation: This module studies many of the concepts and skills involved in improvisation as applied in a wide range of stylistic settings
Reading Studies module Builds on previous learning, incorporating reading in various keys and positions


LEVEL III (TERM 3)
Core Curriculum modules Aural & Arranging: This module adds more complex chordal structures and progressions and introduces basic
arranging for other band instruments Harmony & Theory: Extends the harmony and theory already learnt into areas of more complex jazz theory,
supporting the styles covered in performance this term Fretboard Skills: Expands fretboard understanding of chords, scales, arpeggios, modes
and minor modes to support the advanced styles being studied this term Studio Musician: Building on the Music Tech and Songwriting modules,
students will further extend their creative potential by producing a professional standard recording of their original compositions.
Performance modules Live Performance Workshop: Teaches bassists to function effectively in a real-band environment, where a repertoire
of songs covering more advanced styles will be learned and performed Advanced Performance Workshop: Involves learning a repertoire of
advanced and esoteric instrumental styles, including fusion, country and contemporary rock. This module is where many of the aspects studied
over the previous two levels are applied in a real band environment Jazz: The practice and application of basic Jazz concepts through the study
and performance of a selection of standard Jazz compositions
Stylistic Study modules Solo Bass: The contemporary role of the electric bass as a solo instrument, covering classical and contemporary
material with pieces by J.S. Bach, Jaco Pastorius and Colin Hodgkinson Contemporary Studies: A study of styles (such as hip-hop, dance, and
electronica) and the various bass instruments and their stylistic suitability (for example, fretless, acoustic bass guitar/upright), and equipment
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diPlomA
course name        Diploma
Qualification      The validating body is Edexcel and students receive a
                   National Certificate in Music (up to 240 UCAS points)
                   which is a Level 3 award equivalent to two ‘A’ levels
location           Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates        September, annually
duration           40 weeks full time
timing             4 x 10 week terms, +/- 18 hours/week, 3-4 days/week
course fees        Tuition fees fully funded for UK-resident 16-18 year olds
                   All other students contact Admissions or see website
                   for details of course fees and funding. All students pay
                   a small additional materials/registration fee




THE PROgRAMME

The Diploma course is for guitarists wishing to develop and practice           Stylistic Study
their live band performance skills, improve their general musicianship         This part of the course provides the student with an in-depth
and musical knowledge, and explore their creative potential.                   understanding of all the principal contemporary musical styles, from
                                                                               rock to blues, indie to R ‘n’ B, both in terms of performance and their
-   Play and perform every week in live bands and discover your                historical importance.
    creative potential                                                         Live Performance
-   Experience the ICMP’s unique and inspirational teaching                    These units, where students of all four instruments come together,
-   Gain a nationally recognised qualification                                 provide the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to confidently
-   Tuition fees fully funded for UK-resident 16-18 year olds                  perform in front of an audience, at the same time applying much of
                                                                               what is learned in other classes. Classes take the form of weekly Live
The focus of this course is very much on playing in a band, with lots          Performance Workshops, Band Workshops and a Final Pop Project
of performance opportunities each week and throughout the course.              where learners prepare for their final performances.
Students form bands, choose and rehearse repertoire and deliver the
results where it matters, on stage! In addition to this you will learn about   Composition
a wide range of contemporary styles, study the techniques and theory           These modules focus on developing students’ creative potential, both
of your instrument, enhance your creativity and songwriting whilst             as individuals and as musicians working within a band, and giving them
also looking at the broader issues involved with contemporary music            the skills to become composers and songwriters.
including music business and the history of music.
                                                                               Humanities
The Diploma is broken down into five main areas of study:                      These units focus on many of the historical, social, philosophical and
                                                                               cultural issues relating to the study of music and help develop analytical
                                                                               and critical skills which are highly transferable to different roles within
COURSE OUTLInE
                                                                               the music industry. Classes include Music Business, the History of
                                                                               Popular Music and Music & Society.
Core Skills
These classes develop the fundamental skills that learners will require        If you love music and performing, this course will help you develop the
to progress on their instruments, such as Instrumental Techniques,             instrumental and musical skills you need to start your career. Unleash
Reading Skills, Harmony & Theory and Aural & Transcribing.                     your own true creative potential; find out what you are capable of as a
                                                                               musician!


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LEVEL I (TERM 1)                                                        LEVEL II (TERM 2)
Core Skills                                                             Core Skills
Instrumental Techniques                                                 Instrumental Techniques
Reading Skills 1, Sight Reading 1                                       Reading Skills 2, Sight Reading 2
Harmony & Theory                                                        Harmony & Theory
Aural & Transcribing                                                    Aural & Transcribing

Stylistic Study                                                         Stylistic Study
Styles 1 and Styles 2                                                   Styles 3 and Styles 4

live Performance                                                        live Performance
Live Performance Workshops and Prep class                               Live Performance Workshops and Prep class
Rhythm Section Workshop                                                 Rhythm Section Workshop

Composition                                                             Composition
Songwriting                                                             Songwriting

Humanities                                                              Humanities
History of Popular Music                                                History of Popular Music
Music Business                                                          Music Business


LEVEL III (TERM 3)                                                      LEVEL IV (TERM 4)
Core Skills                                                             Core Skills
Instrumental Techniques                                                 Instrumental Techniques
Reading Skills 3, Sight Reading 3                                       Harmony & Theory
Harmony & Theory                                                        Aural & Transcribing
Aural & Transcribing
                                                                        Stylistic Study
live Performance                                                        Styles 5 and Styles 6
Live Performance Workshops and Prep class
Pop Performance Project                                                 live Performance
Rhythm Section Workshop                                                 Live Performance Workshops and Prep class
                                                                        Pop Performance Project
Composition                                                             Rhythm Section Workshop
Songwriting
                                                                        Composition
Humanities                                                              Songwriting
Music & Society
Music Business                                                          Humanities
                                                                        Music & Society
In addition all students will study one prescribed Key Skill at level   Music Business
three and have regular tutorial support

At the ICMP we share your passion for music, so by choosing to
continue your music education with us you will become a valued
member of a musical community. Consequently, in addition to
timetabled studies, learners are encouraged to participate in a range
of extra-curricula activities designed to enhance and reinforce the
learning experience. These include masterclasses, clinics, recitals,
and participation in jam nights, open days, faculty led ensembles
and many external musical events.




                                                                        The Diploma is delivered in partnership with The
                                                                        College of North West London


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certificAte
course name       Certificate
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates       October, January, April, July (depending on level)
duration          10 weeks full-time
timing            16/17 hours/week, 3 days/week
entry             Students should possess intermediate skill levels
requirements      on the instrument for Level I, with higher abilities for
                  direct entry onto Levels II or III. There is a mandatory
                  assessment prior to acceptance. In addition, students
                  would typically have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s,
                  grades A to C, or similar qualifications.
                  Sight reading skills are not required
course fees       Contact admissions or see website for
                  details of course fees and funding




THE PROgRAMME                                                                COURSE OUTLInE

The Certificate course is designed for those students who cannot             The Certificate course is broken down into four main areas of
                                                                             study, as follows
commit to a full year of study at one time, and provides the perfect
opportunity to maximize learning in a short period of time. Students         Core Curriculum
who complete the Certificate course obtain credits that they can use         Covers and develops the essential technical skills that are required
towards the full Higher Diploma award at a later stage.                      to develop a career as a musician, for example harmony and theory,
                                                                             instrumental techniques, transcribing, arranging and aural skills.
Each level of the Certificate course corresponds exactly to each of          Performance
three levels of the Higher Diploma course. So, for example, studying         Covers all the principal contemporary styles, from blues, rock and funk
on Level I Certificate is exactly equivalent to studying on Level I of the   through to advanced styles such as jazz and fusion. This provides the
Higher Diploma. Students play every week in live band situations with        student with performance experience and skills, as well as a widening
other instrumentalists, studying the different musical styles relevant to    song repertoire
today’s wide-ranging musical arena.
                                                                             Stylistic Studies
Class sizes are generally no more than 12, creating a high level of          This part of the course provides students with an in-depth understanding
student interaction with both tutors and fellow musicians. This ensures      of all the principal contemporary musical styles, both in terms of
that learning opportunities are maximized and the learning environment       instrumental technique and historical importance and perspective.
remains extremely focused.
                                                                             Reading Studies
                                                                             Starting from first principles, this part of the course will provide you
                                                                             with the tools required to read standard notation. This essential skill is
                                                                             supported throughout the course in practical performance classes, and
                                                                             is an integral part of a musician’s skill set.
                                                                             For full details of the course content at each level of the Certificate (I, II or
                                                                             III), please see the corresponding level for the Higher Diploma course.




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degree
course name       Degree
Qualification     BMus (Hons) in Popular Music Performance
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
ucAs code         W310
start dates       October, annually
duration          3 years full time
timing            Two 15-week semesters (inc. exams) per year,
                  +/- 16 hours/week, 3-4 days/week
class size        Instrumental classes are typically 12 students per class
                  Academic subject class sizes can vary depending
                  upon the mode of delivery
entry             GCE A/VCE A Level 160 points
requirements      BTEC National Diploma (approx. 160 points) = MPP
                  ICMP Higher Diploma or Diploma (at suitable pass levels)
                  IB 30 points
                  We may consider applicants with equivalent
                  qualifications or professional musical experience
                  There is a mandatory audition prior to acceptance
course fees       Contact Admissions or see website for details
                  of course fees and funding


THE PROgRAMME

The Institute’s degree is the UK’s pre-eminent BMus degree course for        performance, and production, resulting in a high level of competence
contemporary drummers wishing to reach professional standards of             and literacy with the language of popular music.
musicianship and build sustainable careers in the music industry.
                                                                             Students follow a core programme throughout the first two years,
                                                                             developing their music skills in performance, theory and practice,
Key Points                                                                   technology, stylistic awareness, collaboration, popular music history,
- Conservatoire-style education for the contemporary drummer                 songwriting, arranging and composition, percussion and backing vocals.
- Considerably more contact teaching hours than other popular                This skill development is augmented in the second year by modules which
   music degrees                                                             examine the business and economic aspects of the music industry.
- Unique Licentiate as an option in the third year offering experience
   of teacher training                                                       The third year provides the opportunity to study practical music skills to an
- Challenges students to achieve professional levels of musicianship         advanced level, both in individual and ensemble ‘real world’ performance
   and instrumental skill                                                    situations. Project options within the third year of the programme offer
- Develops transferable and industry skills to prepare graduates for         numerous opportunities for the construction of individual leaning routes
   the real world                                                            so that students can develop more specialist skills in their chosen area of
- Delivered by the UK’s leading teaching faculty, with unrivalled            music study (e.g. production project, event management).
   professional credentials
                                                                             Significantly, students enrolled on this programme receive considerably
This dynamic, relevant and challenging programme combines the                more contact teaching hours at every level than similar UK courses.
development of professional playing and musicianship skills with the         Students also have the opportunity achieve teacher training experience
provision of the tools and knowledge required to develop and sustain a       by opting to take the Licentiate option during the third year of study.
career in the modern music industry. The course offers a ‘conservatoire      This unique and innovative element of the programme means that
style’ approach for the contemporary drummer and delivers high               the successful graduate is provided with an immediate pathway into
instrumental standards.                                                      teaching.

It is mainly delivered through practice and performance based modules
(approximately 75% of the activities) and provides a unique practice-
theory divide. This enables students to develop skills in music practice,
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YEAR OnE
The first semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrumental Studies: Classes include technique, styles and reading Music Theory: Aimed at developing the student’s wider
musicianship, this includes classes on aural & transcribing, harmony & theory and keyboards
Music Performance History & origins of Popular Music. Live performance workshops, ensemble, introduction to percussion and backing vocals
Music Production Music Technology. Songwriting
The second semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrumental Studies: Classes include technique, styles and reading Music theory: Aimed at developing the student’s wider
musicianship, this includes classes on aural & transcribing, harmony & theory and keyboards
Music Performance History & origins of Popular Music. Live performance workshops, ensemble, percussion and backing vocals
Music Production Music Technology. Songwriting


YEAR TWO
The first semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrument Studies: Classes include technique, styles and reading Music Theory: Aural & transcribing, harmony & theory
and keyboards
Music Performance Ensemble Skills: A wide-ranging ensemble class supporting the increasing development of performance and
communication skills within the appropriate styles of 20th century popular music, and inculcating an awareness of industry-standard performance
Live performance workshops
Music Production Music Business. Arranging and Composing

The second semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrumental Studies: Technique, styles and reading Music Theory: Aural & transcribing, harmony & theory, keyboards
Music Performance Ensemble Skills: A wide-ranging ensemble class supporting and extending the development of performance and
communication skills within the appropriate stylistic idioms of 20th century popular music. Live performance workshops
Music Production Music Business. Arranging and Composing


YEAR THREE In year 3 of the BMus, students must take one of the Dissertation modules. All modules are 20 credits unless specified.
The second semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Event Management (optional 20 credits) This module consists of a broad range of relevant, practical management techniques, including
communication, negotiation, organisation, co-ordination, arbitration, and resource management. Students will also study venue operations, event
culture and tour management and acquire a functional understanding of the relevant legal issues, obligations and regulations such as public and
personal liability, health and safety, and insurance
Dissertation (optional 20 credits) After an initial introduction to the dissertation module, covering issues such as library use, bibliographies,
research methodologies and scholarly apparatus, there will be a flexible timetable of seminars based on student presentations and smaller tutorial
groups in which broad interests are addressed
Production Project (20 credits) This module develops the skills necessary to plan, rehearse and perform a programme of original popular
music, either as a live presentation or as a recorded portfolio of work
In addition, students take the following two-semester modules in the third year:
Dissertation (optional 40 credits) The Dissertation module is broken into three components, as follows: Lecture/workshop component:
Review of the field/subject discipline and reprise of conventions of scholarly writing and citation. Identifying and selecting a suitable object
of inquiry, then identifying primary and secondary sources and discussing framework and structure. Research study group development:
Dedicated series of research seminars and the formulation of agreed project. Supervision & write-up: Regular supervision and production of
drafts, revisions and final submission
Licentiate (optional 40 credits) This unique option equips the student with skills enabling them to design, deploy and evaluate a variety of
teaching, learning and assessment methods. It will also enable the student to achieve a recognised teaching qualification
Specialised Performance Skills (40 credits) This module provides the opportunity to perform, create, and re-create music at an advanced
level. There are two components: Directed Instrumental Skills: Working collectively, as part of an ensemble under direction, this element draws
on the many musical skills acquired at levels one and two. Individual Instrumental Skills: This class involves the student working in a specialised
field requiring virtuoso technique




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higher diPlomA
course name       Higher Diploma
Qualification     Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in
                  Music Performance
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates       October, April
duration          30 weeks full-time
timing            3 x 10-week terms, 16/17 hours/week, 3 days/week
entry             Students should possess Intermediate skill levels
requirements      on their instrument. There is a mandatory assessment
                  prior to acceptance. In addition, students would
                  typically have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s, grades A to C,
                  or similar qualifications. Sight reading skills are
                  not required
course fees       Contact Admissions or see website for details of
                  course fees and funding




THE PROgRAMME

The foremost intensive Higher Diploma course for drummers wishing           The Higher Diploma course is broken down into four main areas of
to study a wide range of contemporary styles, discover their creative       study, as follows:
potential and fast-track the development of their musicianship, playing     Core Curriculum:
and performing skills.                                                      Covers and develops the essential technical and theoretical skills that are
                                                                            required to establish and maintain a successful career as a drummer
-   Developed by the UK’s leading drum faculty
-   Covers a wide range of relevant musical styles                          Performance:
-   Intense focus on practical instrumental skills and performance, in      Involves live performance of all the principal contemporary styles, from
    small group sizes                                                       Blues, Rock and Funk through to advanced styles such as Jazz and
-   Designed to achieve the highest levels of musicianship whilst           Fusion
    also - developing creative potential
                                                                            Stylistic Study:
                                                                            Provides an in-depth appreciation and understanding of all the principal
This one year course is designed to equip aspiring professional musicians
                                                                            contemporary musical styles
with the skills and awareness required by today’s ever-changing music
industry. Successful students will gain a nationally recognised Level 5     Sight Reading:
BTEC qualification which can be used to progress to the Institute BMus      Assuming no prior reading experience, this part of the course provides
and other HE courses.                                                       the drummer with the tools required to read standard musical notation

On the Higher Diploma course all students perform every week in
live band situations with other instrumentalists, studying the different
musical styles relevant to today’s wide-ranging musical arena. Class
sizes are generally no more than 12, creating a high level of student
interaction with both tutors and fellow musicians. This ensures that
learning opportunities are maximized and the learning environment
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LEVEL I (TERM 1)
Core Curriculum modules Instrumental Techniques: Removes technical barriers which restrict self expression, focusing on basic grips;
fulcrum position; wrist/finger development; application of dynamics to simple musical phrases; bass drum technique; simple harmonic
coordination; orchestration techniques Harmony & Theory: Basic principles of music theory Keyboards: Provides the student with an
introduction to the keyboard as a 2nd instrument, supporting the music technology and songwriting modules Music Technology: An
introduction to the use of music technology, designed to equip students with the skills required to program and realise their own works and
those of others Complete Musician: An introduction to the all important skills required to function effectively in the contemporary music
business – personal promotion (CV preparation, web based promo skills, networking etc), professional practice, project planning & realisation
Drumming & Technology: Specifically for drummers, this module presents a functional study of concepts associated with commercial drum
programming and digital sound reinforcement in a range of contemporary styles
Performance modules Live Performance Workshop: Teaches drummers to function effectively in a real-band environment. Alongside fellow
students from the guitar, bass and vocal faculties, a repertoire of songs are learned and performed covering three key styles; Blues, Soul and Rock
Rhythm Section Workshop: This module begins to investigate the critical role of the drummer as part of the rhythm section, both analytically and
practically. Essential styles are broken down and analysed, and examples from each performed in a band environment
Stylistic Study modules Rock Drumming: Covers basic time/pulse, grooves and time functioning, vocabulary and double bass drumming,
relating to players such as John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Joey Jordison, Chad Smith Blues Drumming: Covers blues and U.S. roots styles,
includes basic time and pulse, grooves and time functioning, vocabulary Latin Percussion: Percussion for drumset players, covering basic
techniques for congas, bongos, timbales, maracas and guiro, applied to authentic contexts and the studio environment
Reading Studies module Reading/interpreting musical notation, including note/rest values, time signatures, binary/ternary figures over one beat,
sight reading, execution of simple snare drum etudes

LEVEL II (TERM 2)

Core Curriculum Modules Instrumental Techniques: Focuses on issues relating to harmonic coordination, linear coordination, ostinato time
functioning, the double stroke roll and basic stickings Harmony & Theory: Continuing from Level I, provides drummers with an understanding of
more extensive harmonic theory Keyboards: Designed to support a greater understanding of harmony and theory Songwriting: Covers the broad
concepts and lays the foundations of the art of songwriting, encouraging students to explore their creative capabilities Music Business: Provides
students with a practical, coherent and solid overview of the main business practices currently used within the industry, focusing on issues such as
music publishing, management, revenue streams and copyright protection
Performance modules Live Performance Workshop: Teaches drummers to function effectively in a real-band environment. Alongside fellow
students from the guitar, bass and vocal faculties, a repertoire of songs are learned and performed covering three key styles; Pop, World Music and
Contemporary Rock Rhythm Section Workshop: Further investigates the critical role of the drummer as part of the rhythm section. More essential
styles are broken down, analysed and examples from each performed in a band environment
Stylistic Study modules Funk Drumming: Uses audio, video, transcriptions, published articles, practical demonstrations to cover harmonic/
linear time functioning, click tracks, advanced time keeping studies and vocabulary, relating such concepts to players such as Clyde Stubblefield,
John ‘Jabo’ Starks, Zigaboo Modeliste, Harvey Mason, Dave Garibaldi, Bernard Purdie, Steve Gadd, and Vinnie Colaiuta Programmed Rhythms
for Drumset: Application of programmed rhythms to the drumset focusing on issues such breakbeats, drum ‘n’ bass, hip-hop, click-tracks and
playing with loops Latin Percussion: Music associated with the Afro-Cuban style of rhumba, mozambique, conga and songo Improvisation: This
module studies many of the concepts and skills involved in improvisation as applied in a wide range of stylistic settings
Reading Studies module Reading/interpreting musical notation, such as time signatures (including simple, compound, duple and triple meters),
dynamic devices, basic artificial groupings, sight reading, and performance of more advanced snare drum etudes

LEVEL III (TERM 3)
Core Curriculum Modules Instrumental Techniques: Focuses on issues such as compound stickings, additional orchestration techniques,
solo construction and the P.A.S. international drum rudiments Harmony & Theory: A functional understanding of more advanced harmonic
theory Keyboards: Focuses on modes; accompaniment; and performance of suitable repertoire Studio Musician: Building on the Music
Tech and Songwriting modules, students will further extend their creative potential by producing a professional standard recording of their
original compositions
Performance modules Live Performance Workshop: Teaches drummers to function effectively in a real-band environment, where a repertoire
of songs covering more advanced styles will be learned and performed Advanced Performance Workshop: Involves learning a repertoire of
advanced and esoteric instrumental styles, including fusion, country and contemporary rock. This module is where many of the aspects studied
over the previous two levels are applied in a real band environment Jazz: The practice and application of basic Jazz concepts through the study
and performance of a selection of standard Jazz compositions
Stylistic Study modules Latin Percussion: Brazilian styles of samba, maracatu, baiao and afoxe Latin Rhythms for Drumset: The application
of Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Antillean grooves to drumset
Reading Studies module Reading/interpreting musical notation including multiple meters, lead sheet interpretation, transcription, sight reading,
harmonic rhythms, and the execution of drum charts in a variety of essential styles


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diPlomA
course name        Diploma
Qualification      The validating body is Edexcel and students receive a
                   National Certificate in Music (up to 240 UCAS points)
                   which is a Level 3 award equivalent to two ‘A’ levels
location           Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates        September, annually
duration           40 weeks full time
timing             4 x 10 week terms, +/- 18 hours/week, 3-4 days/week
course fees        Tuition fees fully funded for UK-resident 16-18 year olds
                   All other students contact Admissions or see website
                   for details of course fees and funding. All students pay
                   a small additional materials/registration fee




THE PROgRAMME

The Diploma course is for drummers wishing to develop and practice             Stylistic Study
their live band performance skills, improve their general musicianship         This part of the course provides the student with an in-depth
and musical knowledge, and explore their creative potential.                   understanding of all the principal contemporary musical styles, from
                                                                               rock to blues, indie to R ‘n’ B, both in terms of performance and their
-   Play and perform every week in live bands and discover your                historical importance.
    creative potential                                                         Live Performance
-   Experience the ICMP’s unique and inspirational teaching                    These units, where students of all four instruments come together,
-   Gain a nationally recognised qualification                                 provide the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to confidently
-   Tuition fees fully funded for UK-resident 16-18 year olds                  perform in front of an audience, at the same time applying much of
                                                                               what is learned in other classes. Classes take the form of weekly live
The focus of this course is very much on playing in a band, with lots          performance workshops, band workshops and a final pop project where
of performance opportunities each week and throughout the course.              learners prepare for their final performances
Students form bands, choose and rehearse repertoire and deliver the
                                                                               Composition
results where it matters, on stage! In addition to this you will learn about
                                                                               These modules focus on developing students’ creative potential, both
a wide range of contemporary styles, study the techniques and theory
                                                                               as individuals and as musicians working within a band, and giving them
of your instrument, enhance your creativity and songwriting whilst
                                                                               the skills to become composers and songwriters.
also looking at the broader issues involved with contemporary music
including music business and the history of music.                             Humanities
                                                                               These units focus on many of the historical, social, philosophical and
The Diploma is broken down into five main areas of study:                      cultural issues relating to the study of music and help develop analytical
                                                                               and critical skills which are highly transferable to different roles within
COURSE OUTLInE                                                                 the music industry. Classes include Music Business, the History of
                                                                               Popular Music and Music & Society.
Core Skills                                                                    If you love music and performing, this course will help you develop the
These classes develop the fundamental skills that learners will require        instrumental and musical skills you need to start your career. Unleash
to progress on their instruments, such as Instrumental Techniques,             you own true creative potential; find out what you are capable of as a
Reading Skills, Harmony & Theory and Aural & Transcribing.                     musician!



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LEVEL I (TERM 1)                                                        LEVEL II (TERM 2)
Core Skills                                                             Core Skills
Instrumental Techniques                                                 Instrumental Techniques
Reading Skills 1, Sight Reading 1                                       Reading Skills 2, Sight Reading 2
Harmony & Theory                                                        Harmony & Theory
Aural & Transcribing                                                    Aural & Transcribing

Stylistic Study                                                         Stylistic Study
Styles 1 and Styles 2                                                   Styles 3 and Styles 4

live Performance                                                        live Performance
Live Performance Workshops and Prep class                               Live Performance Workshops and Prep class
Rhythm Section Workshop                                                 Rhythm Section Workshop

Composition                                                             Composition
Songwriting                                                             Songwriting

Humanities                                                              Humanities
History of Popular Music                                                History of Popular Music
Music Business                                                          Music Business


LEVEL III (TERM 3)                                                      LEVEL IV (TERM 4)
Core Skills                                                             Core Skills
Instrumental Techniques                                                 Instrumental Techniques
Reading Skills 3, Sight Reading 3                                       Harmony & Theory
Harmony & Theory                                                        Aural & Transcribing
Aural & Transcribing
                                                                        Stylistic Study
live Performance                                                        Styles 5 and Styles 6
Live Performance Workshops and Prep class
Pop Performance Project                                                 live Performance
Rhythm Section Workshop                                                 Live Performance Workshops and Prep class
                                                                        Pop Performance Project
Composition                                                             Rhythm Section Workshop
Songwriting
                                                                        Composition
Humanities                                                              Songwriting
Music & Society
Music Business                                                          Humanities
                                                                        Music & Society
In addition all students will study one prescribed Key Skill at level   Music Business
three and have regular tutorial support




At the ICMP we share your passion for music, so by choosing to
continue your music education with us you will become a valued
member of a musical community. Consequently, in addition to
timetabled studies, learners are encouraged to participate in a range
of extra-curricula activities designed to enhance and reinforce the
learning experience. These include masterclasses, clinics, recitals,
and participation in jam nights, open days, faculty led ensembles
and many external musical events.




                                                                        The Diploma is delivered in partnership with The
                                                                        College of North West London


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certificAte
course name       Certificate
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates       October, January, April, July (depending on level)
duration          10 weeks full-time
timing            16/17 hours/week, 3 days/week
entry             Students should possess intermediate skill levels
                  onthe instrument for Level I, with higher abilities for
                  direct entry onto Levels II or III. There is a mandatory
                  assessment prior to acceptance. In addition,
                  students would typically have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s,
                  grades A to C, or similar qualifications. Sight reading
                  skills are not required
course fees       Contact admissions or see website for
                  details of course fees and funding




THE PROgRAMME                                                                 COURSE OUTLInE

The Certificate course is designed for those students who cannot              The Certificate course is broken down into four main areas of
                                                                              study, as follows
commit to a full year of study at one time, and provides the perfect
opportunity to maximize learning in a short period of time. Students          Core Curriculum
who complete the Certificate course obtain credits that they can use          Covers and develops the essential technical skills that are required
towards the full Higher Diploma award at a later stage.                       to develop a career as a musician, for example harmony and theory,
                                                                              instrumental techniques, transcribing, arranging and aural skills.
Each level of the Certificate course corresponds exactly to each of           Performance
three levels of the Higher Diploma. So, for example, studying on Level        Covers all the principal contemporary styles, from blues, rock and funk
I Certificate is exactly equivalent to studying on Level I of the Higher      through to advanced styles such as jazz and fusion. This provides the
Diploma. Students play every week in live band situations with other          student with performance experience and skills, as well as a widening
instrumentalists, studying the different musical styles relevant to today’s   song repertoire.
wide-ranging musical arena.
                                                                              Stylistic Studies
Class sizes are generally no more than 12, creating a high level of           This part of the course provides students with an in-depth understanding
student interaction with both tutors and fellow musicians. This ensures       of all the principal contemporary musical styles, both in terms of
that learning opportunities are maximized and the learning environment        instrumental technique and historical importance and perspective.
remains extremely focused.
                                                                              Reading Studies
                                                                              Starting from first principles, this part of the course will provide you
                                                                              with the tools required to read standard notation. This essential skill is
                                                                              supported throughout the course in practical performance classes, and
                                                                              is an integral part of a musician’s skill set.
                                                                              For full details of the course content at each level of the Certificate (I, II or
                                                                              III), please see the corresponding level for the Higher Diploma course




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            Diploma 52
          Certificate 54




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degree
course name       Degree
Qualification     BMus (Hons) in Popular Music Performance
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
ucAs code         W310
start dates       October, annually
duration          3 years full time
timing            Two 15-week semesters (inc. exams) per year,
                  +/- 16 hours/week, 3-4 days/week
class size        Instrumental classes are typically 12 students per class
                  Academic subject class sizes can vary depending
                  upon the mode of delivery
entry             GCE A/VCE A Level 160 points
requirements      BTEC National Diploma (approx. 160 points) = MPP
                  ICMP Higher Diploma or Diploma (at suitable pass levels)
                  IB 30 points
                  We may consider applicants with equivalent
                  qualifications or professional musical experience
                  There is a mandatory audition prior to acceptance
course fees       Contact Admissions or see website for details
                  of course fees and funding


THE PROgRAMME

The Institute’s degree is the UK’s pre-eminent BMus degree course for        performance, and production, resulting in a high level of competence
vocalists wishing to reach professional standards of musicianship and        and literacy with the language of popular music.
build sustainable careers in the music industry.
                                                                             Students follow a core programme throughout the first two years,
                                                                             developing their music skills in performance, theory and practice,
Key Points                                                                   technology, stylistic awareness, collaboration, popular music history,
- Conservatoire-style education for the contemporary vocalist                songwriting, arranging and composition, percussion and backing vocals.
- Considerably more contact teaching hours than other                        This skill development is augmented in the second year by modules which
   popular music degrees                                                     examine the business and economic aspects of the music industry.
- Unique Licentiate as an option in the third year offering experience
   of teacher training                                                       The third year provides the opportunity to study practical music skills to an
- Challenges students to achieve professional levels of musicianship         advanced level, both in individual and ensemble ‘real world’ performance
   and vocal skill                                                           situations. Project options within the third year of the programme offer
- Develops transferable and industry skills to prepare graduates for         numerous opportunities for the construction of individual leaning routes
   the real world                                                            so that students can develop more specialist skills in their chosen area of
- Delivered by the UK’s leading teaching faculty, with unrivalled            music study (e.g. production project, event management).
   professional credentials
                                                                             Significantly, students enrolled on this programme receive considerably
This dynamic, relevant and challenging programme combines the                more contact teaching hours at every level than similar UK courses.
development of professional singing and musicianship skills with the         Students also have the opportunity to achieve teacher training
provision of the tools and knowledge required to develop and sustain a       experience by opting to take the Licentiate option during the third year
career in the modern music industry. The course offers a ‘conservatoire      of study. This unique and innovative element of the programme means
style’ approach for the contemporary vocalist and delivers high              that the successful graduate is provided with an immediate pathway into
performance standards.                                                       teaching.

It is mainly delivered through practice and performance based modules
(approximately 75% of the activities) and provides a unique practice-
theory divide. This enables students to develop skills in music practice,
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YEAR OnE
The first semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrumental Studies: Classes include technique, styles and reading Music Theory: Aimed at developing the student’s wider
musicianship, this includes classes on aural & transcribing, harmony & theory and keyboards
Music Performance History & origins of Popular Music. Live performance workshops, ensemble, introduction to percussion and backing vocals
Music Production Music Technology. Songwriting

The second semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrumental Studies: Classes include technique, styles and reading Music theory: Aimed at developing the student’s wider
musicianship, this includes classes on aural & transcribing, harmony & theory and keyboards
Music Performance History & origins of Popular Music. Live Performance: Live performance workshops, ensemble, percussion and
backing vocals
Music Production Music Technology. Songwriting


YEAR TWO
The first semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrument Studies: Classes include technique, styles and reading Music Theory: Aural & transcribing, harmony & theory
and keyboards
Music Performance Ensemble Skills: Ensemble Skills: A wide-ranging ensemble class supporting the increasing development of performance
and communication skills within the appropriate styles of 20th century popular music, and inculcating an awareness of industry-standard
performance. Live performance workshops
Music Production Music Business. Arranging and Composing

The second semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Music Practice Instrumental Studies: Technique, styles and reading Music Theory: Aural & transcribing, harmony & theory, keyboards
Music Performance Ensemble Skills: A wide-ranging ensemble class supporting and extending the development of performance and
communication skills within the appropriate stylistic idioms of 20th century popular music. Live performance workshops
Music Production Music Business. Arranging and Composing


YEAR THREE In year 3 of the BMus, students must take one of the Dissertation modules. All modules are 20 credits unless specified.
The second semester of year one consists of the following key components:
Event Management (optional 20 credits) This module consists of a broad range of relevant, practical management techniques, including
communication, negotiation, organisation, co-ordination, arbitration, and resource management. Students will also study venue operations, event
culture and tour management and acquire a functional understanding of the relevant legal issues, obligations and regulations such as public and
personal liability, health and safety, and insurance
Dissertation (optional 20 credits) After an initial introduction to the dissertation module, covering issues such as library use, bibliographies,
research methodologies and scholarly apparatus, there will be a flexible timetable of seminars based on student presentations and smaller tutorial
groups in which broad interests are addressed
Production Project (20 credits) This module develops the skills necessary to plan, rehearse and perform a programme of original popular
music, either as a live presentation or as a recorded portfolio of work
In addition, students take the following two-semester modules in the third year:
Dissertation (optional 40 credits) The Dissertation module is broken into three components, as follows: Lecture/workshop component:
Review of the field/subject discipline and reprise of conventions of scholarly writing and citation. Identifying and selecting a suitable object
of inquiry, then identifying primary and secondary sources and discussing framework and structure. Research study group development:
Dedicated series of research seminars and the formulation of agreed project. Supervision & write-up: Regular supervision and production of
drafts, revisions and final submission
Licentiate (optional 40 credits) This unique option equips the student with skills enabling them to design, deploy and evaluate a variety of
teaching, learning and assessment methods. It will also enable the student to achieve a recognised teaching qualification
Specialised Performance Skills (40 credits) This module provides the opportunity to perform, create, and re-create music at an advanced
level. There are two components: Directed Instrumental Skills: Working collectively, as part of an ensemble under direction, this element will
draw on the many musical skills acquired at levels one and two. Individual Instrumental Skills: This class will involve the student working in a
specialised field requiring virtuoso technique




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higher diPlomA
course name       Higher Diploma
Qualification     Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in
                  Music Performance
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates       October, April
duration          30 weeks full-time
timing            3 x 10-week terms, 16/17 hours/week, 3 days/week
entry             Students should possess Intermediate skill levels
requirements      on their instrument. There is a mandatory assessment
                  prior to acceptance. In addition, students would typically
                  have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s, grades A to C, or similar
                  qualifications. Sight reading skills are not required
course fees       Contact Admissions or see website for details of
                  course fees and funding




THE PROgRAMME

The foremost intensive Higher Diploma course for vocalists wishing             The Higher Diploma course is broken down into four main areas of
study a wide range of contemporary styles, fast-track the development          study, as follows:
of their musicianship, singing and performing skills, and to discover          Core Curriculum:
their creative potential.                                                      Covers and develops the essential technical and theoretical skills that
                                                                               are required to establish and maintain a successful career as a vocalist
-   Developed by the UK’s leading contemporary vocal faculty
-   Covers a wide range of relevant musical styles                             Performance:
-   Intense focus on practical vocal skills and performance,                   Provides an in-depth appreciation and understanding of all the principal
    in small group sizes                                                       contemporary musical styles
-   Designed to achieve the highest levels of musicianship whilst also
                                                                               Stylistic Study:
    developing creative potential
                                                                               Involves live performance of all the principal contemporary styles
                                                                               including Blues, R&B, Rock, Funk and Jazz
This one year course is designed to equip aspiring professional singers
with the skills and awareness required by today’s ever-changing music          Sight Reading:
industry. Successful students will gain a nationally recognised Level 5        Assuming no prior reading experience, this part of the course provides
BTEC qualification which can be used to progress to the Institute BMus         the vocalist with the tools required to read standard musical notation
and other HE courses.

On the Higher Diploma course all students perform every week in
live band situations with other instrumentalists, studying the different
musical styles relevant to today’s wide-ranging musical arena. Class
sizes are generally no more than 12, creating a high level of student
interaction with both tutors and fellow musicians. This ensures that
learning opportunities are maximized and the learning environment
remains extremely focused.




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LEVEL I (TERM 1)
Core Curriculum Modules Aural & Transcribing: Basic elements of aural training, such as interval and triad recognition, helping to develop
selective hearing Harmony & Theory: Basic theoretical knowledge every musician needs Voice Techniques: Underpins the most important
elements required for a healthy, flexible and individual voice Keyboards: Provides the student with an introduction to the keyboard as a 2nd
instrument, supporting the music technology and songwriting modules Music Technology: An introduction to the use of music technology,
designed to equip students with the skills required to program and realise their own works and those of others. Complete Musician: An
introduction to the all important skills required to function effectively in the contemporary music business – personal promotion (CV preparation,
web based promo skills, networking etc), professional practice, project planning & realisation Stage & Studio Craft: Starts to prepare vocalists for
the most important situations in which they will find themselves – those of delivering a live, professional performance
Performance Modules Live Performance Workshop: Teaches vocalists to function effectively in a real-band environment. Alongside fellow
students from the guitar, bass and drum faculties, a repertoire of songs are learned and performed covering three key styles; Blues, Soul and Rock
Ensemble: The most basic element of ensemble is that of the backing vocalist, and for most vocalists this is the most immediately challenging
discipline. In this class students learn to perform by ear and follow musical notation.
Stylistic study modules Blues: Provides a clear understanding of classic 60’s blues vocals, covering well known vocalists, standard tunes from
the blues repertoire, classic blues ‘licks’ and essential historical information Soul: Covers a variety of soul classics and the history and style of the
artists studied; attention is paid to rhythm backings on classic songs to appreciate how the vocal fits in to the overall track
Sight reading modules A thorough grounding in sight-singing is essential. This class introduces the student to the study of note values, rest
values and pitch


LEVEL II (TERM 2)

Core Curriculum Modules Aural & Transcribing: Further extends aural and transcribing skills. Harmony & Theory: Builds on the essential
theoretical knowledge acquired at Level I Voice Techniques: Based on the fundamentals of classical coaching with contemporary vocals in mind,
this module further develops a solid technical base for the vocalist Keyboards: Designed to support a greater understanding of harmony and
theory. Stage & Studio Craft: Explores the nuances required to deliver emotive, dynamic performances Songwriting: Covers the broad concepts
and lays the foundations of the art of songwriting, encouraging students to explore their creative capabilities Music Business: Provides students
with a practical, coherent and solid overview of the main business practices currently used within the industry, focusing on issues such as music
publishing, management, revenue streams and copyright protection
Performance Modules Live Performance Workshop: Teaches vocalists to function effectively in a real-band environment. Alongside fellow
students from the guitar, bass and drum faculties, a repertoire of songs are learned and performed covering three key styles; Pop, World Music and
Contemporary Rock Ensemble: In this module modern choral singing is taught, preparing the student for the needs of producers and composers
in all contemporary session styles
Stylistic study modules Modern Pop: Covers current material, focusing on the vocal techniques involved in each track, with the vocal effects
and vocal licks of each chosen artist analyzed and studied. Rock: Focuses on various rock vocalists and classic and modern rock tracks,
discussing the history, the artists, and the stylistic features of each tune Improvisation: The skills needed for strong improvisation and intelligent
ad-libs in a range of stylistic settings are explored and studied to benefit performance.
Sight reading modules This module further develops sight-singing skills and applies this knowledge to simple vocal charts


LEVEL III (TERM 3)
Core Curriculum Modules Aural & Arranging: Focuses on more advanced material, e.g. creating arrangements for small groups
Harmony & Theory: Explores more advanced concepts of harmony and theory Voice Techniques: Taken from the fundamentals of classical
coaching and developed with the contemporary vocalist in mind this module builds a solid technical base for the vocalist Keyboards: Focuses on
modes, accompaniment and performance of suitable repertoire Studio Musician: Building on the Music Tech and Songwriting modules, students
will further extend their creative potential by producing a professional standard recording of their original compositions.
Performance Modules Live Performance Workshop: Teaches vocalists to function effectively in a real-band environment, where a repertoire of
songs covering more advanced styles will be learned and performed Ensemble: Supplies vocalists with advanced skills as required by producers
and composers in all contemporary session styles. Students learn to perform by ear and follow music notation, as well as writing and directing their
own arrangements Jazz: The practice and application of basic Jazz concepts through the study and performance of a selection of standard
Jazz compositions
Stylistic study modules Funk: Starting with 60’s funk, focuses on the various styles of singing employed in this idiom, moving through each era
of funk, disco, pop and fusion Improvisation: The skills needed for strong improvisation and intelligent ad-libs in a range of stylistic settings are
further explored and studied giving the student a greater knowledge and control
Sight reading modules A more advanced study of sight singing skills




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diPlomA
course name        Diploma
Qualification      The validating body is Edexcel and students receive a
                   National Certificate in Music (up to 240 UCAS points)
                   which is a Level 3 award equivalent to two ‘A’ levels
location           Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates        September, annually
duration           40 weeks full time
timing             4 x 10 week terms, +/- 18 hours/week, 3-4 days/week
course fees        Tuition fees fully funded for UK-resident 16-18 year olds
                   All other students contact Admissions or see website
                   for details of course fees and funding. All students pay
                   a small additional materials/registration fee




THE PROgRAMME

The Diploma course is for vocalists wishing to develop and practice            Stylistic Study
their live band performance skills, improve their general musicianship         This part of the course provides the student with an in-depth
and musical knowledge, and explore their creative potential.                   understanding of all the principal contemporary musical styles, from
                                                                               rock to blues, indie to R ‘n’ B, both in terms of performance and their
-   Sing and perform every week in live bands and discover your                historical importance.
    creative potential                                                         Live Performance
-   Experience the ICMP’s unique and inspirational teaching                    These units, where students of all four instruments come together,
-   Gain a nationally recognised qualification                                 provide the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to confidently
-   Tuition fees fully funded for UK-resident 16-18 year olds                  perform in front of an audience, at the same time applying much of
                                                                               what is learned in other classes. Classes take the form of weekly Live
The focus of this course is very much on singing in a band, with lots          Performance Workshops, Band Workshops and a Final Pop Project
of performance opportunities each week and throughout the course.              where learners prepare for their final performances.
Students form bands, choose and rehearse repertoire and deliver the
results where it matters, on stage! In addition to this you will learn about   Composition
a wide range of contemporary styles, study the techniques and theory           These modules focus on developing students’ creative potential, both
of your instrument, enhance your creativity and songwriting whilst             as individuals and as musicians working within a band, and giving them
also looking at the broader issues involved with contemporary music            the skills to become composers and songwriters.
including music business and the history of music.
                                                                               Humanities
The Diploma is broken down into five main areas of study:                      These units focus on many of the historical, social, philosophical and
                                                                               cultural issues relating to the study of music and help develop analytical
                                                                               and critical skills which are highly transferable to different roles within
COURSE OUTLInE
                                                                               the music industry. Classes include Music Business, the History of
                                                                               Popular Music and Music & Society.
Core Skills
These classes develop the fundamental skills that learners will require        If you love music and performing, this course will help you develop
to progress on their instruments, such as Instrumental Techniques,             the singingl and musical skills you need to start your career. Unleash
Reading Skills, Harmony & Theory and Aural & Transcribing.                     your own true creative potential; find out what you are capable of as a
                                                                               musician!


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LEVEL I (TERM 1)                                                        LEVEL II (TERM 2)
Core Skills                                                             Core Skills
Instrumental Techniques                                                 Instrumental Techniques
Reading Skills 1, Sight Reading 1                                       Reading Skills 2, Sight Reading 2
Harmony & Theory                                                        Harmony & Theory
Aural & Transcribing                                                    Aural & Transcribing

Stylistic Study                                                         Stylistic Study
Styles 1 and Styles 2                                                   Styles 3 and Styles 4

live Performance                                                        live Performance
Live Performance Workshops and Prep class                               Live Performance Workshops and Prep class
Rhythm Section Workshop                                                 Rhythm Section Workshop

Composition                                                             Composition
Songwriting                                                             Songwriting

Humanities                                                              Humanities
History of Popular Music                                                History of Popular Music
Music Business                                                          Music Business


LEVEL III (TERM 3)                                                      LEVEL IV (TERM 4)
Core Skills                                                             Core Skills
Instrumental Techniques                                                 Instrumental Techniques
Reading Skills 3, Sight Reading 3                                       Harmony & Theory
Harmony & Theory                                                        Aural & Transcribing
Aural & Transcribing
                                                                        Stylistic Study
live Performance                                                        Styles 5 and Styles 6
Live Performance Workshops and Prep class
Pop Performance Project                                                 live Performance
Rhythm Section Workshop                                                 Live Performance Workshops and Prep class
                                                                        Pop Performance Project
Composition                                                             Rhythm Section Workshop
Songwriting
                                                                        Composition
Humanities                                                              Songwriting
Music & Society
Music Business                                                          Humanities
                                                                        Music & Society
In addition all students will study one prescribed Key Skill at level   Music Business
three and have regular tutorial support




At the ICMP we share your passion for music, so by choosing to
continue your music education with us you will become a valued
member of a musical community. Consequently, in addition to
timetabled studies, learners are encouraged to participate in a range
of extra-curricula activities designed to enhance and reinforce the
learning experience. These include masterclasses, clinics, recitals,
and participation in jam nights, open days, faculty-led ensembles
and many external musical events.




                                                                        The Diploma is delivered in partnership with The
                                                                        College of North West London


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certificAte
course name       Certificate
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates       October, January, April, July (depending on level)
duration          10 weeks full-time
timing            16/17 hours/week, 3 days/week
entry             Students should possess intermediate skill levels on
requirements      the instrument for Level I, with higher abilities for direct
                  entry onto Levels II or III. There is a mandatory
                  assessment prior to acceptance. In addition, students
                  would typically have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s,
                  grades A to C, or similar qualifications.
                  Sight reading skills are not required.
course fees       Contact admissions or see website for
                  details of course fees and funding




THE PROgRAMME                                                                    COURSE OUTLInE

The Certificate course is designed for those students who cannot                 The Certificate course is broken down into four main areas of
                                                                                 study, as follows
commit to a full year of study at one time, and provides the perfect
opportunity to maximize learning in a short period of time. Students             Core Curriculum
who complete the Certificate course obtain credits that they can use             Covers and develops the essential technical skills that are required to
towards the full Higher Diploma award at a later stage.                          develop a career as a singer and a musician, for example harmony and
                                                                                 theory, vocal techniques, songwriting, arranging and aural skills.
Each level of the Certificate course corresponds exactly to each of three        Performance
levels of the Higher Diploma course. So, for example, studying on Level          Covers all the principal contemporary styles, from blues, rock and funk
I Certificate is exactly equivalent to studying on Level I of the Higher         through to advanced styles such as jazz. This provides the student
Diploma. Students sing and perform every week in live band situations            with performance experience and skills, as well as a widening song
with other instrumentalists, studying the different musical styles relevant      repertoire.
to today’s wide-ranging musical arena.
                                                                                 Stylistic Studies
Class sizes are generally no more than 12, creating a high level of              This part of the course provides students with an in-depth understanding
student interaction with both tutors and fellow musicians. This ensures          of all the principal contemporary musical styles, both in terms of vocal
that learning opportunities are maximized and the learning environment           performance and historical importance and perspective.
remains extremely focused.
                                                                                 Reading Studies
                                                                                 Starting from first principles, this part of the course will provide you
                                                                                 with the tools required to read standard notation. This essential skill is
                                                                                 supported throughout the course in practical performance classes, and
                                                                                 is an integral part of a musician’s skill set.
                                                                                 For full details of the course content at each level of the Certificate (I, II or
                                                                                 III), please see the corresponding level for the Higher Diploma course.




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      songWriting
Professional Diploma in Songwriting 56
        Introduction to Songwriting 58
                      Songwriting 58




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ProfessionAl diPlomA in songWriting
course name       Professional Diploma in Songwriting
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
Qualification     Professional Diploma in Songwriting;
                  the awarding body is Edexcel
start dates       October, April
duration          30 weeks full-time
timing            16/17 hours/week, 3 days/week
entry             Students would typically have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s,
requirements      grades A to C, or similar qualifications. In addition
                  there is a mandatory assessment. Contact Admissions
                  for further advice on entry requirements
course fees       Contact admissions or see website for
                  details of course fees and funding




THE PROgRAMME                                                              COURSE OUTLInE

This course, London’s premier 1-year specialist course specifically        The course is delivered over 3 terms and is an intensive development
                                                                           programme covering the following key areas:
designed for aspiring songwriters, provides the perfect learning and
development experience for students looking to develop a songwriting       Songwriting Theory and Technique:
career in the music industry. Combining fundamental musical skills         Students study courses in lyric writing, analysis of style and structure,
with writing and composition training, supported by unparalleled artist    co-writing, writing to brief and a solo writing course in the third term
                                                                           in which they are given the freedom to develop their own individual
development, live performance and networking opportunities, this
                                                                           catalogue of work with tutor guidance.
course is the launch pad for the next generation of talent!
                                                                           Musicianship: This includes technical lessons in voice production,
Students on the Professional Diploma in Songwriting course have the        playing keys and acoustic guitar, a melody and harmony theoretical
opportunity to play and perform their material on some of London’s         course looking at chord and melody construction, and arranging parts.
leading live stages as well as have their songs and demos reviewed by
key industry players. They are taught by an expert faculty of producers,   Marketing and Promotion: This part of the course covers all aspects of
songwriters, composers, arrangers, marketeers, executives and studio       marketing including TV, radio, print, online and how to package yourself
engineers in all the key aspects of both the creative and business side    and your music.
of this fascinating sector, including some of the leading music business   Music Business: Learning the big picture of the industry as well
professionals from the UK and the US.                                      as focusing in on the most relevant aspects such as publishing and
                                                                           copyright.
Class sizes are generally no more than 12, creating a high level of
student interaction with both tutors and fellow musicians. This ensures    Performance: Students will be coached in how to present themselves
that learning opportunities are maximized and the learning environment     and their material as well as putting together charts for their original
remains extremely focused.                                                 songs and playing them with a full band. This course culminates with
                                                                           a showcase night at The Bedford in Balham, one of London’s most
                                                                           important showcase venues for singer-songwriters.

                                                                           Production: Our faculty of producers and engineers teach students
                                                                           the basics of engineering and producing their own work, selecting
                                                                           and showcasing the best tracks while developing that unique sound.
                                                                           Students graduate with a 3-track demo of their best work.


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PROFILE




SOPHIE DAnIELS, PROgRAMME LEADER

Sophie started as a writer and performer of Pop, MT and rock/country      ‘Songwriting is a fascinating and complex discipline; on the one
                                                                          hand emotional and personal, perhaps even therapeutic, on the
material.
                                                                          other, a highly commercial form of entertainment which has the
                                                                          power to access and communicate with staggeringly large audi-
Moving on to work in the record business for Sony UK and then S           ences across the world.
Records (now SYCO), Sophie worked with Simon Cowell, Westlife,
Kelly Clarkson, The Beautiful South, Pop Idol Contestants including       At ICMP we make songwriting accessible to everyone, demystifying
                                                                          the basics of the process while putting unifying human experiences
Gareth Gates, Darius Danesh and Michelle MacManus, and product
                                                                          into words and music. At the same time, we are aware that original-
managed records for Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow         ity is at the heart of great songwriting, and we nurture a creative
and the UK 2002 Eurovision Entry with Jessica Garlick.                    approach to content and method.

Now a full time songwriter and lyricist with current projects including   We teach our students that songwriting is first and foremost a
                                                                          method of communication, and that we need to understand both
tracks on the forthcoming Laura & The Tears album, Sophie is also a
                                                                          our message and audience in order to communicate more effec-
trained vocal coach and singer and plays piano.                           tively. To get better as songwriters we need to learn to analyse our
                                                                          own material and how others interpret it – particularly those people
                                                                          who we want to listen to it!’




                                                                          The Professional Diploma in Songwriting is sponsored
                                                                          by Columbia Records


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introduction to songWriting
course name      Introduction To Songwriting                              Designed for both songwriters and singer/songwriters, the course starts
location         Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London      from first principles, introducing topics such as lyric writing, song form
start dates      October, January, April, July                            and structure, and harmony and theory. Subjects are always discussed
                                                                          and illuminated using common popular music examples, which stops
duration         10 weeks, part-time
                                                                          the class becoming a dry study of theory, rather a real set of skills the
timing           2 hours/week, weekday evening                            songwriter can employ.
entry            No assessment/audition is required but you should
                 broadly be of intermediate standard.                     This very hands-on aspect of the course is further reinforced through
                 Please note that this course is taught from a general    weekly set assignments where you will learn to apply these techniques
                                                                          to your own work. This will not only ensure the skills are practically
                 musical standpoint, but you must be able to play
                                                                          applied in your work, but that as the course progresses you will begin to
                 either guitar or piano to realise the concepts           build up a repertoire of original songs.
                 under discussion
course fees      See website for details                                  COURSE OUTLInE
                                                                          COURSE OUTLINE

                                                                          Fundamental harmony and theory
THE PROgRAMME                                                             Simple chord patterns, relative minor, three chord trick
                                                                          Lyrics: basic rhyming schemes, narrative voice, telling a story
You cannot discuss popular music without including the art of             Writing a melody
songwriting. If you have always wanted to become involved in the          Song structure: components of a song, classic forms
creative process, but not known where to start, then this is the course   Stylistic awareness
for you.




songWriting
course name      Songwriting
location         Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London      The subject areas are illustrated using many examples of classic
start dates      October, January, April, July                            and contemporary songs by a variety of songwriters, and the tutor
                                                                          encourages group discussion and exploration of the topics. This very
duration         10 weeks, part-time
                                                                          hands-on aspect of the course is further reinforced through weekly set
timing           2 hours/week, weekday evening                            assignments where you will learn to apply these techniques to your
entry            No assessment/audition is required but you should        own work. The first five weeks of the course are based on co-writing
                 broadly be of intermediate standard.                     assignments where you will work with another group member. This will
                 Please note that this course is taught from a general    not only ensure the skills are practically applied in your work, but that
                                                                          through the course you will build up a repertoire of original songs.
                 musical standpoint, but you must be able to play
                 either guitar or piano to realise the concepts           In week 10 the group will perform material from the course at an informal
                 under discussion                                         gig either within the college or out at an ‘open mic’ event. You can invite
course fees      See website for details                                  your friends to this and/or use it as an informal showcase for your work.
                                                                          The tutor will support you through every step of this process and can
                                                                          also accompany you if necessary.
THE PROgRAMME
                                                                          COURSE OUTLInE
                                                                          COURSE OUTLINE
Contemporary popular music is inextricably linked with songwriting
and this course further expands the skills of the songwriter.             Harmony & theory; complex chord sequences, melodic development
                                                                          Lyrics: narrative voice, story telling and content
Building upon the foundation of skills taught in ‘Introduction to         Song Structure: exploring popular forms, how and when to try
Songwriting’ this course studies in depth many of the advanced            new structures.
elements of songwriting, such as lyrics and content, song form and        Stylistic awareness; perfect pop, 60’s pop, singer songwriter
collaborative partnerships.                                               Stylistic awareness

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                    PArt time & sPeciAlist
                                                                                                Part Time Courses:
                                                                                                    Electric guitar 61
                                                                                                  Acoustic guitar 61
                                                                                                                     Bass 62
                                                                                                                  Drums 62
                                                                                                                  Vocals 63
                                                                         Live Performance Workshops 63
                                                                             Introduction to Songwriting 64
                                                                                                        Songwriting 64


                                                                                                Specialist Courses:
                                                                                                  Music Business 65
                                                                                              Music Production 66
                                                                                   Home Studio Recording 67




                    You do not need take a full-time course to be taught by the best teachers in the business. Our range of part-time
                    courses for students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals cater for all musicians of all abilities, from beginner to
                    advanced levels. Please note the part-time course portfolio is constantly being adapted to suit your needs so visit
                    www.icmp.co.uk to find the most up-to date information.


                    If you need any help choosing a course please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions team who will be happy
                    to assist




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electric guitAr (leVels i-iV)
course name       Electric Guitar (Levels I to IV)                         On an Institute course, even if you are an absolute beginner, before
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London      you know it you’ll be jamming with fellow classmates and playing with
start dates       October, January, April, July                            confidence. Class sizes are generally quite small so you can be assured
                                                                           of lots of attention, and of course you will be learning with like-minded
duration          10 weeks, part-time
                                                                           people who share the same goals as you. And if you are already an
timing            2 hours/week, weekday evening                            experienced player, then choosing a more advanced course will help
entry             No assessment/audition is required. Following            you brush up those chops and move your playing to the next level.
                  discussion with staff, students are allocated to
                  one of four levels of class                              The electric guitar part-time pathway (levels I to IV) is a fun, engaging
                                                                           and relaxing way to learn to play guitar and build your confidence
course fees       See website for details
                                                                           whilst experiencing the Institute’s great teaching and facilities. These
                                                                           structured courses only take a couple of hours per week, and so long
THE PROgRAMME                                                              as you put in a little of your own practice, you will be amazed at the
                                                                           progress you can make in a short time.
Playing electric guitar is not only cool, but also a creative, rewarding
                                                                           Each level contains a perfect balance between technique, theory and the
and relaxing way to spend some spare time. And while learning may
                                                                           building of practical skills, all delivered in a supportive and encouraging
seem a daunting task, our structured yet informal classes will soon        environment. Simply put, this is the most enjoyable way either to learn
have you up and running. We have been teaching guitarists for twenty       from scratch or to take your playing to the next level.
five years so we do know what we are talking about!




Acoustic guitAr (leVels i-iV)
course name       Acoustic Guitar (Levels I to IV)                         The courses are organised into 4 levels, from beginner to the more
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London      advanced players, only take a couple of hours per week and are
start dates       October, January, April, July                            designed to progress and build from one level to the next, so that skills
                                                                           and repertoire can be built over a longer period of time.
duration          10 weeks, part-time
timing            2 hours/week, weekday evening                            If you are an absolute beginner, these courses will take you on a journey
entry             No assessment/audition is required. Following            through the many facets of acoustic guitar playing, from learning to
                  discussion with staff, students are allocated to         strum simple pop songs, through gentle folk and onto more complex
                  one of four levels of class                              contemporary finger style. And if you are a more advanced player, why
                                                                           not take a L3 or L4 course to learn new styles, consolidate your skill of
course fees       See website for details
                                                                           the instrument and develop repertoire? Whatever your level or goals,
                                                                           these courses offer a great way into the wonderful world of acoustic
THE PROgRAMME
THE PROgRAMME                                                              guitar!

Just bought an acoustic and need some help on what to do next, or
have you hit a wall on the instrument and want to get out of that rut?

Each level of our acoustic guitar course is fun, engaging and musically
rewarding, and taught by our experienced tutors who understand the
skills and knowledge required for mastering the acoustic guitar.




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BAss (leVels i to iV)
course name      Bass (Levels I to IV)                                    On an Institute course, even if you are an absolute beginner, before
location         Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London      you know it you’ll be jamming with fellow classmates and playing with
start dates      October, January, April, July                            confidence. Class sizes are generally quite small so you can be assured
                                                                          of lots of attention, and of course you will be learning with like-minded
duration         10 weeks, part-time
                                                                          people who share the same goals as you. And if you are already an
timing           2 hours/week, weekday evening                            experienced player, then choosing a more advanced course will help
entry            No assessment/audition is required. Following            you brush up those chops and move your playing to the next level.
                 discussion with staff, students are allocated to
                 one of four levels of class                              The bass guitar part-time pathway (levels I to IV) is a fun, engaging
                                                                          and relaxing way to learn to play bass and build your confidence
course fees      See website for details
                                                                          whilst experiencing the Institute’s great teaching and facilities. These
                                                                          structured courses only take a couple of hours per week, and so long
THE PROgRAMME                                                             as you put in a little of your own practice, you will be amazed at the
                                                                          progress you can make in a short time.
Playing bass is not only cool, but also a creative, rewarding and
                                                                          Each level contains a perfect balance between technique, theory and the
relaxing way to spend some spare time. And while learning may seem
                                                                          building of practical skills, all delivered in a supportive and encouraging
a daunting task, our structured yet informal classes will soon have you   environment. Simply put, this is the most enjoyable way either to learn
up and running. We have been teaching bassists for twenty five years      from scratch or to take your playing to the next level.
so we do know what we are talking about!




drum (leVels i-iV)
course name      Drum (Levels I to IV)                                    On an Institute course, even if you are an absolute beginner, before
location         Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London      you know it you’ll be jamming with fellow classmates and playing with
start dates      October, January, April, July                            confidence. Class sizes are generally quite small so you can be assured
                                                                          of lots of attention, and of course you will be learning with like-minded
duration         10 weeks, part-time
                                                                          people who share the same goals as you. And if you are already an
timing           2 hours/week, weekday evening                            experienced player, then choosing a more advanced course will help
entry            No assessment/audition is required. Following            you brush up those chops and move your drumming to the next level.
                 discussion with staff, students are allocated to
                 one of four levels of class                              The drums part-time pathway (levels I to IV) is a fun, engaging and
                                                                          relaxing way to learn to play drums and build your confidence whilst
course fees      See website for details
                                                                          experiencing the Institute’s great teaching and facilities. These
                                                                          structured courses only take a couple of hours per week, and so long
THE PROgRAMME
THE PROgRAMME                                                             as you put in a little of your own practice, you will be amazed at the
                                                                          progress you can make in a short time.
Playing drums is not only cool, but also a creative, rewarding and
                                                                          Each level contains a perfect balance between technique, theory and the
relaxing way to spend some spare time. And while learning may seem
                                                                          building of practical skills, all delivered in a supportive and encouraging
a daunting task, our structured yet informal classes will soon have you   environment. Simply put, this is the most enjoyable way either to learn
up and running. Our professional teaching faculty has over twenty five    from scratch or to take your drumming to the next level.
years of experience so we do know what we are talking about!




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VocAls (leVels i to iV)
course name       Vocals (Levels I to IV)                                     On an Institute course, even if you are an absolute beginner, before you
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London         know it you’ll be singing confidently in a range of styles. Class sizes are
start dates       October, January, April, July                               generally quite small so you can be assured of lots of attention, and
                                                                              of course you will be learning with like-minded people who share the
duration          10 weeks, part-time
                                                                              same goals as you. And if you are already an experienced singer and
timing            3 hours/week, weekday evening                               performer, then choosing a more advanced course will help you brush
entry             No assessment/audition is required. Following               up those vocal skills and develop your repertoire.
                  discussion with staff, students are allocated to
                  one of four levels of class                                 The vocal part-time pathway (levels I to IV) is a fun, engaging and relaxing
                                                                              way to learn to sing and perform on stage and build your confidence
course fees       See website for details
                                                                              whilst experiencing the Institute’s great teaching and facilities. These
                                                                              structured courses only take a couple of hours per week, and so long
THE PROgRAMME                                                                 as you put in a little of your own practice, you will be amazed at the
                                                                              progress you can make in a short time.
Learning to sing is a creative, rewarding and relaxing way to spend
                                                                              Each level contains a perfect balance between technique, theory and the
some spare time. And while it may sometimes seem like a daunting
                                                                              building of practical skills, all delivered in a supportive and encouraging
task, our structured yet informal classes will soon have you singing          environment. Simply put, this is the most enjoyable way either to learn
confidently and in-tune! Our professional teaching faculty has over           from scratch or to take your singing to the next level.
twenty five years of experience so we do know what we are talking
about!




liVe PerformAnce WorKshoPs
course name       Live Performance Workshops                                  use of dynamics, articulation and timbre, as well as correct pitch,
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London         rhythm, timing and groove. The tutors provide verbal feedback during
start dates       October, January, April, July                               the class to enable students to continuously develop and improve their
                                                                              performance skills.
duration          10 weeks, part-time
timing            3 hours/week, Saturdays                                     Songs are chosen with each instrument in mind and reflect the key
entry             No assessment/audition is required but students             artists, grooves and tempos. Whether you are a guitarist, bassist,
                  should be of approximate CVL 3/4 standard or                drummer or vocalist, each song to be performed will contain both a
                  above to participate                                        musical challenge as well as becoming a valuable addition to your
                                                                              repertoire.
course fees       See website for details
                                                                              Each week you will perform a different tune within a real band, putting
THE PROgRAMME
THE PROgRAMME                                                                 all of that hard work into practice. In addition to the two hour workshop,
                                                                              a one hour ‘prep class’ will prepare you to perform the following week’s
Whilst it’s great fun to practice at home, one of the main reasons for        tune, giving you plenty of time to work on it. Each 10-week pathway is
                                                                              stylistically based enabling you to study, over a prolonged period, a
learning to play or sing is so you can get in a band and perform in public.
                                                                              range of musical styles, including blues, classic rock and funk.
These live performance classes, for guitarists, bassists, drummers and
vocalists, are designed to help you get on stage and interact with other      The tunes you will perform are all of intermediate standard and by vintage
musicians with confidence.                                                    and contemporary artists alike. The thing they all have in common is that
                                                                              they are great fun to play and sing, in addition to being great vehicles for
The objective of these live workshops is to help the student develop the      learning! And of course, you will be guided and supported all the way by
skills required for live performance and to encourage communication and       our qualified and experienced tutors.
understanding between band members. This will include appropriate


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introduction to songWriting
course name      Introduction to Songwriting                              Designed for both songwriters and singer/songwriters, the course starts
location         Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London      from first principles, introducing topics such as lyric writing, song form
start dates      October, January, April, July                            and structure, and harmony and theory. Subjects are always discussed
                                                                          and illuminated using common popular music examples, which stops
duration         10 weeks, part-time
                                                                          the class becoming a dry study of theory, rather a real set of skills the
timing           2 hours/week, weekday evening                            songwriter can employ.
entry            No assessment/audition is required but you should
                 broadly be of intermediate standard.                     This very hands-on aspect of the course is further reinforced through
                 Please note that this course is taught from a general    weekly set assignments where you will learn to apply these techniques
                                                                          to your own work. This will not only ensure the skills are practically
                 musical standpoint, but you must be able to play
                                                                          applied in your work, but that as the course progresses you will begin to
                 either guitar or piano to realise the concepts           build up a repertoire of original songs.
                 under discussion
course fees      See website for details                                  COURSE OUTLInE
                                                                          COURSE OUTLINE

                                                                          Fundamental harmony and theory
THE PROgRAMME                                                             Simple chord patterns, relative minor, three chord trick
                                                                          Lyrics: basic rhyming schemes, narrative voice, telling a story
You cannot discuss popular music without including the art of             Writing a melody
songwriting. If you have always wanted to become involved in the          Song structure: components of a song, classic forms
creative process, but not known where to start, then this is the course   Stylistic awareness
for you.




songWriting
course name      Songwriting
location         Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London      The subject areas are illustrated using many examples of classic
start dates      October, January, April, July                            and contemporary songs by a variety of songwriters, and the tutor
                                                                          encourages group discussion and exploration of the topics. This very
duration         10 weeks, part-time
                                                                          hands-on aspect of the course is further reinforced through weekly set
timing           2 hours/week, weekday evening                            assignments where you will learn to apply these techniques to your
entry            No assessment/audition is required but you should        own work. The first five weeks of the course are based on co-writing
                 broadly be of intermediate standard.                     assignments where you will work with another group member. This will
                 Please note that this course is taught from a general    not only ensure the skills are practically applied in your work, but that
                                                                          through the course you will build up a repertoire of original songs.
                 musical standpoint, but you must be able to play
                 either guitar or piano to realise the concepts           In week 10 the group will perform material from the course at an informal
                 under discussion                                         gig either within the college or out at an ‘open mic’ event. You can invite
course fees      See website for details                                  your friends to this and/or use it as an informal showcase for your work.
                                                                          The tutor will support you through every step of this process and can
                                                                          also accompany you if necessary.
THE PROgRAMME
                                                                          COURSE OUTLInE
                                                                          COURSE OUTLINE
Contemporary popular music is inextricably linked with songwriting
and this course further expands the skills of the songwriter.             Harmony & theory; complex chord sequences, melodic development
                                                                          Lyrics: narrative voice, story telling and content
Building upon the foundation of skills taught in ‘Introduction to         Song Structure: exploring popular forms, how and when to try
Songwriting’ this course studies in depth many of the advanced            new structures.
elements of songwriting, such as lyrics and content, song form and        Stylistic awareness; perfect pop, 60’s pop, singer songwriter
collaborative partnerships.                                               Stylistic awareness

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music Business
course name        Music Business
location           Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates        October, January, April, July
duration           10 weeks part-time
timing             2 hours/week, weekday evening
entry              No assessment/audition is required
course fees        See website for details




THE PROgRAMME                                                                  COURSE OUTLInE

The music industry is a constantly changing landscape, even more so            -   Introduction to the Music Business
                                                                               -   Getting Your Act Together
now with the development of new media technologies and delivery
                                                                               -   Picking Your Team
mechanisms. It is more vital than ever that musicians understand the           -   Major Record Companies
business that they are entering, and this course is aimed specifically at      -   Independent Record Companies
equipping aspiring professionals with the skills they need to survive!         -   Releasing Your Own Record
                                                                               -   The Live Industry
On the Institute Music Business course, you will learn about all of the key    -   Copyright and Collection Societies
areas of the industry, who the key players are and how they interrelate.       -   Music Publishing
You will be given advice on how to make a quality demo, and how to             -   Developing you own project and getting a job in the industry
make sure it gets heard, and examine the role of the manager. You will
study how to record, promote and publish your own music, as well as
receive vital information on how major and indie record companies
operate and the kinds of deals they are looking to make.

You will understand how to set up your own record label and put out your
own releases; how the live industry operates; how to protect your work
through copyright and the use of collection societies. You will explore
music publishing and how to make money promoting your music on the
road. And if all that fails, you’ll even be given advice of how to get a job
in the industry!

Learning to play your instrument is just the beginning, and this
course can help you create a long and successful career.




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music Production – logic 101
course name       Music Production (Logic 101)
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates       Please see website for course dates
duration          16 hours over three days
                  (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
timing            Saturday and Sunday 7 hours/day, Monday 2 hours
entry             No assessment/audition is required but please be
                  aware that the course assumes an intermediate
                  level of general computer skills
course fees       See website for details




THE PROgRAMME                                                               COURSE OUTLInE

Using a computer and some powerful software it is now possible for          -   MIDI recording, editing and manipulation
                                                                            -   Drum programming
musicians to record professional quality audio entirely in the electronic
                                                                            -   Audio recording, editing and manipulation using
environment. Of the many Digital Audio Workstations (DAW’s) that                modeling software
are available, Apple’s Logic Pro is arguably the market leader and          -   Use of soft synths, samplers and plug-ins
this course is designed to train users to ‘pro level 1’ proficiency and     -   Mixer architecture, mixing tracks and production
therefore also how to create and produce amazing quality audio entirely     -   Use of processing and FX
                                                                            -   At the end of the course you will take an online multiple
in the digital domain.
                                                                                choice exam. If you succeed you will become an ‘Apple Certified
                                                                                Pro Level 1 in Logic Pro’
The course is built around Apple’s Logic 101 end-user programme and
focuses on mastering this powerful piece of software. However, the skills
you will need to pass the ‘end user’ exam for the 101 course are taught
to you by using real and relevant musical examples and situations,
so that learning the software doesn’t feel like swallowing a manual!
In-depth subjects such as MIDI and audio recording, key commands
and streamlined working and scoring to picture are covered, as well as
the broader topics of production values, mixing and automation.

Finally, the course is delivered in the Institute’s state-of-the-art
technology suite, with each student working at their own iMac powered
station running the latest version of Logic. You will understand how to
use every aspect of this amazing application and, put simply, this is the
fastest way to become a Logic power user!

At the end of the course you will take an online multiple choice exam.
If you succeed you will become an ‘Apple Certified Pro Level 1 in Logic
Pro’. The ICMP is an ’Apple Authorised Training Centre’.




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home studio recording
course name       Home Studio Recording
location          Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
start dates       October, January, April, July
duration          10 weeks part-time
timing            2 hours/week, weekday evening
entry             No assessment/audition is required but please be
                  aware that the course assumes a basic level
                  of computer skills
course fees       See website for details




THE PROgRAMME                                                                 COURSE OUTLInE

The ‘home studio’ has changed the face of music recording. It is now          -   Home studio buying and setup advice
                                                                              -   Introduction to programming, loops and samples
possible with a computer and some careful time and investment to
                                                                              -   Midi sequencing and creating backings
make high quality recordings and have them published on the internet          -   Intro to recording audio including layering, tracking
without leaving your house.                                                       and overdubbing
                                                                              -   Microphone technique in the home environment
However, to the musician who is new to home recording it is still a           -   Audio editing and ‘comping’ the perfect take
daunting topic! This course is designed to demystify the whole process        -   Mixing, how to use EQ and FX
offering all of the professional tips and tricks that will help you get the   -   Producing the final mix and uploading your music to the web
most out of your setup, however large or small, and also how to avoid
the common pitfalls.

Starting at the beginning with practical buying advice and ‘do’s and
don’ts’, the course moves through all of the key areas of the recording
process using real examples of how to use powerful computer Digital
Audio Workstations (DAW’s) to produce great home recordings.

Over the course of the ten weeks you will be shown how to create,
sequence, record and mix your own track in our state-of-the-art iMac
and Logic Pro Tech Lab, ultimately being able to publishing your work
on line.

This course is the ultimate ‘get started’ course for musicians who
want to get into home recording!




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guitAr teAching fAculty




iain scott head of guitar                  Phil capone                                 Barry langton                              martin goulding
Iain has been a professional session       Phil gained extensive touring & recording   Barry has earned a living playing guitar   Since graduating from GIT, Martin has
guitarist & teacher for over twenty five   experience during the early 80’s with       for over twenty five years. A seasoned     become one of the London’s busiest pri-
years. After playing with dozens of        The Mobiles followed by a stint as a        professional, he has worked with           vate teachers, specialising in advanced
chart topping artists in the 70’s, Iain    session guitarist for Arista Records,       numerous recording artists around          rock techniques and improvisation. As
relocated to L.A where he taught at the    which included recording experience         the world and is experienced in many       course writer and specialist in modern
Guitar Institute of Technology for two     with renowned producer/engineer Tony        aspects of music performance, from         rock studies at the ICMP, Martin also
years before returning to London to join   Platt (AC/DC & Foreigner). He went on       television through to theatre, studio      writes for Guitar Techniques magazine,
the ICMP’s teaching staff. Iain’s career   to form Wild Honey; a band managed          and onto the stage. Barry specialises in   hosts clinics and masterclasses for the
has included working with Brian Wilson     by the legendary Peter Grant. Phil has      teaching jazz improvisation, sight read-   IGF and has featured in Total Guitar
of The Beach Boys and playing in LA        worked with many respected artists          ing and has developed the harmony          and Guitar World magazines. Author
based band Afterburner with Frank          including Maggie Bell, Beverly Martin,      and theory curriculum. His wealth of       of international bestseller “Guitar: A
Gambale. He has written columns for        Jason Bonham, Wilko Johnson & Jim           experience is only gained in one way,      Complete Guide For The Player”, Martin
many guitar magazines, and wrote           Mullen. A long-time contributor to Guitar   and this is why Barry wins over the        is a session musician with clients includ-
‘Electric Blues Guitar’. Iain is widely    Techniques magazine, Phil can also be       hearts of even the most hardened           ing Chappell, Bruton Music, Zomba, the
recognised as one of the UK’s top          seen performing around London with          shredders to become one of the most        BBC and is currently writing/producing
guitar educators.                          various jazz artists.                       popular teachers in school.                for Progressive band Linear Sphere.




charlie griffiths                          lee hodgson                                 max milligan                               chris newland
Since graduating from The Guitar           Lee is a multi-talented guitarist/singer    Max Milligan has been an active            Hailing from Massachusetts USA, Chris
Institute in 1995, Charlie has worked      who is listed in the International Who’s    live/studio musician since 1973 and        is an experienced pro with over twenty
in a variety of professional situations    Who of Popular Music. His monthly           has taught at the ICMP since 1991. A       years experience. After attending
including radio, television, numer-        columns and transcriptions have             busy songwriter and composer, Max          Berkeley in Boston, he immediately
ous sessions and hundreds of gigs.         featured in Guitar Techniques magazine      has recently performed with jazz guitar-   became a busy touring and record-
Teaching all courses, specialising in      since 1994 and Guitarist magazine           ist John Goldie (Martin Taylors Spirit     ing player, moving to the UK in 1992.
advanced rock and metal concepts,          since the late ‘80s. He has authored        of Django), Adam Levy (Norah Jones)        Artists he has worked with include
Charlie brings a wealth of knowledge       a book, ‘Hot Country’, and has written      and at acoustic guitar masterclasses       Caribbean Soca/Calypso artist Arrow,
and experience to our students, not to     chapters for ‘Guitar: A Complete Guide      with Clive Carroll and Pierre Bensusan.    featuring on his massive hit ‘Hot Hot
mention jaw-dropping chops! Charlie        For The Player’ and ‘Play Acoustic’, as     He is currently touring with the roots     Hot’, as well as Sister Sledge, Odyssey,
is also a contributor for Total Guitar     well as Rockschool grade pieces that        blues singer Cherry Lee Mewis and is       Mick Ronson and Felix Pappalardi.
and Guitar Techniques magazines and        have been validated by Trinity College      the featured guitarist/producer on her     More recently he’s recorded several
when not teaching at the ICMP, Charlie     of Music. Lee has also made many art-       albums, “Little Girl Blue” (2007) and      albums and performed with songwriter
writes and records with progressive        ist-based and technical DVD tutorials       “Southbound Train” (2009). His latest      Jeb Loy Nichols. Chris is a master
rock band Haken.                           plus on-line lessons for Lick Library.      album of acoustic songs and instru-        musician and always plays with great
                                                                                       mentals is “Homage”.                       taste, which is why he is so in demand.


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Apostolos Zavaliaris                       gianluca corona                             david Birnie                                 Ben labi
Tolis relocated from Greece to London      Gianluca, originally from Sardinia,         David, a graduate of both the                Since graduating from the GIT, Ben
in 2001 where he studied on the            graduated from GIT in Los Angeles,          ICMP’s Higher Diploma and BMus               has worked with artists such as Ringo
ICMP’s Degree course after which           where he studied with Scott                 programmes, has been playing guitar          Starr, producer Mark Hudson (X Factor,
he was invited to join the ICMP as a       Henderson, Joe Diorio, Norman Brown         for many years. After relocating from        Bon Jovi, Aerosmith), David Logeman
tutor. His Greek background helped         and Brett Garsed. Upon graduation           Aberdeen to study with us, he chose to       (Frank Zappa) and many more. and is
him to develop an enormous style           he became focused on developing his         stay in the south and forge a successful     a published songwriter with Universal
incorporating jazz, rock and ethnic        jazz and fusion playing, participating in   career as a player; lucky for us! As a       Music.
elements in his playing. In 2004,          masterclasses by Pat Metheny, Ralph         member of The Counterfeit Stones, he
Tolis won the ‘London Guitar Hero’         Towner and John Scofield. Gianluca          has toured throughout the world and
competition which took place at            played guitar for many top Italian          played on many TV & radio shows.
Wembley Conference Centre. He              artists, including singer Andrea Parodi,    His guitar playing was featured in the
currently works with world-famous          Israeli singer Noa and world famous         recent film ‘Stoned’ and has been
violinist Vanessa Mae and is a             guitarist Al Di Meola, before coming to     heard on various TV documentaries.
contributor for Guitar Techniques and      London to join the ICMP. In fact, it was    David has a busy private teaching
All Out Guitar magazines.                  through a recommendation from Al Di         practice and has become a popular
                                           Meola that we found out about Luca!         tutor amongst the students.



                                                                                                                                    dylan Kay
                                                                                                                                    Educated at Berklee, the ICMP &
                                                                                                                                    Oxford, Dylan has studied with some
                                                                                                                                    of the finest jazz educators, including
                                                                                                                                    Mick Goodrick and Hal Crook. He
                                                                                                                                    has performed extensively in Boston,
                                                                                                                                    USA and throughout the UK, including
                                                                                                                                    working as musical director for US jazz
                                                                                                                                    singer Ellen O’Brien.



ross Bicknell                              dario cortese                               Jay stapley
Ross has been playing guitar since         Dario has more than 20 years                As a session & gigging guitarist, Jay
the age of nine and has been a part of     experience as a guitar player and has       has worked with a variety of artists &
many bands, notably the post-punk          taught in some of the most prestigious      producers on projects ranging from
outfit S.Rock Levinson, who enjoyed        schools and universities in Europe, also    films (‘Withnail and I’), to international
support slots with Tom Vek, Maximo         headlining masterclasses and courses        tours (Roger Waters, Mike Oldfield) and
Park, and The Rakes among others.          for organizations including Guitar Break    albums (Suede, Scott Walker). Jay’s
He now fronts the electro/post-punk        and IGF. As a session guitarist, he has     live work with Julian Dawson took him
outfit Rubinthecubin, where he writes,     worked with some of the world’s finest      to Germany, where he began working           Andy saphir
sings, plays guitar and programmes.        musicians and producers, including          with German superstar Westernhagen,          Andy has been working as a professional
Ross’ has worked for film advertising      Larry Carlton, Hayley Westenra, Albert      with whom Jay has toured & recorded          guitarist for 14 years. One of the UK
company Picture Production Company,        Lee, Pete Vettese, Paul Potts, The          ever since, becoming Co-Producer             country scene’s top players, he has
recording, mixing and designing trailers   Yeah You’s and Bruce Bouton. He             and Musical Director. Jay’s interest         experience from small club gigs to
in surround sound. He has a degree in      has written several books, is a regular     in technology led him to become              major festivals. He’s backed US singers
American Studies/Philosophy, in which      contributor for Guitar Techniques           a demonstrator for Roland UK and             Michael Twitty and Alexa Hamilton and
he focused on the cultural aspects of      magazine and has written much of the        Roland International.                        toured with US fiddle player/singer
popular music.                             guitar coursework at the ICMP.                                                           John Permenter (Clint Black).


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terry gregory (Programme                   matt martin                               John currie                              Alan mian
leader(he)/head of Bass)                   Matt has established himself as a busy    John has been playing bass for over      Alan plays bass guitar and double bass
Terry’s talents as a bassist are evident   freelance bassist, working worldwide      thirty years and is one of the most      specialising in jazz, fusion, funk, soul
by the company he keeps. Much of           on European Arena and Theatre Tours       versatile and experienced freelance      and R&B. He has played with many top
the last ten years has been spent          and entertaining troops in Iraq and       bassists on the London music scene       names from the U.S & U.K. including
playing with some of the country’s         Afghanistan. He has worked with a         today. Over this time he has worked      Wynton Marsalis, Barry Harris, Julian
finest guitarists including jazz supremo   number of notable artists such as         with everyone from Alvin Stardust to     Joseph, Jim Mullen, John Surman,
Martin Taylor and his award winning        Westlife, Holly Valance and Darren        Guns’n’Roses guitarist Slash. He has     Mark Mondesir, David Williams (Michael
group Spirit of Django, and also           Hayes and has played in some of           been writing for Bassist and Guitarist   Jackson, Madonna) and The Drifters
ex-Genesis member Steve Hackett.           the UK’s finest venues including the      magazines for twelve years, and          and in musical theatre playing in The
All this of course means performing        Royal Albert Hall, Shepherds Bush         specialises in advanced funk and rock    Blues Brothers, The Rocky Horror
worldwide at the highest level, on tour    Empire and support for Shania Twain       styles.                                  Show and 42nd Street. He currently
and in the studio.                         in Hyde Park to a crowd of 40,000.                                                 plays with The Amit Chatterjee Alliance
                                           TV appearances include TOTP, CD:                                                   and The Allstars Collective, backing
                                           UK, and T4 and he works frequently in                                              Joss Stone, Jocelyn Brown, Heather
                                           London’s West End.                                                                 Small and Dannii Minogue.




dave marks                                 svetlana Vasileva                         Paul scott                               Phil mann
Dave is a busy London-based                Svet has toured the UK with her band,     Paul Scott has played bass guitar and    A graduate of the ICMP, Phil has
musician. His playing and recording        The Vegastones, supporting Duran          double bass professionally for over      established himself as a busy
credits span a wide rage of bands          Duran on their 2000 arena tour and        twenty years and has worked with         international freelancing electric and
and artists, including Larry Carlton,      recorded an album with producer           artists as diverse as Burt Bacharach,    double bassist. Endorsed by Spector
Albert Lee, Carl Palmer, Paul Carrack      Steve Power (Robbie Williams). In         Jimmy Witherspoon and Brian Johnson      Bass Guitars, he has appeared in
and many others. Currently his time        2003 she joined Moby’s band for a         (AC/DC). Recently he has been touring    London’s West End on ‘Dancing In the
is spread between pounding out             world tour which included headlining      with the Glenn Miller UK Orchestra.      Street’, across Europe on shows such
8th note rock with the Rick Parfitt Jr.    the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and      Current sessions include jazz, big       as ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Little
Band, attacking the electric guitar        3 consecutive shows at Knebworth.         band and gospel recordings as well as    Shop Of Horrors’, and in the UK on The
with Jo Webb & the Dirty Hands and         Svet has also supported Beyonce,          soundtracks for the BBC. He has also     National Lottery Live. Currently working
producing for various artists and bands    recorded with artists including Busted    played in several West End shows.        on his solo album and first bass
at Clean Feet Studios, London. Dave        and has recently been doing sessions                                               publication ‘Chord Tone Concepts’,
also maintains a heavy web presence,       with legendary British songwriter Glenn                                            Phil continues to receive lessons from
blogging on his own site and keeping       Tilbrook (Squeeze). She is currently                                               virtuoso bassist Laurence Cottle, while
his Youtube channel stocked up with        touring Europe with Moby and working                                               he prepares research for his PhD.
fresh content.                             on her project ‘Plastic Cinema’.


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Justin scott head of drums               gareth dylan smith                        darren Ashford                             neil martin
An alumnus of Berklee, Justin attained   (Programme leader (fe)                    Darren has had a vast amount of            Heil has taught professionally for over
a Masters from the LCMM and has          Gareth has a B.A. in Music, an            teaching experience having taught          25 years and has studied with teachers
studied with some of the world’s most    M.A. in Music Education and an            both private classes and masterclasses     such as Dom Famularo, Jim Chapin,
notable teachers (Gary Chaffee, Pete     LTCL in Instrumental Teaching. His        for over eight years. He has toured        Andy Leask and Bob Armstrong. As a
Zeldman, John Marshall). He has          performance career includes extensive     extensively, performing alongside          performer, he has toured & recorded
performed & recorded throughout          touring in the US and Europe; he is       artists as diverse as Chaka Kahn, 2Pac,    with artists such as Del Shannon,
Europe, USA & Asia with artists such     Chair of the Musicians’ Union UK          Beverley Knight and The Backstreet         Percy Sledge and Steve Norman
as Chris Rambling, Mekaal Hasan          teaching committee, a music mentor        Boys. He has recorded music for            (Spandau Ballet); as a member of the
and Mike Mondesir and has made           for Music for Youth and a member          albums, TV and radio as having acted       Jimmy Barnes Band he has played
TV appearances with artists such as      of the organising committee of            as The Drifters Musical Director since     to audiences of 110,000 and can
Rod Stewart and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.     the International Society for Music       1998 he has been responsible for           be heard on the albums ‘Psyclone’
He has tutored hundreds of students      Education (ISME) World Conference         mixing and producing ‘The Drifters         and ‘The Best of Jimmy Barnes’.
including Adam Ficek (Babyshambles),     Forum on Instrumental and Vocal           Live’ DVD and ‘The Drifters Now’ CD.       Neil is also a certified practitioner of
Olly Betts (Duke Spirit) and Stephen     Teaching. He is currently undertaking                                                Neuro-Linguistic-Programming having
Simmonds (Groovejet) and is a regular    research for a PhD in Music Education.                                               studied with Dr. Richard Bandler, Paul
contributor to Rhythm Magazine.                                                                                               McKenna and Michael Breen.




fergus gerrand                           lisa tring                                richard Patterson                          chuck sabo
Fergus is a percussionist,               Since graduating from The London          Richard began gigging at a young           Best known within drum circles for
drummer, musical director, writer        College of Music & Media, Lisa has        age in the working men’s club scene        his long-standing association with
and programmer with many years           established a varied musical career as    of the North East. In 2001 he moved        pop starlet Natalie Imbruglia and his
experience. His extensive studies in     a session drummer and teacher. With       to London to study with notable            grooving at various drum events,
the world of percussion have led to a    ten years live, studio, TV and teaching   teachers Justin Scott, Paul Elliott and    Chuck has a reputation in the wider
deep understanding of many different     experience, some of Lisa’s recent         Tom Meadows and whilst studying            music industry as a top-notch Musical
musical genres including Afro-Cuban,     engagements have included performing      for a degree in popular music. Since       Director, songwriter and producer. His
Brazilian, Indian and Middle Eastern.    with Andy Abraham, appearing live on      graduating, Richard has played in many     recording credits include an impressive
As a player, he has performed all over   ITV’s ‘The X-Factor’ with finalists G4,   famous UK venues and also across           list of heavyweights including; Elton
the world, appearing on over 50 tours    live sessions with Sons Of Jim and        Europe with various artists and function   John, Tom Jones, Chaka Khan, Cher,
and numerous recordings with artists     performances on BBC1’s Music Live,        bands. He has many private students        Tina Turner, Pet Shop Boys, Pulp,
including Madonna, Spice Girls, Peter    Night Fever and Party In The Park. As     and also created the part-time drum        Take That, Roy Orbison, Terence Trent
Gabriel, Cathy Dennis, Duran Duran,      well as teaching drums at the ICMP,       courses for the ICMP. Richard has          D’Arby, Seal, Brian Eno, Sophie Ellis-
Jamelia, Human League, Vanessa Mae,      Lisa can regularly be seen drumming in    recently been very busy touring and        Bextor, Belinda Carlisle and Kiki Dee
Hank Marvin, Mike Oldfield, William      venues throughout Europe and the UK.      recording with ‘The Ryes’.                 and his playing has driven more than a
Orbit, & Take That.                                                                                                           dozen Top 10 UK singles.


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                                                                                                                                 Barbara Amoakohene
emer mcParland                              Jenny howe                                 Becky Jones                                Barbara is a talented singer-songwriter
(head of Vocals)                            Jenny joined the National Youth Jazz       Since graduating, Becky has toured        and a certified SLS instructor. She
Emer’s versatility has led her to work in   Orchestra in 1992 and extensively          Europe with her electronic projects,      has worked with top producers &
a wide range of situations, from singing    toured, appearing several times at         with a song from her first EP being       songwriters including Kevin Bacon &
on movie soundtracks (Sleepy Hollow,        Ronnie Scotts and featuring on many        licensed to Hed Kandi and released        Jonathan Quarmby (Sugababes, Finley
Gangs of New York) to recording with        of their albums, including ‘Cottoning      worldwide. She is managed by the          Quaye), performed for the BBC, and at
big name artists (Peter Gabriel, Bjork,     On’ and ‘A View from the Hill’.            Groove Armada/Lovebox team and            leading London venues and regularly
Jarvis Cocker, Spiritualized) and singing   Consequently she began working with        has supported them on tour as well        gigs with her band Kohene.
in the West End (Starlight Express).        Shakatak and toured Japan. More            as We Are Scientists, Santogold, Foals
She has appeared as a soloist with          recently she was the soloist on the        & Mystery Jets. Becky also runs an
the BBC Concert Orchestra and The           soundtrack to the film ‘The Brylcreem      acclaimed pop/beatbox choir, The
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and in        Boys’, performing at the Cannes film       Heard, who perform her arrangements
contrast, sung with Ant and Dec on          festival. She also features on the films   of pop/rock music. Becky has more
ITV’s ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’. Her        ‘Dream’ and ‘Hot Gold’. Jenny has co-      recently begun a solo project as ‘Saint
credits include solo appearances with       written & sung on several tracks with      Saviour’ following the acclaim of a
the BBC and RTE Radio Big Bands and         the dance group Playpen.                   demo played on Radio 1.
the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.


                                                                                                                                 Anjali Perin
                                                                                                                                 Anjali is a singer, pianist, violinist and
                                                                                                                                 composer/arranger, specialising in
                                                                                                                                 jazz and soul. She is signed to Jazzizit
                                                                                                                                 Records, released her debut jazz album
                                                                                                                                 ‘First Reflection’ to great reviews in
                                                                                                                                 2007 and is busy gigging across the
                                                                                                                                 UK, appearing at venues including
                                                                                                                                 Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, the 606 and
                                                                                                                                 jazz festivals throughout Europe.


susan Blair                                 tommy ng                                   me’sha Bryan
Susan is a vocalist, vocal coach &          Holding a BMus Honours Degree in           Me’sha began singing professionally
songwriter. She has acted as Musical        Popular Music Performance, Tommy’s         at the age of sixteen and as a resident
Director & Vocal Coach on hit musicals      versatility in style has led him to be     at Stanley House Studios recorded
(The Lion King, The Sound of Music),        involved in various music projects         demos for Victoria Beckham, SClub7
was head of vocals at the largest           including ‘MONKEY: Journey to the          and Kylie Minogue. Her experience is
music institute in Rotterdam and was        West’ by Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz,     across the board (studio work, live &
MD & VC for the national premiere           and The Good, The Bad & The Queen),        recorded TV, adverts, West End shows,
of American Pie 2 in Australia. Now         as well as appearing on UK television in   world tours) and she has performed
based in London, her clients include        ‘BBC1 Imagine...Amazing Journey with       at some of the biggest gigs in history    Vic Bynoe
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and artists           Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’. He        (Live 8, The Concert for Diana). She      Vic is an experienced singer with a
signed to Chrysalis, Mercury, Universal     has also appeared as a guest vocalist      has toured & recorded alongside artists   voice ranging from old school R&B to
and Sony BMG. Susan has performed           for a visual art show - ‘Il Tempo del      such as Roxy Music, Beverley Knight,      Pop. He has been a vocal member of
with the Jamiroquai band, sung at live      Postino’ - created by Arto Lindsay and     Russell Watson, and The Counterfeit       The Drifters and, and has performed
broadcasts for the BBC and is working       Rirkrit Tiravanija.                        Stones and is an accomplished singer-     with artists including Eric Clapton,
with various producers from Universal                                                  songwriter, opening each show on          Jocelyn Brown, Rick Astley, Alexander
and the Ministry of Sound.                                                             Bryan Ferry’s last world tour.            O’Neal and the great James Brown.


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                                                                                                                                tony moore
                                                                                                                                Face of famous venue The Bedford,
                                                                                                                                Tony’s eclectic career includes being
sophie daniels                             Paul stanborough                         sam frank                                   one of the founding members of Iron
(head of songwriting)                      Paul studied Creative Music              Sam has been working in the music           Maiden and keyboard player for Cutting
Studying jazz technique, touring           Technology, specialising in              business for nearly twenty years.           Crew. He was responsible for creating
with girl group ‘One Condition’ and        composition, the digital audio           He began working as a touring               the Kashmir Klub which showcased
performing in musicals kept many           environment and performance. Since       saxophonist at the age of nineteen and      debut performances from Damien Rice,
areas of musical interest alive, until     graduating, he has worked extensively    has arranged, played live and recorded      KT Tunstall, Imogen Heap, Sheryl Crow
Sophie moved to London to work for         as sole engineer, programmer and         studio sessions with acts ranging           and Mick Fleetwood.
BBC Music Live. She spent 5 years          in-house producer for renowned           from Jay Z, The Roots, US3, Aswad,
working for major labels (Sony UK, S       song writer and producer Guy             Matt Bianco, Bernie Worrel and Don
Records), working for Simon Cowell         Chambers. This role has enabled Paul     Blackman of Parliament Funkadelic,
on major pop projects, and then            to work with new artists on a weekly     Joss Stone and many more.
became a professional songwriter,          basis, and has lead programming
with recent demos being produced by        and engineering sessions for artists
Rob Persaud. Current projects include      as diverse as Robbie Williams, Kelis,
country & pop work with Dario Cortese,     Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Cathy
soul tracks written for Laura Welsh        Dennis, Jamie Cullum, Mika and Julian
and country tracks for CMA Nominee         Lennon to name a few.
Rachael Warwick.
                                                                                                                                liza Keast
                                                                                                                                Liza has worked as an actress and
                                                                                                                                singer in film, regional theatre and on
                                                                                                                                the London fringe and cabaret scene.
                                                                                                                                She has also run workshops for IVC,
                                                                                                                                RM Europe and Bilimankhwe Arts and
                                                                                                                                her private students include clients
                                                                                                                                from Svitzer, the Foreign Office and the
                                                                                                                                United Nations. Liz is Head of music at
                                                                                                                                the London Drama School.


                                                                                                                                Jason guy
                                                                                                                                Jason has been at the cutting edge
Paul simm                                  shola Ama                                                                            of music marketing for over fifteen
                                                                                    Jalayne tradler
Paul is a British songwriter, musician     Shola is one of Britain’s most                                                       years. Having been Marketing Director
                                                                                    Jalayne is signed to Right Recordings
and music producer specialising in         successful R&B artists. Her debut                                                    of A&M, Chrysalis, Polydor, Island
                                                                                    and distributed by Universal Music, and
contemporary R&B and pop music.            album ‘Much Love’ went on to sell over                                               and Sony UK, he has developed
                                                                                    has an extensive career touring, writing,
Together with co-writers Jonathan          1 million copies and scored the top 5                                                marketing techniques that have lead
                                                                                    recording and performing in Canada,
Lipsey, Felix Howard and Cameron           singles ‘You Might Need Somebody’                                                    to UK treble platinum success (Sting,
                                                                                    USA and the UK. Her time in Nashville
McVey, he has written and produced         and ‘You’re The One I Love’. She has                                                 Sinead O’Connor, The Lighthouse
                                                                                    has connected her with top writers and
several hits for the Sugababes             received 4 MOBO nominations and                                                      Family, Jamiroquai, The Coral) as well
                                                                                    artists in the industry. Those premier
including ‘Overload’ (UK #6 hit) and       collected 2 (Best Newcomer, Best                                                     as US success (Suzanne Vega, Janet
                                                                                    highlights include working with Brian
‘Run for Cover’ (UK #13 hit). He is        R&B), and has been nominated for                                                     Jackson, Bryan Adams). Jason helped
                                                                                    Littrell from the Backstreet Boys and
currently signed with Trevor Horn’s        2 Brit Awards, winning ‘Best British                                                 set up independent music labels
                                                                                    Grammy Award-winning songwriter and
publishing company, Perfect Songs. In      Female’ in 1998.                                                                     including The Echo Label for Chrysalis,
                                                                                    artist Billy Dean.
2008 Paul was involved with Ivyrise, a                                                                                          Deltasonic for Sony and B-Unique who
pop band from London. He produced                                                                                               have gone on to enjoy successes with
his first single ‘Tips’ which charted at                                                                                        The Ordinary Boys, The Twang and
#5 on the UK indie charts as well as                                                                                            Kaiser Chiefs.
producing the remainder of the album,
released in early 2009.


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Ken foreman                               Johan englund music                         holger skepeneit                           david cash Keys
music Business                            technology                                  Piano & Keys                               David has performed all over the
Ken has worked in the music industry      Johan has spent his working life in         Holger began playing classical piano       globe at festivals & events, theatre
since 1981, when he signed his first      studios, gaining his experience as          at eight and turned to jazz and blues      productions, has supported Elton John,
record contract with Pinnacle Records.    in-house producer at one of Sweden’s        at fourteen. He came to England            Rod Stewart, Supertramp & Bonnie
As founding member & singer of            most prestigious music production           to study piano, jazz piano and             Tyler. and performed with numerous
Thrashing Doves, he signed a major        companies, before moving to the UK.         composition at the London College          artists (The Drifters, Michael Ball).
deal with A&M Records, releasing three    He is an expert in Pro Tools, Ableton       of Music, graduating with a first class
albums and touring extensively in the     Live and Logic Pro, for which he is a       honours degree plus a MMus in Jazz
USA & Europe. Following the bands         certified trainer. Johan plays a range of   piano. Holger is a sought after pianist,
break-up Ken embarked on a career         instruments and has written, produced       keyboard player, composer and MD,
as a record producer, making records      & recorded for a wide range of artists.     performing & recording alongside
for Chrysalis, Sony, and Toshiba/EMI      As a house producer/engineer for            Vasilis X, Alan Barnes, Tina May, the
and composing music for commercials       EMI Publishing, he has worked with          Counterfeit Stones, Pete King, and
including Addidas, Vauxhall and 7Up.      artists from VV Brown to Salaam Remi        Dark Raki. He has toured in over thirty
Ken currently works as a consultant       (Amy Winehouse, Nas). He is currently       countries, and his compositions have
music business advisor and is director    developing projects for Grand Scheme        had radio airplay in Europe, USA & the
of his own music publishing company.      Recordings/Universal Island.                Far East.


                                                                                                                                 Jane gregory
                                                                                                                                 Alexander technique
                                                                                                                                 Jane has established herself as a
                                                                                                                                 music specialist, developing a unique,
                                                                                                                                 practical style to help relieve tension,
                                                                                                                                 improve posture and deal with playing-
                                                                                                                                 related issues such as RSI.




maurizio malagnini                        Audrey riley                                Jake Williams
composer                                  cellist and Arranger                        music Production
Maurizio is a composer for television     Audrey is a cellist & string arranger       Jake learnt his craft at London’s
& cinema and currently composing          with twenty-three years experience in       Orinoco Studios working with The
music for a series directed by Oscar      the rock industry. She has contributed      Chemical Brothers and Death in Vegas.
nominated & Gold Bear winner Bruno        to three Grammy award wining singles        Enlisted by Red Snapper founder Rich
Bozzetto. He collaborates with MTV        including, ‘The Pretender’ by Foo           Thair, Jake toured Japan, New York,
and his compositions feature in adverts   Fighter’s, ‘In My Place’ by Coldplay        Europe & the UK. As Toob, Jake and
for Miller, X-box, Fiat & Samsung.        & ‘Gravedigger’ by Dave Matthews.           Rich have played Fabric, Glastonbury
He studied harmony, counterpoint          She created string arrangements to          & Glade Festivals and clubs throughout     michael martin Keys
and orchestration at G. Donizetti         two Coldplay albums (A Rush of Blood        Europe. Their second album gained          Michael has toured with some giants
conservatoire and in 2005 he studied      to the Head, X&Y) and to the album          airplay from Rob da Bank, Nemone           of the Reggae world (Ziggy Marley,
at Accademia Chigiana. In 2008,           ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace’         and XFM. Toob has collaborated on          Aswad, Maxi Priest) and toured Europe
he gained a Masters from the Royal        by Foo Fighters. She has worked on          & remixed a track from Bomb the            & South East Asia with Vanessa Mae.
College of Music, where he was a          singles & albums for many bands             Bass’s album ‘Future Chaos’, with Jake     He met East 17’s Musical Director and
recipient of an Arts and Humanities       & artists and tours with the Merce          providing vocals to ‘Burn the Bunker’.     went on to tour with The Spice Girls,
Research Council award.                   Cunningham Dance Company.                                                              Will Young and SClub7.


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steve smyth guitar                         laurence cottle Bass                      Amit chatterjee guitar                      thomas lang drums
Steve has played on some of the            Laurence has played bass with many        Amit joined The Zawinul Syndicate,          A native Austrian, Lang was formally
biggest festival stages with the biggest   of the world’s great musicians such as    the band of legendary keyboard player       educated at the legendary Vienna
names from the world of Metal. After       Sting, Cher, Seal, Brian Eno and Jaco     Joe Zawinul and during his tenure           Conservatory of Music where he was
performing with Vicious Rumours, and       Pastorius and he has recorded for films   recorded several albums (Stories of the     the youngest student enrolled. He
spending five years touring the globe      from Lethal Weapon and Mr. Holland’s      Danube, My People, Faces and Places)        began working professionally with
with Testament, Steve formed black         Opus to Britney Spears’ movie             as well as the live DVD, ‘Midnight          artists including Falco, John Wetton &
metal outfit, Dragonlord with guitarist    Crossroads! His playing has featured      Jam’. He has worked with artists such       Bonnie Tyler and in 1995, Lang’s solo
Eric Peterson and bassist Steve            on Headless Cross by Black Sabbath        as stellar saxophonist David Liebman        release, ‘Mediator’ topped the charts,
DiGiorgio of Testament. Later, Steve       and he has played and recorded with       and guitarist Eric Johnson and has          garnering rave reviews for its innovative
joined the band Nevermore, going           Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees, Procul        recorded numerous soundtracks and           sound. His DVD ‘Creative Control’ is
on to co-write songs on the critically     Harum and Mike Oldfield. When left to     jingles (Sex & the City, Homicide). While   one of the biggest selling instructional
acclaimed album ‘This Godless              his own devices Laurence ventures into    releasing three albums as a leader/solo     DVDs of all time. Thomas plays Sonor
Endeavour’.                                the world of jazz.                        artist he also lectured at New York’s       drums, Meinl cymbals, Vic Firth sticks,
                                                                                     New School. More recently Amit              Remo drum heads, Roland electronics,
                                                                                     has contributed his skills to the new       Gibraltar hardware, Hardcase road
                                                                                     Zawinul live CD ‘Vienna Nights’.            cases and AKG microphones.




richard smith guitar                       Janek gwizdala Bass                       dom famularo drums
Richard is an award-winning recording      English-born New York resident Janek      Dom’s skills earned him the reputation
artist, performer and clinician. He has    is a rising young star in the world       of being the world’s leading
earned accolades such as ‘Record of        of bass guitar. Currently Musical         motivational drum set artist/educator.
the Year’, a nomination for ‘Best Jazz     Director and bass player for JEM and      Tutored by legendary greats Joe
Album of the Year’, and has three top      playing bass for Mike Stern, his other    Morello, Jim Chapin, Al Miller & Ronnie
five jazz albums. In his concertising      performance, production, recording        Benedict, Dom combines techniques
with such artists as Kirk Whalum,          and touring credits include: Randy        of the past with parameter-pushing
Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Dan Siegel,    Brecker, Flora Purim, Bob Malach,         concepts of the 90’s. Dom has
Warren Hill, Bob Hope and Brian            Hiram Bullock, Wayne Krantz, Eric         performed with the Buddy Rich Big
Bromberg, he has made visits to Asia,      Johnson, Ronny Jordan, Jojo Mayer,        Band, B.B. King, Lionel Hampton &
Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.          Gary Husband, Mark Turner, Danny          Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones) and
Smith is also professor of studio/jazz     Gottlieb, Gregoire Maret, NERVE, Dapp     has shared the stage with Dave Weckl,
guitar at the University of Southern       Theory, Jeff Lorber, Oz Noy, Lionel       Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Billy
California (one of the US’s leading        Loueke, Najee, Frank McComb, Paul         Cobham, Will Calhoun, Chad Smith,
conservatoires) and is a clinician for     Oakenfold, Stevie Winwood, Barry          Mark Schulman & Jim Chapin. Dom
D’Addario, Gibson and Shure.               Altschul, and Adam Freeland.              also serves as Education Director for
                                                                                     Sabian, Vic Firth, and Mapex.


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WhAt to do next

if you want to discuss the best course               scholarships, bursaries and funding                 contAct detAils
option for you or wish to book an                    Many Institute courses are already partially
assessment or audition, then please                  or fully-funded, and for those that are not,        Telephone            +44 (0) 207 328 0222
contact one of our Admissions Advisers.              students can access a range of funding              Fax                  +44 (0) 207 372 4603
you will need to have an assessment for              options including student loans and career
                                                                                                         Email                enquiries@icmp.co.uk
all full-time courses at the institute, and          development loans.
this is free of charge.                                                                                  Web                  www.icmp.co.uk
                                                     Additionally, in conjunction with music             Address              Foundation House
If you already know on which course you              industry partners, we offer a range of                                   1A Dyne Road
wish to enrol, your next step is to complete         scholarships, bursaries and awards for                                   London
and return an enrolment form. These are              students at all levels. For full details, see                            NW6 7XG
available directly from our Admissions team or       our website or contact an Admissions
can be downloaded from our website. Once             Adviser directly; however, here are some            hoW to find us
completed you can either mail it back or send        of the awards that you can apply for:               By Tube              Kilburn Station
it via fax it to the contact details on this page.                                                                            Jubilee Line
Please include your deposit to secure your           higher diploma scholarships                                              3 mins walk
place on the course.                                 Supported by Ernie Ball Music Man, Yamaha,
                                                     Mapex, Total Guitar, Metropolis Studios and
                                                                                                         By Train             Brondesbury Station
Alternatively you can attend one of our open         others, the Institute offers over £30,000 of free
                                                                                                                              Silverlink Service
days, which are regularly advertised on our          or subsidised places each year onto the
                                                                                                                              1 min walk
website, to see for yourselves why the ICMP          one-year Higher Diploma course.
continues to be the school of choice for                                                                                                        WEST
                                                                                                                                              HAMPSTEAD
hundreds of students every year.                     shure creative Award                                                                                   WEST
                                                                                                                                                          HAMPSTEAD
                                                     Supported by Shure, the ICMP offers an
                                                                                                            BRONDESBURY

                                                     annual prize for talented singer/songwriters
                                                     who have the chance to win a free place on
                                                     the Institute’s 1-year Professional Diploma in
                                                     Songwriting programme. For full details see
                                                     www.shurecreativeaward.com.

                                                                                                         Photography & design Louise Roberts
                                                                                                         contact louise@louiseroberts.co.uk




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frequently asked questions
How do I enrol on a course?                              How many students are there per class?                      Where will I live?
In order to enrol on full-time courses, you must first   Here at the ICMP we have a general rule: no more            Since the ICMP is an independent college, there is
undergo an assessment (to enrol on the Degree you        than 12 students per tutor. For some modes of               no available housing for students. However there
will additionally need an audition). Assessments         delivery and where the student learning experience          is plenty of affordable housing in the area and our
and auditions are free of charge. You will then need     is not affected (lectures, for example) class numbers       students never have a problem finding flats or house
to fill in an enrolment form and pay either materials    may be higher.                                              shares locally. ICMP runs an annual house share
fees or a holding deposit (typically £300 for full-                                                                  event that gives our students the opportunity to
time courses). To be considered ‘fully enrolled’ you     How much do courses cost?                                   meet fellow new students and obtain local agency
must pay full course fees ONE MONTH before the           This depends on the course or class you are taking.         and landlord information. Students can also check
course commences. Late enrolments are up to the          Contact our Admissions team on 020 7328 0222 or             the ICMP online forums, which can be found in the
discretion of Admissions and students that have not      check www.icmp.co.uk for details of course costs,           community section of our website.
paid their course fees may not begin their course        payment terms, and special offers.
until the balance is taken care of. For part-time                                                                    How do I book a private lesson?
courses, following a discussion with an Admissions       Where is the BMus Degree taught?                            The ICMP offers private lessons for all instruments
Adviser you will simply need to complete and             Degree classes take place at the ICMP’s facilities          and levels. If you are interested in taking advantage
enrolment form and pay your fees.                        in North-West London. The programme is validated            of some excellent private tuition, please contact
                                                         by UEL and students are registered with both UEL            reception directly on 020 7604 2460.
What’s an assessment?                                    and the ICMP. In addition to the ICMP’s facilities and
An assessment is the ICMP’s way to check what            support, UEL provides further support in many areas         Can I attend masterclasses?
level your playing/singing is at and what course         so contact Admissions for more details.                     All student activities, including masterclasses, are
would best suit your talent and personal objectives.                                                                 free of charge for ICMP students. If you are not a
These assessments are free of charge and generally       I am an international student. Does this                    current student and want to attend please contact
last no longer than 30 minutes. An audition for the      affect my enrolment?                                        us for further information.
Degree course is more rigorous and can take around       International students are welcome at the ICMP
32 hours in total.                                       and are generally subject to the same assessment,           Can the ICMP get me a job as a musician?
                                                         audition and enrolment process as domestic                  Not directly. However, the ICMP is well connected
I don’t think I’m good enough to apply for a             students. Any students from outside the EU who              into the London and International music scene, and
place at the ICMP. Is the standard very high?            require legal documentation to study in the UK can          does provide opportunities for students to begin
There is nothing to worry about! While we hold           obtain this documentation from the ICMP only after          building their own networks into the music industry,
auditions and assessments for many of our                full course fees have been paid. Students must              advice on how to develop a career in the music
students, this is to ensure that they are allocated to   ensure they have a valid visa for study, and will be        industry, contacts and opportunities for musicians
the correct level to optimise their learning pathway.    required to provide a copy of this visa upon arrival        to begin working and gigging, jam nights, gig nights
The ICMP is a very friendly place, and staff and         at the ICMP. Should a student from outside the EU           and other events for students to gain practical
fellow students are all extremely supportive. We         not arrive for the start of their course, or should their   experience.
understand that everyone has to begin somewhere;         attendance fall below the threshold set out by the
our staff are trained for this purpose, and we exist     UK Borders Agency, the ICMP will inform the UKBA            Am I too old to take a course at the ICMP?
to help you become a better player or singer! While      and pass on any relevant student details.                   You are never too old to study music! Our students
our courses aim to challenge you, you will not be                                                                    range in age from 14 years and in some cases up to
placed on any course that is beyond your potential       Is financial aid available?                                 60 and beyond. It is never too late to follow your
and abilities.                                           There are options available to students for financial       dream!
                                                         support. Students should contact the ICMP’s
How many hours/week will I be studying?                  Admissions team directly to discuss their own               Where can you find ICMP online?
This varies from course to course. However, we take      circumstances, or consult ‘The Institute Guide              facebook www.facebook.com
your education extremely seriously and generally we      to Funding’ which is usually published around               Myspace www.myspace.com/theicmp
offer more contact teaching and/or guided learning       the beginning of each calendar year. For Career             Bebo www.bebo.com/theicmp
hours than any other school. If you are applying         Development Loans (CDL’s) more information can be           twitter twitter.com/theicmp
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