The Higher Diploma in Music Performance is an internationally recognised qualification, created to prepare you for a career in the music industry. But spending a year in London with us will give you much more than that.

We’ve designed your Higher Diploma music course to be an experience as much as it is a training. With London’s famous musical heritage, list of incredible venues, and our many industry connections, this could be one of the most important and enjoyable years of your career.

Inspiration is an important part of learning at ICMP London. That’s why your course incorporates several backstage tours around London’s best and oldest venues, plus a visit to The Cavern Club in Liverpool, where The Beatles rose to fame. Visiting historic London studios is always a highlight for our students but being given time to record there is an experience money just can’t buy.

Our students also benefit from free tickets and entry to some of the best venues on London’s festival and club scene – names to be announced at the time of enrolment. These experiences run alongside the opportunity to gig yourself at selected venues, offering you an immersive experience that balances inspiration with performance.

We have a wide range of Music Hack Days for you to choose from, all of which are instrument and genre-specific. These events, hosted by expert figures in the music business, allow you to explore the sounds of jazz, blues, pop, rap and everything in between.

Whether you’re a vocalist, guitarist, bassist or drummer, you’ll enjoy masterclasses with some of the industry’s most interesting musicians. And with instrumental technique, performance and creative thinking covered by the artists, our expert education team that will provide practical training in your chosen specialisation as well as learning about financial and business practise within the industry.

We deliberately limit the number of places available on this course, because we know the value of keeping these experiences – like our Songwriting and Music Production weekend – within small groups. It means you’ll have excellent access to the world-class equipment we’ve collected, as well as the special connections we’ve made.

In just one year, you’ll find yourself in a very different place than you are today. At ICMP London you’ll have the option to take an undergraduate music degree or further music qualification. You’ll have new skills and greater confidence. And, you’ll share something very special with the musical giants who used the streets of London to get to the world stage.

The Higher Diploma is Awarded by Pearson Edexcel.

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Course starts: 28th May 2019

Key facts

  • Course starts 28th May 2019
  • The personalised learning experience equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for successful employment in the music industry
  • The London location provides opportunities to perform in gigs at top London venues and immerse yourself in the current music scene
  • High-quality teaching by industry practitioners
  • Extensive music industry links and access enable you to build that all-important network
  • A high level of contact teaching hours is delivered in small groups in world-class facilities
  • A creative and inspiring learning environment
  • Further progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in music on successful completion of the course



The seven units that you will study on the Higher Diploma in Music Performance course will help you to gain a solid foundation as a musician in a short period of time. They've been specially selected to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary for a range of different careers in music, in areas such as session playing, touring, performing, recording or creating music.

Instrumental Technique

This unit will investigate both the theory and practice of the technical skills required by a professional musician, including harmony, scales, rudiments, technical exercises, warm ups, posture, dynamics, tempos, pitch, using a metronome, instrument maintenance, and more.


This unit will encourage you to investigate all the aspects involved in staging a musical performance, including performance techniques, audience expectations, planning a rehearsal phase, commercial costs, hiring musicians, stage plans, technical specification lists (tech specs), communicating with a venue and promoting an event.

Music Production Fundamentals

This unit introduces the skills needed to record, produce, mix and master creative ideas within a framework of modern music production technology, and current studio and industry practice.

Applied Music Theory

In this unit, you’ll put music theory into practice to unlock the compositional and stylistic elements of different musical genres and will be able to demonstrate those concepts on keyboard or a second instrument.

The Music Industry

This unit will introduce you to the structure of the music industry, focusing on revenue flows, employment opportunities, business activities and growth potential.

Marketing and Promotion for Musicians

This unit will provide you with knowledge about freelancing and marketing activities, such as effective networking, and online and social media marketing, which you can use to create a professional marketing presence and further your music career.

The Evolution of the Instrument

The aim of this unit is to help you understand how and why your instrument became what it is today. It provides an introduction to notable advocates of your instrument, and aims to broaden your knowledge of recorded music and instrumental technique.

Professional Development

In this unit, you’ll explore the many potential avenues of employment that relate to your specialism, while building an awareness of how to present yourself to the marketplace


Applicants will typically have A levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 32 UCAS points .

In addition, you should hold GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths, or suitable equivalent, such as Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy.

We also welcome applications from mature applicants who may have no formal qualifications but who can nevertheless demonstrate their suitability for study through appropriate skills and experience.

International: English language requirement - Min Level B2 of the CEFR for further information please see our International students section of the website

All applicants will be invited to audition. 


Please register your interest via  the "APPLY NOW" link  below.

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