The Masters in Music Performance postgraduate course encourages you to develop the highest levels of instrumental expertise, performance abilities, academic research and critical reasoning skills. You’ll also explore your leadership and musical management skills via the role of musical director of an ensemble, culminating in a performance of challenging original and existing repertoire.
This one-year course is aimed at individuals who wish to continue their studies after having already successfully completed their undergraduate degree-level music course. The course is also open to those who already have a vast amount of industry experience and are keen to accomplish an even greater mastery of their instrument.
Across your year of learning, you’ll further develop your instrumental and musicianship skills, focusing on your personal relationship with your instrument and the extension of your technical ability, while exploring your role as a performer in both live and studio environments. This is delivered using a variety of modes of study, including one-to-one lessons, small-group ensemble classes and lectures, and private and group tutorials.
As a masters in music performance student, you’ll enhance your professional development by operating autonomously and engaging in self-directed study, but with guidance and support from members of ICMP’s experienced professional faculty.
The Masters in Music Performance course encourages you to identify your own personal learning requirements, select your essential resources, and then design and implement a plan for achieving them. You can choose from one of three optional modules, which include an investigation of a performance tradition, the use of music in health and wellbeing, and the cultural and philosophical aspects of music.
All MMus students are required to undertake a significant research project which leads to the production of a significant body of work for recital and a dissertation. You’ll receive highly personalised instrumental and dissertation supervision from a mentor of your choice within our faculty, which comprises a number of celebrated PhD recipients and music academics.
Over the duration of the course, there will be many opportunities to work alongside like-minded creative musicians across all ICMP disciplines and you’ll be encouraged to collaborate both inside and outside of the MMus curriculum. You’ll also benefit from a regular schedule of visiting lecturers who’ll discuss their different approaches, philosophies and ideas with you, including musicians, academics and guests from the wider creative industries.
As an MMus student, you’ll have direct access to ICMP’s amazing facilities with industry-standard hardware, software and instruments, including a 24-track recording studio, high-tech Mac Labs and dedicated performance spaces which can all be booked free of charge outside of class hours, seven days a week.
“I have learnt the skills for better time management, academic writing, music arrangement, aural training, various kinds of research methods…critical thinking…self-discipline, and leadership in a band.”
Hung Fai Chan
MMus in Popular Music Performance
The Masters in music performance course will take you on a journey that will change the way you think about yourself as a musician and, ultimately, as a person. You’ll graduate with the skills, self-reliance and motivation needed to build and sustain a successful portfolio career as a talented music professional – whichever path you decide to take.
Student support for postgraduate music masters courses is available to students studying at ICMP from the academic year 2020-21.
Eligible students on designated masters courses at ICMP will be able to access the postgraduate Masters loan in the same way, and at the same value, as they could at a publicly funded provider. Eligible students will be able to borrow up to £11,222. If you opt to study part-time, your loan would be split into two installments over the two years.
EU Students, applying to start their course in 2020, will continue to be eligible for both home fee status and have access to student finance. This entitlement will remain in place for the duration of the course. Read more
Will I be able to start my course in September?
Yes. We’re still accepting applications and looking forward to the new academic year starting in September. To meet UK Government advice, we’re planning to deliver our full suite of programmes in a range of flexible ways. So, however the world looks then, we’ll be ready to welcome you – whether on campus, online or a mixture of both – into the ICMP community. Find out more about September applications.
Successful completion of programme MMus Popular Music Performance at ICMP London school of music leads to the award of Master of Music by the University of East London.
MMus External Examiner (Dr Jonathan Little) from his AY16/17 Annual Report:
I again commend the commitment of all staff in helping to make this course a success, and believe it remains a rare and very valuable Masters Degree for contemporary musicians who wish to perform at a high level, while also becoming fully-rounded musicians.”
Dr Jonathan Little
MMus External Examiner (from his AY16/17 Annual Report)
- A personalised learning experience which equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for successful employment in the music industry.
- One-to-one instrumental lessons with the tutor of your choice.
- Combines advanced music literacy and performance skills with rigorous scholarship, enhancing your creativity and confidence as both a performer and academic.
- Develops your unique identity as a musician through regular individual and collaborative performance activities.
- Academic supervisors/mentors chosen based on your specific research needs.
- The London location provides opportunities to perform in gigs at top London venues, while immersing yourself in the global music scene.
- Connections with wider London music industry enables you to build an impressive musical network.
- A truly international college, with musical opportunities around the globe via partners in California, Nashville, Malmö and Paris.
- Offered as one year full-time or two years part-time study.