If you’re keen to kick-start your performance career sooner rather than later, then ICMP has the perfect course for you. Our range of one-year intensive CertHE Music Performance courses suit all types of musicians – from vocalists, guitarists and bass players, to drummers and keyboard players.

In one short year, not only will you see your theoretical and technical performance skills rise to the next level, but you’ll begin to cultivate your musical identity as a creative performer, artist and portfolio musician.


Our highly experienced professional teaching faculty will tutor you in music performance, instrumental technique and musicianship, allowing you to become a versatile, consistent, expressive and accomplished player. They’ll provide you with a first-hand working knowledge of the way the music business operates, thanks to regular masterclasses, industry events and visits by special guest musicians, and you’ll have access to all the same amazing equipment, facilities and careers benefits that ICMP undergraduates and postgraduates do.

At ICMP, collaboration is encouraged, particularly in a live performance workshop setting, where you’ll form bands with fellow students and will receive ‘A&R-style’ feedback on your performance from both peers and tutors.

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You’ll learn in an intimate small-class-size environment, guided every step of the way by our friendly expert tutors. ICMP provides a real-world music industry environment, which will see you assessed on stage, performing in a London venue, in front of a real audience.

At the end of your year with ICMP, you’ll have all the tools you need to launch a professional music industry career, as well as a thorough foundation in music which will stand you in good stead for future study.

Choose your pathway

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For more information about studying a one-year intensive music performance course at ICMP, contact our Admissions Team today on +44 (0) 20 7328 0222 or email enquiries@icmp.ac.uk

Your Tutors

Unparalleled knowledge
of the music industry

During your year at ICMP, your education will be expertly guided by members of ICMP’s impressive teaching faculty. Each one of your tutors will be a highly accomplished performer, musician, educator, academic and industry practitioner, bringing their personal experience, industry knowledge and educational accomplishments direct to your classroom.

Collaborating with your student cohort, your tutors will nurture an exciting creative and entrepreneurial community, helping to identify and harness the emerging talents of you and your peers. Taking your individual interests and objectives into consideration, they’ll actively support you to become a successful member of the next generation of music industry professionals.

Our Facilities

Study in our
state-of-the-art facilities

As an ICMP student, not only will your classes take place in our celebrated music industry hub in London’s Kilburn, but you’ll have ongoing access to our bookable recording studios, practice rooms, technology suites, live performance rooms, music production suites and mobile recording rigs – free of charge – outside of timetabled hours, seven days a week. All our rooms contain the very best musical instruments and backline gear – supplied by the leading brands in music – which you’ll have access to for rehearsals and performances. From microphones, amps and effects pedals, to loop stations, PAs, percussion instruments and everything in between, you can borrow whatever you need to fulfil your collaborative musical vision, free of charge.

Music Careers

Connecting you
to the music industry

As an ICMP student, you’ll have direct access to our distinguished Careers and Industry Hub team made up of experienced careers counsellors and music industry professionals. Their job is to support you in taking your first steps towards a career in the music business or wider creative industries. Beginning with an initial diagnostic assessment and objective-setting projects, they’ll direct you on your personal careers journey with everything from individual learning plans, music industry advice and help in choosing your course modules. They’ll also connect you to organisations active in the London music industry, such as music publishers, major record labels, management companies, tour managers, promoters and more.

Study in London

Study performance in a
legendary music city

With a reputation as potentially the most successful and influential musical city in the world, there’s no better place to study your craft than London. Not only does it have a colourful and vibrant local music scene, but there’s no denying that the city is truly at the heart of the global music industry. London is home to a huge number of the world’s top music labels, and it’s almost a given that exciting new music startups establish their headquarters in the UK capital. With hundreds of well-known venues on your doorstep – from Wembley Arena and The O2, to Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Albert Hall and even an open mic night at your local pub – they’ll never be a shortage of amazing locations for you to perform in.