At ICMP, we are extremely proud of all our graduates who are making a huge contribution to the future of our music and our society in myriad different ways.
A great example is Laurence Bryar, who studied on both our Diploma and BMus Guitar degree courses and was recently named as ‘teacher of the term’ by Music House for Children, where he has taught Guitar and Ukele for over a year.
What is Music House for Children?
Music House for Children is a charity based at the legendary Bush Hall in London and provides early years’ music training for young children and teenagers through innovative classes, concerts, shows and workshops. Founded in 1994, Music House for Children’s celebrity patrons including Bill Bailey and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and the not-for-profit organisation has developed a close relationship with ICMP, employing our graduates and joining our most recent Industry Advisory Panel to help ensure our provision highlights the benefits of teaching as a career path for music graduates.
More about Laurence:
Laurence was recently interviewed in the charity’s online magazine The Music House Gazette where he discusses his inspirations and the enjoyment he gets from teaching. He started learning guitar at the age of thirteen after watching the amazing Jack White playing on TV with his band The Raconteurs. In his own words, Laurence “wanted to become a music teacher because I wanted to inspire others to take up a musical instrument, which can benefit their lives in so many ways”.
About his time at ICMP, Laurence said:
"ICMP has helped me a lot during my degree course: I got some good advice from the Hub and received regular assistance from the Wellbeing Team. I got really inspired by the tutors here, and I managed to learn skills that I have applied to my teaching method and that I still use on a daily basis".
Building careers in music
At ICMP, we aim to help out students build sustainable and rewarding careers working across different areas of the music industry and beyond. Many go on to play and perform on some of the world’s greatest stages, or become writers, producers or business entrepreneurs. But just as importantly, many of our graduates will go on to work in roles related to teaching and we make sure we provide a wide range of advice, guidance and access to a network of contracts to students who considering working as specialised tutors or within mainstream education. Laurence is a great example of how all of this comes together, as he builds an extremely successful and rewarding portfolio career, engaging with music and the industry in many different ways and, most importantly, giving something back through his work with Music House for Children.
If you have been inspired by this story, why not contact us to find out more about how ICMP can help you achieve your own personal goals.