Online music courses that suit your lifestyle!

If you need a flexible way to learn, ICMP’s collection of online music courses will help you fit your passions into a tightly packed schedule. You can study Vocals, Songwriting, or Blues Guitar, and explore both self-directed and tutor-supported programmes. Whether you’re a beginner, or looking to take your skills to a new level, you’ll find a package that works for you.

As music education pioneers with over 30 years of experience, the ICMP team are dedicated to designing courses that help you achieve musical mastery, no matter your lifestyle. Many people choose to learn online as they’re too busy to commit to full-time courses; some prefer to study during evenings or weekends; and others pursue online studies during gap year breaks from traditional education. With this in mind, we’ve made sure that our online music courses offer as much convenience and flexibility as possible. 

You can choose to study independently on our 12-week video courses, or get weekly video feedback and one-to-one lessons with an ICMP tutor (in addition to HD video content) through upgraded personal coaching packages.

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Choose from 2 courses covering Songwriting or Blues Guitar
Instant access to 12 weeks’ worth of content
Start at any time, and learn at your own pace

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6 options covering Vocals, Songwriting or Blues Guitar
Weekly lessons with assignments, feedback, and 1-2-1 lesson time
Monthly start dates; 6 weeks of personal tuition

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AT A GLANCE

• Course length: 6 or 12 Weeks

Location: Online 

Price: From £99 £49.50

Learn at your own pace courses
Our £99 courses begin within 72 hours of your booking, and are self-directed.

Tutor-supported courses
Our £199 courses start monthly and last for 6 weeks, including 1-2-1 time with a world-class tutor for lessons and personal feedback.

NEED MORE INFO?

If you need help or further advice, our friendly Admissions Team are available on 020 8038 6019 and through email at enquiries@icmp.ac.uk

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UNDER £50: LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE ONLINE COURSES

Introduction to Songwriting

Advanced Songwriting

This course will give you a solid introduction to the basics of songwriting. Using 12 weeks’ worth of content, you’ll cover everything from initial building blocks to creative strategies and song development, all at a pace that works for you.

You’ll have a portfolio of fully developed original songs by the end of the programme, and will understand 15 unique aspects of songwriting. Even after you’ve completed this course, you’ll still have access to the high-quality HD videos and written content created by our world-class songwriting tutors – so you can revisit everything whenever you like!

Book now for just £99 £49.50
USE CODE: HALFPRICE

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

You’ll explore and expand your creative songwriting potential, learning how to structure your writing sessions and produce songs you’re proud to perform and share. You’ll discover a host of new song ideas, broaden your imagination, and improve your cultural engagement through skills like co-writing, redrafting, and lyrical fine-tuning.

You'll cover 15 different aspects of songwriting, including:

  • Songwriting approaches and ethos
  • Building blocks
  • Principles of song analysis
  • The creative process
  • Unblocking your creativity
  • Generating song ideas
  • Developing song ideas
  • Creative strategies

WHO IS THIS SUITABLE FOR?

This course will suit beginner and intermediate songwriters who are keen to develop a solid set of foundational skills, and want to improve their creative processes. To get the most out of the course, you should be able to accompany yourself at some level, either live or through recording.

12 WEEKS' WORTH OF CONTENT

You’ll have full access to every piece of course material from day one. That’s 12 weeks’ worth of content in total, including custom videos, comprehensive written content, and suggested songwriting tasks to absorb and perform in your own time. This enables highly flexible learning, as you can choose the order of your modules based on your interests and areas of expertise.

There’s also no specific course start date – so you can start learning at a time that suits you, all within 48 hours of your online course purchase.*

*Course access may take longer if purchased over the weekend.

Our Advanced Songwriting course will release your full creative potential, develop your creativity, and help you generate even more fresh ideas. You’ll also learn how to banish writer’s block, and turn rough concepts into complete and polished works.

You’ll grow as a songwriter by researching, exploring, and experimenting within a range of contemporary musical styles and genres from pop, country, and folk to rock, electronica, R&B and soul.

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

This course will help you completely finish at least two new songs, and also develop at least five new genre-specific song ideas.

You'll have access to 12 key modules covering different genres and songwriting concepts, including:

  • Creative Strategies
  • Broadening Your Creative Boundaries
  • Developing Song Ideas
  • Introduction to Co-Writing
  • Introduction to Genre and Content
  • Pop
  • Folk and Country
  • Electronica
  • Rock
  • Soul and R&B

WHO IS THIS SUITABLE FOR?

This course is designed for intermediate and advanced songwriters who want to develop their understanding of genre, and improve their creative processes. To get the most out of the course, you should be able to accompany yourself at some level, either live or through recording.

12 WEEKS' WORTH OF CONTENT

You’ll have full access to every piece of course material from day one. That’s 12 weeks’ worth of content in total, including custom videos, comprehensive written content, and suggested songwriting tasks to absorb and perform in your own time. This enables highly flexible learning, as you can choose the order of your modules based on your interests and areas of expertise.

There’s also no specific course start date – so you can start learning at a time that suits you, all within 48 hours of your online course purchase.*

*Course access may take longer if purchased on a weekend.

£199: TUTOR-SUPPORTED ONLINE COURSES

Songwriting: The Basics

Songwriting: The Creative Process

Songwriting: Content & Genre

Blues Guitar Styles

Blues Rhythm Guitar: 101

Introduction to Vocals

This tutor-led course will help you write with real confidence, and avoid getting stuck in a creative rut. You’ll learn how to structure your writing sessions and produce songs you are proud to share with others, from your friends and other musicians to professional music publishers.

The next start date for this course is:
Tuesday 27th October 2020

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

We teach songwriting as a craft, not just a series of tricks and tips. You’ll learn to understand song structures, lyrical content, and melody writing, which form the foundations of professional songwriting. This course will broaden your musical horizons, and add new colours and shades to your songwriting palette.

This is a highly practical course, and you will be assigned tasks to complete as part of each module.

Over the course of six weeks, you’ll cover songwriting topics including:

  • Songwriting approaches and ethos
  • Building blocks
  • Principles of song analysis
  • Unblocking your creativity
  • Generating and developing song ideas
  • Creative intention

WHO IS THIS SUITABLE FOR?

To make the most of this course, you should be actively seeking to create and complete songs, able to accompany yourself to some degree (either live or through recording), and be comfortable sharing your work with other songwriters.

WEEKLY VIDEO FEEDBACK & 121 LESSON TIME

Throughout this course, you will be guided through the material by an ICMP songwriting expert in weekly HD video lessons.

You'll also have weekly private video feedback and 1-2-1 lesson time with a tutor during your course. Even when the course is complete, you’ll retain access to the content – so you can review everything whenever you like!

This tutor-led course will help you unlock your full creative potential, and understand creative processes which are often shrouded in mystery and myth. You’ll discover how to consistently generate new song ideas, then edit and develop them into completed works. Frustration and creative blocks will become a thing of the past!

The next start date for this course is:
Tuesday 27th October 2020

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

This is a highly practical course, and you will be assigned tasks to complete in each module.

Over six weeks, the content you'll cover will include:

  • Creative strategies
  • Generating song ideas
  • Broadening your creative boundaries
  • Developing song ideas
  • Redrafting and crafting songs
  • An introduction to co-writing

WHO IS THIS SUITABLE FOR?

To make the most of this course, you should be actively seeking to create and complete songs, able to accompany yourself to some degree (either live or through recording), and be comfortable sharing your work with other songwriters.

WEEKLY VIDEO FEEDBACK & 121 LESSON TIME

Throughout this course, you will be guided through the material by an ICMP songwriting expert in weekly HD video lessons.

You'll also have weekly private video feedback and 1-2-1 lesson time with a tutor during your course. Even when the course is complete, you’ll retain access to the content – so you can review everything whenever you like!

Every songwriter needs to understand the momentous role that genres have played throughout the history of contemporary music. This six-week online course explores a range of musical genres, identifies the key songwriting techniques within each one, and investigates their historical and cultural impact across the ages.

This highly practical course was designed by ICMP tutors and industry professionals Sophie Daniels, Tim Elsenburg, and Jonathan Whiskerd, and is hosted by tutor Megan O’Neill.

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The next start date for this course is:
Tuesday 27th October 2020

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

You’ll study a number of different genres in depth, undertaking weekly songwriting assignments and receiving video feedback on your submitted work from your tutor. During this course, you’ll complete a new finished song in a genre of your choice, and also develop five new genre-specific song ideas. You’ll also undertake a research project that delves more deeply into one particular genre, and take part in a series of interviews with industry professionals who are highly experienced in writing across the genres covered.

During the six weeks, some of the genres you'll cover are:

  • Pop
  • Folk and country
  • Electronica
  • Rock
  • Soul and R&B

WHO IS THIS SUITABLE FOR?

This course is a natural extension of our Songwriting: The Creative Process programme, and will suit any songwriter who wants to create songs across a range of different genres. You must be able to accompany yourself to some level (either live or through recording), and be comfortable sharing your work with other writers.

WEEKLY VIDEO FEEDBACK & 121 LESSON TIME

Throughout this course, you will be guided through the material by an ICMP songwriting expert in weekly HD video lessons.

You'll also have weekly private video feedback and 1-2-1 lesson time with a tutor during your course. Even when the course is complete, you’ll retain access to the content – so you can review everything whenever you like!

Our online Blues Guitar Styles course was developed by influential guitarist and ICMP alumnus Justin Sandercoe, and will help you play in each of the six great blues styles with real confidence. You'll have access to comprehensive video lessons, backing tracks, detailed notes and notation, supported by personalised feedback from an experienced ICMP blues guitar expert. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to avoid getting stuck in a rut by drawing inspiration from some of the most iconic guitar styles of all time.

Book now for just £199

The next start date for this course is:
Tuesday 27th October 2020

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

Once you have completed this step-by-step course, you will have mastered the six essential blues guitar styles, bringing a whole new level of fun and creativity to your blues playing. This is a highly practical course, and you will be assigned new tasks to complete during each module.

Over six weeks, you'll cover the following blues guitar styles:

  • Texas Blues
  • Chicago Blues
  • West Coast Blues
  • Memphis Blues
  • British Blues
  • Late Texas Blues

WHO IS THIS SUITABLE FOR?

To make the most of this course, you should be at least ‘foundation’ to ‘lower intermediate’ level on your instrument. You should be able to perform rhythm guitar parts based on chords and riffs, and be able to play a solo using fundamental guitar techniques. 

WEEKLY VIDEO FEEDBACK & 121 LESSON TIME

This course was designed by Justin Sandercoe, a renowned online guitar teacher and ICMP alumnus whose video lessons have been watched over 188 million times. An ICMP blues guitar expert will guide you through the course material in weekly video lessons, and also provide weekly private video feedback and 1-2-1 lesson time. Even when the course is complete, you’ll retain access to the content – so you can review everything whenever you like!

Rhythm guitarists can perform a few different roles during band performances and jams, and this course will show you how to master them. You’ll also learn the most common blues forms, structures, chord moves and vocabulary (including how to approach turnarounds), while developing your feel and timing so you can play “in the pocket”.

This is a highly practical course, and you will be assigned tasks to complete in each module.

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The next start date for this course is:
Tuesday 27th October 2020

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

By the end of this step-by-step course, you will have mastered the key roles covered by all blues rhythm guitarists, and know how to summon an authentic blues sound. You’ll know exactly how to play blues rhythm guitar the right way.

Over six weeks, you'll cover the following modules:

  • Forms & Structure
  • Riffs & Fills
  • Classic Chord Moves
  • Turnarounds
  • Advanced Chords & Substitutions
  • Playing in a Band

WHO IS THIS SUITABLE FOR?

To make the most of this course, you should be at least ‘foundation’ to ‘lower intermediate’ level on your instrument. You should be able to perform rhythm guitar parts based on chords and riffs, and be able to play a solo using fundamental guitar techniques. 

WEEKLY VIDEO FEEDBACK & 121 LESSON TIME

This course was designed by Pete Whittard, a long-time contributor to Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques magazines. An ICMP blues guitar expert will guide you through the course material in weekly video lessons, and also provide weekly private video feedback and 1-2-1 lesson time. Even when the course is complete, you’ll retain access to the content – so you can review everything whenever you like!

Improve your singing with this unique online programme, suitable for vocalists of all levels looking to develop their technical ability, personal sound, and musical identity. You’ll cover every aspect of vocal technique, interpretational knowledge, and performance, while receiving personalised feedback on your progress.

Book now for just £199

The next start date for this course is:
Wednesday 4th November 2020

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

Throughout this course, you’ll take part in weekly live sessions and receive personalised video feedback from your tutor on work submitted as part of your module assignments. The structure is fun and inspiring, and offers a great chance to meet new people online from a variety of backgrounds, who all share your passion for music. 

During this six-week course, you will cover topics including:

  • Your voice as an instrument
  • How to expand your vocal range
  • Vocal exercises and breathing management
  • How to develop your vocal routines
  • How to deliver emotion and meaning

WHO IS THIS SUITABLE FOR?

This course will suit beginner singers who are keen to improve their technical abilities, and vocalists looking to learn how to use their voice as an instrument. To get the most out of your course, we suggest being comfortable singing in front of fellow vocal students.

WEEKLY VIDEO FEEDBACK & 121 LESSON TIME

During your study period, you’ll access the course material via weekly 1-hour live video lessons and be supported in your journey with plenty of personalised video feedback from your tutor, Francesca Confortini. Despite being online, the course has a strong collaborative classroom feel as it includes online group lectures, incorporating regular discussion, student engagement, and personal interaction. Even when the course is complete, you’ll retain access to the content – so you can review everything whenever you like!

INTRO TO OUR TUTOR-LED COURSES

Introduction to Vocals Online
Introduction to Vocals Online
Blues Rhythm Guitar Styles
Blues Rhythm Guitar Styles
Songwriting: The Basics
Songwriting: The Basics
Songwriting: Content & Genre
Songwriting: Content & Genre
Blues Rhythm Guitar 101
Blues Rhythm Guitar 101
Songwriting: The Creative Process
Songwriting: The Creative Process

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO ARE THESE COURSES FOR?

Depending on the course you choose, our online programmes are designed for beginners and those looking to improve their creativity and music skills. For example, you can start with Songwriting: The Basics, move on to Songwriting: The Creative Process, and continue your studies with Songwriting: Content & Genre.

Our Blues Guitar courses require some technical proficiency, and will help take your skills to the next level.

WILL I HAVE 1-2-1 TIME WITH MY TUTOR?

If you have purchased one of our tutor-supported courses, then yes! These courses include unlimited 1-2-1 sessions (subject to availability) between you and your tutor, so there’s plenty of time to ask questions, share songs, receive feedback, and make use of their support and guidance.

If you have purchased one of our self-directed courses, these do not include 1-2-1 time with a tutor. If you would like to upgrade your course, please get in touch with us at shortcourses@icmp.ac.uk

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE COURSE?

Self-directed course bookings:
We'll send your login details within 48 hours, depending on when you complete your booking. For example, if you order within our working hours (Monday-Thursday from 9am to 5.30pm, and Friday from 9am to 5pm), you will normally receive your login details within the hour. 

If you are purchasing your self-directed course over the weekend, you should have your login details on the Monday, excluding bank holidays.

Tutor-supported course bookings:
You’ll receive your login details within a week of your purchase. These will be sent in a separate email by a member of our Admissions Team.

If you complete your booking within a week of the course start date, we'll send your login details within 48 hours, depending on when you complete your booking. For example, if you order within our working hours (Monday-Thursday from 9am to 5.30pm, and Friday from 9am to 5pm), you will normally receive your login details within the hour. 

Missing your login details?
If it’s been more than a week since your purchase, and you still haven’t received your details, please check your spam or junk mail folder before contacting us for assistance at shortcourses@icmp.ac.uk

 

DO I NEED TO PREPARE ANYTHING IN ADVANCE?

Your course orientation module will clarify any resources or requirements, but all you really need is a computer to access the course and submit assignments, a way to make music, and the desire to learn!

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE A QUERY?

If you have further questions or queries that aren’t covered here, please contact the ICMP Online Team’s Programme Coordinator, Ben Meyers, at shortcourses@icmp.ac.uk

DO YOU HAVE ANY BURSARIES AVAILABLE?

Yes, eligible students can apply for a Short Course Bursary which offers a financial contribution to overcome specific barriers to accessing our online courses. Find out if you're eligible here