Master your music with an ICMP Masters degree course
If you’d like to explore music at a more-advanced level, then studying a Masters at ICMP could be just what your career needs. Choose from one of our four one-year postgraduate music courses – the MMus in Popular Music Performance, MA in Creative Music Production, MA in Music Business and the MA in Songwriting.
A masterful mix of theory and practice
Our ICMP Masters in Music courses are really something special. Our postgraduate music courses combine advanced performance skills, musicianship expertise, instrumental technique and songwriting talents with innovative academic theory, research, critical reasoning and analysis. They’re the perfect courses if you’re a talented musician, songwriter, producer or music business professional looking to continue on with your studies after an undergraduate degree. Or if you already have a large amount of industry experience and are keen to explore your creativity and accomplish even greater instrumental or songwriting mastery.
MMus in Popular Music Performance
The MMus in Popular Music Performance is designed especially for guitarists, bass players, drummers and vocalists looking to take their instrumental technique, musicianship and performance skills to the next level. The course encourages you to explore your instrument, while extending your technical ability, and investigate your role as a performer in both studio and live environments. You’ll also put your musical management skills to the test when you take the role of musical director of an ensemble, culminating in a performance of challenging original and existing repertoire.
Teaching is a mixture of one-to-one lessons, small-group ensemble classes, lectures, and private and group tutorials. This music masters degree encourages you to identify your own personal learning requirements, select your essential resources, and then design and implement a plan in order to achieve them.
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 supervision from a mentor of your choice within our faculty, and you’ll graduate with the skills, knowledge, self-reliance and motivation needed to build and sustain a successful portfolio career as a talented music professional – whichever path you decide to take.
Masters in Songwriting
Our unique Masters in Songwriting is truly one-of-a-kind. The only songwriting-specific Masters music postgraduate course in the whole of London, it’s a highly challenging programme which explores both the theory and practice of contemporary songwriting.
Working in a peer environment, you’ll explore the art and craft of songwriting, while writing at least one song every week. With teaching and support from current industry songwriting practitioners and academics, you’ll learn to channel your creative output and goals, considering artist, commercial and intellectual outcomes.
You’ll complete a series of modules focusing on creative exploration, technical songwriting exercises, musicology and creative voice, before taking part in the highlight of the Masters in Songwriting programme – your final ma music project. This is where you choose to create either a new major repertoire work (typically a debut album) or a dissertation in the area of songwriting. You’ll be allocated a mentor and supervisor/A&R to help guide your project with regular one-to-one support.
As a graduate of the ICMP Masters in Songwriting course, you’ll leave with the knowledge, skills, confidence and connections needed to succeed in whichever direction your songwriting path takes you, whether that’s within the worlds of the music business, the songwriting industry, education, academia or beyond.
MA Creative Music Production
The MA Creative Music Production is a highly practical music production masters course which will see you identify, examine and refine your own creative music production process while you develop and focus on your unique sonic signature. During the course you will study current trends and practices in all areas of digital audio recording and studio production, while becoming competent in professional mixing and mastering.
The masters in music production will see you explore the context of sound and creativity in music production. Allowing for both personalisation and collaboration, you will concentrate on your own individual music production interests while working closely with other students to realise your projects.
Across the MA in music production you will be mentored and supported by ICMP’s talented tutors – all experts in creative, production and recording processes – while you learn to work independently using the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
The MA in music production connects you directly to the contemporary music industry, giving you continued access to regular masterclasses, industry networking events and visits by special guest musicians.
The final semester of the music production masters course sees the creation of a unique creative Major Production Project – often a market-ready showcase piece like an artist album. The development of this project will be overseen by an ICMP supervisor, supporting you along the way with their impressive industry knowledge and expertise.
MA Music Business
The MA Music Business is a comprehensive deep-dive into the global music industry, this dynamic multidisciplinary course is plugged right into the heart of the music ecosystem, offering artists, managers, executives and entrepreneurs a wealth of unique opportunities to take their careers to the next level.
Through this forward-looking Music Business programme, you’ll immerse yourself in critical debates and discussions around the societal, cultural and environmental impacts of the business of music. You’ll explore the intricacies of ethical, data-driven decision making, the complexities of the exploitation of intellectual property, and the need for continuous innovation in business models in order to advance your understanding of the contemporary music industry. And, led by a cast of inspiring experts and specialists at the forefront of their careers, you’ll collaborate with powerful new connections and unlock up-to-the-minute insights on every facet of the industry – from the latest tools, techniques and technologies, to the most cutting-edge concepts and forecasts of future practices.
With a strong focus on your own personal and professional goals, this MA in Music Business gives you the platform to hone your craft, amplify your knowledge and diversify your approach. By the end of the course, you’ll have mastered the agility, strategic thinking and intuition you need to maintain a competitive advantage in the ever-evolving world of music.
How to fund your MA music course
Ever wondered: how much does a Masters degree cost?
Did you know that students on designated postgraduate music programmes can borrow up to £11,222 per year of Student Loans Company (SLC) funding to cover the payment of MA music tuition fees and provide a contribution towards living costs? For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must meet the eligibility criteria detailed here. If you opt to study your postgraduate course part-time, your funding would be split over the two years of study.
Apply for your Music MA course today
To apply for an ICMP music MA course, or if you have further questions on funding, simply contact a member of our Admissions Team today on 020 7328 0222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Access our extensive music industry contacts
All ICMP students on our music Masters degree programmes benefit from our impressive network of industry contacts. Through masterclasses, networking events and exclusive 1:2:1 A&R sessions, we help our students make those all-important industry connections. You’ll also benefit from a regular schedule of visiting lecturers who will discuss their different philosophies, approaches and ideas with you, including academics, musicians, songwriters and guests from the wider creative industries.
Access to professional & industry standard facilties
As an ICMP Master of music 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 outside of class hours free of charge, seven days a week.
ICMP also holds an enviable stock of equipment which is available to hire both on and off site. If the equipment is for course related activity, or onsite practice, the hire is cost is free.