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UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

BMus Popular Music Performance

BA Songwriting

BA CREATIVE MUSICIANSHIP

BA MUSIC BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Our BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance degree is designed for students who aspire to fulfil the highest levels of musicianship, and build a successful portfolio career within today’s modern and diverse popular music industry.

A dynamic, challenging, and relevant programme, this course will provide you with the technical, theoretical, and performance skills needed to thrive as a professional musician. The course covers a variety of learning activities in subject areas such as performance, stylistic techniques, music technology, arranging and composing, sight-reading and sonic analysis.

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Music Performance

As a musician, it’s essential that you develop practical ensemble performance skills, and gain an awareness of authentic musical perspective, styles, and historical context. You’ll attend live performance workshops during this module, providing you with the opportunity to develop and deepen your performances and stagecraft. You’ll also participate in ensemble classes (vocals/backing vocals and percussion) that will further your development of these performance skills, improving awareness of the appropriate stylistic idioms, essential communication skills, and professional industry performance standards.

HARMONY, THEORY AND TECHNIQUE

This module combines a solid technical foundation with a focus on developing the practical and theoretical skills required to support your core musical development. You’ll explore many styles and genres of music; the study of musical notation; ear training and transcription; harmony and theory; and an introduction to basic keyboard skills. At the end of this module, you’ll be able to fully express yourself on your primary study instrument.

MARKETING AND MONETISING YOUR MUSIC

Every musician needs to understand the various facets of today’s rapidly evolving music industry. This module will establish the industry’s core framework, exploring its three main sectors: recorded music, live music, and publishing. It also delivers an overview of the contemporary music business, providing an invaluable understanding of current monetisation models; effective marketing and promotion strategies; the role of management; and how to recognise and exploit changes in practice arising from the impact of the internet and new technologies.

Composition and Arrangement

During this module, you’ll learn how to plan, create, organise, process and produce original work to brief, via theoretical, analytical, and practical study. The module will expand your music processing and programming abilities to aid and enhance composition; outline and contextualise standard music industry practices, protocols, standards and expectations; and provide an introduction to the fundamentals of musical arrangement and composition in a variety of popular music styles. You’ll also acquire plenty of practical experience, providing invaluable knowledge and insight into arrangement, composition, and the development of ensemble skills.

Event Management

This optional module will enable you to devise, plan, execute and reflect on the development and realisation of a live performance event in a professional setting. You’ll draw upon your prior learning to investigate and evaluate event management and event culture from a variety of critical perspectives. The module engages with a broad range of relevant and practical management techniques, including communication, negotiation, organisation, coordination, arbitration and resource management, facilitating the development of essential transferable skills such as venue operation, tour management, marketing, promotion and acquiring funding. You’ll also acquire a functional understanding of the relevant regulations, obligations, and legal issues, such as public and personal liability, health and safety, and insurance.

Our BA (Hons) Songwriting degree is a practically focused, industry-aligned course designed for aspiring professional songwriters.

Rather than attempting to “teach” you how to write songs, a team of expert tutors will guide you through a structured and personalised journey, enabling you to develop your own individual writing ability and creative style. You’ll explore the art and craft of contemporary songwriting, and write at least two songs to brief each week, covering a range of topics, styles, genres and approaches.

Our core aim is to nurture your creative individuality and independence as a songwriter, empowering you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding required to establish and maintain a professional songwriting career.

 

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Selected Modules

Creative Songwriting

To be a successful songwriter, you’ll need to be able to write and perform a repertoire of original songs across a range of thematic, structural, and stylistic briefs. This module will enable you to develop the required skills (including co-writing techniques), take a practical research-based approach to exploring your creativity, and acquire a deeper understanding of your work’s cultural, historical, social and political contexts. Our personalised approach will guide you through a variety of styles, genres, and forms, and provide the opportunity to explore different approaches to writing.

The Practising Songwriter

As a professional songwriter, the ability to produce live and recorded demonstrations of your repertoire is vitally important. In this module, you’ll begin developing the skills and knowledge required to achieve professional-standard performances and production. You’ll learn how to create collaboratively with other performers, produce arrangements of other writers’ original repertoire, acquire the knowledge and skills to enable a creative and stylistically relevant approach to song production, learn how to prepare suitable charts for use in showcase workshops, and develop the necessary introductory instrumental skills.

Marketing and Monetising Your Music

In order to build successful careers, all songwriters must develop an awareness of the various facets of today’s rapidly evolving music industry. This module will enable you to explore and develop a professional approach to the three main industry sectors (recorded music, live music, and publishing), and the many ways in which they interact. Crucially, you will also develop an understanding of current monetisation models, how to develop successful marketing and promotion strategies, the role of management, and how to take advantage of changes in practice brought about by the impact of the internet and new technologies.

Creative Identity and Repertoire

This module will help you develop the creative and commercial skillset required to successfully execute a commercially viable songwriting project. You’ll refine your project’s identity and brief, write creatively relevant material, and learn about every aspect of creative management and the placement of your project in the marketplace.

The Business of Songwriting

Every songwriter needs a detailed understanding of the modern music industry, including all relevant business opportunities and challenges. During this module, you’ll explore entrepreneurial approaches and business models across all areas of the industry, including key areas such as marketing, product management, advertising, PR and branding. You’ll also analyse case studies, and gain practical work experience by developing, managing, and refining your own product.

Principles of Creative Production

During this optional module, you’ll broaden and improve your production skills by developing a “sonic identity” for your writing projects. You’ll be able to further study the creative, technical, and in-studio skills needed to produce a variety of original and well-defined recorded demos for songwriting pitches, and create a showreel for a new artist project. You’ll also learn higher-level vocal techniques for both a studio environment and live performance, and engage with the analysis and practice of mixing techniques.

Principles of Creative Performance

This optional module enables you to develop and enhance crucial live performance and arrangement skills, including the planning, design, and live performance of suitable arrangements of original songs. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue analysing and developing your individual and collaborative communication skills, including your relationship with your audience.

During the BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship degree, you’ll develop and refine your unique artistic identity, guiding you toward success as a highly skilled creative artist.

Through theoretical and practical exploration of composition, performance, and music production, you’ll hone your technical understanding of musical language and take your next steps toward a career in the music industry.

This course’s highly flexible modules cover essential topics including creative collaboration, recording, songwriting, career development and entrepreneurship.

Using the latest music technology, you’ll build an industry-standard portfolio of your own original music, encompassing the personal artistic brand you’ve identified and realised.

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Selected Modules

Creative Composition

Split across two 20-credit modules, you’ll explore songwriting in a range of different contexts, including artist-driven creative output, and composing for film and new media. Backed by a genuine understanding of the need for musicians to be technologically savvy in today’s industry, you’ll take advantage of ICMP’s state-of-the-art technology suites, using Logic Pro software as a creative tool for building tracks, developing ideas, editing and mixing.

Marketing Strategies

In this module, you’ll gain an understanding of core entrepreneurship concepts, principles and models, such as marketing, advertising, PR, social media and more. Harnessing your creative curiosity, you’ll turn your theoretical entrepreneurial knowledge into a successful and practical strategy to market yourself as a creative artist.

Creative Entrepreneurship

Split across two 20-credit modules, these advanced business classes focus on revenue generation for portfolio creatives. You’ll learn a host of techniques and skills required to create and develop early-stage ventures, arming you with the ideas and abilities you need to hit the ground running as a working creative artist and entrepreneur.

Creative Portfolio

This major Year 3 module requires you to create a career-focused, practical portfolio project of your own choosing. Designed to bridge the gap from student to working professional, the Creative Portfolio represents an exceptional opportunity to show the music industry what you’re capable of creatively, and launch your artistic direction into the world.

Musical Identity and Repertoire

During this module, you’ll develop a portfolio of original material in line with your self-directed creative and commercial goal-setting. You’ll be supported by ICMP’s expert tutors as you identify and hone your unique offering, style, and sound, culminating in a professional, industry-standard portfolio that introduces and reflects your personal artistic brand.

ICMP’s Music Business and Entrepreneurship degree will provide you with the tools, experience, and opportunities you’ll need to pursue your own portfolio career in the music and wider creative industries. With a particular emphasis on multi-skilled entrepreneurship, the course will support and encourage you to develop, launch, and run your own business.

This groundbreaking programme promotes enterprise and innovation across all three years, and involves work on real-world industry projects. You’ll be able to cultivate your natural creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, and back it up with unique and practical hands-on experience.

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Selected Modules

Music Industry Structure

This module will introduce you to the framework and functions of the modern music industry, exploring its three main sectors: recorded music, live music, and publishing. You’ll examine current industry models, processes, and practices, and see how creatives and businesses interact, exploring the interrelationships between the three key industry sectors in depth. You’ll learn about music copyright and the roles played by collection societies, professional membership organisations, and trade bodies. You’ll also cover the function of artist management, the A&R process, music marketing and promotion, sales and distribution, music rights and royalties, and a brief introduction to various revenue streams.

Principles of Entrepreneurship and Marketing

This module introduces you to the principles of entrepreneurship and marketing, and how these can be effectively implemented, specifically in a music industry context. You’ll learn about the characteristics of successful entrepreneurship and barriers to enterprise, as well as techniques for recognising new business opportunities and how they could be translated into successful ventures through feasibility analysis and customer-driven marketing strategies. You’ll develop a basic business plan and marketing strategy for a music business project, and explore the concept of the artist as a brand, considering key areas such as brand partnerships, and commerce versus credibility in music.

Strategic Management

During this module, you’ll learn how strategic management helps create and sustain organisational effectiveness. You’ll explore theoretical perspectives on strategy development and methods of achieving competitive advantage in business, both nationally and globally. You’ll develop a range of techniques for evaluating the strategic capabilities of organisations and their operating environments, and will be able to devise recommendations to strategic problems faced by organisations, with a specific focus on the creative sector. Your comprehensive examination of strategic capabilities and the environmental context of organisations will help you make sound strategic decisions about real-life management challenges.

Digital Strategies in the Creative Industries

Using case studies and reviews of current working practices, this module aims to analyse the impact of digital technologies on consumers, creators, distributors and publishers. You’ll examine the impact of technology and digital media as drivers of innovation and business growth in the creative industries, and gain a detailed knowledge of digital concepts such as disruption, innovation, consumer behaviour, digital business models, social networking, big data, analytics and blockchain technology, and operating in the digital domain. You’ll also develop a host of practical ICT skills, such as image and video editing skills, to help communicate your business ideas.

Live Event Management

Expanding on your live event knowledge from Year 1, this module offers the opportunity to work in teams to plan, develop, and deliver your own live music event. You’ll be encouraged to approach your events creatively, while developing an awareness of the importance of branding and sponsorship, the emergence of new income streams, and changing patterns of live music consumption. Methods of communication and convergence will be examined, including the importance of employing social media and online strategies to promote your event. You’ll also gain a solid understanding of live music industry issues including health and safety, legislation, and regulations.

Business Enterprise Project

As part of this truly unique module, you’ll build on your business and entrepreneurship experience from previous years. By developing critical thinking skills, you’ll be able to identify, research, plan, develop, brand, market, launch and manage an authentic music business initiative or a charitable, publicly funded, or social enterprise business project. You’ll work independently or as part of a small multidisciplinary team to simulate a real-world initiative, and execute a substantial project within both time and budgetary constraints. With the help of a supervisor, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your ideas to NatWest as part of their Entrepreneur Accelerator programme.

The Higher Diploma in Music Performance is a comprehensive one-year course ideally suited to guitarists, bassists, drummers and vocalists looking to achieve a solid foundation as a musician in a short period of time. It’s been specially designed to provide you with skills, knowledge, and experience that are relevant to a range of different careers in music. This course is also a natural stepping stone into an undergraduate degree or other professional music qualification.

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.

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Selected Modules

INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUE

This unit will explore the theory and practice of the technical skills required by a professional musician. These include harmony, scales, rudiments, technical exercises, warm ups, posture, dynamics, tempos, pitch, using a metronome, instrument maintenance, and more.

Performance

During this unit, you’ll investigate all the aspects of staging a musical performance, including performance techniques, audience expectations, planning a rehearsal phase, commercial costs, hiring musicians, stage plans, technical specification lists (tech specs), communicating with a venue, and promoting an event.

MUSIC PRODUCTION FUNDAMENTALS

This unit introduces the skills needed to record, produce, mix, and master creative ideas within a framework of modern music production technology, and current studio and industry practice.

Applied Music Theory

In this unit, you’ll put music theory into practice, unlock the compositional and stylistic elements of different musical genres, and demonstrate those concepts on a keyboard or second instrument.

MARKETING AND PROMOTION FOR MUSICIANS

This unit explores freelancing and marketing yourself as a musician. It covers online marketing, social media, and effective networking, which you’ll combine to create a professional marketing presence and further your music career.

Professional Development

During this unit, you’ll explore the many potential avenues of employment that relate to your specialism, while building an awareness of how to present yourself to the marketplace.

UNDERGRADUATE PRODUCTION COURSES

BA CREATIVE MUSIC PRODUCTION

BA MUSIC PRODUCTION FOR FILM, TV & GAMES

BA AUDIO ENGINEERING AND PRODUCTION

Our Creative Music Production degree explores the practical and theoretical aspects of music production.

Our expert tutors will show you how to create, produce, and launch market-ready original music, and develop your industry-relevant technical and entrepreneurial skills.

The course will push you out of your creative comfort zone, offering regular opportunities to write and compose to a brief, explore new styles and genres, and collaborate with the wider ICMP community.

You’ll graduate with a solid understanding of how the music industry works, and the actions you must take to progress your music production career.

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Digital Music Production

This module will consider how computer technology is used to produce contemporary music. Using Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and Ableton Live, you’ll develop music programming and production techniques, including synthesis and sampling, alongside the development of critical listening skills.

Studio Recording and Engineering

You’ll explore the fundamentals of audio theory within the context of a professional music recording studio. By learning how to use industry-standard recording and production equipment, you’ll become proficient with both recording and engineering (editing and sound production) processes.

MARKETING AND MONETISING YOUR MUSIC

Every musician needs to understand the various facets of today’s rapidly evolving music industry. This module will establish the industry’s core framework, exploring its three main sectors: recorded music, live music, and publishing. It also delivers an overview of the contemporary music business, providing an invaluable understanding of current monetisation models; effective marketing and promotion strategies; the role of management; and how to recognise and exploit changes in practice arising from the impact of the internet and new technologies.

Creative Live Sound Production

Through practical project work, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of core live sound concepts, principles, and production methodologies including location recording, “sound vs music”, audio theory and creative recording techniques.

Music for Multimedia

During this module, you’ll develop a critical awareness and analysis of the compositional methods, tropes, and approaches used in music for film, television, and multimedia, including computer game design. This awareness and analysis will be practically applied through composition, post-production, and editing.

The Business of Music Production

This module will cover advertising, PR, branding and entrepreneurial business models through an analysis of case studies, as well as working practically on developing, managing, and refining your own product. You’ll be required to keep your finger on the pulse of the rapidly evolving business of music, with ongoing reference to contemporary news stories and analysis.

This music production degree explores the composition, production and creative techniques used in the world of film, TV and games.

As a student on this highly practical course, you will confidently grasp the spectrum of studio production techniques including recording, signal processing, audio editing, post-production skills, and multichannel mixing and mastering.

You’ll delve into theoretical areas of production, including musical language, composition and arrangement, while exploring those concepts in practice across film scoring, composition design for games, spatial 3D audio, Dolby Atmos, and Virtual and Augmented Reality sound design.

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Sound Design and Theory

In this module, you’ll be introduced to the fundamental principles of audio theory and its behaviour, while gaining an understanding of audio signals, concept of acoustics and the ways in which humans perceive sound. You’ll also conduct audio visual research to explore the effect music can have in audio-visual settings, and will develop and progress your sound design skills.

  • Frequency & Amplitude
  • Audio acoustics and sound behaviour
  • Reflection, refraction, absorption and diffusion
  • Harmonics
  • Phase
  • Equal Loudness Contours
  • Fourier analysis & synthesis
  • Masking
  • Sound localization
  • Psychoacoustics

MUSIC INDUSTRY AND DEVELOPMENT

Across this module, you’ll begin to explore the music business and will start to visualise your personal route into it. Your tutor will provide you with an extensive overview of the way the sector works, while you learn about different music industry roles, revenue streams and career opportunities. Developing your research and writing skills, you’ll start to explore your interest areas and will take your first steps towards forging that much-desired music industry career.  

  • The role of the composer in Film production
  • Royalties and other revenue streams
  • Media and advertising sectors
  • Trailers( film advertising)
  • TV and Documentaries

AUDIO POST-PRODUCTION WORKFLOWS

This module will see you explore the theory and techniques involved in creating audio across a variety of professional contexts, including the worlds of film and TV. You’ll explore audio synchronisation skills, while developing an understanding of surround sound standards and mixing. Other topics of study include Audio Restoration – the process of removing imperfections from sound recordings – and Automated Dialogue Replacement, which sees conversational discrepancies which have occurred during filming re-recorded in the studio.

  • Noise Reduction
  • Cleaning Audio
  • Advanced Editing
  • Vocal Tuning
  • Vocal Comping
  • Restoration Tools
  • Mono Mixing
  • Top Down Mix Approach
  • Understanding Spatial FX
  • Mixing On Headphones
  • Mixing On Monitors
  • Advanced Compression Techniques
  • Mix bus Compression
  • Spectral slotting
  • Depth - Delays/Reverbs
  • Parallel Compression
  • Distortion & Saturation
  • Analogue Mix
  • Drum Replacement
  • Tape Emulations

AUDIO FOR GAMES I

This module will see you develop your practical music-making skills in the context of video game composition. Topics include linear and non-linear composition; software commonly used in video games, such as sound effects engine and authoring tool, FMOD, and real-time 3D content tool, Unity; and an exploration of how to process audio into games.

  • Building soundscapes based on a visual narrative
  • Style and Genre Considerations
  • Imagining a ‘sound world’ that fits perfectly with the ethos of the game.
  • Sourcing and creating Foley effects for us as weapons, impacts, vehicle sounds, etc        

 

COMPOSING FOR FILM

You’ll be introduced to the concept of composing and scoring for film and television soundtracks in this captivating and thought-provoking module. Studying the historical relationship between sound and the moving image, you’ll explore case studies from a variety of groundbreaking cinematic productions. You’ll then put your theory into practice as you further embellish your sound design and notation skills.

  • Interpretting briefs
  • Learning the mind of the director- speaking the same language
  • Spotting and marking hit points
  • Rhythm and dynamic for different scenarios
  • Intervals and motifs as trigger points and characterisation
  • Different compositional techniques for various media formats
  • Analysing character, emotion and situation
  • The importance of improvisation in composition
  • Keeping things in sync: setting the time, pace, and Quantisation
  • Working with string and brass sections
  • Working with non harmonic and atonal sound
  • Music Analysis- fusion of disparate elements
  • Generative music

CREATIVE PRODUCTION PROJECT

This module lets you undertake a professional production project of your own choice in a field that specifically interests you – typically a film, TV episode or advertising commercial soundtrack, or audio for a computer game or mobile app. This allows you to hone your knowledge and practical experience in a particular area you’ve studied across the course and particularly enjoyed. In this final creative project of your degree, you’ll complete substantial research in your specialised area, using appropriate production methodologies to deliver your masterpiece.

  • Project planning
  • Management frameworks
  • Case Studies
  • Researching portfolio
  • Collaborative working
  • Time management

This course teaches you everything you need to know to an advanced level using the latest specialist studio equipment and technology.  

Spending plenty of time in ICMP’s cutting-edge recording studios, you’ll become an advanced post-production professional, studying elements including ambisonics, binaural recording, spacial and multichannel mixing, ADR and dialogue audio editing, and Dolby Atmos.

You’ll graduate with the theoretical knowledge, music business know-how, creative drive and a whole host of advanced technical skills to be able to confidently work with musicians and artists to produce the highest quality recordings across a range of recording studio environments.

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Theory of Sound & Audio Signal Processing

This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles of audio theory and its behaviour. You’ll gain an understanding of audio signals and how humans perceive sound, while learning how to manipulate and process audio  using a variety of audio signal processors and effects. With this key knowledge, you’ll be able to confidently operate key recording equipment in a professional audio environment, operating key studio recording equipment.

  • Frequency
  • Amplitude
  • Evolution of Recording Equipment
  • Sample Rates
  • Bit Depth
  • AD/DA Conversion
  • Decibels
  • Signal Chain
  • Using the Recording Console

MIXING TECHNIQUES

Learning all the skills necessary to be a proficient mix engineer, you’ll explore a range of innovative mixing techniques while developing your sonic signature. You’ll have ready access to high-tech music industry-standard hardware and software, including a suite of plug-ins which allow you to get sonically creative and shape the sound of your mixes in a professional way.

  • Understanding EQ
  • Compression Overview
  • Stereo Placement
  • Low end mixing
  • Mid range placement
  • Mixing highs
  • Spatial FX
  • Side Chaining
  • Using Send/Returns
  • Submixing
  • Summing
  • Integrating Live Instrumentation to digital sounds
  • Automation

MUSIC BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Across this insightful and contemporary module, which will be highly applicable to your future music career, you’ll gain an extended understanding of the music business and will start to map out your desired route into it. You’ll explore everything from music industry roles and revenue streams, to a range of professional and entrepreneurial opportunities. You will also learn music business concepts such as copyright, royalities and distribution and also develop your research skills while gaining a host of key transferable skills sure to help you forge a successful portfolio career in the music industry.

  • Understanding PRS
  • Understanding PPL
  • Online Profile and Portfolio
  • Monetizing Your Music
  • Syncs
  • Streaming Vs Sales
  • Networking Guides
  • Music Publishing
  • Labels
  • Management
  • Music Lawyers
  • Make Money From Your Music Now
  • Producer Points
  • Writing Credits
  • Rates of Pay
  • Record Deals Vs Publishing deals
  • Music distribution

STUDIO RECORDING TECHNIQUES

During this module, you’ll receive many opportunities to build upon the skills you’ve gained in your Level 4 studies while you further explore a board range of studio recording equipment and sound sources. You’ll learn how to capture stereo and multitrack recordings using music industry-standard audio hardware and software, and will be perfectly capable of operating a host of studio recording equipment both professionally and creatively.

  • Creating Samples from Recording
  • Orchestral Recording Techniques
  • Advanced Drum Recording Techniques
  • Advanced Bass and Guitar Recording Techniques
  • Advanced Piano Recording Techniques
  • Advanced Vocal Recording Techniques
  • Re-amping
  • Recording with Outboard
  • EQ on the way in
  • Console Mix Buss Compression
  • Blumlein Configuration
  • Spaced Pair
  • Mid-Side
  • XY
  • ORTF
  • Legendary Engineer Placement Techniques

Audio Mastering

This module will allow you to develop your audio mastering technique and ability to professionally master audio. You’ll use industry-standard hardware and music software to help train your ears to deliver high-quality finished masters across a range of industry specifications and formats. You’ll use reverb and harmonic enhancers in mastering, noise reduction, equalization techniques and multiband compression to finalise your musical projects. Throughout the module you''ll learn techniques that can be applied on any music style: rock, pop, EDM, country, hip-hop and many more.

  • Mastering basics
  • LUFS
  • Mastering for different formats
  • Mastering for YouTube/Spotify
  • Mastering with software
  • Mastering with Hardware
  • Genre Mastering
  • Multiband EQ
  • Limiting
  • oZone
  • Stock and 3rd party mastering
  • Finding mastering services
  • Mixing to master
  • Using references to master

Creative PRODUCTION PROJECT

This module sees you undertaking a professional production project of your own choice as a way of increasing your knowledge in a specific area of interest. You’ll complete substantial research across your field of expertise and will be expected to use appropriate methodologies to deliver the production of an inspiring creative project – typically an EP, composition, live performance or creative collaboration project – but many more exciting options can be explored.

  • Project planning
  • Management frameworks
  • Case Studies
  • Researching portfolio
  • Collaborative working
  • Time management
  • Budgeting

POSTGRADUATE COURSES

MMUS POPULAR MUSIC PERFORMANCE

MA SONGWRITING

MA CREATIVE MUSIC PRODUCTION

Our MMus Popular Music Performance programme aims to broaden and deepen your musical competencies, while developing your independent learning and critical thinking abilities. You’ll build upon your existing knowledge, skills, learning and experience, and will be challenged, both musically and academically, to move out of your comfort zone. You’ll receive the time, space, support and opportunities you need to progress your personal development, while being stimulated and motivated to achieve your goals.

The programme 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 through the role of musical director of an ensemble, culminating in the performance of challenging original and existing repertoire.

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Course Modules

Core Modules

Students take the following core modules:

Advanced Instrumental Studies (30 Credits)

Advanced Ensemble Studies (30 Credits)

Studio Performance (30 Credits)

Performance Research Project (60 Credits)

Optional Modules

Students choose one of the following optional modules:

Cultural and Philosophical Studies (30 Credits)

Music and Wellbeing (30 Credits)

Investigating Performance Traditions (30 Credits)

Our Masters in Songwriting course is a practice-based and industry-led programme, placing your development as a songwriter in a critical and contextual setting. Working in a peer community, with teaching and support from current industry songwriting practitioners and academics, you’ll explore and refine your creative output and goals, considering artistic, commercial, and intellectual outcomes.

While exploring the art and craft of contemporary songwriting, you’ll write at least one song every week. You’ll also collaborate with other ICMP students, and engage in small group “A&R-style” feedback and critical discussion sessions with your professional songwriting tutors and talented peers, regularly critiquing each other’s works-in-progress throughout the year.

Our Songwriting Masters students form a small but close-knit team, and you’ll immediately become part of the ICMP Songwriting department’s strong, diverse, and inclusive community.

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Course Modules

Creative Process (30 Credits)

As a songwriter, identifying the conditions that encourage your best work is crucial. You’ll learn how to examine and evaluate your creative process during this module, and will determine ways to further develop your songwriting. Through research, discussion, and self-directed writing exercises, you’ll explore subjects such as idea generation and organisation, song drafting and development, and explorative writing techniques.

Songwriting Musicology (30 Credits)

This module will provide context for your own songwriting practice through analysis of popular musicological perspectives, and reflecting upon the societal role and cultural identity of the songwriter. Your viewpoints will be broadened through the study of songwriting ideology and criticism, and with guidance, you’ll improve your ability to form and express critical arguments, particularly through essay writing and debate.

Musicology in Songwriting (30 Credits)

To be a successful songwriter, you need a versatile toolbox of musical techniques and the confidence to apply them appropriately in a wide range of contexts. This module will equip you with those skills, helping you to develop a deeper musical proficiency, greater understanding of approaches, and a clearer standpoint when selecting appropriate methodologies. You’ll cover subjects including song analysis, alternative approaches to fulfilling ideas, and musical meaning and ideology.

The writer's voice (30 Credits)

Your writer’s voice is the key to defining your identity as a songwriter. This module is designed to help you develop and refine this unique voice, through a detailed exploration of the discipline of lyric writing. With support, you’ll partake in discussion seminars and practical workshops, evaluate a variety of creative approaches and their influence upon lyrical content, and apply your learning to your own lyric writing. This empirical approach will support you in achieving professional expertise in your writing.

MAJOR REPERTOIRE PROJECT (Optional - 60 Credits)

This module provides an opportunity to create a major new songwriting project, during which you’ll receive individual supervision by a dedicated tutor. Your project will typically take the shape of an artist album, song cycle, comprehensive collaboration, or a similar body of work. You’ll apply your skills in planning, creating, and evaluating material for your project, while also developing a delivery strategy for the particular context of your project. The Major Repertoire Project is designed for those wishing to pursue a career as a professional songwriter and/or performing songwriter.

Dissertation (Optional - 60 Credits)

The Dissertation is the perfect option for songwriters who decide to develop an extended research project. This investigatory module may lead you to consider one or more of the complex contexts, histories, themes or technical aspects of songwriting. You’ll produce a research proposal, detailed research plan, and a final extended written work, supervised by a dedicated tutor with specialist knowledge of your area of research. The Dissertation is designed for those wishing to pursue further study at the Doctoral level, and/or a career in academia or as a songwriter.

Our Creative Music Production Masters programme is highly practical, and will enable you to explore and evolve your creative music production processes. You’ll create and develop your professional sonic signature, and become proficient in mixing and mastering in the context of both creativity and sound.

Developed to replicate the existing modern music industry, this Masters programme offers substantial opportunities for collaboration and personalisation, allowing you to work with other students to realise your projects while concentrating on your own specific areas of interest within the field of music production.

During your time at ICMP, you’ll be mentored by highly experienced tutors. They’ll help you become confident in using the latest industry-standard equipment, and you’ll graduate ready to make your mark as a music producer.

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Course Modules

ARTISTIC IDENTITY IN PRODUCTION (30 CREDITS)

This module will provide you with clarity regarding your individual artistic intention within the field of music production, enabling you to evaluate current methodologies and establish a vision for future production practice. During seminars, you’ll analyse a range of personal and external influences, and through discussion and self-directed research, you’ll develop your communication skills by articulating and comparing ideas, while identifying new areas of creative exploration.

PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (30 CREDITS)

During this module, you’ll develop an understanding of a range of music production techniques, while exploring creative intention and processes. Through practical work, discussion, and self-directed exercises, and by studying topics including creative production processes, idea generation and organisation, creative intention, drafting and development, you’ll examine and critique your own creative work, identifying areas to cultivate and explore.

INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO PRODUCTION (30 CREDITS)

This module will equip you with innovative production skills applicable to a range of circumstances. You will explore the role of innovation in studio production, especially in the context of your own work, and study alternative production approaches across different styles and genres. Your confidence will improve as you expand your outlook, practical skill base, and knowledge of innovative production techniques.

MIXING AND MASTERING (30 CREDITS)

During this module, you’ll develop your production skills through advanced mixing and mastering workshops focused on the use of equalisation, advanced dynamic processing, automation and time-based effects. The module explores mixing as a creative technical process by evaluating current methodologies, and you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of mastering within the delivery process.

MAJOR PRODUCTION PROJECT (60 CREDITS)

Your Major Production Project acts as a developmental “bridge” into professional work contexts, supporting artistic independence and the creation of generic and specific creative and entrepreneurial skills. As you develop your piece, you will be guided by an ICMP tutor who specialises in your chosen field. Projects typically take the form of an artist album, or similar body of creative production work.

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ICMP's Careers and Industry Hub is our dedicated careers and artist development team, run by industry experts and experienced career counsellors. From the day you start studying at ICMP, they'll provide you with a wide range of advice and guidance, all focused on building industry connections and providing you with as much practical and professional experience as possible. ICMP alumni can also continue to benefit from the Hub’s assistance, which remains available even after you’ve graduated.

The Careers and Industry Hub is connected to major record labels, publishers, promoters and management companies throughout London and the wider music industry. As an ICMP student, you’ll benefit from:

  • Bespoke skills workshops and industry guest sessions built into your studies
  • Monthly A&R Sessions, bringing you face to face with notable industry insiders
  • Regular careers and networking events
  • Bespoke mentoring sessions, covering everything from artist development and support to the business side of music, searching for work as a teacher, getting gigs, and raising your profile as a musician
  • Exclusive internship and audition opportunities

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WORLD-CLASS FACILITIES

Two years ago, we proudly opened the doors to our redeveloped campus. The building was significantly extended, each floor completely remodelled and designed for the future of music education.

Our new home features expanded studio capabilities, including two brand-new Audient-equipped studios and their own dedicated live rooms, which are large enough to record full-band setups. We have a further seven purpose-built live rooms and five practice booths – and all of our multi-functional classrooms can be used for individual and band rehearsals.

We maintain an incredible stock of prized and well-maintained instruments, boutique amps, and electronic equipment that can all be hired (free of charge) for on-site practice, rehearsals, and recording sessions. This includes guitars, basses, keyboards, drums, synths, drum machines and microphones, totalling over 1,100 pieces of gear.

Students also have access to writing, production, and collaboration rooms, as well as a dedicated floor of tech rooms and a library, staffed by a qualified librarian who is available to support you with your research.

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CAN ICMP HELP TO BUILD MY CAREER IN MUSIC?

Ultimately, career success comes down to the actions you take – but we can provide you with the skills, knowledge, insight, understanding, and contact network you’ll need to make the right moves. Over 94% of ICMP graduates are in employment or further education within six months of graduating, going on to earn an average salary of £24,000 – which is £5,000 higher than other UK music students*.

The course you choose will be tailored to your chosen career outcomes, and our Careers and Industry Hub will provide all the support you need, even long after you graduate. The Hub team works tirelessly to connect ICMP students to the latest industry opportunities, and offers tailored advice and guidance to give you the best possible chance of success. To learn more about the Hub, click here.

Throughout your studies, we bring the music industry into your classroom through our outstanding faculty of tutors and mentors. We also connect ICMP students to the industry (and each other) through an extensive collection of partnerships, activities, and special events such as auditions, showcases, 1:1 A&R sessions, panel talks, masterclasses, clinics, guest lectures, “speed networking” events, and more.

* Source: DLHE, Employment of Leavers from HE Survey – UK Domiciled Undergraduate Leavers 2016/17

WHO WILL BE TEACHING ME?

ICMP’s teaching faculty is made up of highly experienced music professionals, performers, artists, producers, songwriters, business experts, entrepreneurs, and academics. They are all deeply passionate and qualified educators, and have built a creative community that’s designed to support the next generation of music industry professionals.

As an ICMP student, your studies and career will be guided by music and creative industry insiders who bring decades of first-hand experience directly into your classroom. You’ll also be able to attend regular masterclasses, clinics, guest lectures, panel talks, and more, featuring a long list of top-level industry icons.

Past ICMP guests have included legendary musicians such as Beyoncé bassist Divinity Roxx, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci, and Adele’s drummer Ash Soan, as well as representatives from highly respected industry companies like Universal, Sony, Warner Music, The Voice, The X Factor, AWAL/Kobalt, Polydor, Atlantic, Warner/Chappell Publishing, Radio 1, PIAS, Parlophone, Universal Publishing, Columbia, Spotify, and Virgin/EMI.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL CLASS SIZE AT ICMP?

Our core classes are typically no more than 16 students per class. This enables a high number of teaching contact hours, so our students get a personalised learning experience focused around their specific goals. Our tutors are able to spend more time interacting directly with each student, while students can also connect and collaborate with classmates at a deeper level.

WILL ICMP BE OPEN IN SEPTEMBER?

Yes. We’re currently planning for ICMP to be open and operating as normal in September and we’re looking forward to welcoming you then. Depending on future UK Government advice regarding the ever-changing coronavirus pandemic, however, we may be operating in a slightly different way.

To ensure we can adapt quickly to any eventuality, we’ve planned to deliver our full suite of programmes in a range of flexible ways. This will see us ready to meet UK Government advice moving forwards, whatever this might look like. It may be that we’re required to deliver some of our teaching and learning in an online blended model, for example.

Our flexible approach means we’re confident we can operate effectively, providing a safe and professional learning and teaching environment, whether you’re joining us for the first time or continuing your studies. We’ll work with you to find a specific study path that suits your individual situation and circumstances.

If you’re based outside the UK and unable to travel in September, an online delivery mode will be available to you until you're able to come to the UK to start your studies in person. You’ll be able to connect with your tutors and fellow students, and stay on track with your studies. If you’re a Tier 4 student, this will have no negative impact on your visa; our International Admissions Team will guide you through this process.

MY EXAMS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED, DOES THIS IMPACT MY APPLICATION TO STUDY AT ICMP?

In the UK, students who were due to sit A level, AS level or GCSE exams this summer will receive a calculated grade. The calculated grade process will take into account a range of evidence including, for example, non-exam assessment and mock results, and the approach will be standardised between schools and colleges.

Please be assured that this will have no negative impact on your application to study at ICMP. All applications will be assessed on a case by case basis, but this will not put the applicant at a disadvantage.

Although we do consider academic ability within our application process, at this point our primary focus is on the audition/interview element of your application when deciding if ICMP is the right place for you as a creative musician.

This advice remains the same for all applicants across the UK and EU, and those outside of Europe.

CAN I USE ICMP FACILITIES FOR PRIVATE PRACTICE?

ICMP facilities are available for private practice, free of charge, outside of timetabled hours seven days a week. We also have a huge range of gear available to hire for on-site practice, rehearsals, and recording sessions, from guitars and basses to keyboards, drums, synths, drum machines and microphones. Finding the right place to practice can be difficult, time-consuming and expensive – so we do all we can to resolve this problem for our students.

HOW WILL I PAY FOR MY COURSE?

Tuition Fee and Maintenance loans are available to eligible students for all of our full-time courses. Tuition Fee loans for ICMP courses cover the full annual course fee, and Maintenance Loans are also available to eligible UK students to assist with living costs while you are studying.

Our Finance Team are available to talk you through the process of applying for Student Loans and answer your student finance questions.  

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WHAT ARE ICMP AUDITIONS LIKE?

Our audition process helps us advise and guide you onto the right course of study. However, it’s important to remember that ICMP auditions are very supportive, and are all about you!

This is your opportunity to demonstrate your ability and talk about your goals, in a very relaxed and supportive environment, one-to-one with an experienced tutor. Our Admissions Team are on hand via the 'Live Chat' function to answer any further questions related to our audition process.

I'd love to study at ICMP, what are my next steps?

To continue your journey with us, simply submit a full application and book your audition. Our friendly Admissions Team are available on +44 (0)20 7328 0222 and through email at enquiries@icmp.ac.uk. Alternatively, you can use our Audition Request form to start that stage of the process.

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HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ONLINE LEARNING AT ICMP?

We asked our students to tell us how they approached and succeeded in learning remotely from March 2020. Read all about it here. 

FINANCE

We're dedicated to providing our students with exceptionally good value for money. Our 2021 three-year undergraduate degree courses are priced at £9,250* for UK and EU students, in line with other UK universities. Our team are on hand to assist eligible students with your Student Loan application..

 

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International

At ICMP we have a vibrant and exciting international community, with around 40% of our total student body being international. That means that the ICMP experience is a truly global one, providing you with opportunities for music and cultural development that is second to none.

 

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Accommodation

Here at ICMP we understand the importance of safe and affordable accommodation during your studies, and our support teams can provide advice and guidance to help you find suitable independent accommodation. We run events  designed to educate students on their options and allow them to meet each other prior to starting.  

 

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Disability and Wellbeing Support

Our Disability and Wellbeing team are in place to help you access the essential support required to maximise your potential during your studies.  We know that studying can be tough, likewise moving away from home for the first time. The team can support you through the problems you may encounter whilst studying and also help those with specific support needs access the appropriate support.

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