Hi and welcome to the BA Creative Music Production at ICMP!

I’m James Rees, your course’s programme leader, and I'm thrilled that you've accepted your place here. The ICMP team and I look forward to working with you, helping you become the producer you aspire to be, and build the foundations of your professional career in music. 

I've put together a list of resources for you to consider before joining us in September, from equipment lists to recommended reading. You can find them below.

I look forward to meeting you, hearing your material and working with you this year.   

All the best, 



James Rees
Programme Leader, BA Creative Music Production

Have you completed our Online Registration process?

Whether you're a new student to ICMP, or you are returning in September, one of the key steps before your enrolment is to complete our Online Registration process.

Here is how to register online:

New students

  • Log in to our Student Gateway with the details emailed to you
  • Upload your key documents
  • Look out for your 'Confirmation of Registration' email - job done!

Student Gateway

Can't find your log-in details? No problem, our Admissions Team can resupply these, simply contact them on +44(0)20 7328 0222, Live Chat or enquiries@icmp.ac.uk, and they'll assist you.


About your BA (Hons) Creative Music Production Degree

Our BA Creative Music Production degree has been conceived as an industry-focused, practice-based creative production programme, helping you to develop your creative music production skills through practical studio and electronic music-making, composition, songwriting and entrepreneurship.   

Over the course of the next three years, you will be guided through a range of modules designed to help you become the best music producer you can possibly be.  You will become proficient with computer-based music production practices, you will develop your practical and technical skills, and your expert tutors will work to develop your critical and analytical skills, all whilst building professional networks, entrepreneurial skills and new employment and career opportunities.  

Studying at ICMP will give you the chance to meet and collaborate with like-minded musicians. You will have access to the Hub, ICMP’s dedicated industry connectivity team, who work with you to provide and develop exciting and valuable industry opportunities and training, and by the time you complete your studies, you should be well equipped to go ahead and forge your career as creative music producers.

Got a question... just drop us a line

Equipment Checklist

Recommended Equipment 

  • A laptop – preferably a MacBook Pro with an industry-standard DAW installed: Pro Tools, Logic Pro or Ableton Live.
  • A microphone - removed 'condenser'
  • An audio interface 

Don't forget, as an ICMP student you'll have access to exclusive discounts from leading music manufacturers - so, if you're thinking of buying new gear (from computers to instruments), it's worth waiting until you start with us.


Have you confirmed your student finance yet?


Recommended Reading


  • Dowsett, P. (2015) Audio production tips: getting the sound right at the source. London: Focal Press.
  • Owsinski, B. (2017) Recording engineer’s handbook. 4th ed. California: Bobby Owsinski Media Group.
  • Owsinski, B. (2017) The mixing engineer’s handbook. California: BMOG. 
  • Brabazon, T. (2011) Popular music: topics, trends and trajectories. London: Sage.
  • Felton, D. and White, P. (2012). The Producer’s Manual. Second Edition. London: Samplemagic. 
  • Shuker, R. (2017) Popular music: the key concepts. 4th ed. Abingdon: Routledge. 
  • Bell, A. P. (2018) Dawn of the DAW: the studio as musical instrument. Oxford: OUP USA. 
  • Roads, C. (2015) Composing electronic music: a new aesthetic. Oxford: OUP USA. 
  • Harrison, A. (2017) Music the business: the essential guide to the law and deals. 7th ed. London: Virgin Publishing. 
  • Scott, D. M. (2020) The new rules of marketing and PR: How to use social media, online video, mobile applications, blogs, news releases, and viral marketing to reach buyers directly. New Jersey: Wiley. 
  • Blume, J. (2008) Six steps to songwriting success: the comprehensive guide to writing and marketing hit songs. New York: Billboard.
  • Turek, R. (2018) Theory essentials for today’s musician. London: Routledge. 
  • Izhaki, R. (2017) Mixing audio: concepts, practices, and tools. London: Routledge. 

We look forward to meeting you in September... not long now!