Hi and welcome to the BA Songwriting at ICMP!

I’m Shane Beales, 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 songwriter you aspire to be, and building 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 it below.

Have a great summer, and I look forward to meeting you soon.

All the best,


Shane Beales
Programme Leader, BA Songwriting

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) Songwriting Degree

The ICMP Songwriting degree is industry-led and practically focused, and has been designed for aspiring professional songwriters.

You’ll undertake intensive and practical studies in songwriting throughout this course, while expanding your creative repertoire, knowledge of the music business, and understanding of the history and culture of songwriting. You’ll also benefit from industry-style artist and repertoire (A&R) feedback personalised to your individual writing goals; weekly performance classes to showcase your material with a professional band; a wide range of studio-based applications and recording skills tailored for songwriters; opportunities to co-write songs to real music industry briefs, with expert feedback and tuition; opportunities to deepen your knowledge of reading, writing, and arranging music; and a chance to enhance your creative practice by exploring music cultures and contexts through a dissertation research project.

This programme will develop your individual sense of what makes a great song, and your highly experienced tutors will help you write songs that meet this definition.

Got a question... just drop us a line

Equipment Checklist


  • A notebook and pen, for all your new song ideas and lyrics
  • A phone, to record voice memos
  • Your instrument (pianos are provided)
  • Headphones

Recommended Equipment 

  • A laptop, preferably a MacBook Pro with Logic Pro/Ableton/other DAW software installed
  • A basic home recording setup, including a microphone, an audio interface, and instrument cables. Please note that ICMP have all of these items available for use, free of charge.

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


  • Braheny, J. (2006) The Craft and Business of Songwriting. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books
  • Kleon, A. (2012) Steal Like an Artist. New York: Workman
  • Pattinson, P. (2009) Writing Better Lyrics. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books
  • West, A. (2016) The Art of Songwriting. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
  • Zollo, P. (2003) Songwriters on Songwriting. Cambridge, Mass: Da Capo Press

Online Sources

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