Hi and welcome to the BMus Popular Music Performance programme at ICMP! 

I’m Ben Jones, 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 musician 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,



Ben Jones
Programme Leader, BMus Popular Music Performance

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 BMus Popular Music Performance Degree

The ICMP BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance degree is for students who aspire to reach the highest levels of musicianship and build a successful and sustainable career as a portfolio musician in today’s modern and diverse music industry. 

This dynamic, challenging, and industry-relevant course will help you develop the playing, performance, business, technical and theoretical skills needed to succeed as a career musician. The study of established genres, styles, and repertoire sits at the core of the BMus degree, and you’ll develop a wide and comprehensive understanding of genre conventions through the study of your principal instrument, enabling you to work across a range of performance and creative contexts. The course includes a variety of learning activities that cover performance, music theory, music production, arranging, technique, sight-reading, and more. 

While you’ll be challenged to achieve outstanding technical skills on your primary instrument, you'll also be encouraged to explore a secondary instrument which includes percussion/keyboards (vocalists) and backing vocals/keyboards (bassists, drummers and guitarists). 

You’ll receive tuition from our world-class teaching faculty throughout this three-year degree, learning from a team of highly esteemed musicians with active careers in the music industry and higher education sector. 

Got a question... just drop us a line


Equipment Checklist


  • Headphones and earplugs 
  • Pencils, pens, lined paper, manuscript paper 
  • Your instrument 
  • Leads and tuner (guitar/bass) 
  • Sticks, brushes, mallets (drums) 
  • Vocalists should bring their own microphone 

Recommended Equipment 

  • Laptop with Sibelius/Musescore and Logic Pro X 

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


  • Stewart, D. (2006) Musician’s Guide to Reading and Writing Music. Backbeat UK 
  • Wyatt, K. (1998) Harmony and Theory: A Comprehensive Source for all Musicians – Essential Concepts. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corporation 
  • Cole, B. (2006) The Pop Composer’s Handbook. London: Schott & Co Ltd 
  • Soto-Morettini, D. (2014) Popular Singing and Style: 2nd edition (Performance Books). Bloomsbury 
  • Calva, R. (2003) Blues/Rock Soloing for Guitar: A Guide to the Essential Scales, Licks and Soloing Techniques. Musicians Institute 
  • Dean, D. (1982, 1996) Electric Bass Composite Method 1, 2, & 3. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corporation 
  • Magadini, P. (1986) Drum Ears: The Drummer’s Digest to the Rudiments of Music. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corporation 

Online resources





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