Hello! Congratulations on accepting your place on the Cert HE!

Me and the team are looking forward to embarking on this journey with you – it's going to be interesting. I've included some information below, which I think will be helpful to you prior to your arrival. Read it. Take it in. We're excited to meet you.

See you soon!

Yvonne Ile

Yvonne ILE
Programme Leader, Cert HE Popular Music Performance

Have you registered online?

Whether you're a new student to ICMP, or you are returning in September, one of the key steps before your enrolment is 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 Cert HE in Popular Music Performance course

The ICMP Cert HE in Popular Music Performance course 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 develop your 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 Cert HE course, 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.

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

This course will also help you progress on to our BMus degree if you wish.

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Equipment Checklist


  • Headphones and earplugs 
  • Pencils, pens, lined paper, manuscript paper 
  • Your instrument 
  • Leads and tuner (guitar/bass) 
  • Keys, sticks, brushes, mallets (drums) 
  • Vocalists can 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

  • Harrison, A. (2021) Music the business: the essential guide to the law and deals. 8th ed. London: Virgin Publishing. 
  • Passman, D. (2021) All you need to know about the music business. 10th ed. New York: Viking.  
  • Pipe, Liz (2018) The role of gesture and non-verbal communication in popular music performance, and its application to curriculum and pedagogy. Doctoral thesis, University of West London.
  • Cole, B. (2006) The Pop Composer’s Handbook. London: Schott & Co Ltd 
  • Byrne, D. (2013) How Music Works. London: Canongate Books Ltd 

Online resources





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