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

Hi and welcome to the MMus Popular Music Performance programme at ICMP! I’m Terry Gregory, your MMus 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.


Terry Gregory
Programme Leader, MMus 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 MMus Popular Music Performance Degree

Our MMus in Popular Music Performance is the perfect course for talented musicians looking to continue their studies following the completion of an undergraduate music degree. This advanced programme combines top-level performance skills, expert musicianship, ensemble studies, instrumental technique, recording studies, and individual one-to-one instrumental lessons with rigorous scholarship, innovative academic theory, research, critical reasoning and analysis.

Building upon your existing knowledge, skills, learning and experience, this MMus programme will challenge you to move out of your comfort zone, while broadening and deepening your competencies and literacies. You’ll embark on a journey that will change the way you see yourself as both a creative musician and a person, as you continue to invest in yourself and your future in music. You will also engage in a range of practical activities, covering the languages of both music and scholarship, with plenty of opportunities to play, work, experiment, make discoveries, take risks, and build your network of professional industry contacts. 

Got a question... just drop us a line

Equipment Checklist


  • Headphones
  • Note-taking apparatus
  • Your instrument 
  • Leads and tuner (guitar/bass) 
  • Sticks, brushes, mallets (drums)
  • Earplugs
  • External hard drive, USB drive
  • Internet access 

Recommended Equipment 

  • a laptop, preferably a MacBook
  • SM58 microphone (or equivalent) and XLR lead
  • Sibelius or MuseScore (notation software) 
  • Logic Pro X 
  • 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


  • Nelson, R. (2013) Practice as Research in the Arts. Palgrave Macmillan 
  • Elliot, D. (1995) Music Matters. Oxford: Oxford University Press 
  • Hallam, S. and Gaunt, H. (2012) Preparing for Success: A Practical Guide for Young Musicians. London: Institute of Education 
  • Moir, Z. (2015) Thinking About Music. [Online]
  • Tagg, P. (2013) Music’s Meanings: A Modern Musicology for Non-Musos. Huddersfield: The Mass Media Music Scholars’ Press 
  • Burnard, P. (2012) Musical Creativities in Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press 
  • Ainsworth, A. Double, O. & Peacock, L. (2017) Popular performance. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.
  • Boyle, K. (2021) The instrumental music teacher autonomy, identity and the portfolio career in music. London: Routledge.
  • Lee, S. (2017) Scholarly research for musicians. London: Routledge.
  • Vargas, A. (2018) Disability and music performance. London: Routledge.
  • Wallace, M. & Wray, A. (2016) Critical reading and writing for postgraduates. London: Sage Publications.

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