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The ICMP BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance degree is for students who aspire to reach a very high level of musicianship, while building a successful portfolio career as a musician in today’s modern and diverse music industry.

A dynamic, challenging and relevant music programme, this course will provide you with the playing, performing, technical and theoretical skills necessary to prepare you for the real world of the career musician. The study of established genres, styles and repertoire sits at the core of the BMus music degree, and you’ll develop a wide and comprehensive understanding of genre conventions through study of your principal instrument, aimed at enabling you to succeed in a wide range of performance and music-making contexts.

The course covers a variety of learning activities in subject areas such as music theory, music technology, music production, aural perception, technique and sight reading. 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 may include choir or choral direction, all with the aim of guiding you towards becoming a well-rounded, technically accomplished musician. Unique opportunities will also be available within the ICMP London community to lead choirs, bands, ensembles and musical theatre groups in the role of musical director.

Over the three years of the music performance degree, you’ll receive tuition from our impressive teaching faculty, made up of highly esteemed musicians, all of whom have active careers in the music industry and higher education sector. Learning will be achieved in small groups, where collaboration is encouraged to enable a melting pot of ideas, experiences and influences to be explored. Via live performance workshops, you’ll develop a strong comradery with your fellow BMus classmates, and will also be inspired to network and create projects with students from other ICMP programmes. Your performance and technical talents will improve quickly following regular weekly ‘A&Rstyle’ peer and tutor feedback sessions.

Your tutors will also provide you with a working knowledge of the way the music industry operates, thanks to regular masterclasses, industry events, visits by special guest musicians, and ICMP’s connection with London’s Tileyard Studios – our exclusive industry partner and home to the UK’s largest professional music community.

By the time you graduate with ICMP Music School, you’ll be fluent in the language of popular music, capable of working in creative and collaborative music business environments, ready to explore exciting industry pathways to begin your professional career, and will have an impressive and professional portfolio of work to present to the industry.

The ICMP BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance degree is for students who aspire to reach a very high level of musicianship, while building a successful portfolio career as a musician in today’s modern and diverse music industry. A dynamic, challenging and relevant music programme, this course will provide you with the playing, performing, technical and theoretical skills...

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Course Content

During your first year on the course, you’ll follow a core programme, developing music skills in performance, technique, theory and practice, music technology, stylistic awareness, collaboration, popular music history, songwriting, keyboard, percussion, and backing vocals.

HARMONY, THEORY AND TECHNIQUE I

MUSIC CULTURE, CONTEXT AND CRITICISM I

MUSIC PERFORMANCE I

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

In Year 2, you’ll further develop the core skills gained in the first year of study and you’ll also learn to control and present musical material for ensemble performance. Skill development is enhanced in the second year by modules that focus on the business and economic aspects of the modern music industry. Fundamental areas include online promotion and branding, and the development of creative music-writing skills, including creation, re-creation and re-presentation.

HARMONY, THEORY AND TECHNIQUE II

MUSIC PERFORMANCE II

ARRANGING AND COMPOSING

MARKETING AND MONETISING YOUR MUSIC

MUSIC CULTURE, CONTEXT AND CRITICISM II

In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to study practical music skills to an advanced stage, both in individual and ensemble ‘real-world’ performance situations. Project options offer many opportunities for individual learning routes, so you can develop more specialist skills in your chosen area of music study.

DISSERTATION

ADVANCED MUSIC PERFORMANCE

PROFESSIONAL PROJECT

MUSIC IN EDUCATION (OPTION)

EVENT MANAGEMENT (OPTION)

COMPOSING TO BRIEF (OPTION)

During your first year on the course, you’ll follow a core programme, developing music skills in performance, technique, theory and practice, music technology, stylistic awareness, collaboration, popular music history, songwriting, keyboard, percussion, and backing vocals. HARMONY, THEORY AND TECHNIQUE I MUSIC CULTURE, CONTEXT AND CRITICISM I MUSIC...

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will typically have A levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points, or an ICMP Higher Diploma.

In addition, you should hold a GCSE Grade C or 4 or above in English, or suitable equivalent, such as Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy.

We also welcome applications from mature applicants who may have no formal qualifications but can demonstrate their suitability for study through appropriate skills and experience.

International students will typically hold a relevant equivalent qualification, please check your qualification with our Admissions team. In addition, you should hold a relevant English language qualification equivalent to CEFR Level B2.

All applicants will be invited to audition/interview

Applicants will typically have A levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points, or an ICMP Higher Diploma. In addition, you should hold a GCSE Grade C or 4 or above in English, or suitable equivalent, such as Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy. We also welcome applications from mature...

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Assessment Methods

You will be taught at our campus in Kilburn, utilising our live rooms, tech suites and in-house music studio facilities as well as classrooms and lecture rooms.  You will have access to use these facilities outside of class time while you are a student at ICMP in order to rehearse and record your music.

Your learning will be in small mixed groups for seminars and small workshop groups for practical skills. 

You will have access to the Student Services Department for support and advice concerning welfare, finance, personal development, safeguarding etc. You'll also have access to our Professional Development team ‘The Hub, who provide bespoke music industry careers advice and access to unique industry opportunities.

As a student of UEL you will also enjoy access to a range of UEL facilities, including the 24/7 multimedia libraries, with over 300,000 books, journals, audio-visual resources and archives, 500 electronic books and 25,000 electronic journals and databases.

Your knowledge and thinking will be assessed through coursework, essays, project work, examinations and presentations. Your practical skills will be assessed through live performance, practical examinations and recorded portfolios. Your skills for life and work will be assessed through project work, group work and portfolios. Modules are assessed through a variety of means, including practical exams and performance, coursework, projects, examinations, essays and viva voce.

You will be taught at our campus in Kilburn, utilising our live rooms, tech suites and in-house music studio facilities as well as classrooms and lecture rooms.  You will have access to use these facilities outside of class time while you are a student at ICMP in order to rehearse and record your music. Your learning will be in small mixed groups for seminars...

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Additional Information

Taking a music degree course at ICMP Music College in London makes financial sense too, with the fees for ICMP music degrees significantly less than those at many traditional universities, and, also lower than other UK music education providers - making studying music at ICMP in London great value as well as great fun.

2019/20 Course Fees: £7,500 (UK & EU Students) | £9,700 (Non-EU Students)

Students accessing Tuition Fee Loans are able to borrow the full course fee for ICMP degrees, this is due to our successful registration with the Office for Students (OfS) – the new regulator for all FE and HE providers in the UK. Please visit our Fees & Finance page for information on accessing to Student Loans. 

EU Students, applying to start their course in 2019, will continue to be eligible for both home fee status and have access to student finance. This entitlement will remain in place for the duration of the course.

Taking a music degree course at ICMP Music College in London makes financial sense too, with the fees for ICMP music degrees significantly less than those at many traditional universities, and, also lower than other UK music education providers - making studying music at ICMP in London great value as well as great fun. 2019/20 Course Fees: £7,500...

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