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The Masters in Music Performance postgraduate course encourages you to develop the highest levels of instrumental expertise, performance abilities, academic research and critical reasoning skills. You’ll also explore your leadership and musical management skills via the role of musical director of an ensemble, culminating in a performance of challenging original and existing repertoire.

This one-year course is aimed at individuals who wish to continue their studies after having already successfully completed their undergraduate degree-level music course. The course is also open to those who already have a vast amount of industry experience and are keen to accomplish an even greater mastery of their instrument.

Across your year of learning, you’ll further develop your instrumental and musicianship skills, focusing on your personal relationship with your instrument and the extension of your technical ability, while exploring your role as a performer in both live and studio environments. This is delivered using a variety of modes of study, including one-to-one lessons, small-group ensemble classes and lectures, and private and group tutorials.

As a masters in music performance student, you’ll enhance your professional development by operating autonomously and engaging in self-directed study, but with guidance and support from members of ICMP’s experienced professional faculty.

The Masters in Music Performance course encourages you to identify your own personal learning requirements, select your essential resources, and then design and implement a plan for achieving them. You can choose from one of three optional modules, which include an investigation of a performance tradition, the use of music in health and wellbeing, and the cultural and philosophical aspects of music.

All MMus students are required to undertake a significant research project which leads to the production of a significant body of work for recital and a dissertation. You’ll receive highly personalised instrumental and dissertation supervision from a mentor of your choice within our faculty, which comprises a number of celebrated PhD recipients and music academics.

Over the duration of the masters degree in music course, there will be many opportunities to work alongside like-minded creative musicians across all ICMP disciplines and you’ll be encouraged to collaborate both inside and outside of the MMus curriculum.

All MMus students have access to London’s Tileyard Studios – the UK’s largest professional music community. Students are able to book rooms and facilities, visit the legendary Vinyl Cafe and  also attend networking events. You’ll also benefit from a regular schedule of visiting lecturers who’ll discuss their different approaches, philosophies and ideas with you, including musicians, academics and guests from the wider creative industries.

As an MMus student, you’ll have direct access to ICMP’s amazing facilities with industry-standard hardware, software and instruments, including a 24-track recording studio, high-tech Mac Labs and dedicated performance spaces which can all be booked free of charge outside of class hours, seven days a week.

The Masters in music performance course will take you on a journey that will change the way you think about yourself as a musician and, ultimately, as a person. You’ll graduate with the skills, self-reliance and motivation needed to build and sustain a successful portfolio career as a talented music professional – whichever path you decide to take.

The Masters in Music Performance postgraduate course encourages you to develop the highest levels of instrumental expertise, performance abilities, academic research and critical reasoning skills. You’ll also explore your leadership and musical management skills via the role of musical director of an ensemble, culminating in a performance of challenging original and existing...

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have a good Honours degree (upper second or first) or equivalent, or comparable professional or research experience.

ICMP London school of music also welcomes applications from established practitioners who are keen to undertake study at the postgraduate level but may not possess the required qualifications. These students may be given credit for their prior study or experience.

International: English language requirement – minimum level B2 of the CEFR.

When completing an application for the Masters in Music Performance, please upload the following items online:

  • A personal reference (ideally from an undergraduate institution where appropriate)
  • A personal statement

You’ll also be asked to complete an audition/interview. Further documentation or evidence in support of your application may be required in certain cases.

Applicants will normally have a good Honours degree (upper second or first) or equivalent, or comparable professional or research experience. ICMP London school of music also welcomes applications from established practitioners who are keen to undertake study at the postgraduate level but may not possess the required qualifications. These students may be given credit for their...

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Assessment Methods

Each module must be completed and all are individually assessed with the exception of the two ‘Semester A’ modules, which are assessed through a combined recital (unless the part-time pathway is taken in which case each assessment is individual). Assessment is normally based on one or two pieces of work, a recital or performance, or submission of a portfolio.

Each module must be completed and all are individually assessed with the exception of the two ‘Semester A’ modules, which are assessed through a combined recital (unless the part-time pathway is taken in which case each assessment is individual). Assessment is normally based on one or two pieces of work, a recital or performance, or submission of a portfolio.