ICMP - The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance

Introduction

At the ICMP, we have always focused on the needs and potential of individual students, ensuring that the education we provide is tailored and personalised, and giving you the best chance of success in the very competitive and challenging environment of the music industry.

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We are extremely proud of our history and heritage, unrivalled in the music education sector. Over the 30 years we have been teaching, we have earned a reputation for quality, excellence and success, and, as a result, thousands of students have chosen to study with us, making the ICMP the starting point for their careers in music. The ICMP was founded in 1986 as the Guitar Institute and Basstech, and was the first institution to provide relevant, practical and professional training for contemporary musicians. Yet, while the name and identity of the ICMP has naturally evolved over time, the underlying focus on the needs of the students has never changed. As a result, ICMP graduates can now be found making successful careers all over the world – playing, performing, and creating or teaching music, both in their home communities and on some of the world’s greatest stages.

This year at the ICMP, we are celebrating our 30th year of developing and delivering relevant, high-quality courses for music students. We pioneered the teaching methods, curriculum structure and philosophy that have now become the benchmark for contemporary music education. Our teaching faculty, our greatest asset, has always been unrivalled in the UK, and in fact anywhere else in the world. Our London location is central to our ability to provide students with an incredible range of opportunities to showcase their talent and build their networks, and our inspirational learning environment provides you with the perfect opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in preparation for a successful career in music.

Innovative

The ICMP was the first to offer full-time programmes for students of contemporary music, and we continue to innovate and develop our provision. This unrivalled experience means that our students acquire the techniques to express themselves, the tools to survive in the industry, and the ability to make rewarding careers as players, performers, teachers, industry executives, entrepreneurs, and more.







Independent

The ICMP is an independent provider of music education. Unlike other schools, we are not beholden to investors who have short-term business goals to achieve. Our objective is not simply to open more and more centres and enrol more and more students. As a result, we can take a very long-term view on developing and improving our provision and standards of excellence to support the career development of a wide range of aspiring musicians, creative artists and music entrepreneurs. At the ICMP, you can be sure that the school always has your best interests at heart. Many places try to copy our formula, but, of course, there is only one ICMP – original, innovative, independent and individual.

WHY CHOOSE ICMP

We understand that as an aspiring musician, songwriter or music business entrepreneur you have some difficult choices to make as you start out on your career. Our mission is to inspire, encourage and equip our students to succeed by delivering relevant and innovative education of the highest quality. And we have over 30 years of experience in providing the skills and knowledge and sharing our experience with thousands of students.

A personalised approach to teaching and learning

Here at the ICMP, every student is guided, supported and valued. We work with you towards the achievement of your personal goals. To do so, we have various support elements in place, including individual learning plans, an initial diagnostic assessment, goal-setting, and advice and guidance on module choices. To enhance the learning experience, we offer a range of personalised support including small class sizes; personal tutors; drop-in sessions; personalised employability and industry advice; unlimited free wifi; online access to course materials through a dedicated student portal; directly access to performance and job opportunities; learning support from the Wellbeing team; opportunities to connect with student representatives; and rehearsal rooms that can be booked free of charge.

Connected to London's vibrant music scene

When you’re starting a career in music, it is indisputable that London is the place to be. As well as being one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world, London is at the heart of the global music industry. It is constantly at the cutting edge of music, defining popular culture throughout the world and offering unparalleled opportunities to make the right connections. The ICMP’s London location is a real asset, as it means our students are in the best place to start off and thrive in their musical careers.

Connected to the music industry

We have an unrivalled network of music industry connections, and we take great pride in the success that ICMP graduates achieve. We are connected to all the major record labels, publishers, promoters and management companies active in London, and we make those contacts available to all our students. Right from day one, we provide a wide range of support and opportunities to our students and graduates, giving you the best possible base from which to achieve your goals.






Creative and inspiring learning environment

We are committed to investing in the best possible teaching and learning environment for our students, with the latest equipment always available. Whatever course you choose to follow, you will find the facilities and equipment you need to achieve your goals, alongside inspiring tuition and a personalised approach to your learning. Importantly, all ICMP students can utilise our facilities for personal practice, free of charge, outside of timetabled hours, and we are open seven days a week.



Highly experienced tutors and industry practitioners

It is vital for us that our students are learning from those who can offer them advice based on real life experience. We know for a fact that students are more likely to succeed in their careers when the teaching they receive is being delivered by tutors who have a practical understanding of the music industry. That’s why our tutors are not only qualified and experienced educators and academics, but also highly experienced music professionals, performers and music business entrepreneurs in their own right. They bring all of this knowledge and experience, plus their own extensive industry contacts, to the classroom, providing ICMP students with a unique insight into building and sustaining a career in the music industry.

High contact hours and small class size

We understand that in order to deliver a personalised experience to our students, we must work hard to keep class sizes small and contact hours high. On an ICMP course therefore you will benefit from some of the highest contact hours provided anywhere in UK Higher Education, and either in one to one or small group experiences you will be treated as an individual and have significant access to advice and guidance.

Community of like-minded people

At the ICMP, we offer our students a collaborative and nurturing environment, challenging and supporting you to achieve the best you possibly can. We ensure our students feel they are part of a community and have opportunities to build relationships and engage with like-minded musicians. We provide you with a wide range of activities in which to engage, such as masterclasses and gigs, tours and events, clubs and social activities. We also organise house-sharing events and wellbeing activities. Your student journey at the ICMP will see you become part of a global community within one of the most diverse and multicultural cities in the UK, and you will have the chance to mix with people from all backgrounds, access exciting opportunities, and truly immerse yourself in the music scene.

Recognised, proved and respected higher education institution

Our quality and accreditations are second to none in the world of contemporary music education. The ICMP is widely respected as an experienced and proven provider of higher education; we understand that all aspiring musicians need a serious and experienced partner in order to realise their personal musical goals and ambitions. For 30 years, students have been choosing the ICMP as the starting point for their own careers – and you can too!

Quality and accreditations

The ICMP is a respected and accredited member of the UK higher education quality community. We are part of a small and select group of providers who can use the Quality Assurance Agency’s ‘UK Quality Assured’ kite mark, providing you with the reassurance that by choosing the ICMP you are choosing an institution that has been quality tested in the same way as any other UK university.

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MA in Songwriting

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA Songwriting is a highly creative programme designed to enable students to examine, explore and focus both their practical songwriting and analytical songwriting education. [+]

The MA Songwriting is a highly creative programme designed to enable students to examine, explore and focus both their practical songwriting and analytical songwriting education. Course Overview The MA Songwriting is a highly creative programme designed to enable students to examine, explore and focus both their practical songwriting and analytical songwriting education. Students focus on creative exploration, writing exercises and academic research around the subject before focusing on the creation of a new major repertoire work or a dissertation in the area of song. Successful completion of programme MA Songwriting at ICMP leads to the award of MA by the University of East London. (subject to validation) Full programme specification can be found here. COURSE DETAILS Creative Process (30 credits) For a songwriter, identifying the conditions that encourage your best work is crucial. In this module, you will learn how to examine and evaluate your creative process alongside other possible approaches, and determine ways in which you’ll further develop your songwriting. Through research, discussion and self-directed writing exercises, you will explore subjects such as idea generation and organisation, song drafting and development, and explorative writing techniques. Songwriting Musicology (30 credits) This module will provide context for your own songwriting practice with analysis of popular musicology perspectives, reflecting upon the societal role and cultural identity of the songwriter. Your viewpoints will be broadened through study of songwriting ideology and criticism, and with guidance you will develop skills in forming and expressing critical arguments, particularly through essay writing and debate. Musical Language in Songwriting (30 credits) To be a successful songwriter, you’ll need a versatile toolbox of musical techniques and the confidence to fittingly apply them in a wide range of contexts. This module will equip you with those skills, helping you to develop a deeper musical proficiency, greater understanding of approaches and a clearer standpoint when selecting appropriate methodologies. You will cover subjects including song analysis, alternative approaches to fulfilling ideas, and musical meaning and ideology. The Writer's Voice (30 credits) Your writer’s voice is key to defining your identity as a songwriter. This module is designed to help you develop and refine this unique voice, through a detailed exploration of the discipline of lyric writing. With support, you will partake in discussion seminars and practical workshops, evaluate a variety of creative approaches for their influence upon lyrical content and apply your learning to your own lyric writing. This empirical approach will support you in achieving professional expertise in your writing. Optional 60 Credit Modules Major Repertoire Project - Option* This module provides an opportunity to create a major new songwriting project, during which you’ll receive individual supervision by a dedicated tutor. Your project will typically take the shape of a song cycle, artist album, comprehensive collaboration or a similar body of work. You will apply your skills in planning, creating, and evaluating material for your project, whilst also developing a delivery strategy for the particular context of your project. The Major Repertoire Project is designed for those wishing to pursue a career as a professional songwriter. Dissertation - Option* The Dissertation is a perfect option for the songwriter who wishes to develop an extended research project. This investigatory module may lead you towards consideration of one or more of the complex contexts, histories, themes or technical aspects of songwriting. You will produce a research proposal, and detailed research plan and a final extended written work, supervised by a dedicated tutor with specialist knowledge of your area of research. The Dissertation is designed for those wishing to pursue further study at Doctoral level and/or a career in academia or as writer. *Students will choose one of the optional 60 credit modules. Key Facts The personalised learning experience equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for successful employment in the music industry One-to-one instrumental lessons and individual research supervision The London location provides opportunities to perform in gigs at top London venues and immerse yourself in the current music scene High-quality teaching by industry practitioners Extensive music industry links and access enable you to build that all-important network A creative and inspiring learning environment You can focus on realising your unique identity as a songwriter Combines advanced songwriting with rigorous scholarship Enhances your creativity and confidence as a performer and academic One year full-time or two years part-time study Entry Requirements Applicants will normally have a good honours degree (upper second or first) or equivalent, or comparable professional or research experience. The Institute 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 - Min Level B2 of the CEFR - for more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration. When completing an application for the Masters, please use the upload function to provide copies of the following: A personal reference (ideally from an undergraduate institution where appropriate) A personal statement Additionally you will be asked to complete an audition/interview. Further documentation/evidence in support of your application may be required in certain cases. Featured Success Story - Cathy Dennis Cathy Dennis is a world-renowned performer and song-writer, starting her career writing her own music, and going on to pen tracks for countless world-famous artists. After hitting both the US and UK charts first as a vocalist for house producer D Mob, and then with her own music, Cathy has written a multitude of number one hits for the likes of Kylie Minogue ('I Just Can't Get You Out Of My Head'), Britney Spears ('Toxic') and Katy Perry ('I Kissed a Girl'). She is also the recipient of five Ivor Novello Awards, and two Grammys. She most recently returned to the ICMP in 2013, when she hosted a songwriting Masterclass. Featured Tutor - Tim Elsenberg Tim is a producer/songwriter/musician, currently working on projects in all those fields, as well as with his own band, Sweet Billy Pilgrim. SBP were nominated for a Mercury Music award in 2009, getting lots of national coverage as the ‘band who made an album in their garden shed’. Sweet Billy Pilgrim have released three critically acclaimed albums, toured with artists as diverse as Jamie Cullum, fellow Mercury Nominees Portico Quartet and Field Music, Malian singer Rokia Traoré, The Futureheads, and performed with The Who at the Royal Albert Hall as part of a Teenage Cancer Trust show. Tim has also remixed artists including David Sylvian, Catherine Anne Davies, Bat for Lashes and Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree; co-written material with 80‘s punk legend Toyah, folk singer Beth Orton and Marcella Detroit; performed on albums by David Sylvian, Steve Jansen, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly’s Sam Duckworth and Aqualung; contributed to various music libraries and composed for adverts and TV. Additionally, Tim worked as a session guitarist for Island artist Martin Grech through three tours. He is currently working on the follow-up to Crown & Treaty. [-]

Masters (MMus) in Popular Music Performance - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocal

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The course will encourage you to develop the highest levels of instrumental skill through individual lessons and personalised learning. You will also develop your leadership and musical management skills through the leading of an ensemble, culminating in a performance of challenging original and existing repertoire. [+]

Course Overview The course will encourage you to develop the highest levels of instrumental skill through individual lessons and personalised learning. You will also develop your leadership and musical management skills through the leading of an ensemble, culminating in a performance of challenging original and existing repertoire. On the course, you may select from options that include an investigation of a performance tradition, the use of music in health and wellbeing, and the cultural aspects of music. You will also produce a significant body of work for recital, together with supporting research that underpins and informs your final project. The ICMP’s MMus is aimed primarily at individuals who wish to continue their studies after having distinguished themselves on a degree-level course, or who have acquired comparable industry experience and are committed to attaining even greater mastery of their respective instruments. Course Details You will further the development of your instrumental skills, focusing on your personal relationship to your instrument and the extension of your technical ability, as well as your role as a performer within the context of live and studio environments. This element of the programme is delivered using a variety of modes of study, including one-to-one lessons, ensemble classes and lectures, as well as private and group tutorials; this combination enables a personalised approach to study. Academic and Research Skills You will undertake a significant research project that will lead to the production of a substantial performance and dissertation. You will be challenged to develop a variety of skills and techniques, and you will additionally acquire and refine the critical reasoning skills that will enable you to review current academic literature and output. Professional Development A vital part of your own professional development rests on your ability to operate autonomously, which, within the context of the programme, involves effectively engaging in self-directed study. The ability to identify your own personal learning requirements and then design and industriously implement a plan for attaining them, while effectively selecting and deploying the appropriate resources, is a critical skill that is developed, supported and challenged throughout the programme. Featured Tutor Hailing from Massachusetts, USA, Chris is a highly experienced pro guitarist with over 20 years guitar experience. After attending Berkeley in Boston, he immediately became a busy touring and recording guitarist, moving to these shores in 1992. Artists he has worked with include Caribbean Soca/Calypso artist Arrow, featuring on his massive hit 'Hot Hot Hot' as well as Sister Sledge, Odyssey, Mick Ronson and Felix Pappalardi. More recently he has recorded several albums and performed with songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols and continues to be a very busy studio and live guitar player. Chris is a master musician and always plays with great taste, which is why he's so in demand. Key Facts The personalised learning experience equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for successful employment in the music industry One-to-one instrumental lessons with the tutor of your choice and individual research supervision The London location provides opportunities to perform in gigs at top London venues and immerse yourself in the current music scene High-quality teaching by industry practitioners Extensive music industry links and access enable you to build that all-important network A creative and inspiring learning environment You can focus on realising your unique identity as a musician Combines advanced performance with rigorous scholarship Enhances your creativity and confidence as a performer and academic One year full-time or two years part-time study Entry Requirements Applicants will normally have a good honours degree (upper second or first) or equivalent, or comparable professional or research experience. The Institute 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 - Min Level B2 of the CEFR - for more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration. When completing an application for the Masters, please use the upload function to provide copies of the following: A personal reference (ideally from an undergraduate institution where appropriate) A personal statement Additionally you will be asked to complete an audition/interview. Further documentation/evidence in support of your application may be required in certain cases. [-]

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