All aspiring musicians need a serious and experienced music education partner in order to realise their personal goals and ambitions. We have developed our provision over 30 years to ensure that ICMP graduates enjoy a significant advantage as they start out on their chosen career paths.

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

The ICMP was the first to offer full-time programmes for students of contemporary music, and we pioneered the teaching methods, curriculum structure and philosophy that have become the benchmark for contemporary music education. Many places try to copy our formula, but, of course, there is only one ICMP – original, innovative, independent and individual.

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30 Years of Excellence

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, producing, creating or teaching music, both in their home communities and on some of the world’s greatest stages.

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, producers, teachers, industry executives and entrepreneurs.

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.

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.

We have been achieving excellence for 30 years already – and we are looking forward to the next 30 years of ICMP graduates shaping the future of the music industry!