This is done through performances, composition of original material, and multimedia interdisciplinary collaborations. Along with the development of musicianship and performance skills, the course also focuses on essential entrepreneurial and critical business skills that a creative musician needs in order to forge a successful career.

Through this course, you will develop expertise in your principal instrument, individually through one-to-one instrumental tuition across all three years, and collectively within a group workshop environment. You will also be given the opportunity to explore and analyse a range of genres to help inform your own artistic development and compositional ‘voice’. In the business and entrepreneurship modules, you will gain an understanding of marketing, branding, social networking and successful new business models, while developing broader communication, management and interpersonal skills. Using the latest technology, you will be given the opportunity to build a portfolio of your own original music, working in collaboration with other disciplines and media, such as film, dance, games and fashion. 

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Successful completion of programme Cert HE Creative Musicianship at ICMP leads to the award of Certificate of Higher Education by the University of East London.

Key facts

  • Develops your creative skills and unique creative voice
  • Learn entrepreneurial, business and networking skills to maximise your creative ability
  • Develops your performance and musicianship skills
  • One-to-one tuition in your principal instrument
  • Prepares you for a portfolio career within the music industry and the wider creative sector
  • The personalised learning experience equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for successful employment in the music industry
  • 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 high level of contact teaching hours is delivered in small groups in world-class facilities
  • A creative and inspiring learning environment


Performance and Context I

Core Principles of Music Making

Music, Culture, Context and Criticism I

Music, New Media and the Arts

On this module you will develop your performance skills through the study of a range of performance traditions, genre conventions and idiosyncrasies and the identification of your unique artist ‘voice’ through first and/or second instrument study. Crucially, one-to-one instrumental tuition is incorporated, which enables you to focus on aspects of study designed to develop and promote technical proficiency, self-expression and the ability to contextualise on first and/or second study instrument. Additionally you will develop the ability to compose, arrange and perform original music, generating an understanding of genre conventions and how these can be manipulated or re-presented for a contemporary audience.
In this module you will develop an understanding of established methodologies and models for composition, songwriting and creative practices through a structured learning pathway which includes the creation of a portfolio of original repertoire. You will study the core principles pertaining to melody, harmony and rhythm and how these are applied in a composing or arranging context. You will also acquire an advanced awareness of musical structures and the use of music technology while developing basic keyboard skills to support your learning and enhance your skill base.
On this module, you will be introduced to effective ways of recognising and interpreting the development of popular music genres and develop the skills necessary to justify intellectual positions using critical texts and resources. The module utilises the University of East London’s ‘Skills Curriculum’ as a core framework for investigating, analysing and critiquing current debates and theories relating to the context within which popular music is produced, performed and consumed.
On this module you will develop an understanding of how music works in the context of new and emerging media channels and the wider arts sector, principally through the creation of a portfolio of work consisting of interdisciplinary and collaborative arts projects. You will also study and practise established and more recent forms and methodologies of music composition for new and emerging media, and consider the underlying philosophical and aesthetic connections and threads that link and contextualise music within the wider arts sector.



We continually invest in a world class, industry-standard learning environment, with cutting-edge equipment and technology to support learning


Applicants will typically have A levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 48 UCAS points, or an ICMP Higher Diploma.

In addition, you should hold GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths, 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 who can nevertheless demonstrate their suitability for study through appropriate skills and experience.


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