You will be taught in small group classes by experienced industry professionals in our creative and inspiring learning environment in London, the heart of the music industry.

This course provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to progress to a range of careers in the music industry or to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in music. The skills you will acquire include music performance, instrumental technique, music technology, creativity, musicianship, and music business knowledge, to allow you to develop fully as an artist. The focus on small class sizes and personalised learning provides opportunities for specialist study relevant to guitar, bass, vocals or drums. Successful completion of the course will provide you with an internationally recognised qualification, and the Higher Diploma additionally provides opportunities for you to progress to full-time degrees at the ICMP or elsewhere. 

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. This course is  designated for SLC loans for 2017-18. Click here for more information.

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Key facts

  • 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
  • Further progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in music on successful completion of the course


Music Performance Skills

Music Performance Studies

Band Rehearsal and Performance

Aural Perception and Music Notation

Creative Arts Research Skills and Music in Context

Playing and performing music is central to the ICMP Higher Diploma, and this core unit will enable you to develop your skills and experience to a professional standard in regular live performance workshops. You will engage with the preparation and presentation of varied repertoire in both group and solo live performance scenarios; exploring and discovering a varied repertoire is an important element of acquiring good musicianship and overall professional performance skills. Additionally, you will develop the key techniques of memory, communication, improvisation and critical listening, building on your growing instrumental or vocal ability.
To ensure you grow and develop as a professional musician, the practice of technique and the accurate playing of music across a range of styles are absolutely essential skills. This unit enables you to develop these skills through the study of varied repertoire, alongside reading and sight-reading techniques and structured practice and preparation. Central to this unit is effective rehearsing, specialist direction and performance techniques for both solo and ensemble work.
All live performances have at their core an awareness and understanding of the skills required for the process and production of musical events. On this unit you will engage with a study of planning procedures, preproduction/rehearsal scheduling and performance relevant to a live performance production. Underpinned by essential research into current practices and legislation governing performance events, this unit enables you to develop your communication skills and provides opportunities to network with professional companies. You will also study financial planning, logistics and marketing, all of which are fundamental to the successful completion of a professional performance.
This unit encourages you to begin developing the essential skill of transcribing music using conventional staff notation alongside other systems of notation. You will also understand and use industry standard musical vocabulary and be able to identify and communicate the key characteristics of different styles of music. You will focus on different musical forms and be able to analyse musical styles using structure, instrumentation, texture and dynamics. To put this in practice, you will compose music using a wide variety of notation including traditional staff notation, graphic scores and tablature.
The cultural significance of the music you play, perform and listen to is an extremely important element of the music industry. This unit encourages you to discuss the importance of aspects such as globalisation, cultural environment and the use of technology. You will analyse different genres of music, looking at the characteristics of each style and exploring the social and cultural context of those styles. You will be taught how to research and then write-up, debate and discuss your findings, useful and invaluable techniques should you wish to progress to further study and gain a higher understanding of the music you value and listen to.



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 32 UCAS points (2017 tariff), or 80 UCAS points (2016 tariff).

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.

International: English language requirement - Min Level B2 of the CEFR for further information please see our International students section of the website

All applicants will be invited to audition. 


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