Part-time music courses that match your lifestyle!
Our ten-week part-time music courses for beginners have been specially developed for those who want to explore specific musical disciplines and need a flexible learning schedule. If you have a passion for music, but would like to take your musical knowledge further, our music short courses are taught in small groups and a great way to develop your playing ability and musical techniques, improve your theoretical knowledge and collaborate with like-minded music lovers.
We offer two unique study routes; you can either study your full 10 weeks in the classroom with access to a dedicated ICMP tutor to support your learning, or, if you need even more flexibility our unique blended study option* mixes online study with the opportunity to attend live workshops right here at ICMP London.
More about our blended study option
ICMP's unique blended study option* allows you to study online as well as attend a series of live workshops held at ICMP London. These face-to-face live music sessions are an incredible opportunity to really get the most out of your course. Across three separate sessions, you can meet and collaborate with fellow students on your course, use ICMP’s high-tech industry-standard facilities and equipment, receive feedback on your work, and have queries about your course work answered by ICMP’s professional tutors. It’s a great chance to put your theory into practice… and have lots of fun while you’re at it.
*The blended option is available for both the Songwriting and Blues Rhythm Guitar course
ICMP’s part-time music courses are taught by the same highly esteemed tutors who take our full-time courses. They’re all experienced musicians who’ve shaped the face of the music business across their careers, and are ready to inspire, energise and pass their extensive knowledge of the music industry onto you. They’ll work hard to support and encourage you throughout your learning journey, and even if you choose a ‘blended’ course option and visit ICMP to take part in our live music workshops, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn from them in person, gaining important feedback and advice along the way.
w/c 10th July 2017
£199 (includes student materials pack, supporting audio and course tuition)
Introduction to Vocals
The Introduction to Vocals part-time music course provides an introduction to the voice as an instrument, studying its role in music and the basic technical skills needed to sing and perform songs. You’ll also cover the fundamentals of theory, technique and concepts, making reference to contemporary music examples, and will develop basic ensemble skills, understand breathing and warm-ups, gain confidence in your singing and will be able to perform competently as part of a band, gaining a small repertoire of songs by the end of the ten-week course.
Introduction to Acoustic Guitar
The Introduction to Acoustic Guitar course covers the role of the acoustic guitar in music, as well as the basic technical skills required to play a variety of simple songs. You’ll learn how to tune your guitar, and by the end of the ten weeks will have an understanding of guitar notes, open position chords (including major, minor, dominant 7, etc.), time keeping and simple melodies. Your expert tutor will guide you through the fundamentals of theory, using a selection of contemporary songs as examples.
Introduction to Electric Guitar
On the Introduction to Electric Guitar course, you’ll learn the basic techniques and musical theory required to develop a solid foundation for playing this incredible instrument. By the end of the ten-week course, you’ll understand the notes on the guitar neck, will be able to play basic strumming patterns, will have learnt about pentatonic and major scales, will be able to play open position and barre chords, and will have developed a small repertoire of songs which you’ll be able to perform competently as part of a band.
Introduction to Songwriting
The Introduction to Songwriting course offers tuition on the craft of writing songs and includes an introductory theoretical analysis of songwriting content, style, genre, song structure, harmony, melody, creating arrangements and lyric writing. Regardless of whether you choose to study part-time in the evenings at ICMP in London or as a ‘blended’ online option, you’ll be set weekly tasks by your expert ICMP songwriting tutor to help translate the theory you learn into practice. You’ll receive constructive feedback on all your efforts and will also get to attend three special songwriting workshops at ICMP.
Introduction to Blues Rhythm Guitar
The Introduction to Blues Rhythm Guitar part-time course combines online theoretical learning of the blues genre with practical knowledge which will help you to play blues riffs, fills and chords, develop a blues solo and perform as part of a blues band. The format consists of comprehensive video lessons and includes backing tracks, detailed notes and notation for you to keep. You’ll receive weekly feedback from an experienced ICMP guitar tutor who’ll help to accelerate your blues guitar technical skills. You’ll also be able to attend three live performance workshops at ICMP’s London campus. The course is open to anyone with a minimum of six months’ playing experience who can already perform a selection of basic chords and licks.