Study Songwriting at ICMP and take your career to next level
ICMP offers a number of industry-aligned contemporary songwriting courses across a variety of different levels for songwriters looking to take those next steps towards a successful and ongoing career in the music business.
ICMP has been developing and delivering music industry education for over 30 years – longer than any other contemporary music school in the UK, and we’re committed to providing our students with a high-quality songwriting-specialist education. We pride ourselves on our regular one-to-one support, small class sizes, personalised approach to student engagement, dynamic use of technology in the classroom, and high number of teaching contact hours – advantages you just won’t find to the same extent at any other music college in London or the UK.
Our customised learning approach means we really get to know you as a songwriter. We’ll provide a music education experience that’s bespoke to you, and will work with you to help achieve your future aspirations, foster your natural talent, and give you regular access to opportunities which allow you to develop your personal project art, broaden your music community, improve your collaborative writing skills, and help you to hone your creative voice. And you’ll significantly improve your songwriting skills while you’re at it.
We understand that all our students have different career motivations and your version of ‘success’ will be unique, so we encourage you to follow your own individual path. At ICMP, your future is in your hands, and you’ll graduate feeling inspired and confident, with the skills, networking, self-assurance and flying start you need to propel your career as songwriter forward.
Studying a Songwriting degree course at ICMP makes financial sense too, with the fees for ICMP music degrees and masters in music significantly less than those at many traditional universities, and, also much lower than other UK music education providers - making studying music in London at ICMP great value as well as great fun.
So why not immerse yourself in songwriting at ICMP London? It’s the ultimate space to learn, question and discover your place in the music industry.
ICMP Songwriting courses
Those wishing to study a three-year Songwriting degree in London should choose a BA (Hons) Songwriting, or for those not wanting to commit for quite as long, there’s also the one-year CertHE Songwriting course.
ICMP Songwriting Classes
Regardless of your study level or music course, songwriting classes at ICMP will cover a broad spectrum of contemporary music education, including developing song craft, musicianship and theory; learning about musical direction; understanding the way the modern music industry operates; engaging in digital music production; and becoming skilled in the use of industry-standard music technology.
You’ll become part of the wider ICMP Songwriting community and will be challenged to build your expertise in a diverse range of scenarios. Using real-world live publishing briefs, you’ll develop your artistry, engage in collaborative writing to brief, and learn about pitching songs. You’ll also have access to many extra-curricular opportunities, including performance showcases and ‘Open Mic’ nights at great London venues, plus our famous London Songwriting Circle which features renowned guest artists. All of this will provide the experience and opportunity necessary for developing your future songwriting career.
We know that the best way to hone your skills as a writer is to write – and write and write some more! At ICMP, we’ll push you to create up to 50 songs a year, so when you graduate, you’ll already have a significant body of work.
You’ll complete your studies using a wide range of industry-standard equipment, and will have access to our Audient and Soundcraft Studios with outboard by UAD. As well as this, you’ll use our range of pre-production rooms featuring DAWs, audio interfaces, large diaphragm capacitor mics, and boutique synths by Moog, Novation and Roland.
Study Songwriting at Tileyard Studios
ICMP’s exclusive industry partnership with Tileyard Studios means all students who study a songwriting course at ICMP have the opportunity to undertake a wide variety of industry-related development opportunities, and degree and postgraduate students complete part of their studies in the fantastic Tileyard music business environment. This complex, right in the heart of London’s Kings Cross, is home to the UK’s largest professional music community, with over 100 office spaces, 70 music studios and boundless opportunities to network with like-minded artistic people who have set up office there, including artists like The Prodigy, Mark Ronson, Tinchy Stryder and John Newman, as well as companies including Marathon Artists, Spitfire Audio and Notting Hill Music.
ICMP Industry Tutors
ICMP’s highly esteemed songwriting teaching faculty is made up of experienced singer-songwriters, Mercury Music Prize nominated and UK No. 1 hit songwriters, accomplished academics and qualified teachers. They’ve shaped the face of contemporary songwriting and are eager to give generous amounts of their time to help motivate and inspire you.
They’re highly knowledgable about what works now in today’s music business, and keen to pass their experience of the ever-changing music industry onto you. They’ll work hard to build and sustain a creative music business community around our students which will identify up-and-coming talent and, ultimately, support you and your classmates as the music industry’s next generation of skilled professional songwriters.
ICMP’s International Reach
ICMP is the most international place to receive a music industry education in the UK. You’ll study and connect with students from all around the world. This global culture of diversity and hub of varied musical styles forms a truly unique musical tribe, making for stimulating learning experiences, thought-provoking classroom discussions and remarkable worldwide networking opportunities.
On top of this, ICMP has a genuinely international outlook as a music education provider, partnering with a range of prestigious, global academic institutes including the Vienna Music Institute, ATLA in Paris, University of Southern California, the Los Angeles College of Music, the London School of Fashion, Rockacademie in the Netherlands, and our London industry partnership, Tileyard Studios.