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Why choose ICMP?

We understand that as an aspiring musician, songwriter or music business entrepreneur you have some difficult choices to make as you start out on your career. Our mission is to inspire, encourage and equip our students to succeed by delivering relevant and innovative education of the highest quality. And we have over 30 years of experience in providing the skills and knowledge and sharing our experience with thousands of students.

A personalised approach to teaching and learning

Here at the ICMP, every student is guided, supported and valued. We work with you towards the achievement of your personal goals.

To do so, we have various support elements in place, including individual learning plans, an initial diagnostic assessment, goal-setting, and advice and guidance on module choices. To enhance the learning experience, we offer a range of personalised support including small class sizes; personal tutors; drop-in sessions; personalised employability and industry advice; unlimited free wifi; online access to course materials through a dedicated student portal; directly access to performance and job opportunities; learning support from the Wellbeing team; opportunities to connect with student representatives; and rehearsal rooms that can be booked free of charge.

Connected to London’s vibrant music scene

When you’re starting a career in music, it is indisputable that London is the place to be.

As well as being one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world, London is at the heart of the global music industry. It is constantly at the cutting edge of music, defining popular culture throughout the world and offering unparalleled opportunities to make the right connections. The ICMP’s London location is a real asset, as it means our students are in the best place to start off and thrive in their musical careers.

Connected to the music industry

We have an unrivalled network of music industry connections, and we take great pride in the success that ICMP graduates achieve. We are connected to all the major record labels, publishers, promoters and management companies active in London, and we make those contacts available to all our students. Right from day one, we provide a wide range of support and opportunities to our students and graduates, giving you the best possible base from which to achieve your goals.

Creative and inspiring learning environment

We are committed to investing in the best possible teaching and learning environment for our students, with the latest equipment always available.

Whatever course you choose to follow, you will find the facilities and equipment you need to achieve your goals, alongside inspiring tuition and a personalised approach to your learning. Importantly, all ICMP students can utilise our facilities for personal practice, free of charge, outside of timetabled hours, and we are open seven days a week.

Highly experienced tutors and industry practitioners

It is vital for us that our students are learning from those who can offer them advice based on real life experience.

We know for a fact that students are more likely to succeed in their careers when the teaching they receive is being delivered by tutors who have a practical understanding of the music industry. That’s why our tutors are not only qualified, experienced educators and academics, but also highly experienced music professionals, performers and music business entrepreneurs in their own right. They bring all of this knowledge and experience, plus their own extensive industry contacts, to the classroom, providing ICMP students with a unique insight into building and sustaining a career in the music industry

High contact hours and small class sizes

We understand that in order to deliver a personalised experience to our students, we must work hard to keep class sizes small and contact hours high. We feel that this is one of the most crucial ways to ensure that students are given the best education possible.

On an ICMP course therefore you will benefit from some of the highest contact hours provided anywhere in UK Higher Education, and either in one to one or small group experiences you will be treated as an individual and have significant access to advice and guidance. This means that class sizes will be capped at 15, and whilst you are not studying you have access to practice spaces.

With our virtual booking system, students can remotely book practice rooms and rehearsal spaces whilst they are not in classes throughout their time at the ICMP. We are also open during the weekend and till 10pm during the week to allow our students the opportunities to practice after classes and really get to use our facilities.

Community of like-minded people

At the ICMP, we offer our students a collaborative and nurturing environment, challenging and supporting you to achieve the best you possibly can.

Recognised, proven and respected higher education institution

Our quality and accreditations are second to none in the world of contemporary music education. Here at the ICMP, we have worked tirelessly to create courses that allow students to really fulfill their potential as musicians, and over our 30 year history we have been constantly maintaining the highest standard of course to continue pushing the limits of music education.

With accreditation from organisations including the Quality Assurance Agency of Higher Education (QAA) and Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) is proof of the work that we put into creating some of the best music education courses, and also employing some of the best educators in each discipline for our courses across the board.

The ICMP is widely respected as an experienced and proven provider of higher education; we understand that all aspiring musicians need a serious and experienced partner in order to realise their personal musical goals and ambitions. For 30 years, students have been choosing the ICMP as the starting point for their own careers – and you can too!

Quality and accreditations

The ICMP is a respected and accredited member of the UK higher education quality community. We are part of a small and select group of providers who can use the Quality Assurance Agency’s ‘UK Quality Assured’ kite mark, providing you with the reassurance that by choosing the ICMP you are choosing an institution that has been quality tested in the same way as any other UK university.