BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance - Bass Guitar Course - London

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BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance - Bass Guitar Course

A dynamic and challenging programme, this bass guitar degree course will provide you with professional playing, performing and musicianship skills as well as the tools and knowledge required to develop and sustain a career in today’s modern and diverse music industry.

During the course, you will develop relevant music industry skills and effectively prepare for the real world of the career musician through playing, practising and performing. You will be challenged to achieve high levels of musicianship and instrumental skill.

The study of established genres, styles and repertoire sits at the core of the BMus Bass Guitar degree. Students develop a wide and comprehensive understanding of genre conventions through study in their principal instrument, with the intention of enabling them to function in a variety of performance and music-making contexts upon entry into the workplace.

This aim is supported by an embedded range of learning activities in subject areas such as music theory, music technology, music production, aural perception, technique and sight-reading.

Ultimately, by graduating from the BMus degree you will become fluent and literate in the language of popular music, capable of working in creative and collaborative professional environments, and ready to begin your professional career.

ICMP Bass Guitar Studies

Our Bass Guitar degree covers a broad spectrum of musical learning, from developing competent musicianship, theory and music reading skills, and understanding the way the music business operates, to arranging, composing and recording songs, and becoming skilled in the use of industry-standard music technology.

You’ll become part of the wider ICMP bass community and will be challenged to build your technical expertise, play to professional standards and make meaningful contributions to the rhythm sections, bands and working situations you find yourself in. You may also be asked to master some of the additional skills that the modern bassist needs in today’s working environment, such as leading a section or band, playing or programming synth bass, and performing on other instruments, like upright bass.

You’ll complete your studies using a wide range of industry-standard equipment, including Music Man, Fender and Yamaha instruments; Markbass, EBS, Hartke, Aguilar and Ampeg amps; and loopers and effect pedals by brands such as Line 6 and Boss. 

Our Personalised Learning Approach

Our personalised learning approach means we really get to know you as a bass player. We’ll provide a learning experience that’s unique to you, and will work with you to nurture your natural talent, explore your future ambitions, and provide ongoing opportunities for live performances, auditioning, recording, touring and career development. And you’ll significantly improve your bass playing and performance skills while you’re at it.

We understand that each student will have different career motivations and your vision 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 emboldened and inspired, with the tools, connections, self-confidence and head start you need to drive your career as a bass player forward.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will typically have A levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points. In addition, you should hold GCSE Grade C or above in English, 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.

All applicants will be invited to audition. 

Bass Guitar Degree Course Fees

Studying a Bass course at ICMP makes financial sense too, with the fees for ICMP degrees significantly less than those at many traditional universities, and also much lower than other UK music education providers, making studying music at ICMP great value as well as great fun.

UK & EU students £6300 per year, Student loan funding available / UCAS W315

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