BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance - Drums - London

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BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance - Drums Course

If your ambition is to be a professional drummer, then we’ve got the course for you. ICMP offers an industry-aligned drum degree course for drummers looking to make the move into a long-term career in the music business.

The ICMP drum degree course covers a broad spectrum of music industry education, from developing competent music reading, musicianship and theory skills and appreciating how the music business operates, to composing, arranging and recording songs, and becoming competent in the use of industry-standard music technology.

You’ll become part of the broader ICMP drum community and will be challenged to build your technical expertise, play to professional standards and make meaningful contributions to the bands and working situations you find yourself in. You may also be asked to master some of the additional skills that the modern drummer player needs in today’s working music environment, such as building advanced drum techniques, developing your stylistic awareness across a wide range of styles, and becoming an adaptable, creative and modern session drummer and educator. Depending on the course you choose, you may also study percussion, electronic drums and triggering, and backing vocals. 

You’ll complete your studies using a wide range of industry-standard equipment, including Tama, Mapex and DW drum kits; cymbals by Paiste and Zildjian; and triggers and pads by Roland and Yamaha.

Drums Degree Course Overview

A dynamic and challenging programme, this drum 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 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. 

Successful completion of programme BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance at ICMP leads to the award of Bachelor of Music by the University of East London.

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 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.

All applicants will be invited to audition. 

Drums Degree Course Fees

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

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


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