BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance - Guitar Course London

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BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance - Guitar Course

A dynamic and challenging programme, this 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 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 Guitar Studies

As a guitar player at ICMP, you’ll cover a broad spectrum of music education, from theory and music reading skills, developing competent levels of musicianship, and understanding the way the music business operates, to learning how to arrange, compose and record songs, and becoming skilled in the use of industry-standard music technology… all regardless of your chosen course or study level.

You’ll become an important part of the ICMP guitar community and will be challenged to play to professional standards, build your technical expertise, and make meaningful contributions to the musical situations you find yourself in. You may also be asked to master some of the additional skills the modern guitar player needs in today’s working environment, such as building advanced guitar techniques, studying drop tunings, and developing your stylistic awareness across a wide range of styles – all necessary abilities if you’re looking to become an adaptable, creative and modern session guitarist and educator. Also, depending on the course you choose, in addition to the electric guitar, you may also study acoustic guitar, banjo, classical guitar and mandolin.

You’ll complete your studies using a varied range of industry-standard equipment, including Fender, MusicMan and Yamaha instruments; Fender, Marshall, Orange, Victory and Blackstar amps; and pedals by brands such as Line 6, Electro Harmonix and Boss.

Our Personalised Learning Approach

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

We understand that each student will have distinct career ambitions, and your vision of ‘success’ will be yours and yours alone, so we encourage you to follow your own unique path. At ICMP, your future is in your hands, and you’ll graduate feeling inspired and emboldened, with the tools, contacts, confidence and drive you need to push your career as a guitar 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. 

Guitar Degree Course Fees

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

UK & EU students £6,300 per year, Student loan funding available / UCAS W315

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