Higher Diploma in Music Performance (1 Year) - Bass Guitar - London

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Higher Diploma in Music Performance - Bass Guitar (1 Year)

Fast track your skills.

A Higher Diploma in Music Performance Bass course at ICMP is a great way to progress your bass playing by immersing yourself in a fully bass-focused musical learning environment for a year. You may be wanting to accelerate your bass skills in order to start your career in the music business; you may see a diploma as the first steps towards an ICMP degree in music; or you may simply be looking for a unique bass-centred gap year… but regardless of your reasons, studying a Higher Diploma in Bass at ICMP London will be a year full of musical experiences and challenges you’ll find hard to forget.

As an ICMP Higher Diploma Bass student, you’ll become skilled at performing across a wide variety of bass styles and will take part in classes where you’ll learn bass techniques, improvisation, sight reading and how to play as a member of a rhythm section. You’ll also study core musical subjects, such as harmony, theory and aural skills, and will gain an understanding of the context of popular music, learning how today’s music business works. All of your theoretical teachings will be put to the test in regular weekly Live Performance Workshops, where you’ll collaborate with your fellow classmates to develop your performance skills on stage.

We pride ourselves on our personalised approach to learning, and offer our Higher Diploma students small class sizes, a high number of teaching contact hours, focused one-to-one tuition and a dynamic use of technology in the classroom – benefits you just won’t find at any other UK music college to the same extent.

You’ll have access to a wide range of industry-standard equipment, available for hire, as well as rehearsal facilities, which are easily bookable and free to use. We offer a huge selection of pro-amps, including vintage classics like Ampeg, and modern classics such as Aguilar, Markbass, EBS and Ashdown, as well as effects pedals and basses made by some of the best music brands in the world.

As an ICMP Higher Diploma student, you’ll also take part in a range of unique industry-related career development opportunities, thanks to our exclusive partnership with Tileyard Studios in London’s King’s Cross – the UK’s biggest professional music community and home to artists and companies including Tinchy Stryder, The Prodigy, Mark Ronson, John Newman, Notting Hill Music, Spitfire Audio and Marathon Artists.

At ICMP, we strive to make our students the best prepared they possibly can be for a career in music. To do this, we offer them regular first-hand music industry experiences – the type of education which just can’t be taught in a classroom. We believe that the best way to learn about music is through participation, so we bring the music industry to life for each one of our students, every single day. Our main mission is to make sure that, for our students, starting at ICMP also means starting in the music industry.

So why not immerse yourself in your bass playing with a one-year Higher Diploma in Music Performance at ICMP London? It’s the ultimate space to learn, create and discover your place in the music industry. 

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