Higher Diploma in Music Performance (1 Year) - Drums - London

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP)

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Fast track your skills with a Higher Diploma in Drums

A Higher Diploma in Music Performance course at ICMP is a great way to progress your drumming by immersing yourself in a fully drum-focused musical learning environment for the period of one year. You may be wanting to accelerate your drum skills in order to start work in the music business; you may see a diploma as the first steps towards an ICMP music degree; or you may simply be after a unique drum-centred gap year… but regardless of your reasons, studying a Higher Diploma in Drums at ICMP London will be a year packed full of musical events and challenges you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

As an ICMP Higher Diploma Drums student, you’ll become skilled at playing a wide range of different drum styles and will take part in lessons where you’ll learn drum techniques, percussion, improvisation, sight reading and how to play as part of a rhythm section. You’ll also study core music subjects, such as harmony, theory and aural skills, and will gain a comprehension of the context of modern music and how today’s music industry operates. All of the theory you learn will be put to the test in Live Performance Workshops every week, where you’ll partner up with your fellow classmates to progress your performance talents on stage.

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

As an ICMP Higher Diploma drums student, you’ll have access to a huge range of industry-standard equipment available to hire for use in our free-to-book rehearsal facilities. We offer an amazing selection of pro-kits by brands including DW, Mapex and Tama; cymbals from Zildjian and Paiste; and e-kits and trigger pads by Roland and Yamaha.

You’ll also have the chance to take part in a range of unique industry-related career development opportunities, thanks to our exclusive partnership with London’s Tileyard Studios – the UK’s biggest professional music community and home to artists and companies including Mark Ronson, John Newman, Tinchy Stryder, The Prodigy, Spitfire Audio, Notting Hill Music 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 drumming 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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