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

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Higher Diploma in Music Performance - Guitar Course

Fast track your skills.

A Higher Diploma in Music Performance course at ICMP London is a great way to progress your guitar playing by immersing yourself in a fully guitar-focused musical learning environment for the period of one year. You may be wanting to accelerate your guitar skills in order to start work in the music industry; you may see a Higher Diploma as the first steps towards an ICMP music degree; or you may simply be after a unique guitar-centred gap year… but regardless of your reasons, studying a Higher Diploma in Guitar at ICMP London will be a year full of musical experiences and challenges you’ll never forget.

As an ICMP Higher Diploma Guitar student, you’ll become skilled at performing across a wide range of guitar styles and will take part in lessons where you’ll learn guitar techniques, sight reading, improvisation and how to play as part of a rhythm section. You’ll also study musical foundation subjects, such as harmony, theory and aural skills, and will gain an understanding of the context of popular music and how today’s music industry works. All of your theoretical teachings will be put to the test regularly in weekly Live Performance Workshops, where you’ll join forces with your fellow classmates to develop your performance skills on stage.

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

You’ll have access to a wide range of industry-standard equipment, available to hire and use in our rehearsal facilities – which themselves are free to use and easily bookable. We offer a huge selection of pro-amps, including vintage classics like Vox, Fender and Orange brands, and modern classics such as Blackstar and Victory, as well as effects pedals and guitars provided by some of the best names in music.

As an ICMP Higher Diploma student, 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 London, we strive to make our students the best prepared they possibly can be for a career in music. To do this, we offer 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 guitar 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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