Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Creative Musicianship (Cert HE) - Keys CertHE
Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This fun and exciting one-year course lets you build strong foundations in technical keyboard skills, musical literacy and performance creativity quickly, as you strive to become a well-rounded professional portfolio musician. A hands-on and highly personalised course, your focus will be on the keyboards, as you collaborate with your fellow students studying guitar, bass, vocals and drums.

In a quick-moving and increasingly digital international music scene, there are more opportunities than ever for audiences and performers to join together in innovative new ways. As well as improving your technical and creative abilities, this highly relevant performance CertHE will see you building your digital expertise and entrepreneurial business skills as you launch yourself as a confident and competent keyboardist and musician.

At the centre of your CertHE is proficiency on your principal instrument – keyboards – but you’ll broaden your musical literacy by playing alongside and studying with guitarists, bass players, drummers and vocalists on your course. There are also many opportunities to work and perform with students across all other ICMP programmes.

As you explore popular music repertoire, genres and styles, you’ll gain an impressive understanding of technique, theory and technology for live, recorded and livestreamed performance events. You’ll also consider areas such as stylistic techniques, live performance skills, music technology and the music business.

On top of lectures and seminars, you’ll regularly take part in skills sessions – both one-on-one with your ICMP keyboard tutor, and during ensemble practice and collaborative workshops with peers. A core focus at ICMP is teamwork and ‘A&R-style’ peer-to-peer feedback, so you’ll often give and receive performance critiques and use these to develop your individual personality as a keyboard player.

Across your year with us, you’ll learn in ICMP’s well-equipped industry-standard facilities as you’re guided and supported by our expert tutors – all abundantly qualified professional musicians and educators. They’re ready to provide you with detailed insight into the modern music industry and how it operates. They’ll also organise for you to take part in regular music business events, performances at London venues, masterclasses featuring special guest artists and networking opportunities.

At the end of your CertHE studies, you’ll graduate with exceptional technical keyboard skills and substantial live, recorded and remote performance experience, so you’ll be ready to forge a successful career across many areas of the music business. If you’d rather continue with your learning, the course offers a direct path to the second year of the BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance and BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship undergraduate degrees, where you can further develop your skills for a career as a portfolio musician and professional keyboardist.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Creative Musicianship (Cert HE) - Keys, CertHE you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Qualification requirements

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Tuition Fees Creative Musicianship (Cert HE) - Keys CertHE

EU £9250
England UK £9250
Northern Ireland £9250
Scotland £9250
Wales £9250
Channel Islands £9250
Ireland £9250
International £13750

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) is a specialist education provider for numerous subjects related to the world of music, located in the city of London, England. The ICMP began its existence as a place to teach guitar and bass exclusively, but has since evolved to include the education of vocals and drums, as well as the creative process of songwriting and music production in a studio setting.

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Where is this programme taught

Main Site - 1B Dyne Road
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