Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Popular Music Performance - Keys BMus (Hons) BMus (Hons)
Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The ICMP BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance degree is for students who aspire to reach the highest levels of musicianship, while building a successful, sustainable career as a portfolio musician in today ’s modern and diverse music industry. A dynamic, challenging and relevant programme, this course will provide you with the playing, performing, business, technical and theoretical skills necessary to prepare you for the real world of the career musician. The study of established genres, styles and repertoire sits at the core of the BMus degree, and you’ll develop a wide and comprehensive understanding of genre conventions through study of your principal instrument, aimed at enabling you to succeed in a wide range of performance and music-making contexts. The course covers a variety of learning activities in subject areas such as; music theory, music technology, music production, aural perception, technique and sight reading. While you’ll be challenged to achieve outstanding technical skills on your primary instrument, you’ll also be encouraged to explore a secondary instrument, which may include backing vocals, keyboards or vocal arrangement, all with the aim of guiding you towards becoming a well-rounded, technically accomplished musician. Over the three years of the degree, you’ll receive tuition from our world-class teaching faculty, made up of highly esteemed musicians, all of whom have active careers in the music industry and higher education sector.

Learning will be achieved in small groups, where collaboration is encouraged to enable a melting pot of ideas, experiences and influences to be explored. Via live performance workshops, you’ll develop a strong camaraderie with your fellow BMus classmates, and will also be inspired to network and create projects with students from other ICMP programmes. You will receive feedback individually, in small groups and as part of larger ensembles. Your tutors will also provide you with a working knowledge of the way the music industry operates, thanks to regular masterclasses, industry events, visits by special guest musicians, and ICMP’s connection with the wider London music industry. By the time you graduate with ICMP, you’ll be fluent in the language of popular music, capable of working in creative and collaborative music business environments, ready to explore exciting industry pathways to begin your professional career, and will have an impressive and professional portfolio of work to present to the industry. You can progress directly from this course to a career in the music industry in areas such as session recording, international touring, musical theatre, function bands, library music and music education, or you can progress your studies with an ICMP Master's degree.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 127 graduates of Popular Music Performance - Keys BMus (Hons) BMus (Hons) at Institute of Contemporary Music Performance for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Music.

Overall student satisfaction
52 /100
127 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Music

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19045 £17710 £21517
25-75 percentile range £15951 - £23247 £12504 - £22119 £15656 - £27019

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Popular Music Performance - Keys BMus (Hons), BMus (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Popular Music Performance - Keys BMus (Hons) BMus (Hons) at Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

42% Artistic, literary and media occupations
11% Teaching Professionals
8% Skilled trades occupations
8% Elementary occupations
6% Sales occupations
3% Managers, directors and senior officials
3% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
2% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
2% Other Educational Professionals
2% Media Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

International students will typically hold a relevant equivalent qualification, please check your qualification with our Admissions team. In addition, you should hold a relevant English language qualification equivalent to CEFR Level B2. ICMP are able t

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at the ICMP are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. We have developed together with valued partners several scholarship
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Tuition Fees Popular Music Performance - Keys BMus (Hons) BMus (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
International £13750 year 1

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

Dyne Road
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Main Site - 1B Dyne Road
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