Our vibrant one-year postgraduate music course combines the development of advanced performance, musicianship and instrumental talents with innovative academic skills, such as critical thinking, research and independent learning.

The Masters in Music Performance postgraduate course encourages you to develop the highest levels of instrumental expertise, performance abilities, academic research and critical reasoning skills. You’ll also explore your leadership and musical management skills via the role of musical director of an ensemble, culminating in a performance of challenging original and existing repertoire.

This one-year course is aimed at individuals who wish to continue their studies after having already successfully completed their undergraduate degree-level music course. The course is also open to those who already have a vast amount of industry experience and are keen to accomplish an even greater mastery of their instrument.

Across your year of learning, you’ll further develop your instrumental and musicianship skills, focusing on your personal relationship with your instrument and the extension of your technical ability, while exploring your role as a performer in both live and studio environments. This is delivered using a variety of modes of study, including one-to-one lessons, small-group ensemble classes and lectures, and private and group tutorials.

As a masters in music performance student, you’ll enhance your professional development by operating autonomously and engaging in self-directed study, but with guidance and support from members of ICMP’s experienced professional faculty.

Study Details:

MMus one year full-time or two years part-time study

Module Details:

MMus Popular Music Performance students take the following 30 credit modules:

  • Advanced Instrumental Studies (30 Credits)
  • Advanced Ensemble Studies (30 Credits)
  • Studio Performance (30 Credits)

Students also choose one of the following optional* 30 credit modules:

  • Cultural and Philosophical Studies – Option* (30 Credits)
  • Music and Wellbeing – Option* (30 Credits)
  • Investigating Performance Traditions – Option* (30 Credits)

All students take the following 60 credit module:

  • Performance Research Project (60 Credits)

Student Destinations

This course will prepare you for 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 on to further academic study in music.


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Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will typically have gained a good Honours degree (upper second or first) or equivalent in music and will be able to demonstrate advanced musicianship across a broad range of theoretical, technical, practical and conceptual competencies.

ICMP also welcomes applications from established practitioners who are keen to undertake study at the postgraduate level but who may not possess a degree in music. Students wishing to apply through this route should contact our Admissions team in the first instance for further advice.

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