Monthly Archives: February 2013

Free Instrument Lesson with National Learn to Play Day at the Institute, London

On Saturday 16th March 2013 the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance will be offering free lessons in guitar, bass, drums and vocals for anybody wishing to try out a new instrument.

National Learn to Play Day, was set up by Music for All; and is run in partnership with the Musicians Union, MusicTeachers.co.uk, Art’s Council England, Take it Away and MusicRadar.com, an initiative to encourage more people to take up an instrument,  by providing people of any age to engage in a free music lesson. Shops all over the country will be opening their doors and offering complimentary lessons in a wide range of instruments.

The Institute will be welcoming people into its state-of-the-art campus in NW London, to have a taster lesson in the instrument of their choice with one of its outstanding faculty members. All Institute tutors are highly experienced and active musicians so this truly is a unique opportunity to be inspired experts. As a world class education provider, the Institute is the perfect place for your first introduction to a musical instrument. Alongside the lessons, there will be many other ways to participate, including a choir and rhythm workshops and performances.

The day will run from 10.00am, with hour long sessions in each instrument, plus a Choir Performance and Workshop.  Participants who are 16yrs and over will be eligible for a 60% discount on Part-Time Courses throughout 2013. Institute Part-Time Courses take place four times a year and run over 10 weeks in acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums, vocals, song writing and music business, helping participants to continue their musical adventure.

Through a partnership between the Institute and DV247, attendees will also receive exclusive packages/deals from DV Acton, West London http://www.dv247.com/westlondon.

To get involved with National Learn to Play Day at the Institute please email bookings@icmp.co.uk to reserve your space. For more information please visit:

National Learn to Play Day

Posted in Education, Events, Music, News

Multi Award-Winning Songwriter for Britany, Kylie and Perry to Visit the Institute London

On Wednesday 13th March 2013 the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and BASCA will be co-hosting a Q&A with five times Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter Cathy Dennis, at the Institute’s state of the art campus in Northwest London.

Cathy has had huge success as both a performing artist and a songwriter. She has penned eight UK Number 1 singles, including “Toxic” for Britney Spears and “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” for Kylie Minogue, and two in the US -“Before Your Love” for Kelly Clarkson and “I Kissed a Girl” for Katy Perry. Cathy also co-wrote the Pop Idol theme and many of the show’s contestants have recorded her songs, including Will Young, Gareth Gates and Clay Aiken.

Cathy will be revealing the secrets of her success at this special event, which is being held exclusively for members of BASCA and students of the Institute.

Songwriting BA Programme leader Sophie Daniels commented:

“We are very pleased to welcome Cathy Dennis to the Institute as part of our ongoing relationship with BASCA. Her huge experience and success as one of the UK’s best known songwriters mean that she can offer invaluable advice and inspiration to our students.’

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Cathy Dennis

Industry experts deliver BA (Hons) in Music Business at the Institute, London

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is preparing for a new intake of students for its esteemed Music Business degree*. The course will be led by some of the industry’s most influential individuals and covers the principles of business and management both generally and in the music sector specifically.

The course gives students the unique opportunity to work hands-on alongside countless musicians, writers and performers, engaging in artist management, A&R, marketing, radio, PR and publishing. This provides students with real world opportunities to manage and learn throughout the course.

Based in the heart of London’s music scene, this custom built degree will give students the unique opportunity to build networks and connections in the centre of the UK music industry. With unrivaled ties to the industry, students will have access to musicians and events throughout the three year period of study from start to finish.

The faculty comprises of specialised tutors and industry professionals with valuable experience from the world of promotion, radio, PR and publishing. Current tutors include marketing specialist Graham Lee, whose career in the music industry has spanned over 23 years beginning at Virgin Records and has since worked in senior roles for Sony Music at Columbia Records and INCredible Records, and Becky Jones, the last front woman of Groove Armada.

Korda Marshall and Steve Ager (successful radio promoter of artists such as Nirvana, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Whitney Houston) are further examples of visiting tutors with the skill and practice to deliver module topics such as ‘marketing principles for music’, ‘music publishing & contracts’ and ‘strategic business management in the music industry’. They will be drawing on their experience and expertise to give students first-hand knowledge of what to expect and how to progress further within the music industry.

Programme leader Ken Foreman said:

I am delighted to be joined by such well established industry professionals and very excited to be a part of this amazing faculty. It’s so important that students looking to work in the music business are provided with the skills and expertise needed to succeed, and what better way to learn than from the most reputable and experienced people in the business”

The course also boasts numerous industry guest speakers including Debs Wild, discoverer and web ambassador of Coldplay, and Mark Gale from Universal Publishing. The programme is also supported by ATC Management, the innovative artist-development organisation set-up by Radiohead manager, Brian Message.

For further information about the BA (Hons) Music Business degree and many other courses, contact the Institute directly:

BA (Hons) in Music Business

Posted in Education, Music, News

ModernBeats Unveils New Sounds + Song Submit Service

Featuring over 365 Pop Radio music loops in construction-style layout, 870+ files in 3 formats (WAV/AIFF/REX2), and 1.36GB in size, ModernBeats delivers “Pop Anthemz 2”. Pop Anthemz Music Loops 2 is structured into 2 popular pop top-40 radio tempos: 126BPM and 132BPM. Each 2 tempo groups contains several multi-track loop themes including 3-7 variations per theme: “Intro1”, “Intro2”, “Hook1”, “Hook2”, “Verse1”, “Verse2”, and “Break”. Each multi-track variation is separated in its individual instrument loop file such as bass, piano, synth1, synth2, strings etc.

‘Pop Anthemz’ comes loaded with a wide variety of contemporary and classic music instruments for pop music production providing users with hundreds of hit-worthy contemporary music performances! Loops are modeled in the style of platinum Pop music artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Lady GaGa, will.i.am, Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, Britney Spears, Kerli, Madonna, and Katy Perry.

‘Pop Anthemz 2’ list of instruments include:

  • Acoustic Guitars
  • Additive Synths
  • Analog Synths
  • Arpeggio Synths
  • Brass Sections
  • Choir Pads
  • Electric Bass
  • Electric Guitars
  • Electric Keyboards
  • Ensemble Strings
  • Ethnic Strings
  • Flute & Woodwinds
  • Harp & Harpsichords
  • Leslie & Organ Pads
  • Marcato Strings
  • Monophonic Glide Synths
  • Orchestral Stabs
  • Phaser & Filter Synths
  • Piano & Rhodes
  • Saw Synth Bass & Leads
  • Sine Wave Sub Bass
  • Sound FX & Vocal FX
  • Square Synth Pads & Leads
  • Sync Synth Pads & Leads
  • Subtractive Synths
  • Vibes & Mallets

The ‘Pop Anthemz 2’ Loop Library is offered as a download, priced at just $29.95. For more info and audio demos, visit: http://www.modernbeats.com.

Modern Beats Pop Anthemz 2

Posted in Loops, News, Recording, Samples

Pop-Rock Royalty Set to Entertain the Institute, London

On 12th February 2013, Paul Winter-Hart and Alex Dickson will visit the Institute to talk exclusively to students about their careers and jamming techniques.

Alex and Paul spent much of the late 90’s jetting around the planet. Paul played drums with chart-topping, BRIT award-winning band Kula Shaker, whilst Alex was touring guitarist of choice with pop royalty Robbie Williams and Iron Maiden’s legendary vocalist, Bruce Dickinson.  Since then Alex has played with a who’s who of music including James Brown, Ben’s Brother and Calvin Harris. Paul, meanwhile, has been equally busy performing with Graham Coxon, Johnathan Jerimiah, Joseph Arthur and Aqualung.

During downtime between tours and records, Paul and Alex having been taking inspiration from their experiences playing with musicians in L.A. and New York, by jamming, writing and mixing together and trying to make sense of the ‘creative process’ involved in these.

In their workshop, Alex and Paul hope to convey how freeform playing can help in the writing process as well as the potential problems of devising music in this way.

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Paul Winter-Hart Alex Dickson