Having delivered cutting edge contemporary music education for 25 years, the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has announced the launch of a new partnership with the University of Glamorgan. Here's the press release that they have sent us...
From September 2013, the Institute is extending its superior music education experience to Cardiff, the Welsh capital, and in partnership with the University will be creating and offering a new and exciting Bachelor of Music Degree in guitar, bass, vocals and drums.
This new venture will not only provide musicians with a fantastic opportunity to study contemporary music to the highest standards in Wales, it will also allow them access to the University's inspiring facilities and environment. The programme will be delivered at the custom-built ATRiuM campus situated in the heart of Cardiff city centre, allowing students unrivalled access to work alongside fellow music production undergraduates and access to industry standard recording facilities.
Students on the BMus Contemporary Music Performance will also benefit from the opportunity to take an optional Rockschool Licentiate during their final year, allowing them to graduate with an additional and accredited teaching qualification.
Pete Whittard, Operations Director at the Institute, commented "this is a wonderful opportunity for the Institute to partner with the University of Glamorgan in creating a new and exciting degree in Contemporary Music Performance. We know that it will offer a professional pathway into a career in the industry for aspiring musicians and an outstanding undergraduate experience in Cardiff, one of the UK's most exciting cities."
Cardiff offers a diversity of cultural opportunities, is built on a heritage of music and is home to such musical successes as Manic Street Preachers, Tom Jones, The Stereophonics, The Alarm, Bonnie Tyler and Feeder who all continue to inspire generations of music makers.
Professor Peter Robertson, Dean of Faculty for the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries stated that "it is appropriate that we are launching in collaboration with the Institute, a flagship contemporary music performance course during this year when Cardiff plays host to the international WOMEX 2013 music expo and showcase event".
Institute alumni have been playing and performing successfully across the UK for many years with artists such as The Vaccines, Jessie J and Radiohead. The Institute in London boasts an outstanding teaching Faculty with a wealth of music industry experience, and is thrilled to partner with the University of Glamorgan to expand its renowned teaching methods into another important music capital.