Why choose Bass?

LEARN ALL ABOUT BIMM'S BASS COURSES

Great bassists are born at BIMM. Whether you take our two-year diploma or three-year degree, you’ll leave with everything you need to break into the music industry and carve out a fast-lane career with your flight case in your hand. Your BIMM bass course goes far deeper than slapping and popping. Our expert tutors are here to give you the specialist knowledge, invaluable contacts and multi-faceted skillset to unlock every door in the modern music industry.

Perhaps you aspire to be a gun-for-hire on the fast-paced session scene. Maybe you’ve got a hard-drive full of demos but need help to turn them into a world-beating album. You might be here to develop the instrumental chops to walk into any line-up, have a burning desire to teach, or your sights set on the live circuit. Whatever ambition brings you to BIMM, our comprehensive courses are laser-focused on bringing your performance and business abilities beyond the levels that employers demand.

This is BIMM. You’d expect the most respected tutors and the highest levels of modern music tuition. But your bass course doesn’t end in the teaching room. Study at any of our eight international colleges and you’ll dive deep into the BIMM community, enjoying a life full of music as you and your peers collaborate on projects, share the stage and hit the town.

If bass is your passion, then BIMM is your launch-pad. Take your first step to a life in music.

WHAT TO EXPECT

All killer. No filler. BIMM’s bass courses are structured to help you develop as a musician and industry professional. Every step of the way, you’ll be guided by our expert tutors – all current and respected artists with years of expertise to pass on. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go off the map, with a varied curriculum designed to prep your skill-set for employment.

In the modern industry, bulletproof live performance is a core skill for any professional bassist. As such, you can expect to spend plenty of time onstage in the Live Performance Workshop module, developing your live craft and finding your identity as a performer.

We believe that a watertight knowledge of all musical styles makes for an industry-ready bassist. That’s why a BIMM bass course will hone your skills across the board, with tuition in Technical Development, Theory, Ear Training and Session Styles, running the gamut from pop and R’n’B to folk and punk.

Our courses are both academically and musically challenging, providing the perfect balance between practical and technical skills, theory and analysis. When your hands aren’t on a fretboard, you’ll be exploring and developing potential career pathways through research and professional projects, learning the vital business skills that drive the modern industry.

You’ll want to plug into one-of-a-kind networking opportunities and collaborate with like-minded fellow musicians during your time on the course. And that couldn’t be easier, with access to the BIMM Connect service letting you hook up fast with fellow student, alumni, bandmates, songwriting collaborators, press agents, artist managers, event promoters and producers.

One size doesn’t fit all – so BIMM’s bass course puts you in control, tailoring the content to hit your own personal targets. Some students will max out their CV with a choice of optional modules including Solo Performance, Music Business Studies, Music Teaching Practice, Online Music and more. Others will diversify their skill-set with our five-week, mid-term BIMM Extra mini modules: choose from areas as varied as Music Production, Photoshop and Video Editing, Mindfulness Techniques, Essay Writing Skills, Entrepreneurship – and more.

Masterclasses

At BIMM, you’ll learn from the best. Alongside our industry-leading tutors, BIMM’s regular masterclasses get you up close and personal with the bass players at the top of the tree. But don’t come to a BIMM masterclass expecting autographs and hot air. Our A-list hosts are here to share their hard-won knowledge, offer up their brains for picking, give you the career hacks you won’t find in any textbook and guide you around the pitfalls.

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MORE THAN JUST A PERFORMANCE COURSE

Chops aren’t everything. While you’ll certainly develop a bulletproof mastery of your instrument at BIMM, our bass course goes further. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the complete skill-set you need to hit the ground running and make your mark in the industry – thanks to a wealth of opportunities beyond your day-to-day teaching.

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What Our Students Say

Kieran McCabe : BIMM Bristol

I chose to do the Bass course in Bristol as it seemed to be aimed at really pushing you to go further and expand technically and creatively! And I can safely say this has worked for me as I hadn’t been playing bass for long when I joined and I’m now confident enough to get up and perform at gigs and jam nights! The course really helps you to find your own unique style while also really focusing on giving you the skills to become a great bass player!
The course has given me loads of great opportunities; I’m playing on a fairly regular basis with several bands both in and out of Bristol. As well as this I was given the chance to be a Student Rep in first year and carried that on in to second and third year. This is something I’ve found to be an amazing experience as it’s let me be able to really take an active role in BIMM and see how effective the student voice is in BIMM as there have been issues that have been raised in the rep meetings that we’ve seen acted on in weeks, if not days! I’d highly recommend that anyone applies to be a student rep as it’s a great experience!

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Awesome Alumni

Don’t believe the clichés. Life as a successful pro bassist isn’t just about glitz, glamour and stadium shows. It’s about dedication, practice, networking, versatility, tenacity, collaboration, smart business decisions, self-promotion – and much more besides.

Nobody knows that better than our BIMM alumni. Our Success Stories page is where we toast their achievements as they forge ahead in the industry. But for a taste of the heights you could hit before the ink even dries on your BIMM degree or diploma, check out the stories of these three bass aces.

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Internships and Opportunities

The best way to learn your trade is by doing it for real – and BIMM’s specialist Careers and Industry teams are here to save you the door-knocking. With a contacts book bulging with industry connections, we can dangle the opportunities that money can’t buy and offer the real-world experience that any upcoming bassist would kill for. Break into the industry’s most respected companies. Hit the stage at the UK’s biggest live events. Gold-plate your CV and kick-start your career, making great first impressions and lasting connections. It all starts when you book a dedicated tutorial spot with the team and tell us your career ambitions.

When you study bass at BIMM, the stage is your second home. Only BIMM students get to enjoy exclusive stage-time and shop-window slots at the biggest international festivals, from Glastonbury, 2000Trees and Liverpool Sound City to The Great Escape and Reeperbahn. And that’s just the start. You’ll also get regular performance opportunities throughout the course, from our famous end-of-term gigs to the local nights scheduled and promoted by our Events Management and Music Business students.

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Choose your course
and location

You want in. Smart move. But where do you want to study?

Wherever you find a thriving music scene, you’ll find a BIMM college. We have eight locations to study guitar across the UK and Europe, all in buzzing music cities that move to their own unique beat.

Follow the links below to start your application to BIMM – and launch your career in music.

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Brighton

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Bass

At BIMM Brighton, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great bass player, so you’ll…

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Dublin

BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music – Bass

This four-year programme aims to develop your performance skills at the same time as progressing your career goals, using a…

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Dublin

CPD Diploma in Professional Musicianship – Bass

This one-year practical and vocational course is ideal if you want to further your musical abilities on a part-time basis…

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Manchester

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Bass

At BIMM Manchester, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great bass player, so you’ll…

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London

BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance – Bass

The bass programme combines high-level instrumental study with the opportunity to engage with music technology, songwriting skills, and a wide range…

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London

Diploma in Popular Music Performance – Bass

This one-year practical and vocational course is equivalent to two ‘A’ Levels, and covers tuition across everything from technique and…

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Brighton

BIMM Academy

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Brighton

Artist Development Diploma in Music Performance – Bass

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A-levels, and is all about developing your performance skills and musical style,…

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Bristol

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Bass

At BIMM Bristol, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great bass player, so you’ll…

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Berlin

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Bass

The bass programme combines instrumental study with the opportunity to develop collaborative and entrepreneurial skills while performing a wide range…

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London

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Bass

At BIMM London, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great bass player, so you’ll…

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Birmingham

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Bass

At BIMM Birmingham, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great bass player, so you’ll…

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Brighton

First Diploma in Modern Music – Bass Guitar

This Level 2 practical and vocational course is equivalent to four GCSEs, and aims to develop your confidence as a…

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Birmingham

Artist Development Diploma in Music Performance – Bass

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A levels, and is all about developing your performance skills and musical…

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Manchester

Artist Development Diploma in Music Performance – Bass

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A levels, and is all about developing your performance skills and musical…

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Hamburg

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Bass

The bass programme combines instrumental study with the opportunity to develop collaborative and entrepreneurial skills while performing a wide range…

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Bristol

Artist Development Diploma in Music Performance – Bass

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A-levels, and is all about developing your performance skills and musical style,…

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Brighton

Diploma in Events and Sound Production

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A levels, and is designed to develop your sound production skills and…

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Manchester

Diploma in Events and Sound Production

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A levels, and is designed to develop your sound production skills and…

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