Artist Development Certificate in Music Performance


This one-year vocational course is equivalent to two A-levels, and is all about developing your songwriting technique, improving your performance skills and musical style, getting yourself noticed by connecting with the music industry, and steadily building your confidence towards that of a professional musician.

You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of the way the music industry works, plus will study music theory, music history, and musicianship skills, such as sight reading and ear training. All in all, it’s a fantastic grounding to understand modern music and the industry that surrounds it.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn in a creative environment where you’ll develop strong connections with fellow aspiring musicians, and will be guided by your tutors and prominent music industry professionals to help steer you towards your future career or study goals.

Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL qualification, and the certificate is a great gateway to either taking your first steps in a music industry career, or continuing on with study in the form of a music degree at BIMM.

So, what are you waiting for? To make your way as a songwriter, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.

Year 1

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • Arrangement Analysis and Composition

    In this lesson you’ll learn about the composition of different musical styles and explore the historical movements where they were brought to life. These skills will then be put into practice as you develop you own arrangement and compositional ability.

  • Studio Skills

    The studio is a second home to many songwriters and in this lesson we want for you to learn the theoretical and practical aspects to studio recording and sequencing.

  • Ear Training

    Ear training is all about sharpening the ear for in-depth song analysis. In it you’ll be taught various listening and theory skills. These skills will not only teach you new ways of appreciating and understanding music, it will also help you on your way to becoming a better, more employable, musician.

  • Music Industry Career Development

    It’s important to remember that there’s much more to being successful in music than your discipline alone. In this lesson you’ll learn all about the music industry and start to prepare yourself for a future within it.

  • Pre-Production

    Pre-Production encourages the preparation of both classic and original songs to professional standards. You’ll deconstruct songs and pay close attention to the lyrics, melody, arrangement and harmonies all in preparation for your Live Performance Workshop lesson.

  • Live Performance Workshop (LPW)

    This is where you get to put your hard work in Pre-Production to the test. You’ll perform your tracks with a house band, reviewing and refining your performances along the way. Doing this on a regular basis will help you become a confident, well prepared, professional performer and songwriter.

  • Performance Preparation

    In Performance Preparation you’ll look at all of the aspects that go towards a great performance. This goes beyond LPW and you’ll be looking at all the factors that make up successful performances, such as band forming, rehearsal techniques, promotion, marketing, tour management, stage management, budgeting and more.

  • Extended Studies

    Extended Studies gives the opportunity to recap and expand on the information covered in the course. It’s also a great chance for us to bring guest speakers in to help further your education and ensure you’re prepared for a future in the music industry.

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Minimum requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills.

After this course:


Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry, or can continue their study with a BA (Hons) in Songwriting.

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All applications can be made directly via the BIMM Admissions Team. To request an assessment call 0844 2 646 666. All students will be invited to attend an individual assessment.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Length of course:
1 year
Awarding institution:
Teaching institution:
BIMM Berlin
Language of study:
Final award and exit awards:
Level 3 Certificate for Music Practitioners Songwriting Pathway
Admissions criteria:
Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills.
BIMM Berlin

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From launching the career of Oasis and scoring nine Top 40 singles with the band Sleeper, to winning a Mercury Music Prize and knocking Take That off the top spot, BIMM tutors have done it all. One even has the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as her real life godfather! Imagine what you could achieve with direct access to their knowledge, guidance, experience and enviable industry connections!

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