Music Schools UK

stevedrum

Member
Hey guys,

I've been taking private drums lessons, mostly via Skype for the last 6 years and I've now decided to move to London to undertake a degree programme.

I've been offered a spot at three different schools:
A Bachelor course at ACM
A Masters course at ICMP (The Institute)
A Master course at BIMM

I need some advice - which school is the best from these three?

Thanks!
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
I don't know the schools but it seems they are offering two different programs. Which are you interested in?
 

mikyok

Platinum Member
My advice would be to see which one has the best drum teacher and how much performance time you get.

A lot of unis just want the £9000 a year tuition fees without offering anything special.

My recommendation would be the conservatoire in Birmingham. Malcolm Garrett teaches there and he made me 10x the player I was when I started Uni. He's a Moeller Technique specialist and is the nicest bloke you could wish to meet!

Avoid my old Uni in Wolves like the plague it does a specialist Pop Music course now but the standard of playing is crap compared to when they just did straight Music with Pop Music as a secondary subject.
 

tcspears

Gold Member
Find out which music school specializes in what you are looking to do. For example, If you want to be a jazz player and composer, find the school that emphasizes in jazz and composition.

When I was looking at music schools in Boston, it was between the 4 big music schools in Boston, and only one really focused on jazz and musicology. If I wanted to know more about the music business, or rock/pop I would've gone to a different school. It's really up to you to find the school that fits your goals.
 

Magenta

Platinum Member
I wouldn't touch BIMM with somebody else's bargepole: after undergoing a rigorous audition, a friend of mine was horrified to be taught in his first class that the notes are called A, B, C, D, E, F and G. He completed the year because he'd paid for it, but was completely underwhelmed and didn't go back, and at least one of his friends quit too . I never heard him say anything about the place that wasn't negative.
 

tcspears

Gold Member
I wouldn't touch BIMM with somebody else's bargepole: after undergoing a rigorous audition, a friend of mine was horrified to be taught in his first class that the notes are called A, B, C, D, E, F and G. He completed the year because he'd paid for it, but was completely underwhelmed and didn't go back, and at least one of his friends quit too . I never heard him say anything about the place that wasn't negative.
BIMM seems like it's geared towards the music industry. I had some friends that did the Singer/Songwriter program at Berklee, and it really just teaches you the basic skills needed to be a pop star.
 
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