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    Hi everyone!

    I'm new here and have recently decided to look into studying songwriting at a connected industry college. Seems like the above three are the best in London.

    I would very much like a comparison of the degree courses, or even HE degrees if anyone has any experiences they'd like to share, for example module content, that'd be great!

    I have already auditioned at BIMM London and have been recommended a place, but was a little put off by how much the assessor rushed me through it and didnt even both to listen to my songs all the way through, but perhaps this was just an off day. Bit worried though as I have seen some bad reviews on this place. I really liked it when I first visited though.

    I'd like a course that allows me to brush up on my other instrumental skills too, whether through tutorials or non credit modules if necessary. It seems like BIMM doesnt give you much in the way of theory/aural too? How does that compare to ICMP?

    Basically, I want to learn something and be worthwhile my time, but I also really want a place with excellent industry connections, and lots of opportunities.

    I also saw that ACM metropolis does a Songwriting with Creative Artistry two year accelerated degree. This looks great, and as my second degree would be great as only 2 years . Has anyone taken this course? And does it go into depth of songwriting at all? Is it less connected with industry and other students, with only being that one course at that campus?

    Many thanks!

    Hi, i have the same questions with you and I got offers from bimm icmp and acm in songwriting degree. If you have taken a decision and you could share your reasons please do so as I need to take my decisions and I don't know where to start from, they all seem the same except acm London where it seems too small to me so I rejected it.
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    I'd just like to introduce Echo Factory in Leicester as an alternative music school for you to consider...
    Echo Factory was launched by top music industry professionals who have an excellent understanding of how to prepare students for a successful yet realistic career in today's competitive music world.
    Our BMus (Hons) Contemporary Music Performance degree takes a bespoke, personalised approach with plenty of 1:1 tuition from our team of specialists to ensure you make leaps and bounds in your chosen field. The courses are flexible, offering you the opportunity to flourish in the musical path of your choosing.
    The degree features a huge songwriting element but also focusses on individual musicianship; allowing you to become a well-rounded, accomplished performer ready to launch a career. You will also cover music culture and history, gain a strong understanding of all musical genres and receive accessible music theory tuition.
    Echo Factory students get plenty of studio time to really hone composition, tracking and production skills (essential for any successful songwriter these days). Students also get the chance to launch their careers via Echo Factory's own record label.
    Auditions are relaxed, supportive and feature 1:1 tuition from a specialist tutor. We really care about each candidate as an individual and want to give you the chance to shine. Each auditionee is given 45 mins so we can get to know each other and you can ask any questions you would like. We certainly don't hurry our candidates out the door! You can enjoy a tour of our excellent facilities, studios, live venue and enjoy a cuppa in our cafe.
    Leicester is just an hour from London on the train and the cost of living is loads cheaper. We know that, as a student, finance is a big issue. We want to make studying for a music career accessible so we've made our courses excellent value for money at less than £6k per year.
    We also offer a BA Hons Music Business course. All our degrees are accredited by the University of Wolverhampton.
    We are still accepting entries for our 2017 courses. Don't panic if you have already maxed out your UCAS choices. You can apply through UCAS extra, which gives you two more options.

    Check us out here: http://www.echofactory.co.uk/

    Please do give me a shout if you'd like some more info.

    Best wishes,

    Echo Factory

    Heyy,So I'm on the ACM songwriting course ( first year)Although it has its downfalls, organisation of the couse is defo one,I'd honestly recommend it! If not entirely because I've known plenty of people move over from Bimm to our courseThe lecturers are all amazing. The songcraft lecturer specifically is awesome. I can't speak much of bimm other than the horror stories from bad experiences others have told me but I've heard ICMP have better access to facilities but it's in a bad area and the lecturers are a bit of a let down. My opinion may be a bit bias though as I'm not enorlled there Also the two year degree at ACM is an obvious benefit as you save a lot of money. It's a great environment but is pretty chilled- might be a pro or a con depending on how you learn. As with all places you put in what you get out of it.

    ICMP is my recommendation, although I do performance not composition

    I've chosen icmp just because the facilities are amazing and the tutors are very kind and friendly. I think the organisational part is very good aswell! They always contact me to see how I'm getting on or for any other enquiries. Overall, I think I made the best choice I could do speaking of London schools.
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