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Audio Production

Our Electronic Music department is designed to ensure our students can experiment, create and become the artists and producers they want to be. We have some of the UK’s top producers and artists that teach on our courses, all of them dedicated to music and to helping you reach your goals. We’re also very proud of our unique collaboration with Toolroom records, one of the world’s most innovative dance music brands.

Bass

As a bassist at WaterBear, you’ll likely to be in high demand as we’ve usually got lots of bands and artists looking for decent Bass players! We keep our class sizes smaller and you’ll be plugging into your own Ampeg amp in class, for personal monitoring. You’ll also get regular time playing live on stage, with access to a range of amps from top quality manufacturers including Ampeg, Ashdown and Marshall, for all the power and tone you’ll need to cover any situation.

Business & Innovation

What does it take to have a sustainable career in the music industry? That’s the question we’ll answer in order to create your own personalised career pathway through the music industry.  Understanding the details of how to construct a long and prosperous career is at the heart of teaching and learning in our Business & Innovation department. We’ll work with you to build your own authentic brand, something at the heart of any successful business. We’ll also explore which business and commercial models are right for you.

Drums

If you really want to play great drums, you’ll need to get regular time behind an acoustic kit. That’s why all drum students at WaterBear learn in small groups of no more than 5, in a dedicated drum room on professional-standard acoustic kits. You’ll also need regular access to great tutors, and at WaterBear, we have some of the best tutors and mentors operating in the UK today.

Electronic Music

Our Electronic Music department is designed to ensure our students can experiment, create and become the artists and producers they want to be. We have some of the UK’s top producers and artists that teach on our courses, all of them dedicated to music and to helping you reach your goals.  We’re also very proud of our unique collaboration with Toolroom records, one of the world’s most innovative dance music brands.

Guitar

At WaterBear, we take guitar seriously. Guitarists will learn in small groups of no more than 12, with every musician plugged into a Boss Katana for personal monitoring. You can also reference a variety of vintage and modern valve amps, from AC30’s and Plexi’s to a selection of Victory heads and cabs. To reach your full potential, you’ll need to be taught by great tutors. At WaterBear, we have some of the best tutors and mentors operating in the UK today – just take a look at their CVs

Songwriting

Songwriters at WaterBear will get to explore many different approaches to the various aspects of songwriting and composition. Creative spark, lyric writing, music theory, structure and arrangement, rhythm, melody and harmony, together with pre- and post-production techniques all form part of what you’ll be learning. Make sure you check out our roster of tutors and mentors too, all professionals with incredible CVs who are there to help you achieve your goals.

Vocals

As a student of vocals at WaterBear, you’ll be getting a tailored learning experience that’s designed to support and encourage individual personal development. You’ll get to explore the full capabilities of your voice and develop of a wide repertoire to broaden your vocal range and boost confidence. Our team of vocal tutors and mentors, all working professionals with incredible CVs, will provide you with valuable insights and perspectives via masterclasses, workshops, lectures, and 1-1 mentoring.

2022 Prospectus

Want to know about our BA (Hons) music degree and master’s courses in more detail? The latest 2022 WaterBear Prospectus is available to order. Just fill out the form and we’ll get one sent to you.

Meet the Tutors and Mentors

At WaterBear, we’re proud to work with some of the industry’s most accomplished music professionals. Tutors and mentors who are all highly experienced at every level of the music industry. Check out their information below. As working professionals, the tutoring team may be subject to occasional change and availability may vary.

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Kieron Pepper

Director of Artist Development and Mentor

Performance and Songwriting
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Aidan Hampson

Tutor and Mentor

Amba Tremain

Tutor and Mentor

Vocals
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Joe Newman

Head of Electronic Music & Business

Electronic Music
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Rasha Shaheen

Director of Education

Business and Innovation
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George Donoghue

Head of Audio Production and Mentor

Audio Production
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Hannah Boulton

Tutor and Mentor

Vocals and Songwriting
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Jade Williams

Tutor and Mentor

Vocals
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Pete Riley

Tutor

Tom Stevens

Senior Programme Manager (BA) and Tutor

Business and Innovation
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Matt White

Tutor and Mentor

Guitar / Business and Innovation
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Martin Tibbetts

Tutor and Mentor

Business and Innovation
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Georgia Train

Tutor and Mentor

Songwriting / Business and Innovation
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Sam Bell

Tutor and Mentor

Guitar
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Adam Bushell

Co-Founder and CEO

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Bruce John Dickinson

Founder Director

Guitar
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Liam Colin Kearley

Tutor

Drums / Live Performance
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Demelza Mather

Tutor

Toby Moore

Head of MA Entrepreneurship

Business and Innovation
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Georgie Palzeaird

Head of Student Experience

Radio Presenter and Journalist
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Ruth Daniel

Tutor and Mentor

Business and Innovation
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Pat Heath

Tutor

Guitar
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Kat Ward

BA Programme Officer

Business and Innovation
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Lulu Minns

Mentor

Business and Innovation
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Dan Harvey

Mentor

Business and Innovation
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Stacey Haber

Mentor

Business and Innovation
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Steve Hillier

Tutor

Songwriting
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Kieran Daniel

Tutor

Jack Kingslake

Tutor

Electronic Music
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John Hart

Tutor and Mentor

Business and Innovation
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Rob Town

Tutor

Business and Innovation
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Mark Roberts

Tutor

Audio Production
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Abi D’Arcy

Tutor

Songwriting and Vocals
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Lisa McKeown

Tutor

Business and Innovation
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Nick Williams

Tutor

Songwriting
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George Holliday

Tutor

Songwriting
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Megan Sayer

Tutor and Mentor

Vocals
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Claire Spooner

Tutor

Electronic Music
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Sam Coveney

Tutor

Audio Production & Live Sound
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Adam Goodlet

Tutor and Mentor

Audio Production
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Toby Lawrence

Mentor

Tim Belcher

Tutor

Electronic Music
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Stuart Brewer

Tutor and Mentor

Guitar and Electronic Music
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WaterBear Guests

Some of our former students
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Rabea Massaad

Guitar
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Mark Richardson

Drums
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Sophie Burrell

Guitar
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Paul Turner

Bass
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Dale Davis

Bass
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Melanie Howard

Bass
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James Fitchett

Electronic Music
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Jo Garland

Vocalist
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Bryan Chambers

Vocalist
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Samuel Organ

Electronic Music and Songwriting
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Dave Colquhoun

Guitar
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Ben Ash

Guitar
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Greyum May

Bass / Electronic Music
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Billy Mauseth

Electronic Music
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- ‘Water bear’ is the common name for a Tardigrade.
- Tardigrades are micro creatures, found everywhere on earth.
- They are the most resilient creatures known.
- They can survive and adapt to their surroundings, even in outer space.
- Their resilience and ability to adapt and survive inspires us in everything we do. We love them.

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