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Departments

Click on the boxes below to find out more about what you can expect in each department at WaterBear.

Audio Production

Music production skills have become an essential tool of the modern music professional. Whether you want to record and produce music for a living, or simply want to make better sounding demos, knowing how to create audio that sounds great is essential. Our Audio Production department is home to some of the most innovative music production tutors and mentors operating in the UK today. They’re all here to help and guide you on your journey to become the producer or artist you want to be.

Bass

WaterBear bassists are in generally high demand and often find themselves playing with lots of bands and artists. Bass classes are kept 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.

Music Business

Music is one of the UK’s greatest exports and, consequently, the UK music industry is vibrant, thriving place in which to make a career. There are many varied job roles in the industry, in addition to musicians and artists. Today’s musicians often enjoy portfolio careers, managing several different activities and income streams. This approach is central to the WaterBear ethos and all our students, whether you’re into making music or the business of music, will learn all about how today’s music industry works.

Drums

If you really want to play great drums, you’ll need to get regular time on 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, guitarists will learn in small groups of no more than 12, with every musician plugged into their own Boss Katana amp 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.

Songwriting

Songwriters at WaterBear will get to explore many different methods and approaches to 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 top professionals 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.

Our Prospectus

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

Music Industry Guests

Music industry guest visits take place throughout the year, showcasing some of the best artists and innovators in today’s music. Our guest programme varies each year and some of our recent guests are shown below.
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Rabea Massaad

Frogleap
The Totemist
Stormzy
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Sophie Burrell

PRS Guitars
D'Addario
EVH Gear
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Dale Davis

Amy Winehouse
Emelie Sandé
Mark Ronson
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Melanie Howard

The Wedding Present
Such Small Hands
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James Fitchett

Toolroom
Beatport
Ministry of Sound
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Samuel Organ

The Physics House Band
Alt-J
Caroline Polachek
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Dave Colquhoun

Rick Wakeman
Ian Brown
Brian May
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Ben Ash

Carcass
Slayer
Testament
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Greyum May

Keepers Brew
Ozric
Tentacles
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Why We're WaterBear...

- ‘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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Tel: +44 (0) 1273 726230

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49 Eyre Lane, Sheffield S1 4RB, UK

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WaterBear Education Ltd, Hanover House,
118 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG, UK  Map

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 1273 726230

WaterBear Sheffield, Unit 4, Gatecrasher,
49 Eyre Lane, Sheffield S1 4RB, UK

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 1143 992720

Why We're WaterBear...

- ‘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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