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 the UK today – just take a look at their CVs.
We use a range of drums and cymbals from top quality manufacturers including Tama, Drum Workshop, Yamaha, Gretsch, Pearl and Ludwig. Cymbals are by Zildjian and Paiste.
We also provide military-grade practice pads by Bill Sanders, for that all-important pad work, essential for keeping your hands in trim.
Although WaterBear provides all necessary equipment for you to use in classes and live performances, we also recommend all drummers coming to study here should have regular access to their own gear. This is because it’s very likely you’ll be doing your own gigs soon after you start with us, if you aren’t already. Other essentials every drummer must have include a metronome, practice pad and ear protection, as we all know how loud drums can be – which is one of the reasons we love them.
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.
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.
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