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WaterBear Music College Triumphs in Its First Year in Sheffield



One year after its inception, WaterBear - The College of Music has significantly impacted Sheffield's music scene. With enrollment expected to double to 220 MA and BA students in 2024, the college is rapidly becoming a cornerstone of Sheffield's creative industries. WaterBear represents a new wave of educational institutions, offering tailor-made BA and MA degree courses for future musicians and music industry professionals. The college provides a unique, highly personalised education delivered by industry professionals, designed to empower students to build successful careers in the music industry.


Over the past year, WaterBear has been provided an extensive array of opportunities, from high-profile performances to invaluable industry internships. Students have participated in a range of activities, from MA and BA postgraduate events to performing at major city festivals such as Tramlines, Sharrow Festival, and Sheffield Food Festival. WaterBear's commitment to integrating students into Sheffield's renowned music industry is evident through their involvement in prestigious venues and events around the city. This includes internships at Rock n Roll Circus and Corporation, as well as partnerships with local festivals such as Tramlines and the upcoming Peddler Market. WaterBear students also recently performed at Sheffield's Food Festival and are set to play at the Sharrow Festival on July 6th.


Alice Ede

Beyond performance opportunities, WaterBear is dedicated to providing experience in all areas of the music and events industry. In this vein, WaterBear students volunteered at Migration Matters Festival last month. Several WaterBear Sheffield students are making waves in the local music scene and beyond. Alice Ede, performing with the Leadmill Orchestra, is scheduled to appear on the main stage at Tramlines this summer. Hip-hop artist Kid Blu3 has not only performed at Sidney & Matilda but also live for BBC Introducing, showcasing her growing influence in the local music scene. In the new academic year, WaterBear Sheffield will continue to create more exciting opportunities and partnerships, ensuring that its students have the best possible start to their music careers.


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