Music Technology students at Newbury College were treated to their first offline visit today as guest speakers from WaterBear College of Music came in to share their experience and get students thinking about the wide range of roles in the UK music industry.

Based in Brighton, WaterBear is a College of Falmouth University, a specialist Higher Education provider for the creative industries, offering a range of music degree and master's courses designed for today's musicians.

Demelza Mather, a session drummer for English rock band The Wytches, and Tom Shrimpton, a backline technician with a Master’s Degree in Music Industry Business, led the presentation with a brief history on how digital technology has changed the music industry and opened up new opportunities for people with a variety of different skills.

Programme Leader for Music Technology and practicing musician, Matt Foster, said: “This is a great opportunity for students to get some fantastic industry insight from people who not only work in the industry, but also understand the progression routes available. The students found real value in having this personal interaction with other professionals, especially having the opportunity to ask questions and benefit from their experience.”

Newbury College prides itself in forming partnerships with industry specialists that enhance the learning experience with visits, work placements and other career development opportunities. Contact us to find out how you can get involved.