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Meet our Music Tutors

We’d like to introduce you to our Music tutors!

We are proud to have a professional team of tutors who are passionate about making a difference to the lives and careers of all our students.

Our tutors come from various backgrounds, each with something different to offer our students.

 

Dan Foord

Since 2001 Dan has performed at the highest level from Arena support tours with Slipknot, a Stadium support with Slayer to main stage Download, to many extensive UK Headlining tours. Also touring the USA, South America, Europe, India, Nepal, Japan, Australia, South Africa and the Philippines.

As a recording artist Dan has been making records for over 15 years with Sikth and others including Iron Maidens Adrian Smith, Deftones Steph Carpenter. Dan is an experienced clinician and also teaches at BIMM London, having previously taught at Drumtech and ACM. In 2014 Dan self-released his own drum instructional book and DVD, developed from his own drum exercises based on his unique style of drumming.

 

 

Dan Morgan

Dan is our Technical Coordinator, overseeing and carrying out repairs and upgrades in our industry-standard facilities. Alongside this technical role, Dan is the Studio Manager for ‘Hempstead Road Studios’, the creative hub of our department. Outside of West Herts College, Dan works as a technician and engineer setting up and working on stages at festivals such as Glastonbury.

 

 

 

Jason Houlihan

I’m a multi-instrumentalist and former West Herts music student who achieved distinctions at Level 2 and 3. Since 2010 I have written music in a variety of genres and bands and touring the UK, Europe and playing a variety of festivals in the UK supporting bands such as Don Broco, Saving Aimee, Room 94, Enter Shikari, Twin Peaks, Lower Than Atlantis. I have also been session guitarists for artists such as Alex Clare, Luke Quinn, as well as assisting on tours with Tyler, the creator, Sneakbo, Kind Charles, Solange, Tyga, Liv Dawson and Tory Lanez. Working behind the scenes on tours in such differing genres has given me key insight in to employability across the industry. I am currently studying my MA at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in music tuition which is helping the department synthesise a variety of different pedagogies in to our delivery methods. Along side my current role I own a private teaching business specialising in vocals, guitar, keys and DAW skills.

 

  

Matt Bown

In May 2022, I worked as a session musician for a band supporting ‘Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes’ and ‘Hot Milk’ at ‘Marshall Hootie’, an event celebrating 60 years of Marshall Amplification. I have performed on festival stages sharing bills with established acts such as Razorlight, Trash Boat, Mallory Knox, A, Milk Teeth, Gold Key and The Fratellis. I also perform with a band that has been featured on Sofar Sounds’ YouTube channel with footage from live performances recorded in London and Paris.

 

  

 Taylor Chambers

I’m a former West Herts College student who started on the Level 2 Music Technology course in 2012. I then progressed onto the Level 3 & HND qualifications in Music Technology throughout the academic years of 2013 – 2017. I then advanced onto studying and achieving a 1st class (Hons) Degree as a Music Technology Specialist at the University of West London.

Upon completing my degree, I’ve ventured into freelance based work for music and stage production companies, gaining portfolio credits from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Guns N Roses, and YouTubers like KingKennyTV from BetaSquad.

I’m currently a part-time lecturer within the PMM department specialising in Music Technology.

 

Robert Smith

Robert Smith is a specialist in song writing and music production and he has a first class BA(Hons) Degree in Music Industry Management and Studio Production. He has over seventeen years’ experience teaching music production and technology in Further Education. 

Currently he is the course leader for year 2 of the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Music (Production).

 

 

Who we work with...

We have recently upgraded our Music Studios and have partnered up with a number of companies including: Focusrite, Warm Audio, Marshall Amplification, Eden Amplification and Natal Drums. Along as the studio upgrades , West Herts College is now an AVID learning partner.

Check out our Music courses here!

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