MEET THE MD
With 28 years of teaching experience, David has taught in a vast range of settings across all ages and abilities. His boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm have inspired thousands of learners over the years and motivated countless educators.
David's career has spanned professional musician, instrumental teacher, qualified classroom teacher and former Assistant Head of Gwent Music Support Service. David is passionate about performing and creativity and the positive influence it can have on nurturing the development of individuals and groups. Upbeat is a champion of all the arts and our driving aim is to be accessible to all. The talented and diverse Upbeat team has been hand picked to fulfil that ethos.
"Pupils and staff get so much out of their sessions with Upbeat. They especially love the drumming sessions. Upbeat has helped our pupils to develop confidence, self-esteem and has taught them how valued they are individually or as part of a team." Lindsey Watkins, Head teacher, Millbrook Primary, Newport
"Upbeat are a pleasure to work with. The staff are friendly, approachable and always professional. The quality of their sessions are by far the best that the school has engaged with. The sessions are also great CPD for our staff as art and music training is so hard to come by." Milton Primary School
"Thanks for all the work you have done with our children. You really are a national treasure!" Ms Loraine Goss - retired Headteacher, Marshfield Primary School
"I can highly recommend Dave Powell as an enthusiastic, committed, inspiring and highly skilled musician and teacher. We have used his services to augment some of our training programmes and the sessions he delivers are well structured and ooze professionalism. He very quickly gets people working together and judges the balance between playfulness and focus superbly. He has the ability to quickly create a rapport with diverse groups of people." Dean Ryan, Director If-Development
"As the teacher from the Unit for the children with Complex needs, I would like to show gratitude for how inclusive the activities you deliver are. My children achieved beyond my expectations. Thanks to Joel for the way he delivered the sessions with the children. He has a wonderful, positive and warm approach that the children really responded to". Phillipa King, Heol y Celyn Primary School
Gwent Schools Award 2017
In March 2017, David was honoured to be presented the Creativity and Innovation Award at the Gwent Schools Awards. The only award presented to a non LA organisation/individual.