Upbeat Music and Arts

A inspirational music and arts in education service based in South Wales Opening eyes and minds to new possibilities and discovering hidden abilities and talent...

Led by experienced teacher and nationally recognised music educator David Powell, Upbeat’s mission is to deliver high quality projects that are engaging, challenging and FUN!

Operating as usual

08/09/2021

Welsh Bagpipes!! Cynefin

With Huw Williams launching our new #expressiveart project ‘Mari Lwyd’ aligned to the forthcoming Curriculum for Wales. The project has ‘cynefin’ (place/habitat) at its heart. Inspiring research and understanding of locality, history and heritage through the vehicle and creation of folk music and story telling.

We have six primary schools on board this autumn term project but still have capacity for 2 more if you’d like information and pricing. (It’s excellent value as always!)

PS. Huw is playing Welsh bagpipes here. They weren’t invented by our Scottish cousins but came with the Romans! Who’d have thought it?

06/09/2021

Music CPD

Had a lovely CPD session with St David’s CiW Primary School, Cardiff today! Very warm and a long first day but we raised some smiles and spirits - even behind the masks!!

[09/02/21]   Happy Birthday to Us!
8 Years Old today 🎂

01/09/2021

We've been recharging our batteries over the summer and are all set to enter our ninth year of Upbeat!
On 2nd September 2013 Upbeat commenced as just a pair of excitable percussionist educators in around 10 schools. We now serve around 150 schools a year across South Wales and our video resources help classroom teachers to deliver and inspire their young learners through the Expressive Arts. During the downtime, we've been serving community groups and even delivering some team building to companies looking to rebuild confidence and cohesion. This was the Institute of Welsh Affairs enjoying a Taiko experience! Visit www.upbeatmusicandarts.co.uk or message us if you want to find out more.

Photos from Upbeat Music and Arts's post 19/08/2021

Had a lovely afternoon working with young adults yesterday at Raglan Country Estate. Beautiful setting and great fun drumming in the summer sunshine!

Uplift Trailer May 21 02/08/2021

Uplift Trailer May 21

Don't forget that over the past year we've produced Expressive Arts videos to assist teachers and parents in upskilling children. Each offering contains a series of 8 videos.
#Upstart music and movement for early years
#UPROAR music and movement for foundation phase.
#Uplift - music, drama and dance videos for KS2
All are available from our website at ridiculously affordable prices - watch the trailer here https://youtu.be/a2Pb1lDa7_8

Uplift Trailer May 21 Another addition to our Uplift series of Expressive Arts videos has arrived! Dance is here! Full of ideas for teachers to use with their pupils, everything ...

Photos from Upbeat Music and Arts's post 21/07/2021

The school term has now ended in Wales and that symbolically signals the close of Upbeat’s eighth year of doing what we do. It goes without saying that it’s been the toughest of years. Mentally, financially and physically. We have only been able to work a total of 18 weeks in the past four terms, that’s since lockdown March 2020.

It’s true to say that the first lockdown felt like a summer holiday with the beautiful weather and blessed ignorance of what lay ahead but soon we were all becoming restless and missing our artistic interaction with young learners and eager supportive teachers. By the actual summer holidays in 2020 we were positively bored. We produced a set of videos for music education in classrooms called ‘Uplift’ in July and August (a steep video editing learning curve) and looked forward with anticipation to returning to normality in September 2020… that, as we all know now, sadly didn’t come.
From November to Christmas, the shackles were released and we were back at it 100 mph. Joyfully, doing what we love to do. Joyfully but safely. Armed with masks, visors, anti-viral spray, hand sanitiser, floor tape, 2 metre tape measures, benches placed between us and the children to maintain safe distance, all the time endeavouring to ensure these safety measures did not adversely affect the learning and enjoyment of the children.

It’s true to say that we have all been affected in various forms by the pandemic (some after effects only starting to emerge now) and relationships have inevitably been tested over this time. We are therefore enormously proud of our team who have adapted and pivoted to meet the demands placed upon them. Their patience and understanding whilst we (a husband and wife team) navigated the rolling waves of never before seen health and safety demands, the peaks and troughs of school reopening and closures and all the pressures and ramifications of working in uncharted COVID-19 times have been hugely appreciated.

The silver lining is that schools have welcomed us back in droves with open arms and virtual hugs. The last 12 weeks have been a cyclone of fun Upbeat learning and seeing children laughing and losing themselves in our activities has been, at times, truly emotional. These children have missed so much. Just think on this: those about to embark on secondary school (entering Year 7) have not had a whole year in school since Year 4!

We have witnessed teachers pulling out all the stops to ensure those children feel valued and cared for and we will continue to work tirelessly with schools to bring new experiences, cohesion and fun to their young learners. In the meantime, to anyone involved in education, thank you for your dedication and care and we’ll see you after a well earned break!

Take a look at our website if you don't know what we do or for details of our projects and video resources. www.upbeatmusicandarts.co.uk

18/07/2021

Just one of the satisfied schools we visited this term! Had a lovely few days and even returned for year 9.

16/07/2021

Approaching the van for the last exit from a school this academic year!! The view could be a lot worse!! What a fabulous term…. #alldrummedout 😳 but happy!

Approaching the van for the last exit from a school this academic year!! The view could be a lot worse!! What a fabulous term…. #alldrummedout 😳 but happy!

Photos from Upbeat Music and Arts's post 14/07/2021

Red carpet awards evening to end our project with the fabulous year 5 children at Our Lady and St Michael’s RC Primary School in Abergavenny! Such a journey for these young children. Quite an emotional one to witness 💛🖤💛

Photos from Upbeat Music and Arts's post 09/07/2021

Fantastic to see young children dancing and playing music this afternoon to end their half term projects! Lovely staff and children at St Joseph’s RC Primary School. Celebrating 125 years! All socially distanced of course. #safetyfirst

06/07/2021

Sincerely in need of a long lay down in a dark room when term ends! Soooo happy to be having fun in schools again! #taiko #samba #africandrums #dance #strings #ukulele

Sincerely in need of a long lay down in a dark room when term ends! Soooo happy to be having fun in schools again! #taiko #samba #africandrums #dance #strings #ukulele

Photos from Upbeat Music and Arts's post 01/07/2021

Well, what a privilege!! Today, we celebrated the end of our Lead Creative Schools project with Our Lady and St Michael’s RC Primary School. To see the excitement and awe on the faces of these young learners was an absolute treat! Their comments, behaviour, manners and effort were exemplary. Thanks to David and Steve RatioStudios for being so patient and professional. Film to follow to share with the school community. Thanks to Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru | Arts Council of Wales for the funding too!!

Photos from Upbeat Music and Arts's post 30/06/2021

Since Easter it’s been 💯 mph at Upbeat. We quite literally haven’t stopped and won’t til Friday 16th July! So glad to be back doing what we love: Creating music, dance and memories. The last 13 days are a whirlwind across South Wales. Hope we see you on our travels!!

24/06/2021

Must confess to being a bit choked when we read these unprompted tweets last evening. It’s been a really difficult year for everyone so these messages mean the world to us all. 🙏 so grateful and privileged to be able to make an impact on young lives!

Must confess to being a bit choked when we read these unprompted tweets last evening. It’s been a really difficult year for everyone so these messages mean the world to us all. 🙏 so grateful and privileged to be able to make an impact on young lives!

16/06/2021

Had a fabulous day in Llangynidr yesterday! Off to Newport today! #samba #africandrums #taiko

Had a fabulous day in Llangynidr yesterday! Off to Newport today! #samba #africandrums #taiko

15/06/2021

Into the mountains of Brecon-Beacons-Nationalpark for some African drumming Llangynidr County Primary School today!

Into the mountains of Brecon-Beacons-Nationalpark for some African drumming Llangynidr County Primary School today!

Photos from Upbeat Music and Arts's post 14/06/2021

Upbeat Dave was so sad to finish his projects at Cantref Primary today - such a lovely community with fantastic learners! The card from Year 2 brought a tear to the eye 🥲

Photos from Upbeat Music and Arts's post 13/06/2021

Another jam packed week ahead! #taiko #fun #samba #dance #africandrumming Upbeat are flat out bringing joy to South Wales schools!

04/06/2021

For all those children who have enjoyed their Creative Dance sessions with Upbeat Charlotte this term, she’s got you covered in the summer holidays too! ✨

Like and follow her page, CC Studios, for news on classes coming to a brand new Torfaen venue very soon!

Timeline Photos 03/06/2021

Finally found my home!! 🤣

Finally found my home!! 🤣

25/05/2021

Final week of wellbeing sessions in KHSVIII Abergavenny #taiko

Final week of wellbeing sessions in KHSVIII Abergavenny #taiko

Timeline Photos 24/05/2021

Always ready for a shindig!! #taiko #africandrumming #samba

Always ready for a shindig!! #taiko #africandrumming #samba

18/05/2021

Unveiling our newest recruit Nick Baron! We’re delighted to have this percussion expert on board our Upbeat bus! Exciting times as schools embrace the need for engaging fun learning #expressivearts specialists to ease the pressure after lockdown learning!

Unveiling our newest recruit Nick Baron! We’re delighted to have this percussion expert on board our Upbeat bus! Exciting times as schools embrace the need for engaging fun learning #expressivearts specialists to ease the pressure after lockdown learning!

Uplift Trailer May 21 15/05/2021

Uplift Trailer May 21

Schools are loving our Uplift videos for music, drama and dance. Each series contains 8 videos with warm ups, teaching content to engage/entertain & a guest artist feature. Also providing great #CPD for teachers - Each series is £45 plus VAT or £125 package price available via our website. https://youtu.be/a2Pb1lDa7_8

Uplift Trailer May 21 Another addition to our Uplift series of Expressive Arts videos has arrived!Dance is here! Full of ideas for teachers to use with their pupils, everything is...

Timeline Photos 14/05/2021

Jonny has finished week one on the #Upbeat bus! We’ve got a few new members to announce in the next few weeks... #mystery #phantomdrummer #samba #taiko #africandrumming #gamelan

Jonny has finished week one on the #Upbeat bus! We’ve got a few new members to announce in the next few weeks... #mystery #phantomdrummer #samba #taiko #africandrumming #gamelan

Timeline Photos 14/05/2021

Nearly sunset on another crazy, busy week! #drums #samba #taiko #africandrumming #fun #musiceducation #dance

Nearly sunset on another crazy, busy week! #drums #samba #taiko #africandrumming #fun #musiceducation #dance

MY CREATIVE BRAIN (GWANWYN SPECIAL) with Dave Powell - Upbeat Music and Arts 11/05/2021

MY CREATIVE BRAIN (GWANWYN SPECIAL) with Dave Powell - Upbeat Music and Arts

MY CREATIVE BRAIN (GWANWYN SPECIAL) with Dave Powell is online now - Upbeat Music and ... https://youtu.be/J2RGw0BBSDQ via
@YouTube

MY CREATIVE BRAIN (GWANWYN SPECIAL) with Dave Powell - Upbeat Music and Arts RecRock has been working on a project called “My Creative Brain”. We interview different creatives from different backgrounds (visual artists, musicians, wri...

Primary CPD - Expressive Arts PS2 - Collective Learning 11/05/2021

Primary CPD - Expressive Arts PS2 - Collective Learning

Dave & Gina rejoin forces with pedagogy guru Huw Duggan to deliver training for the new curriculum through Collective Learning #expressivearts places still available. Book here:
https://www.collectivelearning.co.uk/product/expressive-arts-in-ps2-y1-y2-y3-south-wales-cardiff-2/

Primary CPD - Expressive Arts PS2 - Collective Learning This course will give you creative and practical strategies for improving and developing the Expressive Arts in PS2, years 1, 2 & 3.

Photos from Upbeat Music and Arts's post 08/05/2021

Continuing our creative & innovative offerings to schools as a result of COVID-19, we are providing a filming & editing service for end of year shows and sports days! Share with your community despite the restrictions. Get in touch for details and fees.

07/05/2021

Here’s a taster of the interview! Just posted. Sorry I wore shorts... those knees 🤷‍♂️

07/05/2021

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Next Tuesday evening, our creative director Dave will be interviewed by the lovely Maddie for the Gwyn Gwanwyn Festival. If anyone is interested in watching and hearing anecdotes about Dave’s musical journey through life then log in here https://youtu.be/Cx00H1R_LCA at 6pm on Tuesday 11th May. This will be followed up with an opportunity to ask questions etc on Weds 12th at 4pm via
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/153654957113 - happy Friday everyone!

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Photos from Upbeat Music and Arts's post 05/05/2021

The Upbeat family is growing! 💛🖤💛

We’ve got a couple of new faces to introduce you to over the next few weeks, and we’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming them into the team. So, for today...

HEEEERRRE’S JONNY! Jonny is an experienced percussionist who has played with BBC NOW and the WNO. A good old friend of Dave’s he has an abundance of energy, expertise and enthusiasm, and fits the Upbeat ethos perfectly!

Exciting times!

Uplift Trailer May 21 03/05/2021

Uplift Trailer May 21

Our Uplift series of videos keeps growing - dance is now available to take the pressure off teachers. We teach the content and provide the #CPD - Visit our website to purchase. You won't believe how great value it is!
https://youtu.be/a2Pb1lDa7_8

Uplift Trailer May 21 Another addition to our Uplift series of Expressive Arts videos has arrived!Dance is here! Full of ideas for teachers to use with their pupils, everything is...

01/05/2021

It's the Bank holiday weekend and whilst doing some editing this made me laugh out loud! Have a fab spell of rest and relaxation everyone!! 😁

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Welsh Bagpipes!! Cynefin
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'Uplift' - Feel the Pulse and Move to the Groove
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