About Up-Beat

Up-beat is an independent, Suffolk-based company specialising in music and dance tuition.  Up-beat was created back in 2009 when its founder and director, Jon Halden was inspired to offer relaxed, fun and creative music lessons for children.

Jon is ever-keen to move away from formal teaching methods with the firm belief that children will learn quickly and will perform better if they truly love what they are being taught.   Jon himself is a father of three small children, and was previously a qualified child-minder, so he is well-placed to understand how children learn.

Jon’s specialist instruments are the guitar and piano. Jon has been playing the guitar since 2000 and has played electric, acoustic and bass guitar with the addition of singing in several different bands that perform regularly in the local area the main one being ‘Jolly Polly and the Pirates’.

Jon has been playing the piano since he was a child and now thoroughly enjoys the challenge of teaching a wonderful instrument to young people.

Other Up-beat Tutors


Jack is a multi instrumentalist with a great deal of experience as a gigging musician and is able to teach lessons in most fretted stringed instruments which include guitar, ukulele and banjo. Jack is also able to teach drums. He specialises in teaching finger picking and bottleneck slide in a range of musical styles.


Tom is another multi instrumentalist who teaches guitar, ukulele and piano. He enjoys a wide range of music from Pop/Rock to Jazz and Classical.


Julie is an extremely gifted musician who is able to play multiple instruments to a very high standard – these include the flute, clarinet, saxophone, and piano. Julie is also a beautiful singer and is a strong member of a female vocal harmony group widely known as ‘The Accidentals’.


Katrina is a musician with many years experience performing in orchestras, teaching in schools and teaching privately. She plays and teaches the violin, viola, piano and the recorder.

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For information, please do contact us –
info@up-beat-tuition.co.uk / Mobile: 07834 628470