Up-beat Entertainment Ltd is an independent, Suffolk-based music company specialising in music tuition and entertainment.


Up-beat tuition, established in 2009, teaches in 14 schools in the area. With a strong team of talented multi-instrumental teachers. All of our teachers are ‘‘working’ musicians", and offer high quality tuition.  

Up-beat was established back in 2009 when its founder and director, Jon Halden was inspired to offer relaxed, fun and creative music lessons for children.

Live Entertainment and Events

Jon is also a keen performer and alongside teaching plays as a solo musician (www.jonhalden.co.uk or www.facebook.com/jonhalden) and also in several different groups that perform regularly in the local area and beyond.

'JamVan' - The JamVan looks after all the musical events that Up-beat run. Some of which include Acoustic events, open mic nights and live music sessions. 

'JDS Acoustic Band' - play a fun mix of disco, funk, pop and rock through the ages and all on acoustic instruments. And are great kazoo players! It's a great show for all ages.

'Jolly Polly and the Pirates' - are a fun and friendly three-piece, party band offering lively party music fit for anyone who likes to dance.

'The Accidentals and Flat Broke' - a five piece female vocal harmony group from Sudbury, Suffolk


Up-beat offers fun and friendly music tuition for individuals, groups and schools based in Suffolk and the surrounding areas. We teach over 300 pupils each week aged 6 years and upwards.

If available, our (fantastic) JamVan can be used for teaching in schools where space for music may be limited. We can park easily within school grounds. This is a great space which truly appeals to children! Alternatively, JamVan can be used for private tuition from its base in Great Cornard.

We also offer JamVan as a band practice / rehearsal facility, or rock school. The price for this is on application.

Private Tuition

Lessons can be taken within the comfort of your own home, in Up-beat’s JamVan or at the teacher’s home.

Schools Tuition

Lessons can be offered to groups, pairs or on a one-to-one basis, during the school day or in a lunchtime/after-school club. The lessons can take place in the school or where available from the JamVan. We can bring the teaching space to you!

Group Tuition

Up-beat can offer music clubs and music sessions with independent organisations (Brownies, Cubs, Scouts, Summer Clubs etc).

We offer tuition in the following:

  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Piano

Our experienced teachers are fully insured and have Enhanced CRB certificates.

Up-beat Tutors 

Jon is the founder and director of Up-beat Entertainment LTD he is a multi instrumentalist playing and teaching guitar, piano, ukulele and has been teaching in school and privately since before Up-beat was established. 

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’.

Louise is an accomplished pianist and also a fully trained teacher for whole class tuition. She teaches primarily ABRSM piano but is flexible to suit all styles 

Areas covered

Up-beat private music tuition in:

Sudbury, Great Cornard, Acton, Bures, Long Melford, Halstead, Hadleigh, Great Waldingfield, Toppesfield, Great Henny, Little Henny, Lamarsh, Pebmarsh, Colne Engaine, Earls Colne, Kersey, Glemsford, Boxted, Little Waldingifled, Shimpling, Gestingthorpe, Bulmer, Castle Hedingham, Sible Hedingham, Maplestead, Stoke by Clare, Clare, Cavendish, Wormingford, Monks Eleigh, Hadleigh, Bildeston, Yeldham, Assington, Polstead, Cockfield, and surrounding areas.

If your area is not here, please call us as we are sure to cover it.

For information, please do contact us –
[email protected] / Mobile: 07834 628470

The JamVan Stage! Our unique JamVan can be used as a stage for your event or we can come and run acoustic events at your venue. Taking the JamVan brand to your place!

With the JamVan mobile stage you get a PA system (small or larger) and lighting (if needed for the darker nights) its unique look it will stand out at any event!


All updates for the events will be posted on the Facebook page so please do keep an eye out.


We are up and running every 3rd Sunday at The Henny Swan, Essex from 6pm, and have about 5 musical acts during the evening.


Every week we will be down to the Weavers Tap in Sudbury to run the open mic night. Feel free to book your slot in advance or come down on the night, we will be there from 7.30. its first come first serve. 


Join us for a new regular date at The Essex Arms in Brentwood, Essex. Every 1st Thursday of the month. Book in from 7pm or contact us prior to the event to book your space.


If you are interested in playing at any of these event please email / text / or drop a message via the Facebook page.

There is obviously lots of different events and lots of scenarios, but if you are interested in hiring the JamVan or our services for acoustic events please contact and we can go through all the details.

For information, please do contact us:
[email protected] / Mobile: 07834 628470

PA Hire

We have PA for hire and will be adding to this page soon. Please note all PA hiring will come with an engineer.


Email: [email protected]

Mobile: 07834 628470

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/upbeatentertainmentltd

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/upbeattuition



If you are interested in working for Up-beat Tuition please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to the email address below.

Email: [email protected]