Up-beat Entertainment Ltd (formed 2009 and est. as a company in 2019) is an independent, Suffolk-based music company specialising in music tuition and entertainment.


Up-beat tuition teaches in 14 schools in the area and was formed when its founder and director, Jon Halden, was inspired to offer relaxed, fun and creative music lessons for young people.

With a strong team of talented multi-instrumental teachers, all of whom are 'actively working musicians', Jon is able to offer a professional service and high quality tuition.  

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 teaching over 300 pupils each week aged 6 years and upwards. Beginners or Advanced, young and old, you are more than welcome and we will give you the tools / advice to achieve. 

All of our lessons are dedicated and tailored to the pupil(s) and their aims and aspirations, teaching in our dedicated and fully equipped space in Great Cornard, via ONLINE ZOOM LESSONS, and/or within a local organisation / school. 

Lessons are typically 30 mins each but again these can be adjusted to suit your individual requirements. 

We offer one2one, paired and group tuition in the following:

  • Guitar (electric and acoustic)
  • Ukulele
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Piano
  • Singing
  • ....and more 

Schools / Independent organisation

Lessons can be offered to groups, pairs or on a one-to-one basis, during the day or in a lunch break / after-school club. We will require a teaching space, and ask that all pupils have their own instruments but do not require you to have any equipment supplied by the school such as pianos / drums / amplifiers. 

Our experienced teachers are fully insured and have Enhanced DBS 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 schools 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, banjo and drums. He specialises in teaching finger picking and bottleneck slide in a range of musical styles.

Tom is another multi instrumentalist who teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, piano and drums. 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’.

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 is far more than the yellow van driving around! It's the entertainment side of the Up-beat.  The JamVan can come to your event and be used as a mobile stage (3x2m) with PA system (small or larger) and lighting (if needed for the darker nights) for your event or we can come and run acoustic events at your venue. Taking the JamVan to your place!


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


Every Friday, 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 events please email / text / or drop a message via the Facebook page.

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

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


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 (if you have one) and a covering letter detailing what you feel you can offer to Up-beat Entertainment LTD to the email address below.

Email: [email protected]