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’, Up-beat entertainment LTD is able to offer a professional service and high quality tuition.  

Live Entertainment and Events

Jon is also also a keen performer and plays as a solo musician (www.jonhalden.co.uk or www.facebook.com/jonhalden) and also in JDS Acoustic Band that performs regularly in the local area and beyond.

Events – Up-beat also run musical events. Some of which include Acoustic events, open mic nights and live music sessions. (Please keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.)

‘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. Playing anything from Elvis to Prodigy 



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.

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


We can come to your event 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 all we need is power and suitable cover from the elements (if outside). Taking the music to your place!

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

There are obviously lots of different events and lots of scenarios, but if you are interested in hiring the our 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



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]