David Powell studied percussion and drum kit at Leeds College of Music followed by a post graduate course at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, Goldsmith’s College London. On leaving college, he joined the critically acclaimed 50’s R & B band ‘The Big Town Playboys’ touring Britain and Europe and performing alongside Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton.
His teaching career started as an LA peripatetic teacher in 1989 which led to primary classroom teaching before joining the Gwent Music Service as Assistant Head in 2000. After a very productive and successful period in this role, David realised his passion for inclusivity and access by forming ‘Upbeat Music and Arts’ in 2013 to provide projects, workshops and regular tuition for whole classes of children focussing on high class delivery whilst not losing sight of educating the whole child. Upbeat has a team possessing a wealth of talented and experienced teachers and facilitators and is developing a portfolio that inspires, invigorates and challenges pupils. Upbeat has built a reputation for excellent quality, child centred delivery through their constantly evolving portfolio viewable at www.upbeatmusicandarts.co.uk/what-we-do