David Powell

David Powell

Name: David Powell

Job title: Managing Director

Organisation: Upbeat Music and Arts Service Ltd

Discipline: Music


David is an experienced teacher and a nationally recognised music educator. He works with schools to deliver engaging music, dance and art projects through his company Upbeat Music and Arts.

Having originally studied and practised as a professional musician, David started part time peripatetic teaching in 1989 alongside his performing career. In 1996 he gained a PGCE in Primary Education at the University of South Wales and joined the Gaer Junior School as classroom teacher. During this period he was an exemplar numeracy teacher for Newport Council.

David was appointed Assistant Head of Gwent Music Support Service in 2001 and stayed until 2013, overseeing music service provision to schools in Blaenau Gwent and Newport. Notably, instrumental music provision in schools rose by 100% in Blaenau Gwent between 2001 and 2010. Many innovative strategies were employed to achieve these high levels of engagement in a recognised area of severe social and economic deprivation.

In 2013 David formed Upbeat Music and Arts Service Ltd, a fluid force of artists from many disciplines creating high impact projects and experiences for schools.

In March 2017, David received the inaugural South Wales Argus ‘Creativity and Innovation’ award.