Homelessness, disconnection of youth, drug and alcohol addiction and unemployment are key issues facing many communities around Australia. Upbeat Arts provides a new business model which is conducted in parallel with welfare and health care to provide possible pathways for students to re-engage in mainstream society.
The main pillars of the school business model are:
We appoint an honorary leader for each discipline that we teach, forming a Creative Leadership team, who advise on the Artistic Direction for all programs. They provide leadership to our teachers, contribute to the program delivery and support participants by attending and/or participating in key performances.
Unique Teacher Training
Our creative team developed a highly innovative philosophy of teaching that engage students who have a mix of personal, physical, medical and emotional needs. This teaching method has now been documented with support from the Helen McPherson Smith Trust and is used to train and prepare all professional and volunteer teachers for working in a challenging, yet highly rewarding, environment. All of our staff are highly qualified and experienced in their chosen creative field.
Exciting Performance Opportunities
Creating performance opportunities is an important component of the Upbeat Arts philosophy. We recognise the positive impact it has on our participants to achieve goals and receive acknowledgement. This helps develop increased self-esteem and confidence through the experience of rehearsing and performing in our ensembles.