Meet Dr. Matthew Arau
President, Founder & CEO of Upbeat Global, Motivational Speaker, Guest Conductor, Personal & Career Coach
"The thought that precedes the actions…the breath that precedes the sound…the way the marching band walks onto the field…are all the 'upbeats' of what we do. The upbeats are the preparation for the action."
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The world is ready to embrace the good thoughts you bring to the forum. It will be a benefit to everyone to hear the good words you share.
- Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
Matthew Arau unlocks the musical superpowers within everyone he meets. His infectious optimism and spirit of gratitude naturally shine through as he inspires students and teachers alike to pursue their passion for music
- Scott R. Sheehan, NAfME National President &
Director of Bands & Music Dept. Chair,
Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School
What a gift you are, Matthew! We are so fortunate to have had you share such an impactful life/leadership perspective with us and our awesome students. I am looking forward to our next collaboration. We all need this training every-single-year!
- Tamara Williams, Choir Director
Traverse City Central High School, Michigan
Sending my student leaders to The Upbeat Global Leadership Academy was an easy decision! The students came back inspired, motivated to serve their section/band in a more meaningful way.
- Allison Lacasse Band Director
Belmont High School, Massachusetts
I wanted to send a quick note to let you know how the work you introduced yesterday is impacting my mindset already.
I woke up this morning intending to think about something I am grateful for and to use my ‘get’ statements to think about my upcoming day. These two simple practices are exactly what I was looking for to shape my thoughts as I start my day, and I can’t wait to realize the positive changes in my mindset over time from this shift.
Thank you for providing us with a toolkit to improve both our leadership skills and our wellbeing!
Jessica Vaughn, Associate Band Director, Cherry Creek High School, Denver, Colorado.