Sting and Gap Daemon Help Get an Englishman to New York for an Innovative Education Programme Using Apple iPads

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Gap Daemon and Sting have teamed up to sponsor an innovative new approach to teaching music in schools through the use of Apple iPads.

Store Van Music gain sponsorship from Sting and Gap Daemon

Sting teams up with www.gapdaemon.com

I’m impressed with Store Van Music’s efforts...their use of studio as classroom and technology as teacher is exactly what we need to maintain music lessons as a vital part of the curriculum.

Neil Johnston, founder of Store Van Music, is an educational entrepreneur and is living evidence that private investment in education can generate positive benefits for students. Neil first began using Apple’s technology in teaching eighteen months ago and this led to a dedicated series of music lessons using the iPad. The result was an instant success (and You Tube hit), engaging students in an exciting new medium that was compelling and instantly gratifying and effective.

However Neil’s plans to take this format to a wider audience in the USA were suffering from a myopic view by potential investors until Gap Daemon and Sting stepped in. Their joint sponsorship has ensured this innovative tour of schools from LA to New York can go ahead, and thousands of teenage students will now be able to benefit first hand from Neil’s innovative approach to teaching.

James Capon, founding partner and CEO at Gap Daemon explains,

“Neil’s vision of integrating new technology with education mirrors our approach to enabling students to use technology and our social network to enhance their travel experience. Having seen Neil’s work in action we recognized that he was teaching students in a powerful new way, and when he shared his vision for a USA tour, we wanted to help and support his journey.”

Speaking about the sponsorship Neil said,

“I have been lucky enough to benefit from investment by The Princes Trust, in the past, and now thanks to Gap Daemon teaming up with Sting I have been able to realise our ambition of touring Senior schools in the USA teaching and performing music using Apple iPads. We have seen first hand how technology can really help students learn and we very quickly get some amazing results. Now thanks to Gap Daemon people will be able to follow my journey and connect with us through http://www.gapdaemon.com.”

Sting expressed his view on Store Van Music and their work,

“I’m impressed with Store Van Music’s efforts...their use of studio as classroom and technology as teacher is exactly what we need to maintain music lessons as a vital part of the curriculum.”

The tour across USA takes place for 3 weeks from the 27th February, and takes in cities like San Francisco, Missouri, and New York. During the tour Neil will be teaching using iPads and garage band, as well as integrating traditional instrumentation.

You can follow Neil’s progress on: http://my.gapdaemon.com/neilstorevanmusic.

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