Neil Johnston - Keynote Speaker

Creativity in Education

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About Neil

Neil Johnston is an award-winning British composer and entrepreneur with a keen interest in music education. Neil is the founder and CEO of Store Van Music: an international music company specialising in music production for computer games, apps and film media.

Neil's work with iPads in Schools

In 2011 Neil worked to create YouTube's first iPad music class. After viral success within the education sector (plus some celebrity endorsement!) Neil and his team have continued working with iPads in schools ever since. Neil regularly tours the USA and UK whilst working with other countries such as UAE, Australia and China. This September see's the beta semester launch of Store Van Music's new flagship digital curriculum for iPad schools; iBand Unleashed.
iBand HD | Amazing! 24 Piece iPad Performance In School | #SVMiPad

Neil's Other Education Projects

Alongside international touring with his 'iPad' day-workshops, Neil has also produced other successful education initiatives such as:

iTunes No#1 Song release with Linchfield Primary School, UK:

iTunes No#1 Song release with Gaywood Primary School, UK:

Neil has also been asked to guest author articles for online tech-blog giant 'Mashable' and best-selling newspaper 'The Washington Post':

Mashable article: 'Tablets Will Transform the Classroom':

The Wash Post: 'From Ivories to iPads':


Neil delivers guest lectures regularly at the prestigious 'Academy of Contemporary Music' on the Business degree program. Neil teaches tomorrow's creative business leaders on topics such as; 'Entrepreneurship and Innovation', 'Business Skills Development', 'Digital Marketing' and 'What modern start-ups can learn from the Music Industry'.

We Are The Young | iTunes Number 1! Linchfield Primary School! #WeAreTheYoung

Expertise Areas

Neil regularly delivers keynotes across the world in Schools, Colleges, Universities and Trade Events. Past clients include; Apple, Google, The Princes Trust UK, and BETT Show London.

Neil's expertise lie in the areas of:

  • Creativity in Education
  • Creating 'Wow-factor' Events for Education
  • Technologies in Arts education
  • Tablets in the Classroom
  • Mobile Learning
  • Improving learner engagement through events
  • Linking industry to education
  • What schools can learn from the music industry (reluctance to digital change)

Sir Ken Robinson's 'Creative Schools'

Published this year in April, Sir Ken Robinson (of TEDtalks fame ) kindly wrote about Neil in his book 'Creative Schools'. Neil is referenced and featured in Ken's chapter 'The Art of Teaching'.

"Many people work in other professions who can work alongside teachers... They need a passion for a particular discipline and a passion for sharing their enthusiasm with children. Neil Johnston is one such person. Neil engages students at an exceptional level, whether they are interested in the subject matter or not." - Sir Ken Robinson, Creative Schools.

Store Van Music

Store Van Music is a music production house with a keen eye for education, based in the UK and now working internationally in 4 continents.