Michael Griffin



Member since
06/10/2015

Michael Griffin

Specialist in fostering intrinsic motivation environments and expert achievement.

Michael Griffin is an educator, speaker, author, conductor and pianist.
Michael Griffin has enjoyed a range of educational roles and experiences in Australia, and throughout the world. Griffin’s talks are inspired by theory of motivation and the premise that the greatest predictor of progress – music and otherwise – is the quality and the quantity of practice time. Indeed, his latest book Learning Strategies for Musical Success investigates these concepts in some detail providing pragmatic solutions for music teachers and students. Griffin also presents to full staffs and student bodies on essential learning dispositions that lead to expert learning. He has spoken to groups of staff, students, parents and community audiences in more than 270 schools and conferences in 25 countries. This includes schools of the calibre of Eton, Ardingly, Headington and Cranleigh (UK), United World College South East Asia, Nanyang Girls HS (Singapore), ISL (Luxembourg) and Geelong Grammar School (Australia).
Griffin has been the Keynote or Consultant Speaker at several global education events including the European Council for International Schools (Hamburg and Nice), Association of International Schools Africa Educators' Conference (South Africa), English Schools’ Foundation (Hong Kong), International Educators Conference (Brunei), APEP Member Schools Conference (Thailand), British Schools of the Middle East Arts Conference (Oman and Dubai), Qatar Foundation, Spring Cantus Salisburgensis Festival (Austria), Hampshire Music Service (UK), Association Genevoise des Ecoles Privées (Switzerland), ASME WA and numerous MTA, ANCA and local conferences throughout Australia. He has been an invited guest at the New Horizons adult education program in Rochester NY, and has consulted for Cambridge University Press designing music education curriculum for Kazakhstan.
As a conductor, Griffin’s choral ensembles have received more than 40 prizes and awards (half of these first prizes) in Australian competitions including one of Australia’s major choral prizes, the Australasian Open Choral Championship in 2004. Griffin has adjudicated at several eisteddfods and been guest conductor for major events including the 2014 Pemulwuy National Male Voice Festival, and several events in Switzerland, Asia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Earlier leadership experiences in SA included stints as Musical Director for Pirates of Penzance (G&S Society, Adelaide), Catholic Schools Music Festival, Adelaide Boys Choir, and the Brighton School Choirs – at that time considered among the best school choirs in Australia. In 2006 Griffin was awarded the South Australian Education and Arts Ministers’ Prize, and is listed in the inaugural Who’s Who South Australia for 2007 and also in 2008 for services to music education.
As well as the widely acclaimed Learning Strategies for Musical Success, Griffin is the author of four other music education books. As a pianist, Griffin has held guest residencies at Dubai’s Burj al Arab and repeat invitations to Australia’s world-class resort, Hayman Island. Classical piano recordings include the compilations Consolation (2013) and Shimmer (2014). As a teacher in schools, Griffin has held a range of posts up to Deputy Head level.

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Unlocking Musical Potential
19/01/2018

Thought-provoking and insightful content. Great leading questions to trigger reflection.

Unlocking Musical Potential
19/01/2018

Thought-provoking. Well supported information. Fantastic. Knowledgeable. Thank you.

Unlocking Musical Potential
19/01/2018

Content was relevant. It was good to receive the notes beforehand. Presentation was well prepared and open to discussion.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Kathryn Whittaker on 19/01/2018

Excellent presenter. Very positive and inspiring to look at Hattie and others. Will continue looking into this. A lot of information to take back to school conferences.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Robyn Naylor on 19/01/2018

Very stimulating. Inspired to learn more.

Unlocking Musical Potential
19/01/2018

Well-structured and very useful. Thought-provoking ideas.

Teaching for Learning
16/01/2018

This course was informative, engaging and material was insightful. A thoroughly enjoyable day. I will definitely take some of the ideas and strategies back to the classroom and embed into my programs as well.

Teaching for Learning
16/01/2018

I am a first year teacher so Michael’s context was relevant to some fo the more puzzling aspects of student motivation.

Teaching for Learning
16/01/2018

Really interesting to hear about growth mindsets and the evidence-based reasons for success in particular fields (especially the importance of quality practice!). Great presenter. Would perhaps have liked a bit more time for discussion.

Teaching for Learning
16/01/2018

This course has allowed me to have a deeper understanding of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. I have learned more about fixed and growth mindset which was really easy to understand and follow.

Teaching for Learning
16/01/2018
Teaching for Learning
by Glenda McIntosh on 16/01/2018

The presentation was pleasingly logical in its sequencing and ideas. Connectors to real examples and the array of explanations to meet our diverse learning needs kept us all engaged. Inspiring really and I do feel that I need to do more reading and learning the part of professional development to inspire, reflect, evaluate and learn, so thanks Michael!

Teaching for Learning
by Sharon Baird on 16/01/2018
Teaching for Learning
16/01/2018

Gave me lots of food for thought and confirmed suspicions I had.

Teaching for Learning
16/01/2018

Lots of update and relevant information.Some very good strategies to take away.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Jan Squire on 28/12/2017

Excellent content. Clearly presented and very thought-provoking.

Unlocking Musical Potential
28/12/2017

Very relevant. Very informative. Very insightful. Conforming many practices already in place. Much food for thought.

Unlocking Musical Potential
28/12/2017

Good points to take back to present to fellow staff about unlocking learning potential.

Unlocking Musical Potential
28/12/2017

I liked the teaching examples we did mainly in the section after lunch. I would have liked my music classroom ideas in the morning sessions. Main focus was on individual instrumental tutors. Mindset ideas all interesting and worth thinking more about.

Unlocking Musical Potential
28/12/2017

It was interesting to hear the degree to which feedback, praise and type of language we use with students affects their potential.