Michael Griffin



Member since
06/10/2015

Michael Griffin

Mindset, metacognition, intrinsic motivation, expert skill development.

Michael Griffin is an educator, keynote speaker, author and pianist.

Griffin’s talks to staff, students and parents, examine the factors that impact continuous improvement toward exceptional achievement. Whilst a learning mindset provides the autonomous volition to embark upon this journey, the greatest influence of progress – music and otherwise – is the quality and the quantity of effort, or in musical terminology – practice time. Indeed, Griffin’s books Children and Learning – For Parents and Learning Strategies for Musical Success investigates these concepts in detail providing pragmatic solutions for parents, general teachers and music teachers.

Griffin also presents to full staffs and student bodies on teacher/student mindsets, metacognition, intrinsic motivation and deliberate practice. He has spoken to groups of staff, students, parents, corporate and community audiences in more than 400 settings in 30 countries throughout the world. A full list of client schools can be accessed here.

Griffin has been the Keynote or Consultant Speaker at several global education events including the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS, Dubai) 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 (Dubai and Oman), Qatar Music Academy (Doha), Association Genevoise des Ecoles Privées (Switzerland), Maryborough Music Conference (QLD, Australia) to name but a selection. He has been an invited guest at the New Horizons adult education program in New York State and has consulted for Cambridge University Press designing curriculum for the government of 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 Australia’s top choral prize at the time, the Australasian Open Choral Championship. Griffin has adjudicated at several eisteddfods and been guest conductor for major events including the Pemulwuy National Male Voice Festival, and events in Switzerland, Asia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He is a recipient of the South Australian Education and Arts Ministers’ Prize and is listed in the inaugural Who’s Who South Australia.

As well as the widely acclaimed Learning Strategies for Musical Success, Griffin is the author of several music education books including Bumblebee! Rounds & Warm-up for Choirs and Modern Harmony Method. As a pianist, Griffin has held guest residencies at Dubai’s Burj al Arab as well as repeat invitations to Australia’s Hayman Island. Classical piano recordings include the compilations Consolation (2013) and Shimmer (2014). As a teacher in schools, Griffin held a range of posts up to Deputy Head level.

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Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Rita Saleh on 26/04/2019

The course was really informative with practical strategies for teachers to readily implement. It was very thought-provoking – can’t wait to try some new ideas and share what I’ve learnt with my colleagues.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Lynsey Paton on 26/04/2019

Good pace, kept interest, relevant.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Laura Shackleton on 26/04/2019

Really good course to refresh and build on growth mindset. Gave me some takeaway strategies to implement on my return.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
26/04/2019

Really enjoyed the ideas and wisdom Michael shared and how he referred to personal experience.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
26/04/2019

Great content. A little bit more group work and discussion would have been good to break up the day would have been good to break up the day.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
26/04/2019

Highly effective strategies discussed. Very knowledgeable presenter. A valuable experience which I will share with fellow staff and students.

Unlocking Musical Potential / Face to Face
by Darren Navan on 14/04/2019

Great course! Lots of great info. Engaging and valuable.

Unlocking Musical Potential / Face to Face
by jhed dela cruz on 14/04/2019

An inspirational professional development day that I will definitely use in my teaching. I am very sure my students will benefit from what I have learnt today.

Unlocking Musical Potential / Face to Face
by Anna Davidson on 14/04/2019

Relaxed, conversational, flexible to the needs of the group, specific, easily applicable.

Unlocking Musical Potential / Face to Face
14/04/2019

Content was very useful, informative and relevant to my classroom. Michael was an engaging and knowledgeable presenter.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning / Face to Fac
14/04/2019

Loved the academic dialogue and current research from educators. Excellent.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning / Face to Fac
14/04/2019

Very informative and practical.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning / Face to Fac
14/04/2019

Clear, concise and useful for all faculties.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning / Face to Fac
14/04/2019
Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning / Face to Fac
14/04/2019

Plenty to take away – to set personal and school goals for change where needed. Really anjoyed discussion.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning / Face to Fac
14/04/2019

Michael presented in an engaging, informative manner. Posed questions which i had not thought about before.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning / Face to Fac
14/04/2019
Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning / Face to Fac
by Nelson Vithanage on 14/04/2019

Entertaining and learnt lots.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Paul Dawson on 14/01/2019

At last an in-service where I learnt something. I’m now more motivated to continue teaching music!

Unlocking Musical Potential
by David Regina on 14/01/2019

Very inspiring for not only teaching but also for my practice as a musician!