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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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!

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Roslyn Antoniou on 14/01/2019

100% relevancy to the classroom and understanding student achievement. Looking forward to implementing many ideas and creating classroom posters using Michael’s many anecdotes! Thank you!

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Linda Walburn on 14/01/2019

Wonderful, realistic, practical content and delivery. Totally recommend!!

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Numia Meaney on 14/01/2019

Good information to take back to school and staff. Excellent resources to use.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Peter Richardson on 14/01/2019

Fantastic/insightful. There needs to be more Creative Arts based PD!

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Natasha Hudson on 14/01/2019

Michael was superbly engaging and his presentation was exemplary!

Unlocking Musical Potential
by sandra smith on 14/01/2019

Lots of things to think about. New ideas as well as reaffirming skills already learnt.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Luczia Bain on 14/01/2019

An excellent course. Had reflected on my own teaching and the mindset of students and the importance of it.

Unlocking Musical Potential
14/01/2019

Very informative with excellent connections with research.

Unlocking Musical Potential
14/01/2019

Has made me think about the way I deliver in the classroom (and at home with my own children!).

Unlocking Musical Potential
14/01/2019

Michael was so knowledgeable and presented relevant and appropriate in an entertaining manner. Very up to date topical examples and references. I have wanted to come to this course for over 12 months and it has exceeded my high expectations. Thank you!!

Unlocking Musical Potential
14/01/2019

interesting , valuable content. Enjoyed the presentation and gained insight/knowledge/ideas into the topic.

Unlocking Musical Potential
14/01/2019

Interesting content. Some new ideas to work with

Unlocking Musical Potential
10/01/2019

Michael presented ideas in a very clear & well thought out manner

Unlocking Musical Potential
10/01/2019
Unlocking Musical Potential
by Christina Savva on 10/01/2019

Fantastic content. Lots to think about. Well delivered information and quotes. Enjoyed! Thank you Michael :)

Unlocking Musical Potential
10/01/2019

Stimulating, thought provoking, challenging set ideas about music education

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Daniel Williams on 10/01/2019
Unlocking Musical Potential
by Brandon O'Donnell on 10/01/2019

Excellent. Well resreached content. I will certainly apply to my teaching practice