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 Ashleigh Della Marta on 24/07/2018

Michael is an amazing prester who has given me amazing information that I am so motivated to now educate other and implement myself.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
24/07/2018

A number of confronting ideas presented – the damage of praise, benefits of intrinsic vs extrinsic reinforcement. Changes to be made with strategies to promote growth and mindset.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Linda Roden on 24/07/2018

very useful apps and strategies to take back to the college to increase motivation and student engagement.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
24/07/2018

I have a better idea of metacognition and growth mindset and how to implement them in my classes and school.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Nohara Binyamin on 24/07/2018

Highly engaging presenter. Relevant and clear presentation.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
24/07/2018

Insightful, researched-based and challenging ideas which apply to my teaching

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Kaarin McKenzie on 24/07/2018

Very engaging and learnt so much about how to student motivation

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
24/07/2018

Excellent Presentation. With presentation a little rushed at the end. However, it was awesome.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Kendall Robinson on 24/07/2018
Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
24/07/2018
Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Barry Smith on 24/07/2018

Very useful and evidence-based. Clarification of terms and concepts. A range of suggested applications to subjects, curriculum

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.