Unlocking Musical Potential

Michael Griffin
Mindset, metacognition, intrinsic motivation, expert skill development.
Why do some people achieve so much more than others? This PD explores the most effective music-learning strategies and how to teach them.
Target Audience
Classroom music teachers primary and secondary, as well as instrumental and vocal tutors.
91 reviews
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

The greatest predictor of musical progress is the quality and the quantity of practice time. This course explores the most effective practice strategies and how to teach them to students. Course content is informed by recent studies and perspectives from neuroscience, psychology and physiology.

Audience

Classroom music teachers primary and secondary, as well as instrumental and vocal tutors.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A full-day exploration about the neuroscientific, physiological and psychological perspectives on musical skill acquisition. How to practise music, and how to teach it.


This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 30/11/2018 Sydney CBD Places available $375 + GST Enrol Now

Sessions

The Greatest Motivator is...

1 hour

This session explores intrinsic motivation theory concluding that the greatest motivator is making progress. Without progress, students will likely quit learning.

The 'Golden Rules' of Quality Practice Pt 1

1 hour

The greatest predictor of musical progress is the quality and quantity of practice time. What does quality practice look like?

The 'Golden Rules' of Quality Practice Pt 2

1 hour

Continued.

The greatest predictor of musical progress is the quality and quantity of practice time. What does quality practice look like?

The Quantity of Practice Time

1 hour

Putting musical achievement into perspective:
Anders Ericsson’s expertise studies and the practise time of historical greats.
Time management.

Music and Mindset

1 hour

Psychological mindsets are powerful predictors of achievement. What are mindsets, how are they formed, and why are they so pertinent in music education? Borrowing from the work of Carol Dweck.

What To Bring

Writing materials

User Rating

4.9

Latest Reviews

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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.

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.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by David Saxon on 02/08/2017

Michael presented this course in a clear and relevant manner. The great use of musical examples was fantastic. There are lots of great information to take back to school and put into practice.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Byron Mark on 02/08/2017

Great depth of knowledge on relevant issues related to music teaching.

Unlocking Musical Potential
02/08/2017

This course was helpful in understanding how to best help our students to become motivated learners. I thought Michael was very knowledgeable and very personable.

Unlocking Musical Potential
02/08/2017

Very informative, well researched and relevant presentation. Loved it!

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Christen Holbrook on 02/08/2017

We covered a lot of content. Michael was very knowledgeable and passionate. The group work and conversations helped to break things up. Visual PowerPoint was interesting and helpful. Research-based.

Unlocking Musical Potential
02/08/2017

Some fantastic ideas that will be very helpful in the classroom.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Jason Ayala-Spare on 02/08/2017

The content was excellent, could work on delivery.

Unlocking Musical Potential
02/08/2017

Very engaging presentation on how to foster the best out of music practice and student’s potentia.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Diana Kareh on 02/08/2017

Enjoyed the course, learned lots. Wasn’t bored! Looking forward to improving my own mindset.


About the team


Michael Griffin

Creator

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.