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.
136 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.

Teaching Standards
1.2.2 Proficient Level – Understand how students learn
3.1.2 Proficient Level – Establish challenging learning goals

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing this course will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.2.1 & 3.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

TTA (Teacher Training Australia) is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient and Lead Level Teacher.


This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of 1. Face to Face in Australia (ACT) at this time.

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
by Lynette Southern on 10/10/2019

Very informative and well presented.

Unlocking Musical Potential
10/10/2019

Very interesting. Made me want to learn more.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Scott Wright on 10/10/2019

Evidence based on research. Excellent presenter and very informed. Lots of information and strategies to reflect on.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Sharon Green on 10/10/2019

Lots of food for thought.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Stewart Gillies on 10/10/2019

Best course I’ve done – evidence based, very practical and thought provoking.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Amanda Lavender on 10/10/2019

Such an informative and engaging course. All of the information was logically presented and has encouraged me to think further about my teaching practice.

Unlocking Musical Potential
10/10/2019

Very informative and interesting. Can put it into practice.

Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
by William Canning on 10/10/2019

Well presented, very logical and easy to follow. Very applicable.

Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
10/10/2019
Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
10/10/2019

Lots of great materials presented at an exceptional level. Learnt lots of strategies that I will implement into the classroom — i.e. mindset, questioning, etc. Looking forward to applying them into the classroom and improve and constantly challenge our students.

Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
by Riana Du Preez on 10/10/2019

I found Michael to be very engaging. The fact that you don’t find yourself rather create yourself. The reinforcement and the place of practice to improve was very reassuring. Also to set the bar high. It was really interesting for me as a maths teacher.

Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
10/10/2019

Evidence-based research from a variety of sources. Passionate presenter. When prompted, questions are answered well with great examples from a variety of areas.

Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
by Louise Smith on 10/10/2019

Lots of ideas and wisdom to take away. Insightful and interesting.

Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
by Janine Boubbov on 10/10/2019

Really clear, well-researched ideas that make complete sense in a day-to-day practical way… A game-changer for future society, if only more people would get on board!

Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
10/10/2019

I really liked that the content was backed up by evidence, and the presentation was engaging through visions and metacognitive thinking. I wish the evidence was more Australian based. Overall, it was very helpful.

Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
by Alison Kington on 10/10/2019

I enjoyed the course and some of the content challenged me to speak and teach differently to my students and children.

Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
by Julie Ramos on 10/10/2019

Very informative. He gave some great advice and showed how it can be implemented in the classroom.

Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
10/10/2019

Great “food for thought”. Thank you.

Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
by Luke O'Shea on 10/10/2019

Very informative and applicable across a range of subjects and areas of life.

Unlocking Musical Potential- Michael Griffin
by Holly Roberts on 10/10/2019

Excellent presentation that was engaging, motivating and thought-provoking. Challenged my day-to-day teaching pedagogy.


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.