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.
115 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 6.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 27/11/2019 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 / 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.

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

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.