Unlocking Musical Potential

Michael Griffin
Specialist in fostering intrinsic motivation environments and expert achievement.
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.
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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 26/10/2017 Sydney CBD Places available $389 + GST Enrol Now
Enrol Now 30/11/2017 Sydney CBD Places available $389 + 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
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.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Riley Tombs on 09/03/2017

So much information that is backed by research which make the workshop so much more resisting. Great advice and I’m inspired to try a new mindset in my teaching.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Natalie Swan on 09/03/2017

Relevant content,delivered explicitly. Engaging, entertaining useful for private and classroom practice. Purposeful quotation and statistics meaningful discussion.Motivational/inspirational.Thank you!

Unlocking Musical Potential
09/03/2017

Excellent. informative and intellectual.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Angelina Witten-Hannah on 09/03/2017

Really useful information!

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Richard Morphew on 09/03/2017

Covered a wide range of topics associated with Learning/Teaching practice. Very important for refreshing on pupil achievements.

Unlocking Musical Potential
09/03/2017

Extremely knowledgeable and engaging presenter.

Unlocking Musical Potential
09/03/2017

The presentation was well presented and very informative. Made me rethink my pedagogy.

Unlocking Musical Potential
09/03/2017

Very effective with lots of practical examples and ideas for implementation.

Unlocking Musical Potential
09/03/2017

Well researched.Very valid and great explanation + links.

Unlocking Musical Potential
by Annelise Van den Elzen on 09/03/2017

So much information! I have so many ideas for classroom implementation.

Unlocking Musical Potential
09/03/2017

Would have liked more of the discussion to be more focused.It went off track quiet a bit.


About the team


Michael Griffin

Creator

Michael Griffin is an educator, speaker, author, conductor and pianist.
Michael Griffin has enjoyed a range of educational roles and experiences in Australia, and throughout the world. Griffin’s talks are inspired by theory of motivation and the premise that the greatest predictor of progress – music and otherwise – is the quality and the quantity of practice time. Indeed, his latest book Learning Strategies for Musical Success investigates these concepts in some detail providing pragmatic solutions for music teachers and students. Griffin also presents to full staffs and student bodies on essential learning dispositions that lead to expert learning. He has spoken to groups of staff, students, parents and community audiences in more than 270 schools and conferences in 25 countries. This includes schools of the calibre of Eton, Ardingly, Headington and Cranleigh (UK), United World College South East Asia, Nanyang Girls HS (Singapore), ISL (Luxembourg) and Geelong Grammar School (Australia).
Griffin has been the Keynote or Consultant Speaker at several global education events including the 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 (Oman and Dubai), Qatar Foundation, Spring Cantus Salisburgensis Festival (Austria), Hampshire Music Service (UK), Association Genevoise des Ecoles Privées (Switzerland), ASME WA and numerous MTA, ANCA and local conferences throughout Australia. He has been an invited guest at the New Horizons adult education program in Rochester NY, and has consulted for Cambridge University Press designing music education curriculum for 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 one of Australia’s major choral prizes, the Australasian Open Choral Championship in 2004. Griffin has adjudicated at several eisteddfods and been guest conductor for major events including the 2014 Pemulwuy National Male Voice Festival, and several events in Switzerland, Asia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Earlier leadership experiences in SA included stints as Musical Director for Pirates of Penzance (G&S Society, Adelaide), Catholic Schools Music Festival, Adelaide Boys Choir, and the Brighton School Choirs – at that time considered among the best school choirs in Australia. In 2006 Griffin was awarded the South Australian Education and Arts Ministers’ Prize, and is listed in the inaugural Who’s Who South Australia for 2007 and also in 2008 for services to music education.
As well as the widely acclaimed Learning Strategies for Musical Success, Griffin is the author of four other music education books. As a pianist, Griffin has held guest residencies at Dubai’s Burj al Arab and repeat invitations to Australia’s world-class resort, Hayman Island. Classical piano recordings include the compilations Consolation (2013) and Shimmer (2014). As a teacher in schools, Griffin has held a range of posts up to Deputy Head level.