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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Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Great ideas to use and very relevant for students

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

I thoroughly enjoyed Michael’s presentation. It was both relevant and of excellent quality. Michael presented simple, sensible ideas with a non gloss, no fuss finish. His material was wholesome and came from his wealth of experience and deep understanding of music and mindset. I received both confirmation of what I do well and many new ideas to put into place to help my students as they learn how to maximise their efforts.
Newcastle Grammar School

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Excellent. I’ve been reading up on growth mindset information for a while, and this course fitted right in.

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Very interesting with Lots of information All the information was logical which I can put into practice

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

It was wonderful informative and great examples were used to explain important ideas! This was a informative and well structured PD day. A great speaker who was engaging and full of anecdotes and wonderful real life examples you could use in your everyday classroom !
Kristina Vuceski Wahroonga Adventist School

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Michael delivered content which was relevant to the 21st Music Classroom

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

This is a high quality session that is inclusive, engaging, relevant and

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Brilliant course – Michael was an extremely knowledgable presenter and brought his expertise to the course. Very relevant in terms of getting the most out of students, parents and ourselves – musically and mindset. Marie Gerardis, Cerdon College Merrylands

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Excellent content – highly researched and engaging teaching. A fantastic course applicable to all stages

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Excellent

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Great, relevant, interesting and well presented Clayton Ryan moruya

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Good quality and very relevant

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Very relevant and the quality was enough to keep me engaged through the day

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

High quality, lots if relevant information. Thoroughly enjoyed discussions about theories and research.

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Relevant and informative

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Absolutely fantastic. Inspirational and plenty of ways to implement ideas effectively in the classroom.

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Great course, very engaging and valuable Great, very engaging and informative

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Excellent discussion and content

Unlocking Musical Potential - Michael Griffin - Wed 27th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

Good quality and very relevant

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning - Michael Griffin - Thu 28th Nov 2019
25/02/2020

The course was a great introduction to Growth Mindset.