Developing Musical Skill with Michael Griffin Sept 15 London

//Developing Musical Skill with Michael Griffin Sept 15 London

Developing Musical Skill with Michael Griffin Sept 15 London




Developing Musical Skill

September 15 2019 with Michael Griffin


Developing Musical Skill with Michael Griffin Sept 15 London


The internal drive that underpins choices, decisions and actions such as music practice, relies on the
greatest of all motivators – making progress. Indeed, where there is no progress in skill
development, learners usually quit the activity. For musical progress, nothing is as important as the
quality and the quantity of practice time. This inspiring interactive presentation will equip students,
teachers, adult learners, and parents with the methods and mindset required to maximise the
prospect of learning music enjoyably and successfully.

Content and concepts include • repetition (blocked, variable, interleaved and spaced) for brain
myelination • chunking (recognising patterns and how theory helps; short-term memory
considerations) • slow practice (the brain’s learning preference) • quantity for expertise (Ericsson’s
violinists)* • growth mindset

* In 1993 Anders Ericsson published the results of a study on a group of violin students in a music academy in Berlin that found that the most accomplished of those students had put in an average of ten thousand hours of practice by the time they were twenty years old.


– Tim Garrard, Westminster School, London: “Who’d have thought that a talk about instrumental practice could be so fascinating?! With huge thanks to Michael Griffin for visiting us!”

–Headington Girls, Oxford:”First rate!”

– Red Maids, Bristol:”This was a first-class talk by a high calibre, international speaker. What a great start to a new school year.”

– Red Maids student, Bristol: “I went straight home and practiced!

-Gemma Russell, Wycliffe College: “I want to thank you for giving such an inspiring presentation to our pupils, parents and staff yesterday. Every pupil I have spoken to today who was at the presentation has said how much they enjoyed it and how much it made them think. “Chunking” will certainly be our word of the month! Ifeel very fortunate that you came to Wycliffe and I hope many other schools will be able to see yourpresentation in the future.”

– Headmaster, King’s High School, Warwick:”An excellent talk this evening. Michael is a superb speaker and delivered key messages in such an engaging way to our parents.”

– Hampshire Youth Orchestra: “It was great that we parents had the opportunity to listen to this with our son.”

– Hampshire Youth Orchestra: “The talk by Michael Griffin was so encouraging and useful. We came as a family and our daughters age 11 and 8 enjoyed every minute of it.”

Additional information


Participant £20


Developing Musical Skill with Michael Griffin Sept 15 London


Michael Griffin is an educator, keynote speaker, author, conductor and pianist.

Michael’s professional development for staff, and enrichment for students and parents, examine the factors that impact continuous improvement toward exceptional achievement. Essentially, this includes teacher/student mindsets, metacognition, intrinsic motivation and deliberate practice. 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 skill terminology – practice time. Indeed, Michael’s books Children and Learning – For Parents and Learning Strategies for Musical Success investigate these concepts in detail providing pragmatic solutions for parents, general teachers and music teachers.

Michael Griffin has spoken to groups of staff, students, parents, corporate and community audiences in more than 400 settings in 30 countries throughout the world. He 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 a few. 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, Michael’s choral ensembles received more than 40 prizes and awards (half of these first prizes) in Australian competitions including Australia’s top choral, the Australasian Open Choral Championship. He has adjudicated at several eisteddfods and been guest conductor for major events including the Pemulwuy National Male Voice Festival, and in Switzerland, Asia, Europe and New Zealand. He is a winner of the South Australian Education and Arts Ministers’ Prize and listed in Who’s Who South Australia.

As well as the aforementioned books, Michael is also the author of the popular music education booksBumblebee! Rounds & Warm-up for Choirs and Modern Harmony Method. As a pianist, Michael’s guest residencies include Dubai’s iconic 7-star Burj al Arab and Australia’s world-class Hayman Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef. Classical piano recordings include the compilations Consolationand Shimmer. Michael taught for 25 years in government, catholic and independent schools, as a music teacher and faculty leader up to Deputy Head level.

Event Details

Start date: September 15, 2019

End date: September 15, 2019

Start time: 20:00

End time: 22:00

Venue: 34 Fernwood Avenue London SW16 1RD