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MICHAEL GRIFFIN

Articles

Michael Griffin

Articles

Michael Griffin has contributed articles and papers to a number of professional publications. Please contact Michael if you are interested in including his work in your digital or hard copy publication.

Top Ten Tips For Choral Conductors

Top Ten Tips For Choral Conductors

Ten tips for conductors to get your choir in to shape. Follow these and you’ll be on the pathway to choral excellence! 1. Energy! The conductor must have more energy than the choir. Choirs respond to an energetic and passionate conductor. Particularly with young choirs, a fast-paced rehearsal captures the choristers’ attention, reducing boredom and unwelcome behaviour.

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Are Pianists the Super-Athletes of the World?

Are Pianists the Super-Athletes of the World?

Physiologist Homer Smith cites skilled piano playing as one of the pinnacles of human achievement because of the “demanding muscle coordination of the fingers, which require a precise execution of fast and complex physical movements”. This remarkable human ability provides an insight into the power of the brain.

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Why Learn To Read Music?

Why Learn To Read Music?

In the West, reading musical notation is probably the most common method of learning and performing music. Nevertheless, some musicians are more practiced at playing without musical notation than with it, and many successful musicians from the worlds of jazz, pop, and folk do not read music. What incentive is there for students to spend the time and effort required to become literate with music notation?

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Are You Talented?

Are You Talented?

How often have you heard someone say, “that student is talented”? Perhaps you say this yourself? Why talented? The uniqueness of “talented” and its relative “gifted” implies natural ability requiring less effort. Therein lies a danger. Some people think the word encourages effort and builds self-esteem, but research suggests otherwise.

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Music, Character, and Moral Development

Music, Character, and Moral Development

In 2015, the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at Birmingham University called for character education to be embedded in the UK curriculum. The report linked strong character traits such as resilience and perseverance to higher educational achievement, employability, and social, emotional, and physical health. Character matters. But how is it taught, cultivated and nurtured?

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MICHAEL GRIFFIN

M. Ed Studies, B.Ed.

A. Mus. A

Adelaide, South Australia

EMAIL

michael@professional-development.com.au

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