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MICHAEL GRIFFIN

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Michael Griffin

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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.

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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?

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?

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

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. It is critical for personal happiness, maintaining relationships, and essential for an ordered society. Character strengths help people thrive and become the best version of themselves. But how is it taught, cultivated and nurtured?

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The REAL Impact of Praising Children

Many people intuitively believe that praise leads to high self-esteem and a feeling of specialness, which in turn results in greater prospects for success and happiness. Do the facts support this? Surprisingly, links between high self-esteem and academic performance are questionable at best and seem to lower academic achievement at worst. How can this be?

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Background music in the classroom?

Background music is used extensively throughout society, in marketing, sports psychology and medicine. It is used to reduce stress, create an illusion, manipulate perception, alter people’s emotional state, and to enhance well-being. What about background music in class?

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Five Lessons from Surfing in Bali for Music Teachers

I’m presently in Bali for business and pleasure. I’ve taken up surfing, and the challenge and difficulty reminds me of the learning and teaching process for mastering music. I almost talked myself out of it. Am I getting a bit old for this? Isn’t surfing for younger, more agile people?

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Teacher Mindsets

  In educational psychology, much is said about the importance of cultivating growth mindsets in students. And rightly so, because students with a growth mindset work harder, embrace challenge, persist longer, learn from criticism, enjoy learning more and...

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MICHAEL GRIFFIN

M. Ed Studies, B.Ed.

A. Mus. A

Adelaide, South Australia

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michael@professional-development.com.au

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