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 books Bumblebee! 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 Consolation and Shimmer. Michael taught for 25 years in government, catholic and independent schools, as a music teacher and faculty leader up to Deputy Head level.