Professional development and educational presentations that can be adapted for a wide range of audiences and situations ranging from small workshops through to whole-of-school keynote presentations, for teachers, students and parents.
Growth Mindset: Improving Teaching and Learning
From the ancient world through the Renaissance, and even today – artistic and intellectual ability is often viewed as an intuitive gift rather than the result of effort. To what end? Mindsets powerfully impact learning behaviour. Learners with a growth mindset work harder, embrace challenge, persist for longer and learn from criticism, whereas the fixed mindset develops undesirable learning dispositions and character traits, ultimately achieving less. Teacher mindsets result in teacher expectations impacting student achievement. It is important that teachers understand the impact their beliefs, words and actions have on cultivating the learning disposition of students
Suitable for all teaching staff, primary and secondary. Options include a 60-minute keynote, half day and full day workshops.
The new 3-hour Growth Mindset online professional learning course is now available. Enrol today and take the self-paced course in your own time.
Unlocking Musical Potential
Performance development, teaching and encouraging practice, the neuroscience of music learning, talent and learning mindsets, quitting and persisting with music, fostering intrinsic motivation.
Knowing how to practise is the most important skill for musicians. Those who are unable to motivate themselves to apply deliberate practice strategies will lack real progress, and without progress, they usually quit. The best predictor of musical progress is the quality and quantity of practice time. Types of repetition, chunking, and slow practice are core. How is this taught, and how can we be certain that students really understand practice? Musical ability is more often considered a genetic disposition than any other ability or human faculty. To what end? Mindsets powerfully impact learning behaviour. Learners with a growth mindset work harder, embrace challenge, persist for longer and learn from criticism. Mindset is the most important precept in music education today. It is so important that every music teacher understands the impact their beliefs, words and actions have on cultivating the learning disposition of students.
Suitable for all music teachers, primary and secondary, classroom and studio. Bespoke presentations from a 45-minute keynote to a full day and more.
Full list of client schools and conference presentations.
Unlocking Musical Potential – Auckland, NZ April 2018. Review.
Great Southern Grammar, Albany, Australia. June 2018. Presentations to all staff and parents. Newsletter.
Developing Musical Skill – EDSC, VIC, August 2018. ANCA Review.
Parent Lecture – Children and Learning, Colo HS, NSW August 2019 Parent feedback
Students and parents
Evidence-based factors that lead to exceptional performance, cultivating a growth (learning) mindset, intrinsic motivation: if it is to be, it’s up to me, goals, optimal challenge and ‘flow’, transforming your brain: be your own neurological engineer, the quality of effort: repetition, chunking, slow learning, the quantity of effort: expertise, losing time: phones, social media, computer games & TV, Sleep, to prepare the brain for learning, and to further consolidate learning (if you don’t snooze, you lose!)
How do some students achieve so much more than others? Michael Griffin’s compelling and inspirational presentation synthesises the factors that most impact successful learning and achievement. Presented in an engaging student-friendly manner, Seeking Excellence will reinforce your school’s aim to provide students with a clear direction for intrinsically motivated, confident, enjoyable, and ultimately more successful, learning. The core message is one of self-determination; that students must and can take ultimate responsibility for learning, which begins with a can-do growth mindset. Indeed, schools that cultivate a growth-mindset culture best nurture the character traits of commitment and persistence.
Suitable for senior students and differentiated in a lighter format for younger students from Year 5. Recommended duration 60-minutes.
Developing Musical Skill
The internal drive that underpins choices, decisions, and music practice, relies on the greatest of all motivators – making progress. When students lack progress, they likely quit. For musical progress, nothing is as important as the quality and the quantity of practice time. This course will equip students, teachers, adult learners, and parents with the methods and mindset required to maximise the prospect of learning music enjoyably and successfully. An international hit, Michael Griffin’s Developing Musical Skill has enthralled and empowered audiences in 30 countries.
Differentiated presentations for seniors, prep, parents, and music teachers – primary and secondary, classroom and studio. Recommended duration 60-90-minutes.
The new Developing Musical Skill online training course is now available. Nine videos and 35 optional activities. Enrol today and take the self-paced course in your own time.
For parents and school communities
The above topics can be presented to parent and community groups. Other subjects include the impact of technology on learning – including smart phones and computer games, and the importance of sleep.
Corporate Professional Development
The Smart Culture: Igniting Potential
Why is it that some employees achieve so much more than others? Is it a talent hardwired into their DNA? Dismissing this age-old notion in favour of another known factor: effort, Michael Griffin demonstrates how the quality and quantity of effort is the greatest predictor of expert performance. This inspiring, accessible talk will equip business leaders with the methods and mindset to increase staff capacity.
Bespoke presentation, tailored for audience, recommended keynote duration 45 -60 minutes.