Earlier this year I had the pleasure of being a guest on Eugene Loh’s 938Live radio show ‘A Slice of Life’ in Singapore.
We talked about the nature and pursuit of expertise, mostly -but not exclusively – from a musical perspective. The show goes for about 30 minutes and is easy to listen to.
It’s on YouTube at this link if you’d like to listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nczZ4lngQHE
Topics discussed include genetic giftedness, 10 000 hours, repetition, chunking and slow learning, myelin, persistence and self restraint, Dweck’s concept of ‘mindset’, Csiksentmihalyi’s ‘Flow’, Einstein, choir singing and oxytocin, and music’s effect on the brain. These topics are further explored in ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’ by Michael Griffin. Reviews below.
“Super book. I am so impressed!” – Donna Michaels, USA
“Fantastic book, simply brilliant! – Ian Cooper, Norfolk, UK
“Don’t miss this opportunity!” – Mary George, USA
“Rarely do I come away feeling so inspired. Incredibly beneficial.” – Music Matters Blog
“A must buy for every music teacher and music student” – William Bruce, Teacher of Strings, UK.
“Deeply impressive, the breadth of research is fascinating!” – Robert Chamberlain, Team of Pianists and Monash University Piano Staff, Victoria Australia.
“I have read your book and it has made an amazing difference in my teaching and in my studio.” Beth Cruickshank, Past President – Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association.
Also by Michael Griffin
Music and Keyboard in the Classroom: Fundamentals of Notation is a unit of work for general music middle school classes. Designed around the mastering of practical skills, it integrates theory, aural and history, and allows students to progress at their own rate. View Table of Contents. “This has been a great buy; the books are just superb! Interesting topics with a wide range of pieces. Great content with clear progression of learning. Fascinating teaching philosophy! BRAVO!” -The Grieg Academy, London. Available at Amazon.com
Music and Keyboard in the Classroom: Let’s Get Creative! is the fun and creative extension to ‘Fundamentals of Notation’.
View Table of Contents. “We have been using your keyboard course and the results have been amazing!” – St George College, Australia
Available at Amazon.com
Second edition. Bumblebee! is more than just a wonderful collection of 130 choir exercises and rounds. The author shares timeless wisdom to help you get your choir – primary or secondary – into shape.
View Table of Contents.
“Will prove useful for almost everyone”- Rhinegold Music Teacher Magazine.
“This is a great resource to add to one’s library of rehearsal tricks.”- Anacrusis, ACCC, Canada
Modern Harmony Method: Fundamentals of Jazz and Popular Harmony (Third Edition, 2013) is a clear and well organised text suitable for students of arranging and composition, and for classically trained musicians wishing to grasp the beautiful logic of jazz harmony. Essential understandings include chord selection, voicing, symbols, circle of 4th progressions, extensions, suspensions and alterations. Included in the 107 pages are explanations, examples, exercises and solutions. The course can be started with students in year 9 and worked through to year 12 musicianship, composing and arranging. Available at Amazon.com