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New Edition ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’

Following the success of the first edition, the new and greatly improved second edition of ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’ is now available. Email mdgriffin63@gmail.com for your complimentary excerpt from Chapter One. ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’ demonstrates how the quantity and

Posted in Chunking, metacognition, mindset, motivation, Music Education, Music psychology, Pianists, Practice, Repetition, slow practice

General Music Practical? Keyboards!

You’ve inherited 25 students for general music or KS3 class coming from different schools, backgrounds and experience levels. Students expect practical music experiences as the major part of the curriculum. Rightly so – it is the best way to understand music, to

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Music Practice V Passive Leisure

 I did not wish to find when I came to die that I had not lived. – Henry David Thoreau The systematic time investment required for musical progress can be stolen by time thieves, and television is one of the

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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

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Music Education Messages for Parents

In early February 2016 I was in Sydney, Australia, speaking to various groups of parents with children learning music. The content of my 45-minute talk included a mixture of music education advocacy and pragmatic advice for supporting their children in the often difficult commitment

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Thrive! Linking intrinsic motivation, mindset and metacognitive processes

On January 27, 2016 I had the opportunity to present a keynote speech to the 150 staff at Ballarat Grammar School. The title (above) provided great scope to investigate the psychology and practicality of generating a rich self-directed learning environment. Few

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The Tools for Musical Progress

I’ve just completed a speaking tour in Australia taking in Melbourne, Sydney, Bathurst, Newcastle, Launceston and Ulverstone. My talks were directed to staffs and students – general and music-specific – in school classrooms, assemblies and at conferences. I’d like to share

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