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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

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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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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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Music Education for Character Education

In 2015 the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham called for character education to be embedded in UK curriculum. The report linked strong character traits such as resilience and perseverance to higher educational achievement, employability,

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How to Become an Expert – A Musical Perspective

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

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