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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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Posted in Emotional intelligence, Key Stage 3, keyboard, metacognition, Music Education, Pianists, Piano, primary

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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Posted in Chunking, Music Education, Music psychology, Pianists, Practice, prep, Repetition, slow practice

What is Your Musical Potential?

I love this quote from Beethoven: “Prince, what you are you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am through my own efforts. There have been thousands of princes and will be thousands more, but there is only

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Posted in Music Education, Pianists