General Description

Why do some people achieve so much more than others? This PD explores the most effective music-learning strategies and how to teach them.

 The greatest predictor of musical progress is the quality and the quantity of practice time. This course explores the most effective practice strategies and how to teach them to students. Course content is informed by recent studies and perspectives from neuroscience, psychology and physiology.

Audience

Classroom music teachers primary and secondary, as well as instrumental and vocal tutors.

Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn,

3.1.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Establish challenging learning goals:   Set explicit, challenging and achievable learning goals for all students

 

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au for more details.

Venue Information:

Club York

Level 2, 99 York St

Sydney

Map

Directions

It is part of the Bowlers Club, with an entrance beside the Club.  Take the lift to Level 2.  A couple of buildings from the corner of Market Street, on the left-hand side heading towards Circular Quay.  Middle of CBD.

Transport

5 min. walk from Town Hall Station, through Queen Vic. Building to Market St.  

Buses from George or York Streets.  Market Street is the closest stop.

Visit Transport NSW to plan your trip.

Parking

Available underneath the Club.  Entrance Secure Parking 168 Clarence Street (back of building).

Parking Rates


COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.

Sessions

The Greatest Motivator is...

1 hour

This session explores intrinsic motivation theory concluding that the greatest motivator is making progress. Without progress, students will likely quit learning.


The 'Golden Rules' of Quality Practice Pt 1

1 hour

The greatest predictor of musical progress is the quality and quantity of practice time. What does quality practice look like?


The 'Golden Rules' of Quality Practice Pt 2

1 hour


The Quantity of Practice Time

1 hour

Putting musical achievement into perspective:

Anders Ericsson’s expertise studies and the practise time of historical greats.

Time management.


Music and Mindset

1 hour

Psychological mindsets are powerful predictors of achievement. What are mindsets, how are they formed, and why are they so pertinent in music education? Borrowing from the work of Carol Dweck.


What To Bring

Writing materials

Presenter

Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin is an educator, keynote speaker, author and pianist. Michael’s professional development for staff, and enrichment lectures for students and parents, examine the factors that impact continuous improvement toward exceptional achievement. Indeed, Michael’s books Children and Learning – For Parents and Learning Strategies for Musical Success investigate these concepts in detail providing pragmatic solutions for parents and teachers. Michael has spoken to groups of staff, students, parents, corporate and community audiences in more than 500 settings in 30 countries throughout the world. He has been the Keynote or Consultant Speaker at several global education events including AMIS (Dubai), ECIS (Hamburg and Nice), AISA (South Africa), English Schools’ Foundation (Hong Kong), International Educators Conference (Brunei), APEP Member Schools Conference (Thailand), British Schools of the Middle East Arts Conference (Dubai and Oman), QMA (Doha), AGEP (Switzerland), BSI National Conference (UK). He has been an invited guest at the New Horizons adult education program in New York State and consulted for Cambridge University Press on behalf of the government of Kazakhstan. As a teacher, Michael taught for 25 years in government, catholic and independent schools, as a music teacher and faculty leader up to Deputy Head level. He has adjudicated at several choral eisteddfods and been guest conductor for major events including the Pemulwuy National Male Voice Festival, as well as events in Switzerland, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand. Michael is a winner of the South Australian Education and Arts Ministers’ Prize and is listed in Who’s Who South Australia. As well as the aforementioned books, Michael is the author of a range of music education texts. As a pianist, numerous guest residencies include Dubai’s iconic 7-star Burj al Arab and Australia’s Hayman Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef. Classical piano recordings include the compilations Consolation and Shimmer. Other musical highlights include several performances with the Dubai Philharmonic Orchestra, The Emirates Jazz Trio, and the honour of performing the Beethoven Ninth with the London Philharmonia at Royal Festival Hall, London.