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Course Description

Knowing how to practise is the most important skill for musicians. Types of repetition, identifying patterns to simplify learning, practising in small portions, and slow practice are core. This course explores the most effective methods of teaching these concepts to students, including explanation for understanding, observation to collect feedback, and physical and metacognitive modelling.

Participants will learn:

  • Factors impacting differential ability

  • Repetition, drills, and problems

  • There’s more to repetition than meets the eye

  • The four modes for playing music

  • Avoiding the familiarity trap

  • Music patterns simplify

  • Practise very slowly…progress very fast

  • Practice time

  • If you don’t snooze you lose

  • Observation, mirror neurons, and models

  • Teaching expression

  • Sing


All teachers, primary and secondary.

Teaching Standards

1.1.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students:  Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning.

  $229 + GST - Individual Enrolment

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"The absolute highest of quality. This course is excellent. It is research-based, informative and practical."

- Mark Robinson, Central Coast Adventist School

"A wonderfully informative and inspiring course, delivered with passion and conviction "

- Dr Becky Bennison, Macarthur Anglican School

"A great speaker who was engaging and full of anecdotes and wonderful real life examples you could use in your everyday classroom!"

- Kristina Vuceski, Wahroonga Adventist School

"Michael presented simple, sensible ideas with a non gloss, no fuss finish. His material was wholesome and came from his wealth of experience and deep understanding of music and mindset. I received both confirmation of what I do well and many new ideas to put into place to help my students as they learn how to maximise their efforts."

- Jane Parkes, Newcastle Grammar School

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Unit 1: Introduction

    • Video: Unit 1

    • Activity

  • 2

    Unit 2: Repetition

    • Video: Unit 2

    • Activity

  • 3

    Unit 3: Advanced Repetition

    • Video: Unit 3

    • Activity

  • 4

    Unit 4: Patterns

    • Video: Unit 4a

    • Activity

    • Video: Unit 4b

    • Activity

  • 5

    Unit 5: Slow Practice

    • Video: Unit 5

    • Activity

  • 6

    Unit 6: Practice Time

    • Video: Unit 6a

    • Activity

    • Video: Unit 6b

    • Activity

  • 7

    Unit 7: Models

    • Video: Unit 7

    • Activity

  • 8

    Unit 8: Expression Plus

    • Video: Unit 8

    • Activity

  • 9

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Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Teaching Musical Skill will contribute 3 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptor 1.1.2 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin is an educator, keynote speaker, author and pianist.

He provides professional development services for education and business organisations, and enrichment lectures for students and parents in Australia and around the world.

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.

As a musician, he has performed all over the world, including performances with the London Philharmonica and Dubai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Michael is the author of several widely-acclaimed books, including Metacognition: Teaching Children to Think and Learning Strategies for Musical Success.

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