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Learning Strategies For Musical Success Paperback – 26 Aug 2013

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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (26 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481946730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481946735
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Music educator Griffin aims to help readers understand the science behind “practice makes perfect.”

While Griffin’s new book doesn’t go so far as to guarantee perfection for its practitioners, he does make a point to debunk the myth of natural talent, arguing instead for the unmatched importance of time spent practicing. With regard to so-called child prodigies, Griffin writes that what distinguishes them is that “they are constantly compared with children their own age, rather than with others who have accrued similar quantities of practice hours, similar opportunities, and family support.” Still, parents of would-be child prodigies can learn plenty here about how best to nurture their budding musicians. Griffin’s six well-researched, in-depth chapters are explained well for lay readers, translating studies in mathematics and neuroscience into comprehensible pop psychology with plenty of valuable “learning strategies for musical success.” Griffin also offers worthwhile information for non-musicians. Particularly interesting are his notes on selecting background music for study, considering volume, tempo, tonality and texture. “Extrovert teenage boys are,” perhaps not surprisingly, “most at risk to choose poor study music.” Ultimately, rooted as it is in research and experience, much of Griffin’s advice comes down to matters of common sense, such as the need to strike a balance between encouragement and critical instruction. Figuring out how to do this is, of course, a bit trickier, so musical educators and parents of young music students alike will be grateful for Griffin’s valuable insights and the supporting information he’s gathered.

A helpful guide for anyone looking to understand musical success. - Kirkus Review"

About the Author

Australian Michael Griffin, M.Ed Studies, B.Ed Music, A.Mus.A, is a classical pianist, conductor, educator and author. Griffin has consulted in schools and spoken at conferences in more than twenty countries. Notable keynote and consultant speaker invitations include the European Council of International Schools conferences in Nice (2010) and Hamburg (2009), The Association of Independent Schools of Africa in Johannesburg (2012), the 7th Annual Leadership Conference in Brunei (2012), Association of Geneva Private Schools (2011) and British Schools of the Middle East in Oman (2010). Adjudication duties in Australia include the National Eisteddfod, Canberra, 2011, 2012. He has authored books for the classroom in jazz harmony, classroom keyboard pedagogy, and choral methodology. As a conductor, Griffin’s ensembles have received numerous awards, including the 2004 Australasian Open Choral Championship. He has also adjudicated at several eisteddfods in Australia, including the National Eisteddfod in Canberra in 2011 and 2012. As a pianist, Griffin has held residencies at Dubai's Burj al Arab and Australia's Hayman Island. Griffin was awarded the South Australian Education and Arts Ministers’ Prize in 2006, and is listed in the Who’s Who South Australia for 2007 and 2008. His website is www.musiceducationworld.com.

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