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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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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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started out very well, by talking about practice, practice research and how Mozart practiced. I was getting really excited but soon the book got diluted into a million other subjects that, frankly, I don't care about, like neuroscience, how to teach to children etc.... I thought this book was a book for the person who already is a serious musician, not the person who wants to learn, the child etc...in other words, the book tries to cater to everybody and that's where it's usefulness is limited, in my opinion. I was more interested in the research about how top music students practiced, or how the great composers practiced, so from about half of the book I started skipping a lot of stuff.

Make no mistake, the author knows what he's talking about, it's a good book, just not what I thought it was, for me the real meat is at the beginning and end of the book, i.e. about practice research and practice for people who are already serious about music.
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Recent reviewers have remarked that this book seems to be oriented towards every musician. They viewed this as a BAD thing. Utter tosh. This book is of course meant for teachers and students - that is ALL musicians. It reveals a concise and eminently practical framework for practice to achieve expert status.

As a music teacher I have decades of experience in both reading tutorials and practising and teaching - this book is masterful. It reveals and confirms certain teaching facts that I have discovered over the years. The 'ten thousand hours' practice goal is invaluable. More so though is the thorough disproof of the 'he/she is gifted' pish which I have abhorred for years. Musical ability is NOT a gift. It is something that ten thousand hours of practice MAY confer if the practice is well planned.

Note that 'practice does NOT make perfect' only 'perfect practise makes perfect.' Michael if I may be forgiven the familiarity makes perfect practice more likely with this book. If you are a student and even more if you are a teacher you should read this book. It will improve your study and more importantly it should improve your teaching.

As an extra aside I bought the Kindle version of this book after reading a few chapters sampler. This is the first time that I have bought in this way and I was very impressed and happy with the faultless procedure. So if you have never done it before I heartily recommend downloading the book to your phone or tablet.
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A brilliant book! It has inspired my piano teaching and playing and encouraged me to try out new things. I hardly ever write reviews but felt I had to for this book as it is SO good especially for music / instrumental teachers but also for students or parents of music students who want to understand how to optimise practise and potential. Loads of wonderful stories and insights as to how we learn which focus on the fact that our progress and skill are down to our application and practise rather than something that we are born with. The most inspiring book I have read on music teaching/learning for years.
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