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Michael Griffin B.Ed Music, M.Ed Studies, A.Mus.A (Pianoforte)
Born and bred in Adelaide Australia, Michael Griffin has held a range of positions in school music education since 1985. During this time Michael and his school ensembles achieved many awards in Australia, including the Australasian Open Choral Championship in 2004, a first for an Australian secondary school. Personally, Michael was awarded the Education and Arts Ministers' Prize in 2006, is listed in the Who's Who SA Edition (2007, 2008) and was nominated for a National Teaching Excellence award in 2005.
With his wife Rae, Michael moved to Dubai in 2006 taking a position as Head of Arts at a Dubai international school from 2006-2009, and since then has set consulted in schools and at conferences in more than 20 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.
Michael has authored books for music classroom curriculum, notably in jazz harmony and classroom keyboard pedagogy, and has had professional articles published in Australia, the UK and the Middle East. Trained as a classical pianist, Michael is known for stylistic versatility and performance credits include residencies at Dubai's Burj al Arab and Australia's Hayman Island.