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Learning Strategies For Musical Success Paperback – August 26, 2013
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From Kirkus Reviews
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.
Review: Victorian Music Teachers Association, July 7, 2014 by Robert Chamberlain
"A deeply impressive work, the breadth of research is fascinating! It is Griffin's combination of his many years of practical experience as a music educator and consultant, with his broad overview of research and primary sources that makes this book so valuable and unique. A combination of big-picture theories and ideas with immediately practical strategies and examples." Robert Chamberlain, Monash University Piano Staff, for VMTA.
The Music Trust, June 1, 2014 by Inge Southcott
"Terrific...eminently practical...excellent discussion...I came away inspired and excited, and I heartily recommend it." - Inge Southcott, The Music Trust, Australia.
"Michael Griffin has produced yet another excellent resource for the music community. Very rarely do I come away from reviewing a product feeling so inspired. If you're a music educator-or maybe even hold another occupation-I believe you will find this book incredibly beneficial. The book is nicely laid out into six chapters and thoughtfully divided sections. It includes numerous illustrations, making it reference-friendly."
Naomi, Music Matters Blog, April 16, 2014.
"This book really does deliver...a great resource on a piano pedagogy list...wonderful support for the teacher."
Dr L. Scott Donald for American Music Teacher.
This book brings together recent developments in learning psychology and cognitive neuroscience and presents them in a very readable and engaging format.
The strength of Griffin's discussion lies in his clear explanations of the terminology as well as practical ways in which teachers can foster highly motivated learners in both the classroom and private studio. This is a fascinating book, deserving of a wide readership. It articulates the benefits of music learning with convincing clarity. Highly recommended.
By Dianne James, Council Member IRMTNZ, NZ.
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Top Customer Reviews
We all must first examine the Table of Contents of any book we are considering. Here we find that:
Chapter One ─ Musical Potential is 15 pages long. As someone who has taught music for over 75 years, I can assure you that some students with lowest "potential" are the most responsive and excited about their "progress." That is my chapter one!
Chapter Two is ─ How to Practice.. This is 40 pages long. Now we know we have an important book in our hands.
Chapter Three is ─ The soft skills of achievement. . Now, pages don't even matter.
Chapter Four is ─ Playing music with the whole brain. And the sections are;
With Instrument, With Notation
With Instrument, Without Notation
Without Instrument, With Notation
Without Instrument, Without Notation
Chapter Five ─ Musical Creativity
Working in Groups
Chapter 6 ─ Music and Intelligence
The book closes with ─ A FINAL NOTE, and References
I have tried to let the book speak for itself. If I did well, you are planning to purchase and read this Important Book!
If you do not have any children in your family studying music, read this book and sign up for lessons. This will set a fine example for your children, and allow you to enjoy all the wonders and delights this book brought to your awareness.
This book in itself makes you feel that you can master your instrument.
Griffin encourages the music teacher to ‘embrace an enduring search for teaching methods that result in more successful learning outcomes’ and his books delivers precisely that … effective strategies for successful learning outcomes…. And more!
A stimulating and enriching book, I highly recommend Learning Strategies for Musical Success to all committed and dedicated music teachers, parents of children learning music and advanced music students.