2019 Conference

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Mindset! The Elephant in the Classroom

From the ancient world through the Renaissance, artistic skill was viewed as an intuitive gift rather than the result of effort. Even today, musical ability is more often considered innately derived than any other ability or human faculty. Indeed, 75 per cent of music educators subscribe to this theory that superior achievement in music is due to genetic endowment. To what end? Mindsets powerfully impact learning behaviour. Learners with a growth (learning) mindset work harder, embrace challenge, persist for longer and learn from criticism, whereas the fixed (talent) mindset gives up more readily and ultimately achieves less. Teacher mindsets result in teacher expectations impacting student achievement. Mindset is the most important precept in music education today. It is thatimportant that every music teacher understands the impact their beliefs, words and actions have on cultivating the learning disposition of students. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can cause irreparable damage. 

The 2019 Conference theme is Let the Music Speak and it focuses on the Australian Curriculum areas of Music Making, Creating and Responding. The Conference is TQI accredited for 5 hours!



The Conference is on Friday 28 June 2019 at 8:45am at the CIT – Canberra Institute of Technology, Reid Campus – music areas – Block L.

Highlights of the 2019 Conference include: Keynote address by Michael Griffin – Unlocking Musical Potential – A growth Mindset approach. Session Elective Workshops addressing classroom music, technology, instrumental music and wellbeing; Also trade tables. Stay tuned for information about other workshops!

Cost – $140 – email for rates if you are only able to do part day attendance.

For more information, please e-mail the conference convenors by clicking here.