The Expertise Mindset – or how to become a professional violinist in just a school term ;)

Well…… the title caught your eye this week, didn’t it? I am reminded of when I was a young teacher and we had a brilliant Jazz drummer teaching percussion at our school. He related a recent conversation with a parent at a nearby boys’ school. A father enrolled his son for drum lessons and asked the teacher: “How long – how many lessons – will it take for my son to become a professional jazz drummer like you?” the teacher wisely held his hands out to about shoulder width and said: “about this long”. Perhaps the drum teacher should have simply posed the question: “Why? Why does your son want to become a professional jazz drummer?” In other words: “What motivates us to learn?”

Please take the time to watch the 5 minute presentation by Michael Griffin to find out more about “Growth Mindsets” and what it takes to become an ‘expert’.

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About captivatestrings

Phil Rooke is a Teacher Educator, specializing in Music Education for the Catholic Education Office - Diocese of Parramatta, authoring & implementing teaching programs and leading music learning across a system of 78 schools in Western Sydney. "I am on a learning journey to find and invent better ways to motivate students and teachers in music making."
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