Patricia Cummings

Learning music is a journey for life

Sunday, August 11, 2019 by Patricia Cummings | Uncategorized

When you start lessons, one of the most pressing questions you may have is “When will I be a proper musician?”


The answer to that is, you already are a musician. Every human has the capacity to be a musician. Some work hard at it and become more accomplished than others, but we can all respond to music, and make music in our own ways.


My music teaching philosophy comes from a place where I believe that my role as a teacher is to help a pupil to discover the musician within them and to help the pupil train their inner musician.


This is a skill I am committed to improving in myself and my teaching, so I am undertaking piano teacher training, I belong to a group called Curious Piano Teachers, I a, learning about musicianship all the time.


i attend courses, I meet up with other teachers and musicians, I practice every day that I can - sometimes for 15 minutes, sometimes for 6 hours or more. I am always seeking new information about music and music pedagogy.  I am highly motivated to be the best teacher I can be.


It all starts with the desire to learn more, to be a better instrumentalist or singer, to join in with others, to give others pleasure, to satisfy our brains.


Echoing Eastern philosophical approaches, my opinion is that one NEVER stops learning with music ( or life!) and even the most accomplished, famous, respected musicians are aware that perfection is  unachievable and that. That is a good thing, because with music the possibilities for improvement are infinite.