Hayes Cummings

Hayes Cummings

Hayes Cummings

Teaching Philosophy

Studying music is a creative journey that allows for a life of continuous growth. As an educator I empower my students by helping them develop instrumental technique, deep listening skills, and stylistic understanding. I craft a curriculum for each student to include both fundamentals of musical development and repertoire they enjoy, thus encouraging them to find and develop their own unique, creative voices.

Teaching Biography

Hayes began teaching music in 2011 and has maintained a studio of students through community music schools and a consistent home studio. Hayes has experience teaching classical, jazz, folk, bluegrass, rock, and pop music to students ranging from beginner to professional. Hayes is also a certified Alexander Technique Teacher and incorporates mindfulness principles into his music lessons to help students find ease and avoid pain. Hayes holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz and Contemporary studies from Longy School of Music, a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Appalachian State University, and an Alexander Technique Teaching Certificate from Alexander Technique Center Cambridge.

Performance Biography

Hayes is an active performer in the Boston music scene and can be regularly heard performing with folk trio The Old North, as well as with the band Cordis, of which Billboard Magazine said, “Cordis sets itself apart through sparkling moments that defy classification.” Hayes recently released his debut album as leader with his project The Still Point. A firm believer in bringing his music to audiences, he enjoys performing in diverse venues including concert halls, music festivals, bars, and listening rooms.


B.A. Guitar Performance, Appalachian State University; M.M. Jazz and Contemporary Studies, Longy School of Music

Contact Us

Brookline Music School is a nonprofit organization that has provided excellence in music education to the Greater Boston community since 1924. We rely on the generous support of our donors to benefit the community through music.

Brookline Music School welcomes students of all ages. Enrollment is open year-round so students may begin private lesson study at any time. Join us!

Office Hours

Monday: 9am to 8pm
Tuesday: 9am to 8pm
Wednesday: 9am to 8pm
Thursday: 9am to 8pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Sunday - Closed for the summer