Who learns music?

"Learning anything is an act which must be performed by the learner. It cannot be done for him by the teacher. The only thing, a teacher can do is to assist in creating favorable conditions by motivation, supply of materials, and general guidance."

"The first essential then in facing any learning problem is to place the responsibility where it belongs, namely, on the pupil."

Carl E. Seashore - The Psychology of Music

These are excerpts from Chapter 13 of 'Carl E. Seashore - The Psychology of Music'. The second half of that chapter has related advice for teachers, and I unreservedly recommend the book as a resource for the musician who is curious about his own art.