In India, traditionally, the relationship between the student and the teacher is very strong. The student is a disciple; the teacher, a master.
The idea here is that the disciple learns not only about music, but also about life in general. His teacher is his guide. In fact the word guru means exactly that.
He spends as much time as possible with his guru, in class and outside of class, indoors and outdoors, accompanying him to his performances, eating with him, traveling with him. By spending time together, the disciple gets close to his guru’s mind, heart and spirit. Through the most common gestures of life, he learns from his teacher’s experience, his relationship to the world, his wisdom. This process takes learning to much deeper level. The knowledge gained is fully understood, and the experience is imprinted forever.
The student is skilfully guided, and through the perfections and imperfections of his master, like a child with his mother, he gets his own understanding of life and becomes the actor of his own existence.
However, for that magic to happen, a profound trust needs to be established on both sides. Both student and teacher need to let go of their fears, dive into the experience of true sharing, and involve themselves uninhibited by judgement and calculation. Both need to find their childlike heart, the innocent one that never doubts.
Only when the heart is open and the mind silent, can the teacher fully teach and the student fully learn. The awareness of having actually imbibed something leads to one having truly learned.
When both the student and the teacher take the risk of sharing their profound self for the sake of Music, or simply for the sake of the Universe, which is the same to me; When both are true to each other, then, and only then, can they learn, and grow, and affect the world by the love they naturally create.