Music is like a story, it takes us to a level unexplained. Learning music is an area marked by high levels of competence and expectations, mainly because recognition is got only when there is some sort of qualified certification from the various Universities and Organizations. It is here that the recognition of a Teacher takes place. A teacher is someone who becomes one, through many years of training and practice. I have not found a teacher who is an expert on the first day of their teaching. A teacher matures with age and time. Teachers must love their career, to pass on the enthusiasm, and to provide a warm environment to the students.
There is a great level of commitment among classical music learners, who are settled abroad. The need to ensure that their children are not distracted and also retain their native identity. Cultural and filial roots are a good grounding. Even after generations of living overseas and even after a complete assimilation to the culture of the adopted country, there is still a quest, almost an yearning amongst them to learn an art of their native land. This may not manifest at an young age but chances are that this dormant passion flowers given the right environment. That is why learning Carnatic Music or Hindustani Music; the two classical traditional music streams of India has quite a following. There are also many great artistes who visit overseas and of course you have resident Music Schools with well trained teachers.
Let us not forget that there is a large section of genuinely committed teachers of music who have their disciple’s interest first and foremost in their heart and may their tribe increase. May the glow of our great fine art spread to every corner of the globe in all its splendor.