OMG I used to play the piano, flute and violin too! Well, at least those are the instruments that I'm somewhat familiar with.
Anyways, back to what I was saying. I'm taking the pre-reqs for nursing right now (ADN) and the other half of me really wants to major in music. This is what I have so far and tell me what you guys think:
Why I should major in music
1. I love music
2. It would be a dream come true to play with a symphony orchestra full time
3. I guess I'm musically talented (was told numerous times how good I am in piano and flute, how well I play at such an early age)
4. I played the piano by ear since I was little with little music lessons
5. I learn instruments quickly. Learned my brother's clarinet all by myself and I ended up playing it more often than him. I was playing flute at that time with my elementary school band and the instructor loved me and saw great potential in me and gave me private lessons
6. Nothing beats doing what you love for a living
7. I would not mind practicing violin for hours and hours a day
8. I had numerous piano lessons when I was young
Why I should not major in music
1. I haven't played the piano since 4th grade in elementary school
2. Haven't played the flute since graduating jr. high but I never grasped the skill of playing it without getting dizzy (I was not blowing air in the appropirate place and never paid anyone to give me appropriate lessons)
3. I knew how to play twinkle little star all by myself on the violin and learned quickly from what I remember, when I was in PRESCHOOL. Now, I don't know anything about playing the violin
4. I've read that a person needs to start at the age of at least 6 or 7 to become physically fit to play the violin and have a successful career at it
5. I'm not sure if I will be good enough in violin to work for an orchestra full time
6. If I mess up even one note during an audition for an orchestra my chance of making it is reduced tremedously
7. I hate the fact that my salary is not determined for the future if I do decide to major in music. Who knows if I'll have to live paycheck to paycheck and worry that I will not have money for next month. What if I can't find anyone to hire me?
8. Pretend I put all those worries above aside and go into music major, what if I never catch up to the people that are in my class who have been playing since they were kids? Do I go back and start all over again to become a nurse?
That's it. I won't hate being a nurse, but there will always be that what if? I'll probably take violin lessons once I become a nurse though. I wish I would've learned an instrument from an early age and kept at it. Thanks for reading.
BTW I'm 19 years old right now.
Not to mention that I told my mom that I want to major in music (half heartedly just to see her reaction) and she was against it. "Play violin for fun, not for a carrer." I understand her though, stable nursing job vs music :roll