My mom got a bachelors degree in music and is a violinist. But she earned almost nothing as a musician and has only earned any real money as a secretary in her youth and then as an office manager at my dads office starting about a year ago. Playing the violin was her passion and she even joined several symphonies but she said that there is only money in music teaching lessons to others, but she didn’t end up teaching much because she also has schizophrenia and was scared of people in my neighborhood stalking her.
At this point she says she often wishes she had gone into biology instead of music. She said that a few people make it big but that there just isn’t much money in the performing arts. I think it’s because there are already so many recordings of everything that competing against those makes for very stiff competition. Probably the only money you can make in music is as a composer but not as a performer for the most part.
When I was younger I wanted to be a pianist but my senior year of high school decided against it because it’s too hard to earn a living that way. You have to be the best of the best to earn anything and even though I was good I don’t think I would have made it. Maybe you can make it as a composer but as a performer you have to teach lessons.
If you’re going to enrich yourself and learn something new then it will probably be fun. If you’re doing it to make money then realize that you will probably make it big or not at all.