I was very close to majoring in music in college. There were three colleges that I applied for, each with very different majors. I ended up going to the college that gave me the best financial aid package. It also ended up being for the major that everyone thought that I should do. Unfortunately, it wasn’t for the major that deep down I wanted to pursue…which was music.
My love for music really blossomed in high school band. I did it all…jazz band, marching band and concert band. There is something truly magical that happens when you play music with others. I’m sure others who play will understand what I mean. It’s something that is difficult to describe.
A survey recently conducted shows a relationship between people with a musical background and those who have a higher education and higher earnings:
The poll by Harris Interactive, an independent research company, showed that 88 percent of people with a post-graduate education were involved in music while in school, and 83 percent of people earning $150,000 or more had a music education.
I am part of the 88% because I have a college degree. But, I don’t make anywhere near $150,000 a year. If I did end up majoring in music and perhaps become a music teacher at a school, I doubt I would have made more than $150,000/year. It would be interesting to read about what professions those with music lessons ended up in.
I’ve thought about enrolling our son in music lessons, but they are costly and he hasn’t shown an interest in any of the instruments we have in our home. But he’s still young and of course I will be ready and willing to share my love of music with him if and when he is ready. But it won’t be because he might end up making more money in his lifetime…it’s because music is such a beautiful thing.