Man Coomer and Rowuk that's good advice. I'm in about the same situation, in my 40s and learning trumpet. I just have no illusions about going to a college, there are none near me that teach it. Police and nurses and all kinds of occupations that NEVER used to have layoffs, have them now. There's a Depression on. As I was observing to a friend, it used to be there were certain jobs or occupations you could go into, maybe you didn't like 'em so much but the money was so good. Now, all bets are off. Anything you go into, you'd better have your HEART in it. IE as a dentist you may make $20k a year so you'd better really love dentistry .... In my own case, if I had the chance to go to actual college for trumpet, I"d jump at it. But I'd not assume there's work out there teaching or anything. That's why I live the way I do now, FRUGAL FRUGAL FRUGAL. I literally live on about $4000 a year. Not a month, a year. That's if I work extra hard. I want to learn trumpet, and think that I may be able to match my "workin' my butt off" income of an average of $10 a day, by busking and playing in coffee shops etc. Maybe even increase it..... imagine averaging $20 a day! For me that's huge money. But that won't happen until I've gone through quite a bit of learning, maybe year or two or three, so in light of this I've brought my costs down from where they were last year, sold the motorcycle, no more showers at the gym (heat water here on the stove and wash up just fine at home) etc. Get those expenses DOWN DOWN DOWN and work hard, I should have a more enjoyable life later. Ultimately a college degree would not make a difference, but if you can do it, I advise it since the more learning the better, generally. Just don't expect that college degree to give you an edge in getting a job, etc. All the old rules, along with the old economy, are gone. Enjoy!