I am a teacher. You have your winter, spring, and summer breaks to play all you want. If you have a real passion for music then you should do it. Push them hard, and you will be rewarded beyond belief. Here is a page that you should go to. Once there go to the "Music Theory and Music Education" link. http://www.co-bw.com/Links CBAW.htm I will be adding a lot more over winter break, and I have a killer page that I am developing now that will blow your socks off if you are into the science of music/acoustics. Cruise my site and you will see that I am making it for the music/classroom educator. Oh, and the money isn't that bad anymore. Could be better, but you do not go into education to get rich. Forget about what your friends say, and go for it. I actually play more now working as a teacher than I did as a software engineer. Finally, if you really want to make a positive difference in the world, then education is a good place to start.