Point 1: I just went to workopolis.com and did a quick job search on the keyword C++. The result is over 500 hits. I did the same search on trumpet. The result was just under zero. Point 2: Back in 1991, I was laid off from my first programming job. I immediately went to the library to look at the careers section of the paper (You remember paper?). An older gentleman there saw me and remarked that there were no good computer jobs available. Well, I donâ€™t know what happened to him, but I was working within a month. Conclusion: Some people simply donâ€™t know what they are talking about. Of all the people who want to be musicians, how many are really successful? Isnâ€™t it a bit like hockey, or acting? The minor league hockey coach in the cube next to mine says that only 1% of 1% of little hockey players make it to the NHL. How many symphony orchestras are out there? Do you really want to busk at farmers markets for your supper? I think many music schools are irresponsible. They sell a dream for hard cash. You can seem music professors at Artists House Music: A learning resource for music and the music business. saying that you should follow your dreams and you cannot be a successful musician unless you devote yourself fully. Well, unless they will accept an essay on your dreams as tuition payment, they are hypocrites. If you were my son/daughter, Iâ€™d tell you to have a backup plan. Youâ€™re road will be rough. I barely made it out if engineering school with just one major, but many of my more gifted colleagues had double majors and did well. You will have to work while others are partying. You will need extra discipline. You will need to love both your music and your backup field especially if it is one of the hard sciences or you will not be successful in your backup. Sorry for the long rant. I would have made it shorter, but I didnâ€™t have time.