Should I stop playing trumpet after high school?

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  1. gmonady

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    I am an academic physician and make a good income as a State Universitiy Professor.... But when it came to providing 16 weeks of clinical care as an Academic Physician, I made more money this past year as a professional musician, then I did as a Board Certified Internist AND Pediatrician!
     
  2. Chuck Cox

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    Become a dentist, it's easier than becoming a good trumpet player.
     
  3. stumac

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    And you will make more money.

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  4. The Dutch Guy

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    Another thing to take into account is that you can play the trumpet without going to conservatory now, although perhaps not professionally. The only way to become a medical specialist of any kind is to complete that education. The only way to do both, is going for the medical education and keep the trumpet as a hobby.

    Judging by your post you're pretty much a regular player, and no child prodigy of some sort. That would mean you'd have to put a lot of effort and practise without knowing where you'd end up playing, for how long, and if you'll make enough money with music alone. The medical profession seems to be a more 'stable' job to me. You'll get a high fixed income, normal working hours, and no travelling to distant locations. This means that going to rehearsals in the evening for any community band or so won't be a problem.
     
  5. gmonady

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    Ahhhh but becoming a good dentis... that is the challenge.
     
  6. kingtrumpet

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    my question is -- "do you still need your wisdom teeth to become a dentist??" ROFL ROFL ROFL
     
  7. Masterwannabe

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    I think this statement says more than all the posts in the world could say. I don't think you can become much of either if you do not have a passion for which ever you choose. The idea that your time would be wasted is so foriegn to me I can't even imagine. I learned a long time ago it is not he destination it is the journey, enjoy what ever you can learn and use it as a stepping stone to something else.

    You could be a good example of one of the reasons I argue they shoud have never eliminated the draft. I think every swinging dic_ (blind cripple or lame) should serve time in the military because if there is a civilian job there is a military one too. I saw so many young men grow up in the service, as did I, that this could really help you make up your mind. Maybe you sould consider enlisting.

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  8. gmonady

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    KT, all a dentist needs is some laughing gas for when they get you into their offices for the sake of survival.
     
  9. patkins

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    Plumbers make more money than some doctors, but I have never met a plumber that could play a trumpet. I'm looking forward to it when I do.
     
  10. kingtrumpet

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    all I got to say is this: ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL
     

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