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It is worth it to keep music in my life as I pursure college and careers?

Asked Sioux Falls, South Dakota

All throughout k-12 school, music has been a big part of my life. Playing principal clarinet in numerous all-state events and solo contests throughout my high school career has been a big part of my life. However, I am probably going to pursue science in college, and I am wondering if I should keep playing at all. After all, knowing scales and etudes isn't going to help me much in a field of physics or neuroscience. Should I go with my brain and drop it, go with my heart and keep it, or do both somehow?
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Judeanne’s Answer

Updated Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


You will be amazed by how much neurological research is done in regards to music.

I just Googled neuroscience and... and music was the second auto fill selection. It's just that popular a combination. In the results for scholarly articles was the title "music, the food of neuroscience?" and it was cited 323 times by other researchers. (https://www.google.com/search?q=neuroscience+and+music&rlz=1C1OKWM_enUS779US779&oq=neuroscience+and+&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.13638j1j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8)

If it's not something you wish to pursue yourself and another field within neuroscience intrigues you, by all means, follow it. But, never think you need to give up being a musician for any reason. It's a skill that will give you joy, provide stress relief, and make you life of the party no matter what your profession.

Be smart about it but, always follow your heart.

Judeanne recommends the following next steps:

  • check out the research done on music in the field of Neuroscience.
  • Never stop playing unless you stop enjoying it.
  • Always follow your heart.

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

As a part of having a balanced life in college and throughout your career, having interests and activities such as music will greatly enhance the quality of your life. The following are some comments by college students regarding balancing life in college.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • Balance College: ## https://www.unigo.com/in-college/college-experience/creating-a-workschool-balance-a-college-student-perspective ## ## http://www.mycollegesuccessstory.com/academic-success-tools/college-life-balance.html ## ## http://www.collegeconfidential.com/dean/000241/ ##

Joseph’s Answer


Anything that makes you happy is worth continuing. If you feel passionately in your heart that music is something you want to keep in your life, it is important that you do so. Whatever career path you take, you will need a balance between professional and personal happiness and success.

I work in a technology company as a supervisor, but have never stopped my creative outlet of woodworking. Keeping things in your life that make you happy will never be a bad choice.