This is a great question. I play violin, piano and I sing, and while I did not end up majoring in music, I think it is a great field, and can be super rewarding!
First, you may notice that I do not work in the music industry currently. While this is partially true, I still do sing and play professionally occasionally on the side.
Ultimately, when I was deciding whether or not to major in music myself, what it boiled down to for me was potential earnings. I felt I had a better chance of earning more if I didn't major in music. I also wanted to start a family eventually, and most musicians/performers work nights and weekends, which was not conducive to having small children.
Many of my teachers were professional musicians who played in the Columbus Symphony, and taught on the side. This helped them supplement their income, and bring up their yearly earnings.
In the end, I minored in music performance, and pursued another career and did music on the side. I will sing/play in weddings etc. from time to time - mostly for fun, but it can also be quite lucrative if you have spare time on the weekends.
Music is still a HUGE part of my life, so whatever you do - even if you don't want to do it for a living - keep it in your life. My husband is a musician as well as two of our boys, so we enjoy making music together as a family, and it is something very special for all of us.
Good luck to you, and follow your heart!
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