9 reasons why a career in music is a huge life mistake

22 May 2020, 10:40 | Updated: 22 May 2020, 16:01

Career in music

If you’re considering a career in music, here’s why you shouldn’t be considering a career in music. Ever.

1. Being a teacher will make you put money ahead of personal fulfilment

Look at how this teacher had no impact on the lives of her students.

2. The effort involved in practise never leads to satisfaction

No satisfaction whatsoever.

3. The music’s not even that good anyway

Except for when it’s world-stop-turningly amazing:


4. Composers are a stuffy bunch

No sense of humour, clearly.

composer insults

5. You will lose the love of what you do

Please tell that to 96-year-old concert pianist Menahem Pressler.

6. Once you become a professional, it’s work work work

That's exactly why Lang Lang has no time for your frivolous ideas.

7. Classical music is especially serious, and literally no fun

Alondra De La Parra does not enjoy her job.

8. Nobody will remember you when you’re gone

Look at the poor unadorned grave of Bach: chart-topper, Baroque master, universal influencer. No-one likes him any more.

bach grave


9. If things go bad, no one will be there to help you

For any self-employed person, particularly artists, disruptions are especially difficult. But this group of loving creatives have organised Artist Relief Tree to help their colleagues during the cancelled work of the COVID-19 pandemic.