Question: If Music Education really does take that much time, is doing Piano Performance + Music Education actually a better idea (save more time) than doing Piano Performance + Business (the finance kind, not administration nor law)?
What I know
Right now I want to dual-degree or double major, 4 years or even 5 years if needed (1 more year isn't that much more expensive in the long run).
I want to succeed at a professional music career, so long as my desire to play piano doesn't die out (or my passion for music). Very unlikely it will though ^^
However I've decided to pick a safety. Either music education or business (finance, if I want to start a business you don't need a degree to show anyone lol)
Probably want: 4-5 years, no more than $30k tuition a year, I don't want a six figure debt especially since if I am a musician I won't make much money.
Benefits of the 2 Choices
-will overlap some classes with piano performance, so that doing 2 things will be a little easier
-I can do music education either at a school or just piano lessons (private, my own studio, or at students' homes) while I practice piano on the side. Even if I never become a full time pianist, I can still perform/accompany on the side for some side money/fun, my band teacher does this
-Might help if I ever want to go to Japan/Korea to teach English? I probably can't teach at schools without a degree (or at least hard to) but in person...? Ideally i'd like schools though I think.
(if I major in Education instead, I'm pretty sure I can't teach like a band teacher at a school, though i can do piano lessons, and don't think i'll even be able to teach language...? inside the USA i mean at least)
Business (finance, not administration)
-is supposed to be a nice compliment to music performance since you can learn to manage yourself
-if I fail as a piano player then I can at least work in a field I have a passion for as a finance/business dude (music or starcraft kekek)
-I hear is a bit easy, I'm talking generally more about undergrad business programs not graduate master degrees
Myth or Not?
However, I hear that music education workload is a bit heavy (my band teacher said you may need to take more classes than usual and they may give less credits than usual, but he said it wasn't necessarily hard). He frowned (in a humorous way) upon the idea of doing 2 different things, Performance + Business
Note: Thank you SO MUCH again for any advice. Some college apps are due in a few days so this is why it's a little urgent ( a lot due by the end of December 1st, so I have a little more than 2 days ).
Also I think BM is more what I want than a BA, and I think it fits better. Though for some schools like Emory it seems like you can get a degree in business in only 2 years while also getting a BA (50% music) in the same 4 years (without having to apply for dual-degree which has a small but still realistic chance of being rejected?). Probably won't prepare me as much but again I don't think I want to go to grad school, so I am keeping that in mind.
Another choice is to do Piano Performance + Pedagogy, so that I can teach in studios (much more easily?) than trying to ask around with just a Piano Performance degree (at least, I can charge more without them worrying much and without me having to prove myself slowly by starting with cheaper lessons). Teaching in a band class sounds fun, I love to manage things and think about putting bands together (i'm always trying to organize performances with friends lol) though I will have to work on the speech aspect and I might get annoyed by band class talking too much, though my band teacher does a great job and has little problem with it, and since he's my teacher I'll have a good idea of how to handle things when/if I teach ^^
Ideally I think I would love to learn either jap or kor fluently and live in Japan or Korea.