I'm a third year medical student and I started going to piano classes few months ago. It's so hard for me to manage my time... I want to study medicine very well cause I wanna make a good doctor... my lessons are so hard and take a lot of time that I can't give a good time to music... I'm worried I would have to give up on piano😳😔 Is there anyone who has the same situation as me and can give me a piece of advice?

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    Isn't this rather a question about time management in general than about music practice? Since the question would be the same, if you had chosen a different hobby. – Arsak Jun 4 '19 at 13:22
  • Yes. You're right🙏👌 – Sheyda Jun 4 '19 at 14:27
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    This question is very useful not only for students of medicine, but for all students, learners and workers. Those who voted for closing this questions have nothing understood of music and music practice. I plead to reopen it - it even needs no correction or transformation. – Albrecht Hügli Jun 5 '19 at 9:27
  • And it isn’t a question of time management and it wouldn’t be the same if she had chosen a different hobby. – Albrecht Hügli Jun 5 '19 at 9:29
  • @AlbrechtHügli I agree with you, the question is about something much more important than time management. Unfortunately I don't have the rep to vote for re-opening – PiedPiper Jun 5 '19 at 10:02

You can't study sixteen hours a day. You need to take breaks and do other things. Playing music is a perfect way to take a break. To make any progress you're probably going to need to devote at least half an hour a day to your piano practice, but you can use your study breaks for this. After a couple of hours of study, practice piano for 15 minutes, it will renew your energy for your studies. If all you every do is study, you probably won't make a really good doctor.

  • Yes.. what a good answer. Thank you.. specially your last sentence🌸🌸 – Sheyda Jun 4 '19 at 14:29

I did a PhD in physics while working as a musician (on and off). Though, unlike you, I started in music at age 4. Dropped music school to do physics. I will say that graduate school is very challenging and you will need to make trade offs. A hobby is nice for breaks. I disagree that you cannot study 16 hours a day (it's what we do). But if you start taking the piano too seriously (more than just a hobby) this will cause problems. That happened for me. The kind of time it takes to maintain professional chops will cause your grades to suffer. In the end I did have to seriously cut my practice to pass PhD qualifiers and write and defend my thesis. So, in addition to time management this is an issue of managing expectations.

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    Playing professionally while you are studying is probably a bad idea. But the question was about learning the piano. That doesn't necessarily take up a lot of time – PiedPiper Jun 4 '19 at 20:57
  • Learning can be harder than playing once you reach a certain level, especially if you start taking it too seriously. I continued to work in grad school, just not full time. Had to take 1 year off to pass the qualifier, then 1 year to write. Other than that, working almost every week. – ggcg Jun 4 '19 at 22:04
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    In our universities there are “Mediziner Orchestras”, that means orchestras who's members are students of medicine and also doctors. This is a statistical proof that this question is not opinion based, as many if not most students of phil. 1 faculty are playing an instrument and making music is the best - together with sports - you can do to improve your medicine studies. Mind points as: relaxing, regeneration, super learning, sensory and mental awareness, sensitivity training for body and soul, especially coordination of arm, hands, fingers last but not least: social contacts and networking. – Albrecht Hügli Jun 5 '19 at 9:22
  • Thank you all for your comments🌸 – Sheyda Jun 5 '19 at 13:34

In five years time, which of the two will provide you with a decent income? Clue: Not playing piano. Which of the two costs you more at the moment? Clue: Not playing piano.

You can always pick up piano again at any time, and at any level. Concentrate on your medical studies.

I expect this question will be closed, as you're asking people to make a decision for you.

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