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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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.
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.
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.