"College music programs booming despite economic bust
Applications are soaring at music schools across the country, often mirroring the overall rise in college enrollment but in many cases surpassing the interest in other disciplines. Never mind that the chances of landing a paying job in a decent-size symphony orchestra have diminished, with many ensembles going out of business in recent years. Never mind that jazz clubs are becoming an endangered species.
More students want to stake their futures on the seemingly rarefied art of music. And parents are not only letting them—they're paying for it."