Most teachers (including me) will tell you they love working with students. As a high school teacher, I thrive on teen youthful enthusiasm. In the past year, I’ve had two exceptional music students tell me they would not consider music education as a college major. Both indicate parental pressure to do something more financially compensating than music education. How do I argue that, especially when schools are cutting the arts and chasing teachers away in droves with program and budget cuts, performance pressure and paperwork that goes with trying to account for student learning. Current high school students see and hear all that and are responding by choosing other careers.