Hello everyone, this is my first post here. I have recently been questioning what I want to do with my life career wise. I am currently a Masters student in piano performance and up until recently was planning to get a DMA with the hopes of teaching at a college. Lately however I have gotten very discouraged with my playing ability and think I have gotten worse this year due to a new school where I feel the teachers don't care about me. This has also helped me realized I am tired of being a student. I also worry a lot about not being able to find a job after getting a DMA while also accumulating a mountain of debt. After next year I should owe around $40,000, and I think it's unlikely I will get a good deal somewhere else in a DMA program.
So my question is do you think it's possible to get a descent salery including health benefits (or being able to afford my own insurance) at some type of communtity music school or even just teaching privately, advertising myself with an M.M degree? Would it also make a big difference if I go become an expert in some method like Suzuki for example? I have some teaching and pedagogy experience but think I need to become more knowledgeable still.
Advice and ideas from people would be highly appreciated.