I know what you mean that it’s difficult to balance composing and anything else, especially if you’re passionate about something so consuming as coding. Depending on what type of composition you are into you could maybe incorporate some tech and programming skills into it. There’s electronic music, live sound processing, algorithmic composition, and all kinds of stuff. (I’ve dabbled in this world but am no expert.) But since this is your last year of a Masters, it’s probably not the best time to start something totally new!
My advice for you in regards to hanging onto music after you graduate is that if you want to make it happen, you can. You just have to put yourself in the right environment and keep your musician friends nearby, which is what I didn’t do. But it is very doable if you work at it.
Here is my long story of music and programming, so don’t feel obliged to read it all…
Besides music which was my main passion growing up, I’ve always been STEM-inclined, so I wanted to do a music and science double major for undergrad. I started with chemistry, but then found out that I don’t like lab work at all. I dropped the chemistry major and just took as many math and science courses as I could on top of the music major classes. (It wasn’t easy at all! But I think I needed the STEM classes to fuel my compositional inspiration, so I just made it work and never slept, haha.) I finally took two Computer Science classes (which used Java) and really really loved it, but at that point it was too late to start a CS double major. But learning those skills (especially object-oriented programming and algorithms) have helped me a lot.
But after so much stress(stressstress) in college, I had to take a break. So I traveled abroad by myself for a year and got hooked on it, so I trained as an English teacher and worked abroad which was a great experience. But now I want to settle in an English-speaking country where English language teaching jobs are hard to get. So I thought for my next move I would try programming since it really captivated me in college. That’s where I currently am. I’m staying with family to help them out and spending all of my time studying web development.
As far as the music goes, what I really enjoyed was organizing concerts with other musicians, and that just isn’t very easy to do when you’re always traveling around by yourself (especially in countries where you don’t speak the language). I also made the mistake of going to college very far form any place that I would want to live permanently. So all the networking and contacts I made there don’t help me now. My goal is to learn web development, move to the place I want to live, find a job, and THEN finally get to join some music communities or start some projects of my own on the side. But for now it’s hard.