What's amusing about amusia?

Welcome to 4Amusia.com, a place to find out more about something called amusia. For those who are not familiar with the term amusia, here is what Wikipedia says about it: "Amusia is a musical disorder that appears mainly as a defect in processing pitch but also encompasses musical memory and recognition." (This is a "sticky post" dated in the future so it always appears first.)

Studies suggest that about 4% of people are born with amusia. This is referred to as congenital amusia, which has been described as "a deficit in fine-grained pitch discrimination" (Wikipedia).

I recently learned that I am one of those people and that discovery has impacted my outlook on life in numerous ways, some of which may be hard for some people to understand (based on my initial efforts to describe them).

On this site I plan to blog about my own journey with amusia, while posting commented links about amusia. Those link posts will be brief posts and should not be taken as endorsements of the content to which I link.

I should warn you that the look and feel of the site will change over time as whenever I get a chance to smarten it up. However, I am also color blind, so please excuse any jarring color choices you may encounter here.

As for "what's amusing about amusia?" I am inclined to answer: not much. However, your experience may be different. I will say this: while I did not enjoy the stigma of being a tone deaf child, and while I endured decades of frustration failing to learn a musical instrument, and while I experienced deep sadness at not being able to express my feelings in song in the presence of other humans; nevertheless, learning that there is a physical basis for these limitations, rather than some character defect, was quite liberating!


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