Congenital Amusia Disorder? Really?? Please...

The idea that lack of musical ability comes from lack of effort on the part of the tone deaf individual persists in some circles, including those who earn income from singing lessons.

Congenital Amusia Disorder? Really?? Please.... - Singing From Scratch: Here we have a singing coach, Michael Graves, who does not accept that congential amusia is a thing: "I do not believe in the permanency of tone deafness. I believe that it is a low level of proficiency that can be overcome, not a condition."

This is a great example of the attitude I have dealt with all my life: all I need to do to overcome my tin ear is to do the work. Here is the worldview that leads to that conclusion: "The only purpose most disorder labels serve is to provide the “afflicted” an easy path away from persistence and success and towards failure and acceptance."

This outlook is often sustained through wilful ignorance of scientific research and twisted logic, for example: we don't know what causes congenital amusia, ergo, there is no such thing. You can imagine people with this view of life berating dyslexic kids for doing badly in spelling class, back when we didn't know what caused dyslexia.


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