Music is a magic that can
change the world.
It starts by changing us.
About the Mission
The sentiment behind this mission statement is similar to Gandhi’s advice for us to “be the change we want to see in the world.” Making the world a little bit brighter starts with a change in ourselves. We have to first find the light within ourselves in order to share it with others.
But what is music, and what is its power?
Music does so many things. Although there is much debate about whether we can truly call it a “universal language,” music is a force bigger than ourselves that connects us together. It’s tied to culture, identity, entertainment, emotion, and so much more. There has probably never been a day you can think of that wasn’t in some way punctuated by music.
Joy has been defined in psychology, philosophy, and religion as both something (a mood, an emotion, a disposition, a spiritual practice, or all of these) that makes us feel more whole in ourselves and something that makes us feel more connected to others in the world.
More specifically, we feel more connected and in tune with the uniqueness of other individuals. We sense and feel comfort in our own individuality, but we also sense and find profound happiness in the same thing in other people.
Music and joy must be connected.
This website is dedicated to understanding this connection between joy and music as well as other perspectives to understanding music as a listener, performer, or composer. The site is full of resources (geared towards pianists but can be applicable to all musicians) that examine why some pieces of music make us feel the way we do; how we can practice joy more deliberately and make practice less painful; and basic resources on music theory, piano technique, and music cognition.
In a world that stands divided more and more each day, we all need to keep making music to bring us back together. Music is a magic that can change the world, and it starts with us. Practice joy, and make unique music.
About the Owner
Hi, music lovers! I’m Amy King.
When I was younger, I found that the only thing that made me feel truly connected to other people was music. This included both making and listening to music.
Behind a piano was clearly where I was always meant to be, but I’ve enjoyed also finding a place behind a desk as a music theorist!
My degrees match: Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and English Literature from High Point University and Master of Music in Music Theory from Northwestern University.
At the end of the day, I want to provide everyone with the resources to pursue and understand music in a way that gives them hope just like it did and continues to do for me. And with that hope, we can change the world.
This site includes resources on learning piano and music theory, thinking deeply (some might say philosophically) about music, and life as a musician (also read: “how to care for your musician” – which is us learning self-care). And I care about all of this a lot!
Email me any time with questions or if you’d just like to chat about all things music. I’m excited to hear from you!