Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding and dealing with the loss of absolute pitch as one ages
by Bianco, Mary L., M.A., Mills College, 2015, 40; 1589399
Abstract (Summary)

My research is focused on the experiences of musicians confronted with the loss of Absolute Pitch. Having studied the genetic, somatic, and emotional components likely encountered in one's sixties, there is currently next to nothing to read on the subject of AP loss. However, being aware of the complex connections between the brain, the ear, and the unique properties of the brain in promoting musicality sheds considerable light. For each person the story is different, as are the attempts to recapture one's AP. Regardless of the timing and extent of losing one's musical center, the strange limbo one feels needs to be better understood and discussed. My research, which includes listening to personal stories, is a start in understanding the void many talented musicians and music lovers feel, having benefited from Absolute Pitch all of their life. To be educated about, aware of, and accepting of this unexpected change is what I hope to provide.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bernstein, David W.
Commitee: Brown, Chris, Frith, Fred, Mitchell, Roscoe, Parkins, Zeena
School: Mills College
Department: Music - Composition
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Medicine, Psychology
Keywords: Absolute pitch, Aging, Brain, Education, Emotional aspects, Genetic components
Publication Number: 1589399
ISBN: 978-1-321-77003-2
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