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Benefits and Challenges of Absolute Pitch
by Szeto, Lai Tat, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 32; 10638868
Abstract (Summary)

Absolute pitch (AP) is also referred to as Perfect Pitch. AP possessors are able to identify pitch in any kinds of sound without a reference point. However, Absolute Pitch may hinder possessors in music studies because it can confuse their brain. It is significant to understand that Absolute Pitch is not purely an advantage for possessors. While Absolute Pitch has great impact on possessors, it may bring negative phenomenon to them, which could decrease their learning ability.

This project’s purpose is to examine whether Absolute Pitch is a benefit or challenge in music studies. I will begin my project with archival research to provide background information and facts of Absolute Pitch. It will explain how Absolute Pitch is beneficial and challenging for musicians. Five hypotheses are suggested in the project: (1) Absolute Pitch possessors perform excellently in music dictation. (2) Absolute Pitch possessors value special tone quality. (3) Possession of Absolute Pitch is not always useful and accurate. (4) Absolute Pitch possessors have different perspectives in hearing intervals. (5) Absolute Pitch possessors have difficulty at transposing music.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shockley, Alan
Commitee: Doyle, Alicia M., Goode-Castro, Helen
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music theory, Music
Keywords: Absolute pitch, Accurate, Intervals, Music dictation, Special tone quality, Transposition
Publication Number: 10638868
ISBN: 978-0-355-61522-7
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