2024 Student Research Conference:
37th Annual Student Research Conference

The Science of Perfect Pitch: Combining Genetics, Neuroscience, and Musical Training

Trenton Kiesling
Dr. Charles Gran, Faculty Mentor

Absolute pitch (AP), referred to more-commonly as perfect pitch, is defined as the ability to recognize and correctly assign a pitch label to a designated tone without an external reference. Historically, the ability has been perceived as largely due to genetic factors and musical training within a critical period during a person’ childhood, however more recent studies have leaned towards the fact the ability might be able to be a learned ability. In this paper I examine the potential genetic and psychological aspects of the ability, including through the use of neuroimaging with regard to the latter aspect, and examine training methods that could be used for the most efficient training of AP (or relative pitch if perfect pitch is determined to be unattainable).

Keywords: Perfect pitch, Absolute pitch


Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 101-1
Location: SUB Alumni Room
Time: 9:15

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