More than you may want to know about absolute pitch
Why do some people develop AP and others do not? Well, it’s definitely not due to practice. Various claims aside, there is no scientific evidence of any adult being able to acquire AP through intensive practice. There seems to be a critical period in early childhood when AP is most likely to be acquired, and […]
Perfect pitch may not be perfect after all
If you can name a pitch, either real or imagined, without any kind of comparison to a reference pitch, you have perfect pitch, or in the terminology of scientists – absolute pitch. Non-musicians tend to think that perfect pitch is a kind of ultimate credential for musicians; if you have perfect pitch, you must be […]
Just sleep on it!
My last semester of college was difficult. My senior recital was scheduled for late March, I had grad school auditions, a tough course load, was teaching quite a few students in the school’s prep division, and of course was practicing a lot of hours for my senior recital. One evening as I was trying to […]
Patterns in the Brain
This wonderful image is not your brain on music. It’s from Stephen Malinowski’s animated graphical score of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps: Part I and Part II. A few months ago, at the time I was thinking about starting this blog, a lot of media attention was being directed to the 100th anniversary of […]
Why Am I Doing This?
My favorite photography collection is Contemporary Musicians in Photographs by Louis Ouzer. This 1979 Dover publication contains 119 photos of some of the world’s most famous musicians, from Rubinstein to Ellington, taken at the Eastman School of Music between 1940 and 1979. Ouzer, whose studio was a few doors down the street from Eastman, was a […]