• There are many types of perfect pitch: for certain notes, certain ranges, and even certain instruments.
  • Perfect pitch can drift with age.
  • It's nearly impossible to acquire perfect pitch after age 6.
  • There's a close relation between perfect pitch and synesthesia.
  • It's possible there's a perfect pitch gene.
  • Some animals have perfect pitch.

In this episode of Notes From The Staff, we chatted with Dr. Elizabeth West Marvin, Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, about perfect pitch. Dr. Marvin’s research encompasses the areas of music cognition and music theory and pedagogy, and she's known for her textbook series Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis. Here are six quick facts from our conversation about perfect pitch. To hear each one explained (and more), listen to the full episode on Demystifying Perfect Pitch.

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