Absolute pitch does not depend on early musical training.

@article{Ross2003AbsolutePD,
  title={Absolute pitch does not depend on early musical training.},
  author={David A Ross and Ingrid R. Olson and John C. Gore},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  year={2003},
  volume={999},
  pages={522-6}
}
The etiology and defining characteristics of absolute pitch (AP) have been controversial. To test the importance of musical training in the development of this skill, we developed a new paradigm for identifying AP that is independent of a subject's musical experience. We confirm the efficacy of the paradigm using classically defined AP and non-AP musicians. We then present data from a nonmusician who nevertheless appears to possess AP. We conclude that musical training is not necessary for the… CONTINUE READING

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