Reframing perfect pitch

Perfect pitch is the rare but interesting ability to name a musical note just by hearing it. It often runs in families, suggesting that whether or not you have it is at least partially due to genetics. University of Melbourne researchers have launched Key Change, a new online program to study perfect pitch and how it may run in families. If you have ever played an instrument or sung, we are interested in hearing from you! You do not need to have perfect pitch to participate – we would like to hear from people with all levels of ability and musical expertise. Whether you played guitar for six months in high school, or are a professional opera singer, this study is for you! Since perfect pitch can run in families, we are also interested in people from large musical families – you will have the opportunity to invite your family members to participate too.

The study involves a brief questionnaire about you and your musical experiences, as well as those of your family members. You will then complete two perfect pitch tests, which involve identifying notes played through your speakers or headphones. Overall, the study should take about 45 minutes, but you can take a break at any time and return later.
Visit keychange.org.au to learn more and participate.

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Melbourne (Ethics ID 1851930.1)