Absolute Pitch in Trained Singers

What does participation involve?

For Singers:

Participation in Phase 1 of the study involves taking part in an online (Zoom) interview about your experiences, practices and beliefs regarding absolute pitch.
The time commitment is expected to be approximately 40-50 minutes.
The kinds of questions you will be asked include:
• How is absolute pitch relevant to you as a singer?
(It can be helpful to think about this in terms of what you would no longer be able to do if you lost your absolute pitch ability.)
• What (if any) are the challenges of having absolute pitch as a singer?

As is standard practice in absolute pitch research, you will also be asked to demonstrate your AP ability by completing a short note-naming and singing task. As part of this, you will be asked to download the free, audio recording software Audacity to your computer (https://www.audacityteam.org/download/). After the interview, you will be able to uninstall Audacity. You can find information about computer safety when downloading Audacity at https://www.audacityteam.org/download/online-safety-when-downloading/.

In Phase 2 of the study (planned for 2022), we will test some of the hypotheses that emerge from the first phase. If you participate in the first phase, you are not obliged to take part in the second phase, and vice versa.
For Teachers:

Participation involves either a written, online questionnaire or an online (Zoom) interview. The time commitment is expected to be approximately 30 minutes.
The kinds of questions you will be asked include:
  • do you teach AP singers any differently from non-AP singers?
  • what are the challenges of teaching absolute-pitch possessors?
  • what strategies have you used to address these challenges?
How will my data be protected?

This project has human research ethics approval from The University of Melbourne [ethics
ID 21169].
You will be referred to anonymously in all reporting of your data unless you explicitly tell us that you want to be referred to by your real name.
All data will be collected and stored in password-protected folders on The University of Melbourne’s server. Only the named researchers can access the folder.
Your raw data will be securely stored at The University of Melbourne for five years after the final publication of this research. After that time, they will be destroyed in accordance with the university’s Code of Conduct for Research.
If you would like more information about The University of Melbourne’s Cybersecurity policy, please visit https://www.unimelb.edu.au/cybersecurity#about
Are there any risks associated with participating in this study?

The risks associated with taking part in this research are minimal. Your personal data will be kept confidential. All data will be treated in accordance with the privacy protocols approved by the Human Ethics Research Committee of The University of Melbourne. There are no identifiable risks for teachers. For singers, some of the questions relate to self-identity and past experiences. There is the potential, therefore, that some people may feel uncomfortable answering questions of this nature. However, you do not have to answer any question you don’t want to.