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|Title:||Exploring the self-concept and identity of Sydney Conservatorium students with and without absolute pitch|
|Abstract:||Absolute Pitch (AP) is the ability to identify pitches without external references (Parncutt & Levitin, 2001). It is a rare ability that is more prevalent among musicians. This qualitative study explored the perceptions of Sydney Conservatorium of Music students through interviews, focusing on the value of AP possession, and implications for music self-concept. The study involved 12 Conservatorium University and High School students; six participants were self-nominated absolute pitch possessors, and the remaining six were categorised as relative pitch (RP) users. Through discussions of the value, prevalence and practicality of AP, the data suggested that AP is a highly desirable ability among Conservatorium students, and particularly valued by those who possess it. The results also suggested that RP students tend to have less positive self-concepts in aural perception and music theory, while having more positive self-concepts in other musical arenas. The majority of the AP participants had a desire to become a solo performer, and the RP participants’ tended to plan broader musical goals such as combining teaching and ensemble performance. These results suggested that the possession of AP has had a significant effect on the identity of these individuals.|
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