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Pitch Discrimination Survey

University of Jyväskylä - Music Perception Survey
 
Choral Directors and Singers:
 
Would you kindly help our research team at the University of Jyväskylä and take this 10-15 minutes survey regarding your pitch discrimination ability?
 
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on March 8, 2013 7:37am
Can we see the results? There were some that I'm curious what the distance was.
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on March 8, 2013 5:27pm
Yes, it would be great to know how we fared!
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on March 8, 2013 6:24pm
There were a couple that I'd swear were the same note with just a change in intensity, but hey, what do I know? It would be wonderful to know how I did though, especially if I could see how it measured up against other musicians. 
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on March 8, 2013 9:35pm
When I finished the test, it showed a percentage (mine was 100%); I assumed that that was my score.
on March 8, 2013 9:45pm
I'm sure there were more than a couple that were actually the same pitch, or such a tiny microtonal difference that even a highly trained ear would have difficulty.. It also seemed that some of the tones rose or sank slightly after they initiated.   I would love to know how this survey was created. and if audiologists were involved. Look forward to seeing results of study.
on March 9, 2013 7:10am
I'm curious if it's actually a survey to measure competitive tendencies among singers, and the pitch test is the "cover story".
THOSE results would sure be interesting.  :-)
on March 9, 2013 8:10am
Is there a way to find out the result of one's efforts?  This was very interesting, and I would love to know how my very old ears measured up to the challenged.
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on March 10, 2013 1:29am
 
I realize that I can "Feel" but not recognize as "hear" certain high pitches . . . they change the atmosphere, I guess.  The REALLY high ones,like 16-18-20 Hz are not "heard" but "understood" -- I can hear them but not really  . . . confusing?  Sure.  But I can tell you exactly when the pitch changed.
 
on March 10, 2013 5:12am
Took the survey. How can we find out the results of your research? 
 
Many years ago I took a similar(but more involved) Pitch Discrimination assessment and could regularly identify piches that were 1 and 2 cps in difference. I wonder what my results were this time after many years of performing(pianist/vocalist), often in loud environments, sometimes w/ ear protection, sometimes w/o, and after aging.
 
Glad to assist.
on March 10, 2013 5:58am
Would also like to know results. I also felt the first few we virtually the same and felt that should have been an option. The 100% at the end meant you had completed all of the survey, not that one made a 100!!!
interesting... But only with results...:)
on March 11, 2013 12:32am
Come on Shawn, give us the results!
on March 11, 2013 4:50pm
Aw, shucks. And here I was feeling good about myself.
on March 12, 2013 4:14am
 Nora, on your second statement: I had the same impression as you. But quite often we are disturbed by psyco-acoustical effect: we perceive something that is not present in the sound waves, so it just exists within our ears or brain. There are some incredible and really funny "sound illusions", such as the optical ones.
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on March 12, 2013 7:38am
I have an app on my iPad & iPhone called A.P.S. Tuning Trainer.  Can't remember if it was free or not.  It tests/trains your ear down to one cent's difference between two pitches!  :-)
It plays one pitch, then it plays a second and you click "flat" "sharp" or "same". It tells you instantly if you were correct - or what the right answer was.  Instant feedback.
It has three given difficulty settings - Easy (35-40 cents # or b), Medium (20-29 cents # or b), Hard (10-19 cents # or b).
Or, you can set your own pitch variance difficulty down to one cent's difference.
So far, I can tell 5 cents difference if I've got headphones on or if I plug it in to my classroom speakers and the room is silent.
You can choose higher or lower octaves from which it will choose the pitches.
You can choose the pitch timbre (a nice selection of instruments). You can even choose two different instruments - one for the reference pitch, and one for the determinant pitch.
You can change how long each pitch is played and the space between them.
It comes with built-in help.
I like to use it in my choirs sometimes to illustrate to them what intonation is - or just to have fun.
The last time I used it in my freshman girls choir, they were all gathering around the speaker near the end when I bumped it to difficult.
I have never had freshman want to learn about tuning so much before!!!
It's super-fun.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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