An interesting study published in NPR. I take issue with some of the findings and the suggested conclusions because I personally know quite a few professional, and amateur musicians, who have developed absolute/perfect pitch after the age of seven and, in some cases, well into adulthood before training this aspect of musicianship into their playing…
In the world of music, there is no more remarkable gift than having perfect pitch. As the story goes, Ella Fitzgerald’s band would use her perfect pitch to tune their instruments.
Although it has a genetic component, most believe that perfect pitch — or absolute pitch — is a primarily a function of early life exposure and training in music, says Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard.