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Jul. 19th, 2008 @ 07:26 pm just curious...
I'm just curious...are there any TAs (teaching assistants/grad student teachers) here? I'm going to be one in the fall for written music theory. If you are a TA, and you have AP...do you disclose it to your students? Or do you make an effort to hide it?

I only had one aural theory TA with it (I only took a year of aural theory because I skipped sophomore theory, written and aural, completely) and she only admitted it to me during an individual exam. I'm pretty sure another one of my TAs (not aural theory) had it as well, and a couple professors, none of whom mentioned it...I just have a really strange, almost psychic ability to sense when certain people have AP!
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Date:July 20th, 2008 08:41 am (UTC)
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I'm not a teacher myself, but I don't think my Aural lecturer made any effort to hide whether he had absolute pitch or not. When I asked him he answered without any hesitation.

Saying you have absolute pitch isn't something you'd stand up and announce, there's rarely a context where it actually feels comfortable announcing such a thing :P
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Date:July 21st, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)

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i'm not a teacher either, but i think hiding it would be silly. it's just a nifty thing. i don't think it's a clear-cut distinction either. sometimes i hear a note and i'm like 'hey i think that's an A (or whatever)' and i play a reference note and sure enough it is. But in general throw a note at me and i have a 1/12 chance of guessing it right. everyone has the perceptual ability of perfect pitch at the core (since the individual tones, due to their unique complex arrangement of overtones, each have their own particular 'flavor' or 'personality'), it's just a matter of how fleshed out that subtle awareness is within each listener. I'd say, if absolute pitch relates somehow to the subject at hand don't hesitate to bring it up, just try to make it all relate to avoid alienating those who don't understand (and actually that would be a good reason TO bring it up - to perhaps take away a little of that built-in trepidation and 'bridge the worlds' so to speak)