Tone language experience modulates the effect of long-term musical training on musical pitch perception

Xiuli TONG, Tsun Man William CHOI, Yuen Ying MAN

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Abstract

Long-term musical training is widely reported to enhance music pitch perception. However, it remains unclear whether tone language experience influences the effect of long-term musical training on musical pitch perception. The present study addressed this question by testing 30 Cantonese and 30 non-tonal language speakers, each divided equally into musician and non-musician groups, on pitch height and pitch interval discrimination. Musicians outperformed non-musicians among non-tonal language speakers, but not among Cantonese speakers on the pitch height discrimination task. However, musicians outperformed non-musicians among Cantonese speakers, but not among non-tonal language speakers on the pitch interval discrimination task. These results suggest that the effect of long-term musical training on musical pitch perception is shaped by tone language experience and varies across different pitch perception tasks. Copyright © 2018 Acoustical Society of America.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)690-697
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume144
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

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education
discrimination
intervals
music
Musical Training
Pitch Perception
Tone Language
Language
Discrimination
Musicians

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Tong, X., Choi, W., & Man, Y. Y. (2018). Tone language experience modulates the effect of long-term musical training on musical pitch perception. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(2), 690-697. doi: 10.1121/1.5049365