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Seashore Measures of Musical Talent


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A set of measures devised by the US psychologist Carl E(mil) Seashore (1866–1949) and discussed in his book The Psychology of Musical Talent (1919). They involve controlled procedures for measuring the respondent's ability to discriminate pitch, loudness, tempo, timbre, and rhythm. Also called the Seashore Tests of Musical Ability, but Seashore himself deliberately avoided the word tests and preferred measures, which he thought better captured their character as standardized laboratory procedures.

Subjects: Psychology.


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