tone deafness


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tone deafness

Etymology: Gk, tonos, stretching; AS, deaf
an inability to detect the pitch or changing pitch of a musical note or a voice change.

amusia

The preferred term for the inability to distinguish among different musical notes, making it impossible to sing or play a musical instrument; tone deafness.

Amusia
Sensory amusia—The external input is defective, due to either:
• Inability to read musical notation (musical alexia, music blindness, musical blindness, note blindness, receptive amusia); or
• Inability to interpret musical sounds (a condition for which the term tone deafness is most appropriate).
 
Motor amusia—The internal component or ability to generate music is defective, divided into:
• Vocal amusia; and
• Instrumental amusia.

tone deafness

The inability to detect differences in musical sounds.
Synonym: asonia
See also: deafness
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Proper tone deafness can be tested for and if you remain concerned after making efforts to determine whether your daughter can distinguish musical notes, then a hearing test could be arranged.
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his tone deafness to theory; once he got the motor running smoothly he did not much care how or why" [p.
Unlike previous tone deafness tests which actually tested more sophisticated musical skills, this tests focuses solely on the question: are your ears working correctly when it comes to pitch?
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In fact there are few people who cannot sing, and tone deafness is fairly rare.
Rather, what she puts forth to validate her critical credentials is earnest tone deafness.