MYTH #1: You must be born with perfect pitch.
FACT #1: We are ALL born with perfect pitch—POTENTIALLY!
Research into the subject of perfect pitch has grown considerably in the last century. And because of it, few scholars today still harbor the “inborn” theory of absolute pitch. Nevertheless, this myth still persists and has its supporters. A few scientists are still trying to map out the gene that perfect pitch-possessors have that the rest of us don’t. But this search is ultimately doomed. Why? Because you cannot separate a person’s genes from their environment. Let me give you an example: Is there a special Russian gene that Russians have that enables them to speak Russian? Or a German gene for Germans? Or an English gene for English? Of course not! We speak the language we are taught growing up—the
language of our ‘environment.' So why a perfect pitch gene? These pesky myths...
MYTH #2: Perfect pitch cannot be developed.
FACT #2: Perfect pitch can be developed, especially in children.
Most researchers to date hold to the “critical age” theory. This theory holds that absolute pitch can, indeed, be developed in children within a “window of opportunity” or “maturational stage” up until about age 9 or 10. At this age, cognitive skills increase that make it impossible to develop perfect pitch. This theory gains support by the fact that people with autism or non-verbal learning differences have acquired perfect pitch past the critical age window...
MYTH #3: Adults cannot develop perfect pitch.
FACT #3: Adults can develop perfect pitch, given the proper tools.
This is where the research ends and we begin exploring uncharted paths. You see, while scholars believe that children can develop perfect pitch, adults developing it is viewed with high skepticism. This is only propounded, unfortunately, when popular perfect pitch methods, claiming adults can develop perfect pitch, don’t work. But this is because they teach perfect pitch with the wrong tools...
(Excerpts taken from Pitch Paths.)