June was at a diner yesterday with my mom. It is not a particularly large restaurant, but it is popular and was full. June was talking as she does, pointing at the photographs of animals and naming them and making their sounds. She was also singing with her Nana. A woman in the restaurant stood up and asked the whole place, "Who is that child with the perfect pitch?" I guess June was not the only child in the restaurant, but she is the one the lady sought. Apparently this woman (I wish I knew her name) teaches music and plays a number of musical instruments. She has children and she said they never had perfect pitch. She went on and on marveling over June and her abilities and told my mom we had to nurture this ability. She couldn't believe how young June was. She predicted the way June doesn't like noisy things like the dishwasher, washing machine, lawnmowers. In fact, June always points at them and declares Noisy! She said that children with perfect pitch dislike any sounds that are not melodic. The woman was fairly certain June could be a musical genius and that we had to keep providing her with appropriate stimulus.
Does anyone know anything about nurturing musical ability? Is there anything we should do? (Maybe she should go visit Rene some more.) In honor of it all, here is an 8-second clip of Junie singing. The camera battery kept dying as I tried to film it, which is why it cuts off so abruptly.
Another reason that I find this interesting is that my paternal grandfather, John Humphrey, was an inventor. One of his inventions (from the 1960s or so) was a voice mirror which was designed to teach children perfect pitch. I've looked all over the internet and cannot find it, but if I can I will look through some of my old photographs for a picture of my grandfather with his inventions. You know the number font on all credit cards? My grandfather designed that. The design was to enable clearly seeing the numbers of the cards after being transferred through carbon paper. As far as I understand, he invented the original credit card machine, the old fashioned one you sometimes still see today. I want to investigate it further because I know he was part of a design team and I wonder what individual elements he created, such as the font. My dad tells me that when my grandfather died he was working on the design of ATM machines. I wish I had a chance to know him better. He died when I was thirteen years old.