Test your musical skills in 6 minutes!

While working at the music and neuroimaging lab at Beth Israel/Harvard Medical School in Boston, I developed a quick online way to screen for the tonedeafness. It actually turned out to be a pretty good test to check for overall pitch perception ability. The test is purposefully made very hard, so excellent musicians rarely score above 80% correct. Give it a try!

In our research, we were looking for neuro-anatomical correlates of tonedeafness (called "congenital amusia" in the scientific literature. The test you are about to take was used as a screening test to roughly characterize a patient’s pitch discrimination and musical memory abilities. Even though musical memory is strongly tested here, we have found that people who are tonedeaf tend to have normal musical memories.


Flash is necessary to take the tonedeaf test. It may take a few moments to load, please be patient.

After completing the test, your score will be automatically and anonymously submitted.

About me:

I am radiologist and author of the Core Radiology textbook (Amazon link to the right). Before I started medical school, I had a career as a musician, composing several electronic music albums under my own name.

Core Radiology