Peter Q Pfordresher, Steven M Demorest, Simone D Bella, Sean Hutchins, Psyche Loui, Joanne Rutkowski, and Graham F Welch (2015)
Theoretical perspectives on singing accuracy: an introduction to the special issue on singing accuracy (Part 1)
Music Perception, 32:277-231.
Over the years, particularly in the past few years, diverse theoretical approaches have been proposed to account for singing ability and its individual differences. A particularly important point of concern has been on pitch production, given that it is in pitch production or pitch matching that the most profound deficiencies seem to appear (e.g., Dalla Bella, Giguere, & Peretz, 2007). The focus of these theories has varied with respect to their context, often serving to provide a backdrop for a particular hypothesis being tested in a given experimental paper. For instance Hutchins and Peretz (2012) emphasize the role of timbre matching in poor-pitch singing, whereas Pfordresher and Mantell (2014) emphasize predictions of an internal model framework for sensorimotor translation.