Senior with perfect pitch pursues musical dreams


Jakob Highducheck

Senior Adam Moore plays the piano in the auditorium. Piano is one of the instruments that Moore has learned with his perfect pitch.

Senior Adam Moore is a member of the Beta, Interact and Spanish Club. 

He’s a representative for the Mayor’s Youth Council and serves as the treasurer of the student council. 

Additionally, he previously worked at River Rock Tire for over three years and volunteered to coach Miracle League (a softball organization for children with special needs) in his spare time. 

However, beyond Moore’s resume is a unique talent that is often unknown by his fellow classmates. 

Moore has a deep passion for music. 

He consumes and critiques a wide variety of songs, but what’s most surprising are his creative talents. 

Moore plays six instruments: piano, guitar, cello, ukulele, viola and occasionally violin. He received formal lessons while learning the cello, but the remainder of the instruments are predominantly self-taught. 

This would be interesting in its own right, but for a number of his instruments, Moore cannot comprehend sheet music. Instead, he relies on his perfect pitch.  

Perfect pitch is defined as a person’s rare ability to identify or recreate a given musical note without the benefit of a reference tone. 

In simpler terms, Moore can hear a song and almost immediately recreate its tune using his own instruments. 

In the world of musicians, this is considered a golden characteristic of musicality. 

Senior Falco Salbaum, a fellow music enthusiast, says that Moore’s talent is rare in the musical world. 

“Adam’s perfect pitch is God’s gift that He hasn’t given to many,” Salbaum said.

Salbaum spoke fondly about his experience watching Moore play. 

“It’s always fun when we’re listening to songs, and he can just recreate it just by hearing different chords,” he said. 

Moore’s talent has driven his pursuit of creation and of other musical people.

With the help of Graham Leonard, Moore initiated the formation of a small music group. 

They regularly spend their free time together playing their favorite songs by artists such as Elvis and Zach Bryan. Additionally, the group has shifted towards original ideas and learning new techniques. 

Leonard mentioned that collaboration is key to the group’s development. 

“We help each other learn new ways to play music,” he said.

However, Moore has also taken music to heart and emphasized that it has left a positive mark on his life. 

“Music has allowed me to make life-long friends and provides me the purest form of happiness I’ve ever experienced,” he said. 

He described music as a “sixth sense” and celebrated its service as an outlet for expression and a common ground for a cultural nucleus. 

When asked about continuing his musical journey, he was adamant that music would always be a part of his life moving forward to some degree. 

Specifically, he hopes to perform in bars and restaurants while in college to earn a little extra money and simply have fun doing it. 

Moore may be known for driving an old orange pickup, or being an upstanding member of the student body, but beyond the walls of Chapman High School lies an individual whose passion for creativity and possession of unique talents are unbeknownst to his fellow classmates, and that is a story worth hearing.