When the pianist and composer was just 7 years old, her school administered a sound test that asked students to determine which note was higher or lower.
"He had to be kidding," Spielberg writes in her memoir. "It was as if he held up an orange and an apple and was asking the class to tell him which one was the apple."
Spielberg, now 50, said she originally thought everyone was in that world, one where melodies and harmonies and composition flowed through her head throughout the day.
"It wasn't until later that I realized there are a lot of people who think music is a language that's kind of foreign to them," Spielberg said.
The New Freedom resident has composed and performed music now for five decades. This month, she releases her memoir, "Naked On the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland," a series of anecdotes and stories of her time at the piano.