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All across America, for decades, a strange cultural ritual has been enacted. Students at the end of elementary school are herded into rooms and handed a simple, hard white plastic instrument called a recorder that seems pathologically incapable of creating any complex music. — September 22, 2017 Learning to play the mass-produced wind instrument is an integral part of the curriculum of most elementary school music programs in the United States. Screechy, hesitant, clumsy, it’s hard to imagine anyone playing the […]
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Learning to play an instrument can help your child fine-tune his/her ear and enhance skills needed for education and social interaction. — September 20, 2017 Between soccer and scouts, your school-age kid’s schedule is loaded with fun activities. If you’re on the fence about adding music classes to the list, take note of the benefits that come with signing your little one up for violin or piano lessons. Maybe she won’t be the next Beethoven, but she may have an […]
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There are social, physical and psychological advantages for children who participate in after-school activities. Rather than allowing kids to spend all of their leisure time parked in front of the television or playing video games, parents who encourage children to participate in activities outside of the home are aiding in their development. — September 18, 2017 After-school activities can change a child’s life for the better and have multiple benefits: 1. Physical activity With the growing problem of childhood obesity, […]
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Among the numerous challenges that parents face in handling children’s music lessons (choosing the instrument, finding a good teacher, etc.), getting kids to practice is the most daunting of all. — September 15, 2017 Getting children to practice and its importance make it hard to believe that there are so few articles addressing this. What’s more, parents and music teachers often resort to the failed tactics they remember from childhood in desperate attempts to motivate kids to practice. A common […]
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An Oxford professor says high-pitched music accentuates the sweetness in food, making it more palatable to children. Don´t believe us? Keep up reading! — September 7, 2017 Parents of young children know that mealtimes can turn into a horrendous battleground, but it could be worse – you could add the sound of wind chimes into the mix. Charles Spence, a professor of experimental psychology at the University of Oxford whose work in multisensory eating has influenced the chef Heston Blumenthal, has […]
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If you’re looking to unleash your creativity, or just trying to find an idea for your kid’s school project, take a look at our list of the ten easiest musical instruments to make at home. — September 5, 2017 There are tons of unique homemade instruments that you can try out! Without further ado, let’s get our list of 10 easiest musical instruments to make at home started. 10. Popsicle Stick Kalimba Items Needed: 6, Popsicle sticks, wooden blocks, paper glue, wood glue, Paper plates, […]
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The South Korean megahit had been the site’s most-played clip for the last five years. But, Psy’s Gangnam Style is no longer the most-watched video on YouTube. — August 30, 2017 The surreal video became so popular that it “broke” YouTube’s play counter, exceeding the maximum possible number of views (2,147,483,647), and forcing the company to rewrite its code. But the song has now been overtaken by another music video – Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s See You Again. The […]
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Neurologists at the University of Washington have just developed a hands-free, thought-controlled musical instrument — no movement required! — August 28, 2017 There are some fantastic examples of how smart electroencephalography (EEG) interfaces can allow people to control everything from drones to prosthetic limbs using their thoughts. A brainwave-reading musical instrument could help empower and rehab patients with motor disabilities. Its creators hope the technology can be used to help enable and rehab patients who have motor disabilities, resulting from stroke, spinal […]
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These days it seems like every artist is creating their own genre. This idea sent us on a search to discover the 12 strangest genre names. Some are legitimate, others…not so much. Either way this list will leave you scratching your head and perhaps find you some new tunes! — August 26, 2017 1. Heaven Trap Slander was the first to use this sub-genre to describe their uplifting sound over 808 beats. But Heaven Trap? C’mon, that’s a stretch. 2. […]
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Fender Musical Instruments Corp, whose electric guitars have powered music from Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana, is getting into the software business with an app for guitar lessons. — August 23, 2017 The Scottsdale, Arizona company is launching “Fender Play,” an online system for learning guitar that Chief Executive Officer Andy Mooney, a veteran of Nike and Disney, hopes will cut down on the number of would-be guitarists who give up. He said 45 percent of the company’s guitars sell to […]
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We wanted to share with you an awesome interview we did for Voyage L.A. a few weeks ago.  Learn what Marcos Moscat our founder had to say about music, the school, our teachers, and method. — August 21, 2017 Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcos Moscat. So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. I was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in […]
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Tired parents will try pretty much anything to get their babies to sleep. But what are the best songs to get your baby to sleep? Read on to find out! — August 17, 2017 Does the type of song, lyrics, or melody make a difference, or will heavy metal work as well as some smooth jazz? Luckily for sleep-deprived parents, like yours truly, researchers have studied the impact of music on babies and sleep. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to agree […]
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Music plays a significant role in the socialization of children and adolescents. Modern music is present almost everywhere, and it is readily available. Research on popular music has explored its effects on schoolwork, social interactions, mood, and behavior. — August 14, 2017 Listening to popular music is considered by society to be a part of growing up.2 Music provides entertainment and distraction from problems and serves as a way to relieve tension and boredom. Some studies have reported that adolescents use […]
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Most parents are probably so focused on just getting their kids to play an instrument that they don’t give much thought to the question: “What’s the right instrument for my child?” — August 7, 2017 Ron Chenoweth is the band and orchestra division manager for Ken Stanton Music, a Georgia-based music education company with nearly 100 teachers providing more than 1,000 lessons every week. Part of Chenoweth’s job includes managing a team that regularly goes into schools to help band directors […]
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It inspires you, it grows your imagination, it nourishes you in places that go beneath words and beneath pictures and images… it’s something that kind of polishes your soul.” — August 3, 2017 In his first book, the harrowing memoir Instrumental, the concert pianist James Rhodes made clear the role that music played in saving his life. For his second book, How to Play the Piano, Rhodes decided to pass on a short-cut to his readers; creating a guide that […]
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From Twitter

I love how Marcos lets me learn so many songs, not just one!

I love how Marcos lets me learn so many songs, not just one! I like how he gives me compliments.…

Julia, age 8

2016-10-06T01:13:27+00:00

Julia, age 8

I love how Marcos lets me learn so many songs, not just one! I like how he gives me compliments. It’s really fun when Marcos does the bass clef with the left hand and I get to make up my own song that goes with it for a warm up. It’s fun because I get to make up my own songs. I love the sound of the piano!

I really like that we get to pick what songs we want to learn in Marcos’s guitar class

I really like that we get to pick what songs we want to learn in Marcos’s guitar class. I also…

Mikey, age 12

2016-10-06T01:19:06+00:00

Mikey, age 12

I really like that we get to pick what songs we want to learn in Marcos’s guitar class. I also love that he is compassionate and lets us progress at our own pace. Marcos knows EVERYTHING about instruments, and I’m glad he can share some of it with me. I’m glad that I get to learn how to read, write, and play music for the guitar. It is a lot of fun when Marcos and I play the guitar together!

I highly recommend 123 Rock to anyone looking for a music teacher!

Both of my children love their music lessons with Marcos. They look forward to their music lessons each week and…

- Angie, parent

2016-10-06T01:20:25+00:00

- Angie, parent

Both of my children love their music lessons with Marcos. They look forward to their music lessons each week and come home eager to practice their new pieces. I especially love that he teaches them to compose their own pieces and inspires their musical creativity. Marcos is always positive and encouraging with my children, and he has a knack for bringing out their best. I highly recommend 123 Rock to anyone looking for a music teacher!

123 Rock studio is an inspiring place to make music

Marcos Moscat is a talented musician and instructor. His approach to teaching is kind and respectful. He encourages his students…

Nancy-Jean Pement, parent

2016-10-06T01:21:23+00:00

Nancy-Jean Pement, parent

Marcos Moscat is a talented musician and instructor. His approach to teaching is kind and respectful. He encourages his students to study music that appeals to them. By attending to the interests of each student, Marcos is a master at nurturing student engagement. Our son, Jackson, has been taking lessons for over two years. Jackson is proud of his accomplishments at the piano and he enjoys the time he spends with his teacher. Both Marcos and Isabel are warm and […]
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