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Music Education

We all know that practice makes perfect! Any successful musician will tell you that to excel in your instrument you should practice regularly.   — January 18, 2018 We came across this handy article written by Espie Estrella for Thought Co. with great tips to keep in mind before, during and after every practice session: 1. Aim to practice every day 2. Never forget your finger exercises and warm-ups 3. Practice for at least 20 minutes daily 4. Listen to your body 5. […]
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We’ve all heard the stories of famed musical prodigies, from Mozart writing his first symphony at the age of eight to Stevie Wonder who signed with Motown at 11. –– December 29, 2017 Whether it’s the church preschool choir or an elementary school band concert, it seems as if parents must immerse their children in music lessons from birth if they want them to succeed, and in a way, they’re right. That being said, parents often hear complaints from other […]
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Sight reading seems to be one of those challenges that either a beginning musician loves or has recurring nightmares. For those of us in the latter category, we’ve consulted with music educators who specialize in the critical skill of sight reading music to make it less scary and (maybe even) a little enjoyable! –– December 26, 2017 Practice beforehand Time signatures and key signatures are, well, the key to being a successful sight reader. For a quick review of how […]
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Reasons why people over 50 should consider adding a little music to their lives by learning to play a musical instrument.
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Can music therapy help? Sometimes yes, sometimes no, but often it’s well worth a try. — December 14, 2017 Emotions affect learning. And many struggling readers feel extremely negative about reading. Your child may feel depressed about his (or her) struggles. He may keep telling himself (or herself) that: I can’t read. I’m stupid. I’ll always fail. I’ll never read. There is no use in trying. I’ll slink down, so no one asks me to read. I’ll make the teacher […]
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YouTube. Spotify. The Voice. SoundCloud. — December 5, 2017 Disruptions and advances in technology continue to impact the music industry as musicians strive to connect with audiences, making this an exciting time to be part of the field. Just 20 years ago, musicians focused on finding an agent or getting “discovered.” Now, if you have the talent, you can forge your path to success in many careers in music. If you have a passion for music and are interested in […]
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There are many different schools of thought on how to teach or learn jazz improvisation. Some people recommend learning all the relevant scales and how they fit chord sequences, some recommend learning lots of established phrases, licks and patterns, some recommend just learning and playing tunes by ear. The best jazz improvisers often can’t explain the process. November 27, 2017 There are some improvisers who know relatively little theory but have the rare gift of hearing the chord changes and […]
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Reyna Gordon, of the Music Cognition Lab, studies the connections between rhythm and grammar it might help with atypical language development
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The start of a new school year brings many exciting changes: new teachers, new routines and, often, new musical instruments. For parents of children starting school music programs, we’ve put together some tips on primary musical instrument care and maintenance. — October 17, 2017 General Musical Instrument Care: Always keep your instrument in its case when not in use. Make sure case handles, hinges, locks, and zippers are working correctly. Never set anything on top of your instrument, and never […]
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Drumming requires a certain amount of practice before you can thoroughly enjoy its benefits. But you can minimize the pain by maximizing the results. Here are a few ideas. — October 9, 2017 1. Prepare Your Practice Space The sound of drumming isn’t conducive to fostering good relations with your neighbors, so unless you plan on moving shortly, it’s a good idea to do everything you can to reduce the noise level in your practice studio. Some solutions are strikingly […]
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This article examines intervention strategies music teachers can implement to combat bullying. Students enrolled in music ensembles may experience outsider status within the school community as a whole, thus contributing to heightened vulnerability and victimization. — October 2, 2017 In 2007, Texas Monthly magazine published an article chronicling the experiences of high school musicians competing for positions in Texas all-state ensembles. Many music educators were simultaneously delighted and a bit uncomfortable as they read the article. On the one hand, […]
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A search for the sound of an acoustic piano in Billboard’s current Hot 100 yields few results. The instrument’s warm tone is increasingly rare in an industry driven by computer-generated sounds — September 26, 2017 The instrument is nowhere to be found in “I’m The One,” a collaboration between DJ Khaled and Justin Bieber (pictured), or among the digitized marimbas of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” “Strip That Down,” an R&B track from Liam Payne (formerly of One Direction), also […]
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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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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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