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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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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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Can music make us smarter? Research suggests that from as early as 16 weeks of pregnancy, when the auditory function is forming, babies begin their musical development. Their early adaptive exposure to sounds, including those familiar sounds of parents’ voices, enhance extraordinary processing skills. — December 11, 2017 Neuroscience teaches us that a child’s brain is plastic. By this, we mean it is malleable and can change. The first year of life, more than any other year will see the most rapid […]
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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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From strengthening your mental health to boosting your creativity and confidence find out why playing the guitar helps your health. — November 13, 2017 1. Playing guitar is a form of therapy The benefits of music therapy are becoming ever more apparent, with schools, charities and health organizations using playing the guitar to manage a person’s stress, enhance their memory, improve their communication and motor skills, and to help them feel more able to cope with life. Guitarists have long […]
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When we hear a familiar song, we are often able to recall a moment from our past that is connected to that tune. Learn why our favorite songs tickle our memory in various ways. — October 15, 2017 Music has been found to stimulate parts of the brain, and studies had demonstrated that music enhances the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, including a study conducted at UC Irvine, which showed that scores on memory tests of Alzheimer’s patients improved […]
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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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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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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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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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