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There are lots of statistics that show the benefits of music education, from increased graduation rates to better SAT scores. Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped public schools across the country from cutting programs and decreasing resources.  — October 1st, 2018 Danny Ross a loyal contributor of Forbes.com met with Colleen McDonough, Executive Director of the ASCAP Foundation, to discuss how to put a focus on music back into children’s lives. Below a transcript of their conversation: Danny Ross: What’s the state of music education […]
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Researchers have pondered the possible therapeutic and mood-boosting benefits of music for centuries. Finally, a recent study confirms that music affects our mood.  — August 22nd, 2018 Recent research from Durham University and the University of Jyväskylä in Finland revealed that sad music brings most listeners pleasure and comfort. Conversely, the study found that for some people, sad music can cause negative feelings of profound grief. The research involved three surveys of more than 2,400 people in the United Kingdom and Finland, […]
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It is no secret that we love the piano, and thus think that every kid could benefit from playing. However, this time our train of thought is backed up by science.  — July 20, 2018 A new study says learning to play specific instruments, especially the piano,  can help kids build up their language skills. “There’s evidence that early exposure to piano practice enhances the processing of sounds that extend not only from music but also into language,” says John […]
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Artists looking to make a ‘splash’ should consider the advantages of a well-crafted cover. In this article, we explain why.  — July 2, 2018 According to writer Patrick McGuire, albums don’t get nearly as much mileage as they used to. They’re still important, but artists have to make more music than ever before to keep up and connect with their audiences in a meaningful way. Moreover, ‘amateur’ artists don’t have the time to write and release a constant stream of great original […]
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Millions are the people that go through life worried that they can’t sing. The reality is that they just haven’t learned how to yet. Here are 11 tips which can help anybody learn to sing in tune.  — June 25, 2018 f you haven’t already, take a tone deafness test to ensure your ears are capable of letting you sing in tune. Passed the test? Great! Now we can begin: 1. Find a safe starting note 2. Explore a higher (or lower) […]
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Beginners are by far the largest population of drummers, and they come in lots of shapes and sizes. We all have been there! So, here are seven tips that will help you dominate the drums.  — June 14, 2018 We hope that these tips offer you a perfect recipe to help you get the most out of your drums: Make a practice plan – One of the things you can do to get the most out of your drum practice is to […]
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If you’ve taken the time to learn music or to speak another language, you’ve also trained your brain into being more efficient, according to a new study.  — June 6, 2018 Researchers at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute conducted a study where they analyzed brain activity while participants completed simple tasks. Non-surprisingly they found that musicians and people who are bilingual utilized fewer brain resources when completing a working memory task. In addition, these people showed they had a better working memory. However, […]
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If you hope that your child will be the next Mozart or you want them to have an outlet for their creativity, check out this list of great instrument ideas that they are sure to love!  — May 19, 2018 Below a list of ten instruments that are great, and easy, for children to learn: 1) Piano/Keyboard 2) Guitar 3) Bass Guitar 4) Ukulele 5) The Drums 6) Flute or Recorder 7) Sax 8) Cajon Drum 9) Violin 10) Didgeridoo […]
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Learning how to play an instrument seems like an oddly daunting task for an adult. But, as we have mentioned in previous posts, it is easier than you think!  — May 10, 2018 If you are over 30 years old, you may be asking yourself if it is too late to pick up a new instrument. The short answer is: no. It turns out; adults have some critical advantages over children when it comes to learning how to play an instrument. On […]
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Sharing is caring; this is why we want to recommend an excellent mobile app we recently discover: Music Tutor.  — April 24, 2018 Music Tutor helps you learn to read sheet music and improve your sight-reading skills. This app also develops your speed and accuracy in reading sheet music by identifying music notes in timed sessions. However, our favorite feature is that you can choose to practice with notes in the treble, bass and alto clefs in timed or untimed […]
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With the right concepts and skills, any musician can successfully learn music by heart.  — March 22, 2018 Performers report feeling greater artistic freedom when playing from memory. Moreover, audiences also prefer memorized solos to those played from scores. As Gerald Klickstein explains, secure memorization rests on a foundation of deep learning. Although deep learning is essential, there isn’t any ideal memorization method. It’s helpful, however, to conceive of storage in four stages: perception, ingraining, maintenance, and recall.  Performing from memory can bring abundant rewards. […]
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A local teacher is thinking outside of the “boom box,” using music to fight classroom boredom.  — March 12, 2018 Lamar Queen, a middle school math teacher in South Central Los Angeles, founded Music Notes – a program that fuses mathematics with music. His goal is to “increase student engagement in school by providing high-quality educational music and videos to educators and their students” calling it “rap pedagogy.” As a core part of his program, Queen produces a DVD series of […]
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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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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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