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Music Education

Music makes life better in so many ways. It elevates mood, reduces stress, and eases pain. Music can even improve workout endurance and increase our enjoyment of challenging activities. But is listening to music the smart choice for students who want to optimize their learning? — March 25th, 2020 Although a lot has been said, it truly depends on the person’s personality. A new study by Manuel Gonzalez of Baruch College and John Aiello of Rutgers University suggests that for […]
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We know these days with the kids home with no school, or extracurricular activities can be tough. But, they can also be a fun way of spending more time with your little ones and taking advantage of the resources you have at home to keep them entertained! — March 19th, 2020 Below we will share fun music activities that are perfect for getting your kids up and moving without bringing down the house: • Freeze Dance Enjoy a game of […]
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The physical and mental benefits of playing music have long been recognized. The piano, in particular, has been an excellent outlet for patients, creative expression, and those seeking a fun, relaxing hobby. But, in recent years, the benefits of playing the piano have only seen more evident— linking piano playing to a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy life. — February 25th, 2020 Below we will go over a few of the newfound, and forever known, benefits of […]
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Sometimes, especially if you are starting in the music world, differentiating a guitar from a bass can be difficult. It is no secret that these two instruments have many things in common. Below we will go over the main differences to help you tell them apart!  — February 19th, 2020 If you are unclear about the difference between bass and guitar, it can be challenging to know which one you want to learn, or which instrument you’re listening to or […]
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Studies are showing that learning to play an instrument can bring significant improvements in your brain. — February 6th, 2020 A growing number of studies show that music lessons in childhood can provide many benefits for the long run, as we age, in the form of an added defense against memory loss, cognitive decline, and diminished ability to distinguish consonants and spoken words. According to neuropsychologist Brenda Hanna­-Pladdy, of Emory University in Atlanta,  the reason is that musical training can […]
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Learning to play the piano is neither easy nor difficult to do. From our experience, you need to have a basic understanding of the chords and playing techniques, be patient, and consistent. Nonetheless, many tips and hacks will make the process much more comfortable! — January 21st, 2020 Below the top 10 tips for piano beginners:  Try ear training  Don’t hit the keys, instead let your hands glide over them softly, smoothly.  Maintain a proper rhythm. Memorize the notes and […]
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Happy New Year! It is that time of the year where we get a fresh start and get to jot down our resolutions for 2020. But, these are not your typical “I will exercise more” and “Eat clean” resolutions… — January 3rd, 2019 Below we will share ten great resolution ideas to fill your year with music! Without further ado, let’s get into it! Tell more people about your favorite music.  Learn to play at least one new song.  Start a […]
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On countless occasions, we have come up with lists of benefits of music and the various advantages of music lessons. However, as a new year is fast approaching, we thought it would be a great idea to highlight 6 of the top benefits of music lessons.  December 30th, 2019 Below why you should include “learning a new instrument” to your child’s 2020 resolutions.   1. It improves academic skills Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, […]
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We listen to thousands of songs throughout our lives, and sometimes it can be hard to remember all the words of your favorite track— especially if you haven’t heard it for a while. Believe it or not, artists go through the same problem with some of their songs; the difference is they have come up with tips and hacks to help them remember!  December 5th, 2019 Below we will share six effective ways to memorize song lyrics much faster: 1 […]
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Not everyone understands or sees the value of learning music theory. But, in reality, music theory is how you can better express yourself through your musical instrument. November 26th, 2019 Perhaps you’ve had a bad experience with music theory in the past. Or maybe the only things that you remember are weird Italian terms, some math and the stern face of your teacher as they tried to teach you, Chopin, when all you wanted to do was learn to play […]
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Many music students struggle with music reading. Even after months of practicing, few children are able to sight-read music in the same way they read a book. But, new research shows, that reading music, and ‘regular’ reading are not that far apart! October 29th, 2019  Katarzyna Julia Leikvoll, defended her PhD thesis in Literacy Studies at the University of Stavanger by conducting research on the differences in how students learn to read text and music. Leikvoll examined how beginner piano […]
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For children and adults alike, learning how to play a musical instrument transforms their life — whether they are practicing as a hobby or choosing to start a career in the music industry. October 23rd, 2019 As you may already know, playing a musical instrument comes with an extensive list of benefits. But, in case you are dubious about picking up the guitar, bass, piano, or even the viola below, we will share with you some of music’s most significant […]
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It does feel quite different once the weather starts changing, and we start feeling the cool breeze of this fresh new season. Amongst the many things this month represents, Halloween is a day many of you have been looking forward to, and with that, a whole new vibe, preparations, and decorations take place. Just like decorations and seasonal traditions, music can be a big part of the special events we celebrate. October 14th, 2019  This month Halloween takes us into […]
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As you know musical instruments are grouped into families based on how they make sounds. But what you may not know is that some instruments do not quite fit into a group — below you will understand why! September 24th, 2019 1. Brass Brass instruments are usually made of brass, hence the name. However, in some cases, they can also be made of other metals. The brass instruments make sounds when air is blown inside; to do so, our lips […]
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We have all been there… Wanting to go on vacation with our musical instrument but not knowing if it will be handled correctly or if it is the best thing to do. Luckily for you, we came across a great list of tips by the Incorporated Society of Musicians. So, keep on reading! September 19th, 2019 1. Check the airline’s hand luggage policy Of course, this applies only to small instruments such as a violin, flute, guitar, and so on. […]
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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

2016-10-06T01:13:27-07:00

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

2016-10-06T01:19:06-07:00

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

2016-10-06T01:20:25-07:00

- 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

2016-10-06T01:21:23-07:00

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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