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Music Education

There is a lot of prep and work to nailing a performance, but you can do some simple things. Thanks to award-winning singer/songwriter and veteran voice teacher Mark Bosnian, we have a few tips for a better performance that can take you to the next level. —Wednesday, November 16th Know Your Song Always memorize the words and have 2 or 3 emotions you want to evoke when you sing. Trying to sing with emotion is hard when you don’t know which emotion(s) […]
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No matter your age, experience level, or goals, learning music is a powerful way to enrich your life. However, this doesn’t keep misconceptions about music lessons from convincing some people they’re not worth the time and effort. If you’re on the fence, read up on the realities of taking music lessons.  — Thursday, November 10th “I won’t have time to practice” It is one of the main reasons people don’t take music lessons. However, if you want to bring the […]
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Guitars come in right-handed and left-handed varieties. But, most people, when they pick up a guitar, don’t immediately show a strong tendency for either right-handed or left-handed playing. That’s because playing the guitar is complex, and it is not clear which hand plays the dominant role until you’ve spent some time practicing.  Today, we’ll review a few indicators to help you choose the right guitar (and hand) for you! — Tuesday, October 18th If you are right-hand dominant, it’s probably […]
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How many types of instruments are there? There are five instrument families: strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, and keyboards. Now let’s get into exactly what they are and which instruments are in each instrument family. — Wednesday, October 6th The five main types of instrument families: Strings Brass Woodwind Percussion Keyboards Strings Instruments under the “strings” category produce sound by employing a vibrating string or strings. The strings can be plucked, bowed, struck, or touched in other ways to make them […]
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Whether or not they’re also artists, songwriters can make money in a few different ways: performance royalties, streaming royalties, and publishing deals. — Thursday, September 8th Performance Royalties Songwriters earn performance royalties whenever their song is played in a public setting, whether as a live performance or a recording. So a performance royalty is generated whenever a song is played: Live by you or another performer On TV or a video streaming platform (AKA sync licensing) Through the speakers at […]
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Like your muscles, your brain gets stronger as you exercise it. The process of changing the brain through our experiences is called neural plasticity—the capacity of the nervous system to modify itself in response to experience or deprivation. — Wednesday, August 26th Scientists measure neural plasticity with special brain-imaging techniques, like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or electroencephalogram (EEG), to find precisely how playing music changes our brain works. Research with these machines, as well as studying the brains of people […]
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Musical instruments can be significantly affected by the climate, from minor tuning issues to potential long-term damage – and every instrument responds in its way.  — Thursday, August 18th Temperature can affect the sound of an instrument in a variety of ways, which are different for each instrument. It also influences the abilities of a player. Cold Weather Generally speaking, cold weather has the tendency to be harder on your musical instrument compared to hot weather. In times when it is raining, […]
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Getting your kids interested in music is not always easy. But, if you have a young musician at home, there are many things that you as a parent can do to contribute to that passion. Here, we go over a few tips that will help you guide your child into the wonderful world of music-making. — Friday, August 12th Choosing the right instrument First things first, you need to choose the right instrument! Ask your child what sounds they like […]
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Rhythm is a vital aspect of learning music. But, often rhythm can be the hardest bit to learn! Students usually enjoy playing the chords, but it is the rhythm of the melody that most of them struggle with the most. More so, reading rhythm and feeling rhythm are two separate things.So, we’re going to look at four techniques you can start using today to improve your sense of rhythm and timing when you play music. — Tuesday, June 14th 1. […]
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Music licenses are the primary way artists can receive royalties for their music by giving legal permission to someone who’d like to use their work. There are six types of licenses that someone can use for various purposes; keep reading to find out more! — Wednesday, May 1st Here are the six primary forms of music licenses, along with how they’re used in a practical sense: Synchronization License (Sync License)  This licensing method refers to music that will be used […]
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The piano is a very popular instrument to learn, and its versatility allows for a range of music to be played, from classical to rock, for beginners and professionals alike. So,  if you are looking to learn new songs or are just starting with your piano lessons, here’s a list of some easy-to-learn pop songs from across the decades!  — Tuesday, May 10th    1. Yesterday – The Beatles 2. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley 3. Don’t […]
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Music therapy is a type of therapy that intertwines music with its therapeutic techniques. Music therapy is proven to help people with Down Syndrome to improve with social and communication skills, coordination skills, and learning skills. Today, we’ll share a bit more information on how music therapy enhances the life of people with special needs.  — Tuesday, April 22nd  Research supports evidence that shows that music therapy helps to benefit:  • Social and Communication Skills Some of the ways it helps people […]
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You need to go through six crucial stages to learn a song truly. From learning lyrics to total ownership of the piece! Today, we’ll go over these six stages with you for easy understanding.  — Tuesday, April 12th    1) Learning lyrics, melody, phrasing, and structure In other words, learning “when” and “what” to sing to get through the song from start to finish successfully. Even if one has to think about it. 2) Internalizing lyrics, melody, phrasing, and structure. Once one […]
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We are thrilled to announce that the “Spring Songwriting Challenge” is back! We invite all our students to join the challenge and participate in this exciting opportunity. To participate, students must write an original piece of music, which can be submitted as either a melody, melody with harmony/chords, melody with lyrics, or a fully produced track with multiple instrumentations.   The event is open to all ages and will be divided into three different age groups. Each group will have […]
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Learning to play a musical instrument has many advantages – building your confidence, improving your memory, or broadening your social circle. Here are some reasons you should consider taking up a musical instrument. — Wednesday, March 31st  1. Playing an instrument makes you smarter! Many studies show a correlation between musical training and academic success in children and adults. Consequently, we can say that learning to play an instrument stimulates the brain, improving functions like memory and abstract reasoning skills. […]
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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

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

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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