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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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Being in tune is one of the quickest ways to make you sound better and is the first thing that should be addressed when using a guitar. Today, we’ll share a few tips on how to tune your guitar! — Wednesday, October 12th  TUNE THE SIXTH STRING FIRST The sixth string, or low E, has the most tension. It can affect the pitch of the other strings when changed because of the added or decreased tension it creates on the […]
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A strong inner ear is essential for understanding music composition, so nearly every music school requires students to take ear training lessons. This skill is essential for music students or anyone who wants to get better at listening, understanding, and performing music. — Wednesday, September 28th Ear Training Techniques Ear training practice is an excellent way for musicians to enhance their listening skills. Dedicating a small amount of time per day can be enough to keep your inner ear strong: […]
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We’ve come a long way in capturing and reproducing sound. From Thomas Edison’s first experiments with waveform-engraved cylinders to the rotating dials of our iPods to music streaming platforms and Live concerts. Today we want to share a list of essential breakthroughs (be they physical tools or digital breakthroughs) in recorded music and playback technology. — Friday, September 23rd  Phonograph (1877) The Phonograph Thomas Edison’s 1877 invention of the foil-cylinder phonograph fundamentally altered music’s place in our lives. It changed the […]
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The Korean Wave that started in the ‘80s finally crested over the United States. It’s been four years since BTS performed at the AMAs and burst into the American mainstream. But it would be a disservice to the genre to say that K-pop started when BTS burst on the scene. — Tuesday, September 13th When did K-pop become popular? Musical acts made up of attractive and talented young people have been a reliable recipe for success for decades. One Direction […]
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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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No season inspires songwriters quite like the summer. If most music is ultimately about conveying a sense of freedom, there’s no time of year that better represents that feeling. From surf-rock anthems to sweaty hip-hop bangers, these are the greatest summer songs ever made, according to Timeout.com  — Wednesday, August 3rd 1. ‘(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding 2. ‘Under the Boardwalk’ by the Drifters 3. ‘Summertime’ by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince 4. ‘Summer in the City’ […]
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Music and color are similar in the uncanniest of ways. At a fundamental level, both hit us in a powerful, memorable, and emotional sense. Most entrepreneurs and brands overlook this connection, but it is essential. Keep reading to learn why! — Friday, July 29th Can you see color when you hear certain sounds? No? Then you probably aren’t a synesthete. Don’t feel bad. You would fall into the 92.8% of individuals who are just regular humans. What I am referring […]
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Sleep is important in maintaining physical and mental health and for general well-being. However, sleep disturbances are highly common in our society, with increased prevalence in aging and among people at risk of a psychiatric disorder. Sleep-enhancing medicine is problematic as its effectiveness decreases over time and may lead to addiction. Consequently, researchers have been looking to other more natural solutions to help people sleep through the night. — Tuesday, July 19th Listening to music is a widely used tool […]
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Music has always played a pivotal role in audiovisual projects! Whether a film, a short film, a documentary project, or even an ad, music is always present to some degree. Music in audiovisual projects is highly linked with the emotional impact the project intends to deliver. — Thursday, June 10th It doesn’t take much to realize that we have plenty of songs and musical pieces from movies in our minds. Most of them remind us of a specific individual, time […]
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So, while you may lose a lot of life’s pleasures when you become a parent (sleep being chief among them), you can still have good musical taste and cater to your kids’ playlist. We want to share our favorites from an extensive list published by TimeOut to help you on your way and get the kids moving without making your ears bleed! — Friday, May 20th  1. ‘The Rainbow Connection’ by Jim Henson 2. ‘Baby Shark’ by Pinkfong 3. ‘Chugga Chugga […]
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A recent study conducted by the University of Cambridge shows that musical tastes shift as we age. Teenage years were defined by “intense” music, then early adulthood by “contemporary” and “mellow” as they search for close relationships increases, with “sophisticated” and “unpretentious” allowing us to project status and family values later in life.  — Tuesday, April 26th  The rise in music consumption over the last 100 years has made what you listen to an important personality trait. For many people, […]
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Music therapy is an evidence-based treatment that helps with a variety of disorders including cardiac conditions, depression, autism, substance abuse and Alzheimer’s disease. It can help with memory, lower blood pressure, improve coping, reduce stress, improve self-esteem and more. You don’t need a background in music to participate. —– Thursday, March 10th Music therapy may help you psychologically, emotionally, physically, spiritually, cognitively and socially. A short list of benefits includes: Lowering blood pressure. Improving memory. Enhanced communication and social skills through […]
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Music affects dogs’ behavior. And according to a recent study conducted by the University of Glascow, dogs appear to prefer reggae and soft rock over other genres of music. Continue reading to find out why! —– Friday, February 22nd The Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow have published a paper which suggests music affects dogs’ behaviour. Within the study, researchers played a variety of music to dogs and assessed physiological and behavioural changes. Professor Neil Evans, in charge of […]
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As we slowly re-group and get back to our routine, we want to share some valuable tips to make the best out of your practice time! These tips are helpful for anyone who plays an instrument or sings. —– Friday, February 16th 1. Find somewhere quiet  Practicing in a quiet place will prevent you from surrendering to all sorts of distractions, but creating a particular practice area, whether it’s a specific room or just a corner of the living room, […]
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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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