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Is there any better feeling after a hard week than the knowledge that you have two whole days ahead of you to spend at your leisure? In honor of the burst of happiness that accompanies ‘That Friday Feeling,’ we’ve tailored a playlist purely to capture its essence and set you up for the weekend. — October 19, 2017 1. Rebecca Black – ‘Friday’ It’s only been five years since this ahem. Pop classic was released, but it’s already attained legendary status. Why? […]
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Fender Musical Instruments Corp, whose electric guitars have powered music from Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana, is getting into the software business with an app for guitar lessons. — August 23, 2017 The Scottsdale, Arizona company is launching “Fender Play,” an online system for learning guitar that Chief Executive Officer Andy Mooney, a veteran of Nike and Disney, hopes will cut down on the number of would-be guitarists who give up. He said 45 percent of the company’s guitars sell to […]
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“Hollywood’s top composers take viewers inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s most beloved and mysterious music genre.” — July 25, 2017 Although it won’t win any prizes for narrative structure, Matt Schrader’s “Score: A Film Music Documentary” spotlights such a rich and fascinating topic — the craft of motion picture scoring — that its mere presence proves a feast for the eyes and ears. The film also offers one key aspect so often missing from documentaries […]
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I once took a bite of fruit that made the crispest sound like a fresh apple. It was a loud crunch. The memory would’ve been good had I actually been eating an apple. But no, it was a banana. Want to hear the rest of the story? Read on! — July 19, 2017 While I don’t exactly remember the flavor of this banana (honestly, it was pretty flavorless), the icky sound from 13 years ago stayed firmly in my mind. […]
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A robot developed by researchers at Georgia Tech has a knack for music that would have made Beethoven jealous. — July 17, 2017 Shimon is a robot that composes and plays his own beats. He uses a process called deep neural learning along with artificial intelligence to decode different genres of music eventually creating his own chimes on the marimba. Dr. Gil Weinberg, the director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, created Shimon nearly 10 years ago, but now […]
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The music industry is an unrecognizable place compared to just 10 years ago. — June 30, 2017 For an artist like Ne-Yo, who first tasted success in the early noughties, the transition has been hard to witness. I recently heard him speak at Web Summit alongside fellow music artist Tinie Tempah, Hans-Holger Albrecht, the CEO of Deezer, and Eric Wahlforss, the CTO of SoundCloud. While Ne-Yo, in particular, came across as slightly grumpy about the ‘good old days’ of the […]
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This 3D-printed replica can put one of the world’s most famous violins in your hands. — June 27, 2017 Usually, we associate 3D printing with ultramodern technologies like cutting-edge medical implants or futuristic space fabrics. However, music technology researcher Harris Matzaridis’ ViolinoDigitale project has gone in entirely the opposite direction. What Matzaridis has created through the digital magic of additive manufacturing is an accurate replica of an original Stradivarius violin, the Sunrise Stradivari — one of the incredibly expensive and rare master […]
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Nursing home residents with dementia who listen to a personalized music playlist may need less psychotropic medication and have improved behavior. — June 21, 2017 The individualized music program designed for nursing homes, called Music and Memory, didn’t improve mood problems, but patients who listened to music tailored to their tastes and memories did need less anti-anxiety and antipsychotic medication, researchers found. “Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can result in aggressive or other severe behaviors, which affect people’s lives and […]
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Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino and Fender’s SVP weigh in on why young people should play the guitar. — June 19, 2017 “I’ll just flat out say it: I’m not a very good guitar player,” reveals Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast’s rad-as-hell lead singer, and (still quite apt) guitarist. “But I’ve gotten away with being a guitarist in a band and it’s amazing,” she continues. “I love what I do, and I feel like I’m good at the guitar style I play, […]
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Preschool learning and entertainment app Hopster has launched a new game that helps children express themselves through music. — June 16, 2017 The new Bubble Beat music game allows kids to play simple tunes on a coral-inspired keyboard that helps kids listen to and play back a series of notes from traditional nursery rhymes. In addition to exploring different sounds and rhythms, children can also create their first compositions. Bubble Beat ties into a unique “Discovery Learning Map” that Hopster […]
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Orla O’Sullivan was the first and only deaf and vision impaired student to choose music as a Leaving Cert subject. — June 13, 2017 Orla O’Sullivan is a deaf and visually impaired piano and keyboard teacher to deaf and hearing students.   While Beethoven became deaf in adulthood, Orla was only six-weeks-old when she became profoundly deaf as a result of receiving life-saving medication given to her for pneumonia. This makes Orla’s achievements even more extraordinary.  Orla also juggles her music teaching […]
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Playlists are played out. — June 7, 2017 With apologies to the dumbbell, the treadmill, this weird sledgehammer, and those extremely dubious girdles that pledge to electroshock your abs into existence for only three installments of $39.99 plus shipping and handling, the single most important fitness accessory in the world is the universal set of earbuds. Everyone has a different preference for the brand of tunes that come through them—runners prefer upbeat jams that help pace their strides, while generations […]
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Curious about which colleges listened to the most music on Spotify this 2017? And no – it’s not just the biggest schools that streamed the most music, in case that was your assumption. — June 5, 2017 Spotify took a peek at U.S. college students’ music listening behaviors and found some pretty interesting trends. Go to Northern Arizona University, the University of North Texas and the University of Houston for hardcore sleep-deprived music listeners on campus. They landed on both […]
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Warner Music Group is officially unveiling its new fan-driven, vinyl-only record label: Run Out Groove. — June 1, 2017 The label’s forward-thinking format calls upon fans each month to determine which of three records — either previously unreleased, out of print, or an entirely new collection compiled from the Warner Music vault — will become available for purchase in a limited run. “The crate-digging community is steering the ship,” said Billy Fields, V.P. of sales and account management for WEA, the artist and […]
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 Almost ten years ago, pianist Peter Dugan and baritone John Brancy met up at the Julliard School’s library, picked out some music and snuck into a dance studio to try out a few songs together. Little did they know that those sessions would be the beginning of an essential artistic collaboration. — May 29, 2017 Fast forward ten years and the duo is in the midst of one of the most important projects of their creative lives. On April 28, […]
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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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