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Learning to improvise is a long-term mission that will push you to your musical limits! You’ll need to be armed with some tips, hacks, and strategies to make sure you are continually improving.  — June 8th, 2021 Know the basics Before you can make use of any tactical tips, you need to have covered the basics. There is no point in learning shortcuts and accelerators if you do not have the fundamentals.  Begin with learning the basics of improvisation and […]
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Knowing how to care for your instrument correctly is essential if you want it to last. There are many things to consider, and a few changes or add-ons to your daily routine can go a long way.   — May 13th, 2021 Below we will share a few tips to consider when handling and caring for your musical instrument:  1. Clean your instrument correctly A key aspect of caring for your instrument is keeping it clean. So, before you play, make […]
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The connection between music and food has been studied from many angles. Multiple factors influence the way we eat! There are internal factors such as our mood or hormones, and then there are external factors. It turns out that music is one of the most prominent external factors that influence the way we eat! — April 20th, 2021 There is no doubt that music makes us eat differently. Several studies have shown that listening to music while eating is likely […]
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Nickelback once said: “We all just wanna be big rock stars / And live in hilltop houses, driving 15 cars.” But, the reality of stardom is very different. There are many things musicians and artists need to overcome to become famous or “relevant.” The truth is that to make it in music, you need to be prepared for the pitfalls. — March 9th, 2021 Last week “Sound Advice” – a new handbook for aspiring musicians by journalist Rhian Jones and […]
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The New Year is around the corner. So, now is the perfect time to make some musical resolutions!  We know that setting goals for an entire year can be tough, thus here we share a few New Year’s resolutions ideas to get you started. — December 16th,  2020 As a musician, setting goals will give you focus and motivation as you continue to master your craft. Below we share a few resolutions and intentions to help you reach your musical […]
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Whether you are a  beginner or advanced pianist, the following tips and hacks will improve your performance! — November 25th, 2020 1. Pedalling It can be a major issue, especially if you get nervous when performing. You can work hard with your fingers, playing beautifully, only to hide under the pedal cloud.  Thus, when in doubt, stay away from the sustaining pedal; try practicing your piece completely without the pedal. And, once confident with the sound, add smaller amounts of […]
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It has become increasingly common to see libraries filled with students wearing headphones while studying or reading. But, if that’s not your case, here’s a list of reasons why you should give it a try! — November 12th, 2020 Here are five benefits of listening to music while studying: I) Makes your Studying Fun While the jury is still out on whether hearing to music can benefit everyone or just a particular type of person, there’s no doubt that university […]
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Music therapy is a field of medicine where music is used to treat various conditions, much as a physical therapist might treat a patient. You can use some of their techniques to inspire your healing and manage your mental health. — November 6th, 2020 Below four tips to use music for healing purposes: 1. Put your creativity to good use! Performing music often is more potent than listening to music. Hence, if playing music is something that interests you, then […]
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Music theory has always had a slight whiff of the uncool about it. However, this bad rep is entirely unjustified. Regardless of whether you’re a composer, songwriter, producer or DJ, reinforcing your musical knowledge (or talent) with music theory can have a profound effect on the quality of your work! — October 21st, 2020 Today, we’re going to highlight five of the most practical theory-based tips that can help kickstart your creative process the next time your inspiration well runs […]
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Songwriting is an art! So, it is only natural that artists struggle with songwriting, especially when just starting.  Don’t believe us? Keep reading to find out what Taylor Swift, Madonna, John Legend, and other Grammy-nominated artists have to say. — October 8th, 2020 In 2006, John Legend won Grammys for Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album for his album Get Lifted. He has received a total of 23 nominations over the years, with 10 wins, including earlier this year, where he won […]
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Music-making programs are hefty and usually take up a lot of space on your computer. Thus, below we will share some tips and hacks to help you optimize your machine. — September 16th, 2020 1. Reduce your choices! Having every plugin ever created will not make you a better music producer. Limiting your palette can, and will, help you compose better music. Thus, limit the number of presets to choose from, and you will have a more cohesive result.  2. […]
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It is said that music can get us through anything! It is good at relieving stress, anxiety, sadness, and other negative emotional states. Doctors even prescribe music as it can help us heal! — September 10th, 2020 Daniel Levitin, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at McGill University in Canada and author of, explains that the state of a surgery a patient is in before the operation very much predicts the outcome.  Usually, doctors give their patients a mild sedative such as Valium to settle […]
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Most of us have snoozed to music before. But, could it be true that some tunes can help you fall asleep or help you sleep better?  — June 19th, 2020 Michael Breus, Ph.D., sleep expert and author, explains that there is data that suggests that music can help people fall asleep. More so, the music-sleep connection has been supported in studies all over the world. As a result, music has shown to help people with chronic sleep problems, schizophrenia, and […]
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We are going through very tough times! And so, in the last weeks, we have talked a lot about the role of music within the pandemic. As a result, scientists and doctors have decided to investigate how music helps us cope with COVID-19  — May 12th, 2020 Today, we want to share with you an article published in Northwestern Medicine. Here, Jessica Pouranfar, a music therapist at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, talks about the power of music in times of crisis.  […]
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People singing from balconies and streaming free concerts during the COVID-19 lockdown are part of a long tradition of using music to fight fear — dating back to the 7th century BC. — April 23rd, 2020 From as early as ancient Egypt, Greece and the Babylonians, music has been a reliable tool for spiritual healing and social bonding for thousands of years amid disease. When plague struck Sparta in the 7th century BC, city leaders petitioned the poet Thaletus to sing […]
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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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