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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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When a composer writes a symphony or song, they break down the piece of music into more manageable subdivisions. The smallest of those subdivisions are known as musical measures or musical bars. Below we’ll talk a bit about those measures what they are important, how to read them, and more! — June 7th, 2021 When a musician writes a symphony or song, they break down the music into more manageable subclasses. The smallest of those subdivisions are called musical measures […]
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If you want to have a career as a successful musician, you need to be willing to put in the time and effort it demands! Whether you’ve been playing your chosen instrument for years, or you’re just getting started, there is always room for improvement. So if you want to become a pro or are looking to develop your skills, this post is for you! — May 18th, 2021 Below we share some handy tips and tricks to help you […]
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A perfectly trained ear is one of the most significant assets you can have as a musician or artist. Yet, many musicians don’t take the time to develop their ear! Instead, they rely on other abilities such as technical proficiency, experience, and gear. But, you’ll feel a lot more confident if you don’t have to rely on them.  — May 6th, 2021 Below we will share three exercises that can help you train and develop your ear. But, first thing’s […]
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Reading music is a learned skill. A great way of quickly learning the names of each staff’s lines and spaces and the notes they represent when playing the piano is through mnemonic devices. A mnemonic device, or memory device, is any learning technique that aids information retention or retrieval in human memory. — April 15th, 2021 Below we share some handy mnemonics for piano notes. Keep in mind these mnemonics start on the bottom line of each staff and go up: […]
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2020 brought a new normal, and with it came the eLearning boom for virtually every thinkable subject — including music! — March 23rd, 2021 Today, children and adults alike have the option of learning from an app, a pre-recorded online lesson, an online group course, or a one-on-one Zoom lesson with a music teacher. It’s all available!  And, while we are not saying online lessons will replace the classroom, there a surprising number of benefits, including:  Time-Tabling  With eLearning, you […]
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How often should a student be practicing? It is a common question we receive from parents and older students alike. And while there is no definitive answer, practice is a crucial part of the music educational journey. So, please keep reading to find out what we recommend! — February 25th, 2021 All students should practice at least five-six days a week. How long each daily session is, depends on the child’s age. Typically speaking, young children, ages 3 and 4, […]
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Many student musicians wonder if memorizing music is essential. For those who want to excel as performers, the answer is always yes! Continue reading to learn why… — February 17th, 2021 Memorizing music gives you more artistic freedom, helps your performance technique, and encourages you to master improvisation skills. Plus, studies show that audiences prefer listening to musicians who’ve memorized a piece.  So, if you want to learn to memorize music effectively, preparation is vital! The following tips will help […]
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We’ve all heard the “starving artist” cliche. Even though it can be challenging to make a living in the music industry, there are many high-paying music jobs out there! You just need to know where to look… — February 9th, 2021 There are plenty of opportunities in the music industry, and not all of them entail being the one headlining the tours. As you already know, it takes a village (literally) to launch tours, record music, and develop talent. So, […]
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Learning to read music is like learning to read any other language. It might seem hard at first, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier. So, we thought we could share three hacks to get you started! — January 27th, 2021 Think of the notes as the letters, the measures as the words, the phrases as the sentences, and so forth. Learning to read music really does open up a whole new world to explore. So, […]
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Music theory is a complex and extensive subject. So, it is best to learn the basics before diving into advanced music theory. The building blocks for music composition include harmony, melody, and rhythm. — January 14th,  2021 Understanding three core concepts harmony, melody, and rhythm will help you learn the basics of music theory. Thus, let’s get started! What is harmony? Harmony is when multiple notes or voices play simultaneously to produce a new sound. The combined sounds in harmonies […]
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 The ukulele has become a hugely popular instrument in recent years. The reason that the ukulele is so popular is that it is one of the easiest instruments to learn how to play. So read on as we look at these 3 easy-to-play ukulele songs that you can learn in no time. — January 8th,  2021 1. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd The first song is one of the most popular ukulele songs out there! It is considered to […]
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As a singer, you may have some questions about breathing! — this is why this article will focus on its importance and answering common doubts. Plus, we will be sharing useful breathing exercises for you to practice at home. — November 19th, 2020 Without breath, we can’t sing; but, you probably already knew that! However, two other vital reasons why breath is so essential when singing: Your inhale is your preparation to sing. The way you prepare will determine how […]
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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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Study after study shows that playing music is extraordinarily beneficial to children – something that we have talked about in many other blog posts. But, today, we want to focus on apps that focus on music education, and that can come in handy this summer at home.  — July 7th, 2020 These apps that we will share today can engage kids of all ages in learning everything from playing an instrument to composition and music theory. And while these will […]
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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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