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Many music students struggle with music reading. Even after months of practicing, few children are able to sight-read music in the same way they read a book. But, new research shows, that reading music, and ‘regular’ reading are not that far apart! October 29th, 2019  Katarzyna Julia Leikvoll, defended her PhD thesis in Literacy Studies at the University of Stavanger by conducting research on the differences in how students learn to read text and music. Leikvoll examined how beginner piano […]
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Enjoying a meal while listening to a melodious track, can be a wonderful experience. However, jamming to loud music can result in unhealthy eating choices — and it could potentially affect our waistlines.  September 30th, 2019 In a recent study conducted by Dipayan Biswas, PhD, marketing professor at the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business, researchers found that diners made very different food choices based on the music they could hear. Volume is proven to impact heart rate and […]
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We know music has plenty of benefits such as helping us concentrate or allowing us to remember things faster. However, up until recent years, we did not know that music can actually help us heal. Recent studies found that music therapy can calm anxiety, ease pain, and provide a pleasant diversion during chemotherapy or a hospital stay. August 28th, 2019 It’s almost impossible to find someone who doesn’t feel a strong connection to music. Even if you can’t carry a […]
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Today we are “celebrating” Stress Awareness Day – and what better way to honor this day than by talking about the soothing power of music. April 16th, 2019 Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial impact on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones. Music, in short, can […]
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Research shows tunes can make your workout easier. Here’s how to take full advantage. — November 13th, 2018 As humans, we are hardwired to respond to rhythm. If you’ve ever reflexively tapped your toes, drummed your fingers, or bob your head to a catchy tune, you know this to be true. “It’s a very inherent thing,” says Jasmin Hutchinson, Ph.D., who’s an associate professor of exercise science and sports studies and the director for sport and exercise psychology at Springfield […]
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We know music can affect our mood for better or for worse. But how? Read more to find out!  — October 17th, 2018 New evidence published in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that music therapy can improve the mental health of people with depression. A group of scientists: Anna Maratos, Mike J. Crawford, and Simon Procter examined possible mechanisms of action of this complex intervention and suggest that music therapy partly is effective because active music-making within the therapeutic frame offers the patient […]
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What kind of music should kids listen to at a young age? Here, five helpful tips on creating an appropriate musical library for your child.  — October 9th, 2018 1. Music is not Just for Listening Before you pick the songs, keep in mind that your child benefits from doing more than just listening. To get the full benefits of music, children need to sing, clap and dance along with the tunes. Singing and moving to music tells the brain […]
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Music-making AI software advanced so much in the past few years that today it is a viable tool that can and is being used by producers to help in the creative process.  — September 19th, 2018 Using AI as a tool to make music or aid musicians have been in practice for over a decade. In the ‘90s, David Bowie helped develop an app called the Verbasizer, which took the literary source material and randomly reordered the words to create new […]
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Have you heard of ‘Mental Floss’? We love their videos! Thus, we wanted to share John Green’s ’25 Facts About the Science of Music’, an excellent video where some little-known facts on music are exposed.  — September 4th, 2018 Here are our ‘Top 5’ Music Facts: 1. “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls is the catchiest song of all time? In 2014, a group of researchers released an online game called Hooked on Music. It had a thousand quips from pop hits, going all the […]
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Lullabies aren’t just for babies—they’re great for adults, too. Learn about the all-natural sleep aid that helps you fall asleep fast and wake up refreshed.  — August 31st, 2018 According to a recent article published by the Sleep Organization, using soothing music to wind down before bed each night is perfectly acceptable—even encouraged—as a relaxation technique. It turns out that bedtime listening can even help people with sleep disorders by boosting sleep quality and quantity. The benefits may not happen overnight—it […]
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Researchers have pondered the possible therapeutic and mood-boosting benefits of music for centuries. Finally, a recent study confirms that music affects our mood.  — August 22nd, 2018 Recent research from Durham University and the University of Jyväskylä in Finland revealed that sad music brings most listeners pleasure and comfort. Conversely, the study found that for some people, sad music can cause negative feelings of profound grief. The research involved three surveys of more than 2,400 people in the United Kingdom and Finland, […]
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If you’ve taken the time to learn music or to speak another language, you’ve also trained your brain into being more efficient, according to a new study.  — June 6, 2018 Researchers at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute conducted a study where they analyzed brain activity while participants completed simple tasks. Non-surprisingly they found that musicians and people who are bilingual utilized fewer brain resources when completing a working memory task. Also, these people showed they had a better working memory. However, scientists […]
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Learning how to play an instrument seems like an oddly daunting task for an adult. But, as we have mentioned in previous posts, it is easier than you think!  — May 10, 2018 If you are over 30 years old, you may be asking yourself if it is too late to pick up a new instrument. The short answer is: no. It turns out; adults have some critical advantages over children when it comes to learning how to play an instrument. On […]
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Cognitive skills developed from music lessons appear to transfer to unrelated subjects, leading to improved academic performance.
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Studies have shown that singing has some of the same health benefits as exercise. All types of singing have positive psychological effects, for example, the releasing of endorphins the brain’s ‘feel good’ chemical.  — January 29, 2018 All types of singing have positive psychological effects. But of all sorts of singing, it’s choral singing that seems to have the most dramatic impact on people’s lives. A study published in Australia in 2008 revealed that on average, choral singers rated their […]
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From Twitter

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

2016-10-06T01:13:27-08:00

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

2016-10-06T01:19:06-08:00

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

2016-10-06T01:20:25-08:00

- 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

2016-10-06T01:21:23-08:00

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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