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No matter your age, experience level, or goals, learning music is a powerful way to enrich your life. However, this doesn’t keep misconceptions about music lessons from convincing some people they’re not worth the time and effort. If you’re on the fence, read up on the realities of taking music lessons.  — Thursday, November 10th “I won’t have time to practice” It is one of the main reasons people don’t take music lessons. However, if you want to bring the […]
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Guitars come in right-handed and left-handed varieties. But, most people, when they pick up a guitar, don’t immediately show a strong tendency for either right-handed or left-handed playing. That’s because playing the guitar is complex, and it is not clear which hand plays the dominant role until you’ve spent some time practicing.  Today, we’ll review a few indicators to help you choose the right guitar (and hand) for you! — Tuesday, October 18th If you are right-hand dominant, it’s probably […]
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How many types of instruments are there? There are five instrument families: strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, and keyboards. Now let’s get into exactly what they are and which instruments are in each instrument family. — Wednesday, October 6th The five main types of instrument families: Strings Brass Woodwind Percussion Keyboards Strings Instruments under the “strings” category produce sound by employing a vibrating string or strings. The strings can be plucked, bowed, struck, or touched in other ways to make them […]
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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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Like your muscles, your brain gets stronger as you exercise it. The process of changing the brain through our experiences is called neural plasticity—the capacity of the nervous system to modify itself in response to experience or deprivation. — Wednesday, August 26th Scientists measure neural plasticity with special brain-imaging techniques, like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or electroencephalogram (EEG), to find precisely how playing music changes our brain works. Research with these machines, as well as studying the brains of people […]
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Musical instruments can be significantly affected by the climate, from minor tuning issues to potential long-term damage – and every instrument responds in its way.  — Thursday, August 18th Temperature can affect the sound of an instrument in a variety of ways, which are different for each instrument. It also influences the abilities of a player. Cold Weather Generally speaking, cold weather has the tendency to be harder on your musical instrument compared to hot weather. In times when it is raining, […]
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Getting your kids interested in music is not always easy. But, if you have a young musician at home, there are many things that you as a parent can do to contribute to that passion. Here, we go over a few tips that will help you guide your child into the wonderful world of music-making. — Friday, August 12th Choosing the right instrument First things first, you need to choose the right instrument! Ask your child what sounds they like […]
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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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If you want to learn to play guitar, you might not know where to start. Your mind may be brimming with questions, and it can feel intimidating. You might also wonder if you’ll be good at guitar. Unfortunately, in some instances, new players don’t always give themselves enough time to learn the basics and unfairly put a lot of pressure on themselves to “get good” right off the start. Relax! Learning to play guitar should be a fun experience more […]
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Rhythm is a vital aspect of learning music. But, often rhythm can be the hardest bit to learn! Students usually enjoy playing the chords, but it is the rhythm of the melody that most of them struggle with the most. More so, reading rhythm and feeling rhythm are two separate things.So, we’re going to look at four techniques you can start using today to improve your sense of rhythm and timing when you play music. — Tuesday, June 14th 1. […]
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The modern musician must learn to juggle engaging audiences on social media while writing, recording, or performing songs. But, how do you use these platforms to grow your reach without getting frustrated? Here, we go over a few tips on how artists can use social media to build strong relationships with their fans by fixing some of the main problems they face while on these social media platforms.  — Tuesday, June 14th Problem #1: Social media can be distracting Overuse […]
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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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