Music Notes is an educational music company founded by Jimmy Pascascio and LaMar Queen, two middle school teachers in South Central Los Angeles. Our goal is to increase student engagement in school by providing high quality educational music and videos to educators and their students.
Meet the Team
LaMar Queen, co-founder of Music Notes, is an artist at heart. He wrote his first song when he was in 7th grade, but it wasn’t until he became a teacher that he found a way to combine his love of music with his passion for education. Answering a challenge given to him by his first group of students, LaMar wrote his first educational song, “Slope Intercept”, in 2007. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to provide his students and other students across the country with music that not only sounds good, but teaches as well.
LaMar earned his B.S. in Elementary Education from Grambling State University. He is in his 10th year of teaching middle school math.
Jimmy Pascascio, co-founder of Music Notes, has always enjoyed being behind a camera. As a kid, he would use his dad’s camcorder (usually without his dad knowing it) to make videos with his best friend. When he became an English teacher, he knew that he still had to maintain his love for the camera, so he started teaching a video production class during his homeroom period. It was at this time that Jimmy first heard LaMar Queen’s “Slope Intercept” song. Not knowing exactly how he would do it, he offered to help LaMar make a music video for the song. Since then, he has worked with Music Notes artists as well as his own students to create educational music videos that are creative and engaging.
Jimmy earned his B.A. in Psychology and Religious Studies from U.C. San Diego, a Masters in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University. He taught middle school English and Social Studies for 10 years; he now serves as a high school intervention coordinator.
David Landix began working with students in 2001 at LA Academy Middle School. After taking an interest in a group of kids that would rap during their lunch breaks, he decided to try writing some raps of his own. Once he tapped into this previously undiscovered talent, David began creating songs and mixtapes. Then, with the support of Jimmy Pascascio and LaMar Queen, David began writing his first educational rap album, Deometry. David is inspired by the teachers he had the pleasure of learning from as a child who always used a wide variety of methods to teach. He sees his music as another tool for teachers to use as they continue to inspire their students. David currently teaches 9th grade Algebra at Locke High School.
Kristina has taught students with learning differences since 2011. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Cal Poly Pomona in 2008 and her Ed. Specialist teaching credential in 2011. She went on to receive her Masters Degree in Special Education in 2013. In 2014, Kristina received a prestigious award from PBS; she was deemed a “Learning Media Digital Innovator” because of her use of technology and music in the classroom. She currently teaches at Chaffey High School in Ontario, CA and has been singing since she was a student in middle school.
Daniella Rios is from Rio Grande City, Texas. She works for La Joya ISD at William J. Clinton Elementary in Peñitas, Texas, where she has been teaching since 2008. She loves to integrate music in her classroom and believes it’s an excellent way to motivate kids to learn. This is one of the many reasons why she was named District Teacher of the Year 2013-2014. When she met Jimmy at CAMT in 2013, she knew she found the perfect group to work with who loved doing what she does. Since then, she has worked with Music Notes to create educational music and workbooks as well as book concerts.
Dani earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Bilingual Education in 2008 from The University of Texas-Pan American. She currently teaches Math and English Language Arts to English Language Learners.