Music Notes is an educational music company founded by Jimmy Pascascio and LaMar Queen, two middle school teachers in South Central Los Angeles. Their goal is to increase student engagement in school by providing high quality educational mu
sic and videos to educators and their students.
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 5th 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 is in his 9th year of teaching middle school English and Social Studies.
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.
Kristina has been teaching students in Special Education for the past 4 years in the West Covina Unified School District. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2008 with a B.A. in Psychology, and earned her Ed. Specialist teaching credential in 2011. She went on to get her Masters Degree in Special Education in 2013. Kristina has also be the recipient of a prestigious award given by PBS. She has been deemed a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator because of the work she does in her classroom.