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Jan has been a mentor at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, She has been a mentor at "Taxi". Jan has taught at SAE and Musician's Institute. Jan is the author of "Once More With Feeling" which is a guide for songwriters on how to write with a character in mind.

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“Jan is one of the music industry’s best-kept secrets. She has an uncanny ability to put her finger on exactly what the issue is that keeps good artists from being great, and then
helping them to overcome or remove whatever roadblocks stand in their way.

Jan is an expert at fine-tuning and bringing out the best performances in artists and musicians.

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Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing thei
r creativity.

Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition.

Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling."

There is exciting news with Jan. Jan has been teaching online on Zoom.us. It's like Skype but better because you can record the whole lesson. For those of you who want a world class teacher, you can learn from Jan who has 20 Grammy winners. No driving, Just sit yourself in front of your computer screen. You will love the intimacy without leaving your home. Give it a try.

Jan teaches vocal technique that connects the chest middle head voice with a gospel belt. Jan covers proper breathing, vocal technique, performance coaching and recording in her protools studio.

"Jan L. is an award winning songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity."

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Ryan March 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jan is a fun and dynamic instructor whose patience and attention to the needs of her students has been instrumental in helping my daughter enjoy and thrive in her voice and piano lessons. While some instructors, in our experience, have been excellent musicians but poor teachers, Jan's style and flexibility make her an ideal person for passing on her knowledge to students, so that they in turn develop their own musical talents and shine. Many thanks, Jan, for your gifts!
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Michael H. January 27, 2017
· Music Recording · In home
What I love about Jan is she tells it how it is and is always looking out for her students. I just started with her and she has already reached out to help my dream become a reality. Looking forward to continue working with her and excited to see what's in store for the future.
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Cyrene Y. June 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Jan is very patient and knows what I need, not to mention funny and very pleasant. I am looking forward to the next session.
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Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Jonah R.

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Nothing is quite as rewarding as writing your own material, however, it's easy to feel stuck with an idea if you don't know how to fully develop it. I will help you take that one lick/chord change/vocal melody you've been working on and turn it into a fully fleshed out song. We'll take the time to learn the individual roles and functions of certain song sections, and pretty soon you'll be writing your best material with much more focus and confidence!

About Jonah
If you're going to hire a guitar teacher, your lessons should be something you look forward to every week. The majority of instructors use a one-size-fits-all approach, and as a result, their students can quickly become frustrated and lose interest. I've always found this unfortunate because playing the guitar can be such an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience.

With each one of my students, I take into account how much time they are willing to practice, what playing styles interest them, and what teaching approach works best. I then come up with a lesson plan that is specifically catered to their needs.
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Scott Lindenbaum November 15, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jonah is a great teacher. He's patient and easy going. I immediately got the feeling that he loves playing the guitar and that spirit is motivating.
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Lorena Lopez June 21, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jonah is kind and patient. He makes the lessons fun and enjoyable! I'll be back for sure!
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Shauna Bellante February 3, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jonah has been teaching our 5 year old daughter for a few months now. We are always impressed with his professionalism and his patient and gentle nature. He is very positive and encouraging with our daughter and he has very realistic expectations. She just loves him and so do we.
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Jonah R.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Alex P.

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I have been playing music since I was 7, and now play the guitar, bass, violin, piano, and I also sing. By the time I entered the University of Southern California, I had released my first album of original music, toured the west coast with my own band, toured internationally to China, Canada, France, England, Hungary, Ukraine, and Austria, and performed with The Vienna Boys Choir among other notable musical ensembles.

Since receiving my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance (with a minor in Music Recording) from USC, I have released three more albums of original music, produced four albums for other artists, and have toured nationally with my own band. I currently play in three Los Angeles area bands and am the live sound engineer for another. I have taught guitar at West Coast Music Academy 18 months, and have taught private lesso
ns for the last 6 years.

With all of this experience and knowledge, I offer a student a very rich understanding of many styles of music. I can ensure that a student gets on the right track towards a bright musical future, whether they want to become a professional musician or whether they want guitar as a lifelong hobby.

*** Lesson Details ***
When you take lessons from me, you will be taking the fastest route to success: playing a lot of guitar! We will cover everything from music theory to technique to soloing to playing your favorite songs, but we won't be spending the lesson time talking. Everything you learn will be quickly put into a playable, practical context, so that you learn the most, and have the most fun!

I have high expectations for my students, and practicing every day is a requirement. But because my curriculum is personally tailored to each individual student, and involves a lot of the music that the student is most passionate about, I find my students often love to practice! I also use a variety of musical texts to enrich the students learning (including, but not limited to, Practical Theory for Guitar by Don Latarski, Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner, the Real Book series, and various Mel Bay books).

After about 6 months, a new student will have learned most basic chords and scales, the building blocks of playing solos, and a good handful of their favorite songs! More experienced students will have enriched their understanding of guitar and how it relates to the music they love, and music that is new to them!

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Lessons will happen in a studio room at the guest house, electric/acoustic guitars, bass and amps are available, it has instruments on the wall, computer with recording equipment, free street parking. In the event that a student in allergic to cats/dogs, the lessons can occur on the backyard at a roofed area.

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guitar, amp, any effects if necessary. student must provide guitar (any kind)

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I specialize in rock, pop, folk, and jazz guitar styles. I focus on material that the individual student is excited about and wants to learn, and incorporate fundamentals and other pertinent skills necessary to maximize the students ability.

For bass guitar I specialize in rock and pop.

Contemporary songwriting technique is not genre-specific and I can teach any type of songwriting, from hip hop to country to rock. I have been a songwriter for 7 years, and have released 3 full length albums and one EP of my original material. I was also a student in the pilot classes which later became USC's Popular Music degree program. These classes focused on songwriting and were taught by industry veterans Chris Sampson and Richard Smith.

I was trained in advanced music theory as part of my degree from USC. I integrate theory into my other lessons but I can also teach theory alone.

I have advanced skills with ProTools and have extensive experience (5 years) in recording, from professional studios to personal home setups.
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Christeen May 14, 2014
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DID A GOOD JOB TEACHING THE BASICS.
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Audra May 14, 2014
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I just had my first composition lesson and it was extremely helpful.

We started at my music knowledge and what type of music I liked and wanted to compose. He was able to very easily assess what I needed to know and taught me a lot of theory and gave me concepts that I could learn more about once we were nearing the end of the lesson. After learning what I needed to know for what I trying to do, we discussed how I could apply it to a sample piece and how it applied to the style of music that I wanted to write, and he gave me some pointers of how to learn even more.

Overall he was extremely helpful and really nice and personable as well as professional.
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Jules May 14, 2014
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Finished a lesson with Alex from TakeLessons just now and it was awesome. It was too cheap at "free" so I hope they start charging because they are worth it. At no point was I given any sales push or asked to purchase anything by the way. He listened to my problem and gave me a great solution to improve. Heartily recommended. I will take what I learned and apply it to my practice routine and playing immediately.

Thanks Alex and hope to see you soon!
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Alex P.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Frank J.

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About Frank
As a composer, I have composed music for Fox News, Fox Sports, MTV, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, the Weather Channel and MUZAK. His credits also include extensive DVD, Web, and Multimedia based productions.

I've also composed and produced several acclaimed children's albums, four of them receiving the prestigious Parent's Choice award.

More importantly I have been teaching private lessons for a number of years. My experience in the music industry gives me the tools to teach children what they WANT to learn, in addition to being able to give them a firm foundation in all of the elements that it takes to become a complete musician.

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I work out of several series of books geared towards different approaches to technique, theory, ear training and artistry, tailoring my teaching approach to the individual stude
nt, based on their age, personality, natural ability and commitment to practicing. I want the students to be inspired to practice, but never through intimidation.

It's important to me that a student has no holes in their playing. I tend to zero in on any weak points and find engaging ways to help students to improve in those areas.

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Finished garage recording studio w/ baby grand and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
For piano lessons i expect the student to have a working keyboard or piano. I will supply the course curriculum.

*** Specialties ***
I work well with Jazz, popular music and electronic music and recording technology.
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Frank J.

Frank J.

Newhall, CA 91321
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About Andrew R.

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Everybody can write a song, right? Well mainly, yes, with some musical background, a song can be written.
When you're pushing for a certain level though, it can really help to have some tools to analyze both your composition and performance to hone the piece, the style, and the arrangement.
I have written or produced dozens of songs, many of which have been featured in major motion pictures or released in their own right putting me in a perfect position to help you with your work and share all my secrets!!

About Andrew
British born and Educated at London's prestigious Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, my professional musical career has spanned over two decades to date. I have performed with world renowned acts such as Sia, Dave Stewart and Horace Andy, and have been a featured recording artist on many of the worlds most famous film scores while myself having authored or co-authored over 30 movie scores.
A Suzuki violin student since the age of 3, I added piano, guitar, singing and composition during my teenage years. The Suzuki method encourages advanced aural development from very early on and this has turned out to be my strongest suit. With my ear, I have impressed some of the most notable orchestrators, composers, directors and producers in London, Hollywood and the world over. In fact, it was these on the spot aural magic tr
icks that allowed me to impress the Hollywood composer that first invited me to Los Angeles to work on my first blockbuster. That opportunity led to many years of success in the industry and some notoriety.
I have always had a passion for teaching, sharing my knowledge with others and watching other people take immense pleasure in their own achievements. I have been told time and time again that I have a very special gift for teaching and I would very much like to share it with you, whether you want to learn an instrument, musicianship, ear training, composition, hone your vocal or mic skills or learn how to arrange an orchestral piece in just a few hours!
I look forward to talking to you about your specific needs and goals and having the opportunity to help you realize them in a fun friendly and authentic atmosphere.
Andrew
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Evan May 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andrew was great at getting started back in piano and working on new pieces right away. He's got a great style and has me playing right away.
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Aron February 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He is the one, do not search for any other teacher!
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Michael Kriegsman January 30, 2017
· Guitar ·
Andrew is beyond impressive. As a musician and as a person. I look forward to a long musical relationship.
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Andrew R.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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About Burt G.

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Song writing is, as the saying goes, 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

A songwriter is a craftsman who not only can create an interesting beat or think up a lyric or a write a melody, but who knows how a song is put together.

The "perspiration" part can be as creative as the "inspiration" part when you are in control, looking at the whole picture.

About Burt
Pianist/Composer/Arranger. Burt lives and works out of Long Beach California. He studied music composition and piano performance, western and eastern music theory, ethnic music, choral music and electronic music at Cal State San Bernardino, Golden West College, and Long Beach City College.

Burt performs as both soloist and as accompanist in rock and jazz ensembles and with choirs. He has also sung with various choral groups and recorded commercially with the group Meritage ("50 most loved Christmas Carols"). But was the choral director/arranger for the church Teaching of the Inner Christ in Long Beach, California for ten years.

Burt has a steady output of musical composition, from instrumental music, pop music and songs to compositions for full choir. Burt's music is a combination of live and digital instruments that can be heard on
the CD's "Meditation" volumes 1 and 2, and "Atalanta Fugiens: Fifty Alchemical Fugues".

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Lessons are always tailored to the needs of the student. If you are a beginner, you will learn how to play the piano and read music. If you already play and wish to take your playing to another level, you can learn how to play in a particular style of music. Or, if you are an aspiring composer or song writer, you can learn to develop your own ideas with Burt's help.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai MP4 digital stage piano, Motu Digital Performer sequencing/arranging/recording software, Native Instruments Kontakt Sample Library, EMU Mps + Orchestral keyboard, Peavey keyboard amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
Besides teaching piano performance, basic musicianship, and theory, Burt's specializes in composition and will help you develop your own musical ideas.
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Carole R. February 24, 2014
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Excellent piano teacher!

Burt has been teaching my son (age 11) piano for over two years. He is an excellent teacher -- very knowledgeable, patient, keeps things light and fun, but at the same time is appropriately demanding.
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Burt G.

Long Beach, CA 90803
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About Samantha A.

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Let's compose your heart in song

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Grammy Nominated Samantha A. is a "big voice in a tiny body." With a Bachelors in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of the Arts, Samantha has been actively singing and performing for over 10 years. Now, a 20-something, this singer/songwriter has released her first (self titled) EP, her newly released Stepping Stones EP (THESE WALLS VIDEO AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE) and snagged a Grammy Nomination for her work on Blue Note Records artist Joey DeFrancesco's album, Never Can Say Goodbye, in 2011. Learn anything from breath control to songwriting to piano.

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Keyboard, ukulele, microphone, recording equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
*Piano/keyboard required

-has travel keyboard available if necessary
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Fernando A. March 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
EXCELENT
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Nicole January 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
The lesson was informative and fun and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it!
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brittany December 1, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
lessons are always fun and my boyfriend and I have learned a lot :)
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Samantha A.

Samantha A.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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About Lynn S.

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I have been writing songs since I was in grade school. Currently I'm in the process of recording a debut EP under the name of Redgrave Jones. I LOVE writing songs and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to help you write your own songs!

About Lynn
I have been studying voice and piano and performing on stage in various capacities since I was a small child, acting professionally on stage, in films and TV for most of my adult life. I've been blessed to study with countless music luminaries in varying genres, from jazz and classical to rock n' roll and blues.

I studied music at the university level both at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC. I received my BFA in Jazz Vocal Performance from The New School in 2008. I was given an incredible foundation in ear-training, music theory, composition, arranging and song-writing through these institutions.

My diverse music education and experience means I am able to teach music in many different styles and music of many different genres. I can accompany my students on piano a
nd help them to prepare for auditions. I can teach how to read music, to play classically on the piano, to read jazz charts, or help you figure out parts for a chord progression for a pop or rock song.

My acting training is equally many-faceted and I have an incredibly strong foundation based in the teachings of Sanford Meisner, Stanislavsky, Lee Strasberg and Larry Moss. I use the knowledge of these great teachers along with the wisdom I've accumulated from MY mentors over the years in my teaching and coaching.
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Philip June 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Lynn is a fantastic teacher! She effortlessly bridges genres and styles. She is personable, dedicated and inspiring. We are incredibly fortunate to have found her.
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Chris December 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Lynn is stellar. Her background and training are substantial and impressive. She is prompt, courteous, calm and absolutely wonderful with our daughter (Age 9) who has challenges focusing and staying on task. Lynn is kind, but navigates the lessons confidently, fluidly and with a focused energy. She works with our daughter's playfulness, incorporates humor and positive, encouraging energy into every lesson. Our daughter has shown signs of great improvement with Lynn. Lynn assigns tasks and practicing points each week for our daughter to work on which are balanced and also bring in a component of improvisation, which is SO helpful for kids who have challenges with focusing. Lynn is awesome, highly recommend!
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Jessica December 6, 2016
· Piano · In home
Lynn is amazing!! Not only do my children love her as a person (they literally wait at the window on Wednesday nights) but she knows how to keep them engaged and interested in learning throughout their lessons. My son has learned to play actual songs in less than 10 lessons. Can't recommend her enough!
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Lynn S.

Los Angeles, CA 90005
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About Jonathan G.

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Everything from scales to chords to modal change. Harmony content, construction, substitutions. Inside and outside playing. improvisation skills, ear training and chord construction.

About Jonathan
16 years of experience, 6 years producing, and over 8 years teaching, writing, recording, performing and Touring. I Was raised in a family of instructors. Teaching has always been something I'm passionate about. I developed my music studies in Italy, graduated and move back to the states to work after 5 years of preparation.
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Jonathan G.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Scott F.

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Learn how chords interact within a song, how to break down form in your favorite tunes to see how they're made, and how lyrics interact to create powerful messages, as well as strategies for overcoming writer's block and stage fright.
As the student progresses we will cover arranging and instrumentation to flesh out your creations, as well as recording techniques and mixing/mastering to allow you to go from concept to album ready products completely independently.

About Scott
Originally hailing from the frozen wastelands of Anchorage, Alaska where I made my living teaching music to interested polar bears, I moved south in search of warmer climates over 6 years ago. Utilizing a diverse musical background and a deep knowledge of theory I strive to provide my students with a unique and tailored lesson plan to help them realize their wildest musical dreams.

As a songwriter and performer for over 20 years I have worked with punk bands, jazz bands, traditional Irish folk bands, psychedelic jazz punk, and as a solo classical performer including performing with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, and for the world famous Romero family during their Anchorage masterclass.

My students can expect to learn classical technique and composition, but applied to the music that motivates and stimulates them. I want my studen
ts to love playing more than I want them to pass recitals.
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Shelly March 17, 2017
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Scott has such a passion, knowledge and love for music and it shows in everything he does. He is also patient and genuinely enjoys helping others fulfill their potential and reach their goals. He never ceases to amaze me.
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Penny March 15, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
Scott tutored me in music theory online and I believe it was his clear and thorough explanations of a wide range of theoretical concepts which helped me not only pass but excel in this area of my music degree. I highly recommend his tutoring services to anyone struggling in this area of music.
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Renee March 12, 2017
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Scott is extremely talented and passionate about music, the impact it has on people, and it's legacy.
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Scott F.

Burbank, CA 91506
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