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About Heather M. L.

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Saint Augustine, FL

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Being able to play the acoustic guitar is so much fun. My students learn basic note reading, strumming, technique and songwriting. Students can expect to complete Hal Leonard's Guitar Book One, and Hal Leonard's Easy Pop Melodies, along with plenty of supplemental songs.

About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor. I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship.
After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College and performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life'
s work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've taught hundreds of different students since 2003 with great success, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals. When a student comes to me in need of voice coaching, my job is to get to the root of mental blocks, to reveal why and how she's not singing at her optimum.

Both teaching myself piano and receiving formal training at a conservatory has prepared me to teach almost anyone how to play.

The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. As a lifelong learner, I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate. In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire. In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.

Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, with an emphasis on stage acting and Meisner technique, as well as monologue and audition coaching.

Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
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Rowan June 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Heather is fantastic with my son. He has some very specific special needs and she’s fantastic with engaging him and helping him progress with his music that speaks specifically to him. He looks forward to his lessons all week long.
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Shelly June 2, 2018
· Singing · In home
Ms. Heather is SO helpful. I love singing but had been too shy to really come out of my shell and see what I can do.... she built my confidence and has given me multiple helpful methods of improving during performances and in general. She is the best!!!!!
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Tammi A. May 8, 2018
· Piano · Online
We loved the experience that our daughter recieved from Heather! Great instructor!
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About Lars R.

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Petaluma, CA
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The acoustic guitar should be mastered before electric is even considered. I am familiar with the many sonic possibilities of various types of acoustic guitars: nylon-string, steel-string, dobro, slide, twelve-string, seven-string . . . Many thanks!

About Lars
I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught seven- to 60-year-old students in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now, I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco for university studies, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I went to four years of a week-long summer jazz camp called Jazz Camp West, where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music (Jazz Guitar) and Spanish, as well as
an MA in Music, from San Francisco State University. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher, but I definitely expect students to practice what I suggest they practice. I advise that students use method books or sheet music of some sort, and I will certainly make notes for them and create materials they can learn from. I always teach based on the goals of the student and what type of music they enjoy, but I also like to guide the student in a direction I think would benefit them. I usually introduce music to play right away, conforming of course to the skill level and interest of the student. I now a play seven-string guitar that differs from the standard six-string guitar in that it has one string lower than the low E of a six-string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar
My guitar roots are mainly Jazz, but I am always happy to employ a very wide range of styles. I work with both modal and tonal musical styles.
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Emma December 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Very patient with me.
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Maria S. October 8, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
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Jackson July 29, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Lars came to the session on time, and was very patient with my son. He took the time to listen and gave helpful tips on becoming a better player. I would recommend him!
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Petaluma, CA 94952
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About Ted M.

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Moorpark, CA
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I specialize in various methods on fingerpicking for all types of music!

About Ted
Ted M.
Guitarist, Composer, Producer, Luthier, Instructor, Engineer, Hopeless Gearaholic and Lion Tamer
Ted M. and his band released two albums in the early eighties to high critical acclaim and never looked back, launching a career that spans 30 years and encompasses the epitome of composition, production, performance, and now education, sales and luthiery skills.
Ted M. is a master technician and a compassionate guitar teacher who still performs live.
Ted M. is a dynamic personality and is, admittedly, a hopeless gearaholic who enjoys building, repairing and designing stage rigs for some of the best guitarists in the business.

Discography:
1978 Robben Banks Independent Release
1979 Thunder On The Mountain KAZY compilation release
1981 Illustrated Victims Dagger Records
1983 Ted M. Dagger Records
1984 Artful Dodger Dagger Rec
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1997 L.I.T.A. Blue Hair Records 2000 Get A Life Get A Life Records
2000 Tornado Alley GAL Productions
2001 Workin It GAL Productions
2002 Ritmo Del DeSeo GAL Productions
2003 BadAss GAL Productions
2003 The World Within GAL Productions
2006 It Is What It Is Tree Daddy Records
2008 Magdalene, Woman Of Light MM productions 2010 EP Tree Daddy Records
2001-2003 Guitar and Amp Sales, Guitar Center, Arvada, CO. 2003-2004 Sales Rep Cornford Amps, United Kingdom 2003-2004 Sales Rep Rowan Guitars Garland, TX.
2009-Present 2012-Present
Western Tour Manager for Carl Verheyen Band Guitar Tech for Supertramp

Current Personal Gear Lineup
PRS Hollowbody II w/ Piezo
Tom Anderson Custom Cobra
USA Strat w/ Lollar pickups
PRS Singlecut
Custom Builds
Taylor 314
Carol Ann OD3r
Divided By Thirteen JRT 9/15
Amplified Nation 2x12 cab with EV12L and Jensen jet Alnico
Amplified Nation 1x12 w/Bludo voiced ASW KTS70
Strymon Timeline
Strymon Mobius
Axess Buffers
Radial Big Shot I/O Input Switchers
S.I.B. Varidrive Tube OD
Analogman K.O.T.
Rockbox Boiling Point
Fulltone Wah
TC electronic HOF Reverb
Peterson Tuners
Radial JDI Direct Box
Lehle Dual A/B/Y Switcher
Pedaltrain boards
Voodoo Lab 2 Power Supplies
Zaolla. Lava and George L Cables
Safe Case and New York Case CO. ATA Road Cases

The Day Jobs
Education and Certification
Red Rocks Community College-School Of Luthiery
2011-2012
Bill Lawrence, Instructor Dale Bruning, Instructor Carl Verheyen, Instructor
1963-1967 2000-2002
2011-present

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"My lessons incorporate not just the basic fundamentals of the instrument, but an insight and comprehensive journey into the art of making music and the business of ensemble production. This is augmented by time spent in the studio with students, recording their progress, giving them benchmarks and something to show for their efforts."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room: seating for parents, music stands, recording gear, spare amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar and books and expect them to provide the same.

*** Specialties ***
I tailor each set of lessons with the personality and talent level of each individual student.
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Jeremy May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Ted is extremely knowledgeable about music theory and is a talented guitarist. We had talked briefly before our first lesson so he could assess my goals...and he literally managed to fill in the missing pieces and get me the information that I needed in the very first lesson to be able to achieve my goal. It's an overwhelming amount of information, and now it's on me to silly what I've learned and practice, practice, practice! But in five short lessons my understanding of music has changed dramatically, and as a result, my playing has improved as well.

Thanks Ted!
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Jeremy May 17, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Ted is extremely knowledgeable about music theory and is a talented guitarist. We had talked briefly before our first lesson so he could assess my goals...and he literally managed to fill in the missing pieces and get me the information that I needed in the very first lesson to be able to achieve my goal. It's an overwhelming amount of information, and now it's on me to silly what I've learned and practice, practice, practice! But in five short lessons my understanding of music has changed dramatically, and as a result, my playing has improved as well.

Thanks Ted!
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Bill H. June 24, 2013
· Guitar ·
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Ted is a great instructor who adjusts the pace to match my capability, keeping it interesting and challenging. He has taught me about equipment design and theory as well as music theory and playing skills. Always an enjoyable time at lessons.
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About Carl G.

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Santa Rosa, CA
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Acoustic Guitar Lessons, Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced students by Professional Teacher and performer. 38 years of Teaching privately and performance. Lessons will focus on Basics, Picking technique, Chords, scales, Licks, Songs and performance. Lessons can be once a week, one every 2 weeks or once a month. Schedule of lessons are flexible to meet the needs of the student. Rates and location of lessons will be discussed and confirmed by e-mail contact.

About Carl
Private Music Instrument Lessons by Professional Player. Lessons for Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced students. Focus will be reading, Basics, Sound production and performing. 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute sessions. Lessons can be once a week, one every 2 weeks or once a month. 38 years experience teaching private.
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Paul W. May 3, 2018
· Fiddle · In home
Carl was great. What a pro!
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Mike H. April 3, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Excellent. Carl was great, patient yet high expectations.
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Mark S. February 24, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Carl is a great guitar teacher! I am grateful for what he has taught me and his patience and encouragement. It has been a great experience learning from him.
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Santa Rosa, CA 95409
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About Stephen O.

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Los Angeles, CA

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With over 4 years of teaching experience, 6 years of gigging and playing the guitar for 14 years, I have cultivated a unique approach to teaching the guitar. I take the time to listen to my students, hear their struggles and dreams and create a lesson plan that is truly individual. I've worked with beginners who've never touched a guitar to professionals looking to broaden their horizons, all ages too! I am a very professional, motivated and flexible teacher looking to help you learn the guitar!

About Stephen
Hi there! My name is Steve and I have my Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance for guitar. I have been playing the guitar for over 13 years now and have been teaching for over 4 years. I can play Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, Pop, Fusion, Funk, Jam and Singer/Songwriter. Any of these genres I'm able to teach and give insight about playing and performing. I've worked with students who are absolute beginners to professional musicians who want to further their knowledge, all ages too. I've been gigging for over 6 years as well and I utilize my experiences to give my students the best music education in a holistic way that they can understand. I am motivated, flexible and eager to teach! Take a listen to some of my music!

www.soundcloud.com/stephen-ostaszewski
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Eva February 16, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Steve is a patient and encouraging teacher to my seven year old daughter. She enjoys the lessons very much.
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Liz February 15, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I've had four lessons so far with Steve, and I am so pleased with how it is going! Steve is very skilled, patient, kind, punctual and professional. He responds to all my questions, and is very encouraging. He comes to my office in Pasadena to give me my lesson.

I find that the biggest challenge in learning something new, is keeping my own internal critic under control as I struggle with note reading, and learn how to play the guitar. The fact that Steve is so patient and never critical helps to offset my internal critic. I have felt self doubting in the first two lessons, but by lesson 3, I am confident that if I keep practicing and working with Steve, eventually I will get it.

Steve also shared info re his Taylor Mini guitar which is much smaller than the typical guitar, easier for me to play because the frets are smaller for smaller hands. I just bought my own Taylor Mini, a beautiful instrument which also inspires me to keep at it! Steve is also introducing some popular songs starting in lesson 3, which also makes it more enjoyable.

This is one of the best decisions I have made for myself, and I am very happy that I was lucky to find Steve. He's great!
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Bryan November 30, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Stephen is awesome. I do the lessons online which is super easy and fun as well. I am literally just a beginner so this is very exciting and Stephen is kind and patient!
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About James H.

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I myself write a lot of new age and solo fingerstyle guitar music.

About James
Take lessons to learn guitar, music theory, reading music, and many other musical skills. I specialize in solo guitar, improvisation, finger-style guitar, arranging, music theory and knowledge of various styles of music. Beginners are more than welcome, as are intermediate and advanced players, of all ages.
Skype lessons are also available!
Learn to play rock, jazz, blues, Latin, Brazilian, Classical, pop, reggae, folk, pop, metal, really anything!
Music should be fun to play and learn, which is the focus of my teaching method. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Music from SUNY New Paltz, and have performed at venues around the Hudson Valley and NYC.
I look forward to meeting and helping you to become a better musician!
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James H.

James H.

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About Joseph C.

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Fort Collins, CO
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The guitar is, of course, a staple of American music and it's versatility is endless. With me, you'll learn first to explore the instrument itself and then to use your ear to create and arrange songs. We will use music from all eras to gain a full understanding of how the guitar can play its role in music, from just jamming to performance-quality playing.

About Joseph
I am first and forever a musician and I want to inspire the love of learning and playing music within all those I encounter. I have a degree in Musical Theatre from Western Carolina University, and I've been diligently studying music since I was a child. From me, you will learn multiple styles and work with both written music and music played by ear. I expect a great deal from my students and I hope they expect the same from me.

If music be the food of love, PLAY ON!
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Anya November 6, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Joseph is such a sweet and patient teacher, Anya loved her first lesson and is already super excited to go back :)
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Renee October 30, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Joseph pulls from such a rich musical background; it makes learning fun. :)
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Branka D. December 1, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Best instructor ever
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Santa Rosa, CA
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Experienced teacher of 6 years, teaching a wide variety of styles and genres on the guitar. I look forward to helping you reach your musical goals!

About Cosmos
Hey, my name is Cosmos, and I'm looking forward to teaching you guitar! I love playing guitar, and over the years, I've learned many styles and genres, including rock, pop, blues, folk, and soul/R&B. I am passionate about experimenting and incorporating new styles into my own, such as world music influences. I'd love to share my experience and passion for guitar with you!
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Santa Rosa, CA 95407
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About Michael S.

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With a professional guitar career of over 40 years, Michael brings his experience and knowledge to each and every up coming guitar or bass player. Michael has worked with over 50 major recording artists such as Helen Reddy, Donna Summer, Olivia Newton John, Trisha Yearwood, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joe Walshe, Tim Schmidt and Don Felder with the Eagles and Ringo Starr to name a few. Michael teaches all styles, ages and is ready to bring up the next guitar and bass masters. Welcome to the Music World!

About Michael
Guitar and bass is hard enough and the word "fun" should come into the picture somewhere. New musicians need a balance of information explained correctly and the comfort of having the right instructor to get you to where you want to be as a player. Having studied at three music universities and numerous private music instructors, I'm able to bring the best information about songwriting, producing, performing in the studio, music theory, reading music on acoustic/electric and bass guitar to the new players of today. With a professional career of over 40 years and after working with over 50 major recording artists and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members such as Crosby, Stills and Nash, Donna Summer, Olivia Newton John, Joe Walshe, Jackson Browne and Ringo Starr to name a few, my experience is what allows me to bring the new players into the
world of music. I have a solid reputation as a top guitar and bass instructor with credits and references if needed. I also teach special needs students. I welcome your call and interest. I will answer any questions you may have. Start playing guitar today.
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Michael S.

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About Rob L.

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Sutton, MA

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I have worked with over 1,000 students in my 10 years of teaching music. Every student I have worked with controls the style and type of music they get to teach. I am a guiding tool that helps you learn the music you want to play!

About Rob
I am someone who believes music is something we can all enjoy. Whether you want to learn to play your favorite song or prepare yourself to be a musician in a rock band I know how to get you there. My skills of teaching for over ten years have been consistent and accurate in helping people become musicians.
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Jay June 30, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Rob recognized my daughters talent at a young age. Once she graduated from to the middle school 2 years ago, my daughter continues to see him once a week. He’s responsive, he communicates, he is everything a teacher should be.
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Melissa June 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Lesley has taught my daughter piano for the past 6 years. In that time she has developed enough skill to be able to sight read and play just about any piece you put in front her. Mr. Lesley now helps her with her confidence and more complicated pieces. He has developed a relationship with my daughter to be able to understand what she is thinking by hearing what she is playing. She can be quiet and shy, but Mr. Lesley always takes a caring approach with her to bring out her personality and talent. He considers her likes and interests when selecting classical and popular pieces. Throughout the years he has coached my daughter in singing as well. Mr. Lesley is very flexible with scheduling if there is a conflict which is helpful to a mom of 3 kids. Pricing is also reasonable. We definitely feel very lucky to have taken lessons from Mr. Lesley for so long!
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Chloe June 28, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Rob Lesley (Mr. Lesley) is an experienced music teacher with a passion for music and teaching it to students. He is able to take traditional music/teaching styles and give them a modern twist to encourage and excite his students. Rob is always very patient and greatly flexible when it comes to making compromises (with lesson times, student's learning speeds, etc.) He's very understanding and provides constructive criticism in a kind way to help to improve greatly.
I, Chloe, a 12 year old girl who plays guitar, have been taking lessons with Mr. Lesley for 6 years. He always encourages me to do my best and because of all of the kindness and humor he always shows, I would never consider any other instructor. My brother, Brady, who is learning percussion from
Mr. Lesley, feels the same way and always enjoys himself during our weekly lessons.
In conclusion, Rob (Mr. Lesley) is an outstanding and irriplacible music instructor who is greatly recommended by my family.
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