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About Kris F.

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Santa Clarita, CA
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Piano is the stepping stone for all other instruments. Learn to read music, enjoy making music, improve focus and concentration. Reading music improves skills in all areas of life!

About Kris
Kris has been a private vocal, flute and piano instructor since 1984, and has been teaching in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1994. Her students have gone on to perform in the Los Angeles Opera Company, and in Regional Theatre and National Touring Companies for Hairspray, The King And I, The Music Man, Jekyll and Hyde, A Little Night Music, Fiddler On the Roof, My Fair Lady, Edges, Cats, and many other great musicals. She has been an Individual Voice Instructor at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles since the Fall semester of 2004, and also teaches at a private studio in West Hollywood. She has taught vocal workshops from coast to coast, in Musical Theatre and Rock styles.

Kris has been the Vocal Director for the Southern California Childrens' Music Theatre productions of And The World Goes 'Round, Zombie Pr
om and Footloose, and was also the Vocal and Musical Director for their production of Once Upon A Mattress. She was the Vocal Director for productions of Into The Woods and Urinetown at Hart High School in Newhall, California. She has also lent her talents to Benefit The Leukemia Foundation, Project AIDS L.A., and The Compton Battered Women’s Shelter, as featured performer, Vocal and Musical Director.

Kris has been a professional performer since the age of 10, beginning her career in the world of sacred music. She had the privilege of being a televised singer of sacred music, in the cathedrals of St. Patrick's and St. John the Divine in New York City. Kris' live performances have included all styles of music, including Jazz, Pop, Country, Bluegrass, Broadway, Classical, and Rock. She has had an extensive career as a jingle singer, arranger, songwriter, flautist and backup vocalist, as well as having had her own weekly broadcast jazz show. Kris has appeared in several musicals, on stage and in the orchestra pit. Musical Theatre credits include: Frau Blucher (Young Frankenstein); Mother Abbess (The Sound of Music); Mrs. Beauregarde/Grandma Josephine (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory); Philia (A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum). She has also sung in the Ensembles of several other productions. She led and performed with the popular local jazz ensemble The Treblemakers, with whom she recorded a CD, It’s Not About The Coffee. Other CD credits include The Wedding Collection (Arista Records), Land of The Diamond Sun, A Wolf At My Door, The Same Road Twice (all on Melonball Records), Last Night At Europa, A Class Act, and Like Fine Wine (Canadian American/Caprice International/The Orchard). Commercial jingle credits include Barbie, Clorox, American Airlines, Keebler Cookies, Thomas' English Muffins, and many others. Original compositions used by international television and radio.

Training: BM Jazz Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. IU studies include Vocal Training with Eileen Farrell and Tim Noble; Applied Flute with Harry Houdeshel; Jazz Studies with David Baker and Dominic Spera. Ongoing vocal studies with Douglas Susu-Mago, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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I am pretty easygoing, because I realize that students probably have a lot of homework, jobs, children to raise, etc. I believe that music should be enjoyable as well as educational! I also know that when a student practices, it heightens their enjoyment of music because it is far more fulfilling. I can guarantee that if you work with me as hard as I work with a student, you will feel excellent about your progress and ability! I have experience teaching people on the autism spectrum and those with Down Syndrome.

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Casio Privia, 88 keys. CD player, music stands. Bluetooth speaker.

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N/A.

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Whole voice, patient teaching of all ages and personalities, jazz, musical theatre, classical, pop. I teach all levels of flute and voice, and beginning to intermediate piano
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Laura H. January 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Awesome! I had a great lesson and took home some tools to help me find MY voice. Kris made me feel really comfortable and I'm looking forward to more lessons with her!
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Sandra J. June 10, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Very satisfied! Everything is great! Definitely recommend!
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Kris F.

Kris F.

Santa Clarita, CA 91380
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About Carol W.

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Santa Monica, CA

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Learn to play piano and read music. We'll develop the basics.

About Carol
I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I am principal soprano for Opera A La Carte and have also soloed with Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale and Celestial Opera Company. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades through Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of Southern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts.

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I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the voice to expand your range and ease of singing. In
the lesson, we start with simple warm ups and vocalizes and then apply techniques to the songs you want to sing. I realize each student is different and I customize the lesson to the student's particular needs. I specialize in classical and music theater, however the basics of singing apply to all styles of music. In addition to working on breathing and technique for singing, we'll also focus on interpretation of the songs you are working on as well as how to overcome performance nervousness. Most students find that they are able to sing with more freedom, less tension and will have more confidence as they progress.

I also teach beginning piano, using the John W. Schaum series.

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Lessons in the main room, upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to provide a piano or keyboard if I am going to their home.
I have a piano in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I work on using the breath as a fundamental technique for singing. Singing should never hurt. I use a lot of imagery to achieve freedom in singing.
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Miranda K. October 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
Carol is wonderful with children.
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Lana R. September 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very kind & patient :)
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Peter T. August 29, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Great start - first lesson and I immediately felt comfortable with Carol. We started with proper exercises and into the music. She was good at showing me how to improve, and helping me eradicate some bad habits I've picked up.
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Carol W.

Carol W.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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About Paul T.

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Inglewood, CA

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Students can opt for traditional style learning using one of the popular piano methods of study to tackle the technical, theoretical knowledge, and sight readings skills necessary to become a great pianist.

Students that have already tried this approach and either found success or failure may also decide to learn with a custom tailored approach which mainly focusses on improvisation techniques, and learning by ear. Students are guided toward developing good musicianship whether choosing to focus on jazz, classical, gospel and blues, or pop and rock styles of playing.

About Paul
I am a firm believer in the power of music to heal, entertain, and teach. It is our first and most vital universal human language and as such, I believe we all have the ability to learn how to communicate beautifully with music to express our deepest feelings. As a teacher it is my privilege and pleasure to help you develop.

From classical violin to jazz piano my early musical education not only spanned genres and instruments but also geographically from Austin Texas to Madison Wisconsin and finally brought me to Los Angeles where I currently reside and produce and teach music professionally.

Helping you or your child reach your musical dreams in a friendly-nurturing environment is my sincere desire and obligation as your teacher. Discipline is required and to be expected, however, an overly rigid or demanding routine can do mo
re harm than good. I believe attention must be paid to individual learning styles. Therefore, as a teacher I have learned to observe carefully at first and custom tailor a practice routine with each student aimed at achieving their goals. I believe the study of music helps foster a deep level of self-confidence and self realization, which eventually leads the student to discover a portion of himself he would otherwise never know. My goal is to inspire others with this joy, which is everyone's birthright and an important key in finding happiness.

A gifted singer-songwriter of Pop, Rock, World and Reggae songs that possess that timeless quality. He has recorded with 2 time Grammy nominated producer Barry Goldberg (Eagles, Robbie Robertson, Verve Pipe, Marilyn Manson). He has released three CDs, had songs featured in compilations and in feature length film, toured North America, and taught guitar, piano, and voice both privately and in an all ages Montessori school in Santa Monica. He consistently played in a variety of bands while earning an A.A. in music from SMC and later a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where he earned distinction as an excellent student both academically and in musical performance. He brought passion to his performances with legends, Fransisco Aguabellas Afro Cuban ensemble, Brazilian Batucada ensemble, African-American gospel choir, music and dance of Ghana, and the Balinese Gamelan ensemble. As a member of several original LA bands, (Las Manchas, Samson Simpson, Toussaint, Mentone, Cloth and Spicy Fernandez) he has performed at world famous venues and toured North America. He co-wrote and co-produced the first EP records by Samson Simson with Ronen Navah, and also co-produced Mentone's first full-length record, "Empire" with Ronen Navah and Aki Ehara" Currently he is developing his new band, Spicy Fernandez, which has released a few singles on the internet and is getting a good buzz from Industry heavy weights.

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I believe in custom tailoring a curriculum to fit the students needs, while still providing them with the same basic tools all musicians need to develop in order to play well (both with themselves and with others). Obviously, some students require more structure and discipline, while others have a stronger work ethic. Some may even need a teacher that is more laid back to balance them out, but more so my job is to facilitate learning and guide. A student studying with me can expect to receive a general assessment of their skill level in musicianship, theory, and on their instrument within the first couple of lessons (or once I feel that I have experienced enough of their abilities). Based on that assessment, I will work with the student to develop a plan of small goals to work toward. Progress will be monitored weekly and larger goals will unfold naturally in accord with the students own dreams and musical ambitions. Within 3 to 6 months of study with me students will learn to play a range of simple songs, basic scales, exercises, finger positions, and have a solid foundation for listening to, and playing to rhythm.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full acoustic upright, Wurlizter electric piano, and keyboard synths, a computer based digital audio workstation...guitars...percussion...in the front room of my house. Has a full set-up for a band.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide copies of some sheet music, a library of music books, percussion instruments, digital recordings of lessons.
I expect that they provide their own instrument, pencil, notebook, 3-ring binder for sheet music, stereo/mp3 player, CD player, etc.

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I excel at popular music genres such as pop, blues, R&B, rock, and jazz. I am also trained classically and enjoy the challenges of standard repertoire from Bach to Chopin.
I began studying music as a student of the Suzuki method. However, today I find that my own practice resembles most closely, the Kodály, Dalcroze, and Orff-Schulwerk methodologies in philosophy and application.
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Shiva A. August 25, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Paul is very talented and, a very good and patient teacher. He is prepared for the class even before you arrive at his place, and communicates his thoughts very clearly. He is ready for a challenge if you give him a random song which you wanted to practice, and he begins to play the song on the guitar without any tabs or notes, instead just by listening to it a couple of times.

He's great to work with, and I'd choose him as my guitar teacher again if I ever live in the surrounding area.
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Beatriz B. April 23, 2014
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Have learned so much and more to learn

Paul is very passionate about music and teaching in general. He does a fantastic job when it comes to instructing and I'm excited to see future progress within my skills. I Definitely recommend him for great music taste and for creating a good atmosphere with his students.
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Paul is an attentive, intelligent and multi talented instructor - highly recommended.
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Paul T.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Frank J.

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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

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

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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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$30 / 30-min

About Barry Michael W.

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Valley Village, CA
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W. Publications and Music Studio offers innovative piano teaching materials, private piano lessons and a variety of composition, recording and performance services. Founder and instructor, Barry W., has over 20 years of experience in one-on-one piano and keyboard lessons and performance as well as music production. At the W. Publications Music Studio, located in Valley Village, California, students of all ages and skill levels are invited to enrich their life with the gift of music. Meet Barry at his studio to learn the specifics of his teaching methods, policies and qualifications.

About Barry Michael
My diverse musical background brings experience and wisdom to the choices made in a student's development at the piano or keyboard. I work toward making the student self-sufficient, reducing dependency on the teacher over time. Music touches the soul. When a person truly connects with music, you can see the reaction, inside and out. I enjoy facilitating that reaction!
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Barry Michael W.

Barry Michael W.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About John B.

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Ventura, CA
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30 years experience teaching at all levels
Classical Training with a BM, MM and DMA degree
Continuing Lecturer in Collaborative Arts
University of California Santa Barabara since 2005

About John
I have been a piano teacher and vocal coach since 1985.

I have a Doctorate in Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California (1992)

I teach Collaborative Arts at the University of California Santa Barbara (since 2005)

I have been on the musical staffs of Opera Santa Barbara, Utah Festival Opera, Sarasota Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Fresno Opera, Opera Academy of California and Opera NEO as a pianist, coach and chorus master.
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Kenny January 21, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
John is really great. He takes the time to understand what your goals are and teaches according to your needs. He is patient and provides constructive comments.
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Burt S. January 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It's hard to say enough about how happy we are to have found John. My 2 boys love taking lessons with him, but yet still he challenges them and holds them to a high standard. John is a talented and knowledgeable pianist, and a very friendly and approachable person. A top notch instructor.
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John B.

John B.

Ventura, CA 93004
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$45 / 30-min

About Evita W.

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Santa Monica, CA

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Started playing piano at age 5 and have almost 15 years of lessons in Germany under my belt. Have never stopped playing since. I was the informal rehearsal pianist for the local music school's music theatre group at age 13, was a pipe organist at my local church from age 16-26. Currently launching a career as a film composer. Studied composition for film at UCLA Extension with Charles Bernstein ("A Nightmare on Elm Street") and Cameron Patrick (orchestrator for Michael Giacchino) among others.

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Hi there!
Welcome to my TakeLessons profile. If you or someone you know wish to learn Piano, German, HTML or Microsoft Excel, you've come to the right place!

I've played piano since I was 5 and have recently graduated from UCLA Extension's Certificate program in Film Scoring.

I'm also a native speaker of German with almost 10 years of experience as a translator and QA analyst.

Part of my job as a QA analyst was structuring data using Excel and I would be happy to teach you the ins and outs of data entry, filtering, formulas and even VBA for automating tasks while focussing on your needs or we can work from my lesson plan.

Finally, I have completed many credit units in computer science and I'm a published app developer and would like to offer help with your HTML skills including language features, free editors and, if you're i
nterested, some fundamentals of advanced web technology such as CSS, JavaScript, PHP and mySQL if required.
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Evita W.

Evita W.

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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$20 / 30-min

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I enjoy teaching introductory piano. Introducing my students to piano is both fun and challenging. I fondly remember my first lessons. The process of discovering music, piano and the theory of it all is exciting. So let's have a fun and musical summer.

About Melody
Hello future students. Are you ready to have fun? Building vocal skills can be challenging and exciting at the same time. I continue to learn, although i majored in music with a concentration in voice. I continue to school myself this time at at AVC college. I have been on various tours in and out of the country. Keeping yourself fit and properly trained allows many opportunities for the future. So, come on ready, set, SING
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Melody M.

Melody M.

Los Angeles, CA 90049
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$50 / 30-min

About Tuesday S.

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I received a B.M. with a concentration in piano performance, and will receive my M.M. with a concentration in piano performance in the fall of 2017 from California State University Long Beach. My performance experience extends over fifteen years and focuses primarily on classical and popular music. I have five years of teaching experience, and all ages are welcome in my studio. Lessons will revolve around ear training, technique, music theory, artistry, musical interpretation, and learning to read music. I use a specific curriculum, but I am also open to teaching what each student desires to learn. A young student will receive a small reward after every lesson if they exude discipline through practice and motivation. Let us get started!

About Tuesday
I am a pianist and teacher from Southern California who received a Bachelor's Degree in music with a concentration in piano performance in the year 2013. I am receiving my Master's degree in piano performance in the fall of 2017 from California State University Long Beach. I have finished my graduate recital, which is a requirement for all graduate students who desire to pursue music and complete their degree. The majority of repertoire that I studied in college consists of works by composers J.S. Bach, Frederic Chopin, L.V. Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Ravel, W.A. Mozart, and other renowned classical composers. I also have experience performing popular music, and music from broadway musicals.

I have been teaching for five years and have found that the most important component of learning music and performing with success is the disciplin
e of steady practice. Every student is required to practice on a regular basis, and young students will receive a small reward each week if their skills improve through steady practice. Young students who work diligently will also be entered into an occasional raffle for various prizes. Through steady practice and a desire to learn, I will teach you the foundations of music: rhythm, note-reading, technique, music theory, ear training, artistry, and interpretation. Artistry and interpretation are less understood, but both extend beyond learning the notes on the page, by using technique to express unique, emotional, and beautiful sounds through the piano.

I teach classical and popular music, and will assist you in learning to sing and play at the piano if you already enjoy singing. When teaching beginners, I use a curriculum that fits the need of the student. The studies that I favor to use for beginners include (but are not limited to) Bastien, Alfred, Faber, and Snell. For intermediate and advanced students, I allow students to pick some of their repertoire, and also focus their attention toward classical music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods of music. Learning classical music will not only broaden the student's knowledge of music and history, but it will additionally set a foundation for a student who desires to study music at a university.
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Tuesday S.

Tuesday S.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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$40 / 30-min

About Diego C.

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Want to play your favorite songs?
Interested on playing in a band or acomplish a new skill? I will help you build a solid foundation of technique and music theory while tailoring to your personal tastes and goals. Part of my lesson plan involves me arranging your favorite song so you can play it in a short period of time. Shoot me a message to see if we area good match

About Diego
As an active musician, I am the current Guitar Ensemble conductor from the Van Nuys United Methodist Church. Current students perform for an audience as a soloist whenever they are ready, and have the chance to play with the Guitar Ensemble too. We play songs from popular artist and bands such as Ed sheeran, Imagine dragons, Hillsong United, The Chainsmokers, 21 pilots, Charlie Puth, and many more!!. Our Guitar Ensemble is compose by beginner, intermediate, and advance students, which means that you will play notes according to your level. I look forward to helping you be a better guitarist and be part of our ensemble too. ( SCROLL DOWN TO CHECK OUT OUR VIDEOS )
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Diego C.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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