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About Claire R.

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Canoga Park, CA
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About Claire
I've been teaching piano, cello, voice and theory in Los Angeles for over thirty years, helping students develop their particular interests in music and to encourage them to reach their personal goals. I love the classics and many of my students want to play popular music, contemporary sounds and jazz and that is fine too. I received my BA in music at UCLA and a Master's at Cal State Northridge. I conduct vocal and bell choirs, run a concert series, play chamber music, sing in a band and teach in the Community College District in addition to running my private studio.

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My students work on technical skills such as playing scales and chords at the beginning of each lesson since these are the building blocks of the music we wish to play. I expect students to practice but I understand that life is complicated and som
e days that may mean you only have ten minutes. I try to explain that a little bit every day will help you become a better player rather than working for two hours the day before a lesson. I have lots of good books that I assign that have fun materials with strong melodies. I design everyone's program according to their desires. After a half year, a beginning piano student might expect to be able to play the three essential chords ( the ones that harmonize so many songs) while playing the melody in the other hand. Cellists can expect to be able to play at least four scales, some in two octaves, and understand the notes in the first position within six months.

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Room for parents to wait, dedicated music space, Yamaha piano, great acoustics for singing

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Popular, Contemporary, Christian
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Mai N. March 12, 2016
· Cello · In studio
I am 43 years old and was scared to take on such a difficult instrument but I really wanted to learn how to play the beautiful cello. I had my first lesson and am very happy with Claire. She is friendly, accommodating, patient, and explains her lesson in a clear and easy manner (as easy as you can get with the cello). I had a lot of questions and she was very open in answering all of them. Although I am still at the very very beginnings of my journey, I am very excited to continue with the cello lessons, thanks to Claire.
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Leslie Mattesich October 30, 2015
· Cello · In studio
The first lesson was excellent. I completed my first private cello lesson since playing about 44 years ago. It was wonderful. The teacher is very organized and very nice. I thought maybe the lesson would be a lesson of remembering what I had forgotten from so long ago, but I actually learned new things. I'm excited to attend the next lesson.
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Mike H. February 11, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Claire works at your pace, but expects you to progress at a steady rate. It's the perfect balance between understanding the student's ability and reasonable expectations for advancement.
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Claire R.

Canoga Park, CA 91303
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$32 / 30-min

About Matthew I

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Matthew J
I currently work as a freelance music producer as well as a guitar/bass teacher and as a music software teacher.
I have been playing guitar for 18 years and teaching guitar and bass for 9 years. I have worked as a private and group guitar instructor at several music education establishments in the Chicago, Los Angeles and in Eugene, Oregon as well. I have also worked as a band coach for youth groups, where I taught them cover songs, helped them write their own songs and prepared them for live performances.
I studied at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Classical Guitar, Latin Music and Music Theory.
I started taking private guitar lessons as a teenager for several years and played in my high school jazz band along with original rock bands. While in high school, I was able to study with popular Chicago rock virtuoso guitarist Kev
in M. Buck, where I first learned music theory and was inspired to be more studious with the guitar.

I have performed in rock/modern bands for 12 years as an electric guitarist and also for 4 years as a solo acoustic guitarist mixing Bossa Nova, Classical Guitar and original compositions into my performance repertoire.

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For Music Software Lessons - Logic Pro X , Ableton Live, Garageband, Pro Tools and Reason-

Topics I like to cover - capturing correct recording levels.....editing, adding effects/basic mixing, automation .....creating drum grooves with loops and midi drums..........songwriting and music theory.........Live capabilities using Ableton (for backing tracks and live performance)........Quick commands to easily navigate through software.....

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I'm a patient teacher that's passionate about guitar and helping students reach their musical goals whether they are casual players or serious musicians. For beginners, I use Hal Leonard instructional guitar books along with paper handouts and sheet music. I believe it's important for everyone to learn the fundamentals of music to create a strong base of skills in order to continue playing and learning music throughout one's life. For more experienced players, I like to teach various modern rock/pop songs, classical guitar songs, picking patterns, finger picking patters, improvisation, scales and music theory. I teach nylon string acoustic, steel string acoustic guitar and electric guitar and bass
I believe the most basic goal for a guitar student is to be able to play a song in it's entirety, whether it's by themselves or with other musicians/music students. I believe that some of the most important music skills are learned while actually playing with other musicians. It is crucial when learning an instrument to be able to play in 'real time'; playing music with a steady sense of rhythm.

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I teach Classical Guitar, Brazilian Jazz, bass guitar, rock, pop, blues, funk and folk guitar using method books, sheet music and guitar tablature.
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Fiona M. March 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Absolute joy to be taught by Matt, knowledgeable, encouraging and enthusiastic. (Timely as well if that's important to you!), i learnt an awful lot from Matt and felt fortunate to have chosen him as my teacher.
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Carlos P. March 6, 2014
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Matthew has been a wonderful instructor. I feel that i have learned a lot and also enjoyed the process. He has also been very accomodating about special teaching requests that have helped me develop my skills in genres I enjoy.
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Matthew I

Los Angeles, CA 90035
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$40 / 30-min

About Jeff S.

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Pasadena, CA

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About Jeff
Hi, my name is Jeff. I received my Bachelors' in Music from Cal State Los Angeles and have taught music for over 30 years. I've played with the Drifters, Tower of Power, Brenda White, and Bobby Bradford. I have lead bands that have included alumni from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, Foreigner, Harry James, Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Yanni and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach in a wide variety of styles and have the experience and knowledge from my years of teaching and performing to greatly increase your knowledge about music and greatly improve your technique.

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I cater my lessons to the want and needs of the individual student. From all my years of teaching I've beco
me a human jukebox and if I don't know a song that you would like to learn, I can figure it out for you note for note if you bring in the song on CD, iPod or anything else. Some students just want to play for their friends, family, church etc. and others want to learn how to improvise solos and learn a wide variety of styles. Whether it's rock, pop, jazz, blues, gospel, country or folk music I can and will teach you every scale, mode and chord known to mankind if that's what you need! It all depends on what YOU want to learn!

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I have a fender mandolin, yamaha electric bass, taylor acoustic guitar, a fender stratocaster and telecaster, a gibson blues-hawk, a guild hollow-body electric, a hohner classical-electric guitar a music man amp, and a wurlitzer electric piano. i will expect you to bring your instrument but everything else will be here at the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I cater my lessons to my students' needs. I mainly teach rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, and country,
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James A. July 12, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
My Aunty is turning 80 this weekend and I decided to learn how to play Happy Birthday on the ukulele as a surprise for her. Jeff not only helped me accomplish my goal but also got me started on other songs as well. His patience and enthusiastic personality made the lessons not ony productive but personable as well!!! 2 thumbs up to an awesome instructor!!!!!
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James A. July 11, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Jeff is an amazing instructor. He makes you feel so comfortable and tunes into your abilities to ensure he tailors your lessons to help you achieve the most out of your lessons. Would definately recommend him.
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Rich June 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I took lessons from Jeff years ago. He was a great instructor and tailored the lessons to my needs. I credit him with much of my guitar skill today.
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Jeff S.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Knox S.

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Culver City, CA
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About Knox
Ear Training, Sightreading, Music Theory, and Harmony are all essential parts of mastering any musical endeavor. Your instrument is merely the voice by which you express your musicianship. HURRY - I only have room for 8 to 10 students!

I've performed on THE VOICE, AMERICAN IDOL, GREASE LIVE! & others. My music has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and domestic & international films. I've coproduced KRISTIN BELL, JEFF DUNHAM, WANG LEEHOM, & LINYU CHUN.

I received undergraduate training at BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC (BM) in Boston where I studied with Tiger Okoshi, Charles Lewis, John Bavicchi, Richard Davis, & Gregory Fritze, and was a Graduate Assistant at the HODGSON SCHOOL OF MUSIC at UGA (MM) where I was a protege of the late Fred Mills (1935-2009), founding member of the Canadian Brass.
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Matt February 12, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
Knox is an incredible person and teacher. In addition to his education, he has a lot of real-world experience. His lessons are fun and full of informative, practical knowledge. Highly recommend!
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Evan February 11, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Knox is a great musician, great teacher and all-around great guy! Knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended!
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Lee February 6, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
I got better with just one lesson!
He opened my eyes! I studied with other trumpet teachers for years and didn't learn as much!
Try a lesson with him!
Thank you Mr. Knox!
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Knox S.

Culver City, CA 90230
(10)
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$45 / 30-min

About Tania S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Tania
I'm passionate about teaching voice and it shows in my students. My students are touring internationally, signing with management, being played on the radio, participating in national singing competitions, singing for films and audiobooks, being chosen for prestigious training programs and getting cast as leads in musical theater productions. I have singers pursuing their dreams in all different styles: pop, rock, jazz, musical theater and opera. With over 20 years of training as an opera singer my technique is impeccable! I have trained with the best and love to share my knowledge. Come train in a fun and nurturing environment while improving by leaps and bounds!
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Elina April 28, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Wonderful teacher. Could not ask for more.
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Shiri G. March 28, 2017
· Jazz Voice · In studio
Tania is an awesome teacher. She knows her technique and knows how to push her students forward at a pace they can handle!
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Rudy March 28, 2017
· Singing · In home
This is my first experience with having singing lessons after many years of doing my own version of "Carpool Karaoke." Tania has been wonderful. She is very encouraging and makes it a safe singing environment for a novice. I have just signed up for 5 more lessons. (And her cats are very cute too.)
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Tania S.

Los Angeles, CA 90035
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$50 / 30-min
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About Mike H.

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Sherman Oaks, CA

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About Mike
Hello!

My Name is Mike, I'm a touring/session musician and music teacher from LA that specializes in teaching (but not limited to): Guitar, Bass, Piano, Songwriting, Improvising, Arranging, Song Production, Audition Prep, Sight Reading, Composing & Music Theory. I'm a graduate of Berklee College Of Music where I earned my BA in Film Scoring & Guitar Performance. Whether you want to follow a hobby or a passion in music, my lesson plans are tailored to fit the goals of each individual student so they can receive a personalized comprehensive musical education that includes necessary musical skills combined with their specific interests. Look forward to meeting you and getting started!

Best,

Mike
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Rebecca March 29, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Mike is an amazing teacher and a super talented musician! He's incredibly knowledgable, patient, and encouraging. He made me feel comfortable from the very first lesson, and every week I look forward to learning more from him and improving my guitar skills. I highly recommend Mike as a guitar teacher.
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Erica January 7, 2019
· Piano · In home
Mike is a fantastic teacher who is knowledgable, kind and patient with my sons. He has a very easy-going teaching style which allows them to feel at ease and more ready to learn. I highly recommend him as a piano teacher, and I have also heard from friends that he is an excellent guitar teacher.
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Steve December 27, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Mike tailors every lesson to my skill level and needs on any given day. He always leaves me with something new to work on. He is sensitive to my musical tastes and often suggests songs and chord progressions he thinks I will enjoy practicing.
Mike is a talented player and teacher, with a deep appreciation for the many styles and genres of guitar playing. A lesson with him feels like jamming with a friend. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Mike H.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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$40 / 30-min

About Ryland S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Ryland
Hi there! My name is Ryland and I am a full-time vocal coach. Thanks for taking a look at my profile here on TakeLessons - I know you have a lot of options, so let me tell you a little bit about what makes my teaching approach so unique and successful.

I received formal education for Vocal Performance from New York University. Since then, I have worked in nearly every angle of the entertainment industry from backup singing in a divey pub to vocal coaching and music directing a major motion picture, you name it. Understanding and coaching the artist at any particular juncture in their journey is one of the beautiful things about my job.

I work with singer-songwriters, pop artists, and theater performers not only to craft a sustainable approach to singing, but to connect with your voice and your material in a way that makes your per
formance unforgettable.

I have coached dozens of artists like you, dedicated to developing their instrument - be that for a gig, for an audition or to enhance their technique and the everyday reliability of their voice.

Recent credits include vocal coaching for the major motion picture musical "Crazy For The Boys" (Winter 2019), and creation and instruction of a new vocal development program for the transgender community at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Trans*Lounge.

Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have; I'm already looking forward to working with you! - RS

PS - In addition to the session offerings I have listed on this site, I also offer 30 MINUTE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN AGES 8-15.
To book half-hour children's lessons, please contact TakeLessons directly at 877-231-8505. Adjusted rate is $50/ half-hour and available for children of the above listed age range only.
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Ryan D. July 16, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I had singing classes before for years, but before meeting Ryland I had a 2 year hiatus for many reasons. I needed someone that could help me evolve my rusty technique to gain vocal power while going thru FTM hormone therapy. In the first few weeks I already noticed a big difference in my voice, being able to hit such power that I didn’t had before. He would also notice my strenghts and weaknesses, and work on them with easy to understand concepts and techniques. Each week it gets more challenging and with him I’m able to get better each time, so it does end up not being challenging at all! He also understands that my voice is going thru changes, so everything is done in a healthy way, pushing forward my knowledge and practice while making it a safe transition! He’s kind enough to give me lessons that I work at home in-between classes as well. And to top it all, we both have the same sense of humor, so after a tough day at work, being able to do what I love while being a funny and relaxing experience it’s gold! Thank you Ryland! Can’t wait for my next class! :)
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Sonja July 6, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Ryland is the real deal. He’s an amazing teacher and has helped me resolve an issue that I’ve had my entire life with my voice. I always felt I was straining my voice and always had to make a huge effort trying to be heard and yet my voice would not project and often people would have a hard time hearing what I was saying. I always felt very frustrated because our voice is such an intimate expression of ourselves and I felt that I was making this huge effort and my voice did not feel like a natural expression of myself. Instead I felt tense and uncomfortable. When I picked up acting, the issues with my voice, the need to be heard and to have a confident vocal range became more urgent. I didn’t really believe it would be possible because I had tried a speech therapist in the past but Ryland has taught me how to make lasting changes to my voice that have made a huge difference in my life. Ryland is incredibly gifted. He has an amazing ear and can hear things about my voice that I don’t even know how to put into words. We worked over a period of several months and he was a truly wonderful teacher, not only in terms of the work we did during the lessons but also his kindness, compassion and nurturing were equally important in helping me make the changes. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
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Mark June 26, 2018
· Singing · In home
Ryland is an exceptional communicator, helping me learn to get out of my own way and trust my voice that's already here. Together we developed a daily practice, specifically designed to strengthen my weaknesses and carve out the grooves I need in order to do my best work. Join forces with Ryland and you will build confidence, you will build YOUR voice, and you will move forward with excitement and anticipation!
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Ryland S.

Los Angeles, CA 90057
(7)
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$80 / 45-min

About Sheppard M.

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North Hollywood, CA

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About Sheppard
Hi there! My name is Sheppard (I go by Shep if as well) and I’m a 27 year old drummer originally from Atlanta, GA. When I was about 10 years old I developed an interest in music after years of trying sports and never really enjoying it. Once I started playing music was when I found my true passion.

Over the years I started playing in bands, church, marching band, high school jazz band, etc. I also studied with a few different teachers over the years that have all given me some very valuable lessons.

In the spring of 2016 I relocated to Los Angeles and it has been a crazy, yet rewarding journey. I’ve played with some 15+ artists/groups, just recently went on my first national tour, and have been actively practicing my craft in my spare time. My next step is to acquire students to share my knowledge and love for music with.
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Sheppard M.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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$39 / 30-min

About Angela M.

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West Hollywood, CA

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About Angela
I began classical training as a child and went on to study opera at The UBC School of Music and The Juilliard School. My passion for connecting with the world through song has led me to performances at high profile events around the globe. I've had the privilege of performances at dignitary events for the Calgary, Vancouver and London Olympics, international sporting events at BMO Field and Swanguard Stadium, with Passionata for King Abdullah II of Jordan and at events for Kokon to Zai and Dior. Some of my recordings include chorus soprano for Die Meistersinger with Ben Heppner (CBC Radio Canada), feature artist for Mythos (Warner Music), and ‘Vacuus Vos’ for Virgin Galactic. My debut EP 'With love and light’, is available on iTunes.

I love teaching students at all levels, with a focus on classical, pop, and musical theatre. My focus is
on technique, breathing, personal expression, performance and always connecting with the joy of song! Expressing your own unique voice through the beauty of song is the ultimate experience!
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Eri S. April 19, 2019
· Opera Voice · In home
Angela is a true professional. She is always on time, presentable, and has the bearing and manner of someone who is extremely well acquainted with the subject matter without ever seeming impatient or frustrated. She makes me laugh and teaches me the skillset I requested. I'm extremely pleased with having found her. Definitely recommend!!
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Angela M.

West Hollywood, CA 90069
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$67 / 45-min

About Tim G.

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Whittier, CA

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"Whoever is having the most fun wins". Let's give the inner critic a rest and let your natural learning ability engage. In other words, we're not going to over think and complicate it. When we relax and let ourselves make mistakes free from judgement our natural learning intelligence takes over and we learn more, more quickly and effortlessly.
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Tim G.

Whittier, CA 90605
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$51 / 30-min

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