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About Rebecca S.

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Carlsbad, CA

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About Rebecca
Master of Music Education, University of Florida, 2019
Bachelor of Music, University of South Florida, 1997

20 years of teaching experience
Specialist in lessons for very young piano and voice students (ages 4-6)
2 recitals a year for students
Rebecca is an engaging teacher who makes lessons fun while your child is learning.
Customized lessons for the adult piano or voice student. My oldest student is 93!

More about Rebecca below:

An international performing artist, Rebecca has most recently performed in December of 2018 with the Genesis Opera's inaugural production of Amahl and the Night Visitors of Menotti as the Mother. Earlier in 2018, she performed with the Temecula Symphony Orchestra as Amneris in the Triumphal Scene from Aida by Verdi, under the direction of Maestro John Mario di Costanzo. She has been a feat
ured artist at the Etruria Opera Festival in Tarquinia and the Tuscia Opera Festival in Italy from 2009 to 2017 as well as performing recitals and concerts in the Southern California area. In November of 2014, Rebecca organized and performed in the Suor Angelica Project, a fundraiser for the San Diego Opera. This collaboration with the San Diego Symphony and members of the San Diego Opera Chorus raised over $7500 for the Opera.

Since 2009. Rebecca is on the faculty of the International Lyric Academy, teaching voice and Italian lessons to the American students who come over to Italy to participate and learn. She has also sung concerts and recitals in New York City, London, Edinburgh, and various cities in Italy as well as locally here in California and Florida. Rebecca received her Bachelor in Music degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She is currently working on her Masters thesis for a Masters in Music Education from the University of Florida. She has also studied at the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, the International Lyric Academy of Rome, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. She serves as the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carlsbad, California, and teaches voice and piano privately.

Rebecca has been a performer with the San Diego Opera and is a former member of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. She is featured on their 1996 release Christmas with the Master Chorale. Other recordings include Mahler VIII - Symphony of 1000 in the chorus with the late Robert Shaw. Other conductors and coaches Rebecca has worked with include the late Robert Shaw, the late Sir David Willcocks, the late Julius Rudel, Stefano Vignati, Dr. Robert Summer, John Mario DI Costanzo, the late Cesare Rufini, Annetta Monroe, Mary Mackenzie, Dianna Ruggiero, and Cecilia Valdenassi.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to the individual student's initial abilities. In all genres of music, it is important to breathe well, have breath support, communicate the emotion and character of the song, and eliminate vocal bad habits. These issues are different for everyone.

I teach a classical Italian technique of breath support and beautiful tone, and these techniques can be applied to all musical styles.

The student will be assigned and choose songs to learn and work on as we incorporate the techniques into the songs and vocal exercises.

Piano lessons and Italian lessons are also available from ages 4 and up. Piano lessons include music theory and recital participation. Voice lessons include recital participation. Italian lessons are available at my location, your location or online.

*** Studio Equipment ***
CD player, 7' Boston grand piano, digital recorder, ipad

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha keyboard, ipad

*** Specialties ***
Voice, piano, classical, pop, Broadway, opera, Italian, piano, music theory, audition preparation. I specialize in opera and classical music but sing many styles, including pop, classical, and musical theatre; I teach all styles in piano.
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Ksenia June 21, 2019
· Opera Voice · In studio
It was a pleasure to meet with Rebecca she is very knowledgeable in music, voice coach and has lots of experience. She is giving my 8 years daughter opera voice lessons and she enjoys it very much.
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Thomas May 7, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher. Great with kids. Very knowledgable and experienced.
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Liz May 6, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Rebecca is great! She worked with my 14 year-old daughter to become more confident in her singing. Rebecca is very encouraging and clear in her directions. Highly recommend!
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Rebecca S.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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About Trevor H.

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El Cajon, CA

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About Trevor
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After on
ly a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
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Michael M. May 10, 2019
· Guitar · Online
It was a good getting to know you lesson. Trvor's a good lislener. He has a good easy going style. I am looking forward to future lessons.
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lisa May 6, 2019
· Music Theory · Online
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Will January 11, 2019
· Music Theory · In home
Trevor is wonderful and sensitive to special learning needs.
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Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
(13)
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$25 / 30-min

About Luis M.

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Chula Vista, CA

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About Luis
Graduated with a Degree in Music Education from San Diego State University. Presently, earning California State Credentials.
Graduated with a Piano performance diploma from Chula Vista School of Performing Arts division. I have taught several students in many fields including but not limited to: Spanish, Piano (Beginning to Advanced), Vocal Development etc. I am very friendly and personable, but also professional. When students come to me with problems, I will do what ever it takes to bring them to the solution. My motto is, a problem is just another opportunity for you to do your best.

- I have taught: 6 years. Ranging in many subjects such as Spanish, English, Vocal Instruction, Piano Instruction, Guitar, and Musical Performance.

- Choir Director/ Conductor Jan 2010 - Present
SDCOC
- I am a music director for the San Diego Chur
ches of Christ. I've taught the San Diego Church of Christ Fellowship for 9 years. I have led worship for even longer, and i love it.
- Worship intern May 2014 - Sep 2014
- Dallas/ Fortworth Church of Christ
- Led worship, produced music, directed choirs, taught assorted parts to part singers.
- I Speak 3 languages fluently
- I am a certified member of the National Association of Music Educators
- I have received awards in the fields of Voice and Piano for outstanding professionalism, & Excellency
- I am presently teaching ages 5-65, with the exception of one enthusiastic 67 year old.
- I love my job, and I am passionate, above all I will make you excited about the field of study you choose

*** Lesson Details ***
These details change depending on, whether you would like musical training or academic tutoring.
Musical:

Music is fun and the lessons should be as well. When it comes to practice I recommend that students do spend time (1/2-1hour daily) outside of the lessons practicing to ensure that they see results. If you choose to practice only while in the lesson you will get better but it will be at a slower pace.

- Start with quick warm ups (these work to increase students fluidity with their instrument)
- Work technique
- Assign repertoire depending on skill level.
- Work on assigned repertoire
- Work on technical aspect of the pieces.
Your student will learn much more about their capabilities and their instrument as they will learn many aspects of Music Theory.

I teach beginning- advanced piano lessons touching on posture, hand position, rhythm training, sight-reading, expression, and pop/jazz chord charts. If you want to learn how to play songs by ear that you hear on the radio, I can train you how to do that too! Once I feel that you have surpassed my ability to help you grow, I will be happy to pass you on to a more experienced teacher and attend all of your future recitals.

I teach voice beginner-professional, which includes classical repertoire and technique as well as Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, Standards, Country, RnB,...you name it. The best part is that you will learn to sing in a manner that will not damage your instrument and in fact will work to fortify your instrument.

Academic:
- Start with introduction to the standard.
- Work on problems with material.
- Present new methods to reach a solution.
- Work on all assigned work.
- Work on future work to give the student an academic advantage.

I am a hard working tutor that will bring the joy of the subject to our sessions of tutoring. I am strict at times, however, some of my students have referred to me as mellow. I will strive to bring your student up to speed and surpass even their own expectations. I love my students, and I want to see them succeed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Recording equipment etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Casio Keyboard Piano, sheet music, and much more equipment as needed.

*** Specialties ***
Classical & Jazz Piano, Classical & Contemporary Voice, English Language & Literature, Spanish Language & Literature
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Tim April 25, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I really appreciate Luis for the practice he's given me. We worked on lyric analyzation and flow. We focused on speeding up the meter to work harder in performing faster. I have become better with expressing my vocals in a volume where I can sing a long with the music bed. I highly recommend Luis for anyone who is working on improving their vocal training.
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Yasemin .. March 13, 2019
· English · Online
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Nathan Wakefield October 27, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Great lesson! Feel better equipped to order in Spanish now
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Luis M.

Chula Vista, CA 91911
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About Jason N. L.

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San Diego, CA
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About Jason N.
¬°Hola! ¬°Bienvenido! Hello and Welcome!

my name's Jason and I love Spanish and Latin America.

I'm currently a doctoral student. I majored in Spanish at University of California, Davis, lived in Mexico for 3 years where I completed a Master's degree in Counseling, studied Spanish Literature and Psychology at the University of Costa Rica for 7 months and have traveled around a few other Latin American Countries.

My goal is to tailor the lessons to what best helps you learn. I can do conversation classes and academic ones too. I have a lot of material and activities to facilitate fun learning. My command of the language is almost native. I prefer to work with those who really want to learn, just so we both use our time wisely. I work best with those who already have a base in Spanish but want to prefect their knowledge of proverbs
, sayings, jokes, cultural aspects of Spanish, grammar, vocabulary, conjugation, listening and overall language skills. That said, I can work with anyone at any level of Spanish, and have experiences with students from ages 5 to 67.

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*** Specialties ***
-Spanish conjugation
-Spanish vocabulary
-Spanish grammar
-Spanish conversation/pronunciation
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Boston September 6, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Thanks Jason
Boston enjoyed his first lesson
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Stephen August 13, 2015
· Spanish · In home
Jason inspired me to have a break-through with my Spanish. As a nurse with many Hispanic patients, after only 3 classes with Jason, I successfully triage'd a patient using almost all Spanish. I was pretty stoked about the whole thing. It was a really good confidence boost to not only use it and be understood by the lady, but I understood her too. Not every little word, mind you, but I was able to pick out a lot of the context and figure out what was going on. Working with Jason makes me feel like I'm opening up a whole new avenue in my practice, even after 15 years of repetition. I have Jason to thank for this and it's just boosted me towards learning more.
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Laura August 9, 2015
· Spanish · In home
Jason is a quality Spanish teacher. Not only does he have a native command of the language (as verified by my Latino co-worker), but Jason is also a skilled language instructor. Two attributes of Jason that I particularly value are his attention to detail and the way he highlights language patterns to facilitate learning. It is evident that Jason has a huge passion for teaching Spanish.
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Jason N. L.

San Diego, CA 92128
(5)
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$50 / 30-min

About Sophie D.

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La Jolla, CA
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About Sophie
Hi, my name is Sophie and I am originally from Belgium. French is my native language and I have over ten years of teaching experience!
I obtained my bachelor degree in education in 2004 and taught languages in a middle school until 2010-from which I got tenure. I then moved to San Diego with my husband when he was offered a job as a researcher at UCSD. My experience also includes teaching one-on-one, semi-private lessons and groups, teaching in China, volunteering in French-American schools, etc.
I love teaching French and my goal is for you to love learning it!
I believe you learn best when you have fun so I try for my lessons to be interactive (dialogues, flashcards, games...) and to make you speak as much as possible!
Depending on your level and interests we will use different texts, news articles, etc. and will progressively l
earn grammar and vocabulary in a natural and enjoyable way!
I am a happy mother of two young boys, I love hiking, yoga, traveling and playing music! I consider myself outgoing and I enjoy meeting people!
I am looking forward to start our French lessons together!
Sophie
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Liz April 23, 2019
· French · In studio
She is wonderful and a great teacher, we are glad we found her!
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Ralph K. January 15, 2019
· French · In home
Great teacher.
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Natasa B. April 5, 2018
· French · In home
Sophie has been really good with my girl.
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Sophie D.

La Jolla, CA 92037
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$50 / 60-min
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About Kazumasa U.

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San Diego, CA
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About Kazumasa
I am a Japanese national and have been living in the United States since 2001. I studied at Shizuoka University in Japan and my major was education. My courses focused on international culture and the classes prepared me to teach the Japanese language and culture to foreigners.

I am currently teaching more than 20 classes a week including classes at a language school and private tutoring, So far, through the many years of being a tutor, l taught and am still currently teaching Americans, British, Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos and others, ranging from elementary students to retirees privately and tutored them in various aspects of Japanese depending on their individual needs through English instruction.

The thing I love most about tutoring is seeing the face and eyes of a student that has been having a difficult time with a lesson, w
hen he/she finally grasps what I have been trying to teach them. Another favorite thing about tutoring is watching the evolution of a student over time and knowing that I am solely responsible for that progression. I am very thorough and patient when it comes to tutoring my students. I will go to any length to make sure that whatever it is that I am teaching them will be absorbed by them resulting in their betterment, thereby building a sound foundation from which to build.

Let's start broadening your Japanese conversation by talking about what interests you the most right now! Please feel free to contact me to help you achieve your goals!
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Edwin H. April 29, 2019
· Japanese · In home
Very kind and patient. He definitely breaks things down so you can really understand what you're learn. I look forward to continuing my lessons with Kazumasa.
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Lori December 2, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Kazu-san is a wonderful teacher! We enjoy his lessons so much!
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Lauren July 1, 2018
· Japanese · In home
Ueno-sensei is a very personable and professional instructor. He is very patient and his experience in teaching Japanese shows well. I highly recommend this instructor :)
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Kazumasa U.

San Diego, CA 92123
(8)
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$40 / 60-min

About Carlos E.

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Carlsbad, CA

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About Carlos
I have been a language teacher for more than 24 years. I have a B.A. in English Language and Literature and my curriculum includes several subjects related to Spanish grammar, composition, phonetics and literature, so apart from being my native language (I am Cuban) I have the necessary academic knowledge to teach Spanish to speakers of other languages.

I have worked mainly with adults in colleges and language schools. At the university level I worked with students from different professional interests, so I am familiar with teaching the language for specific academic skills. I have also tutored individual adults and teenagers. At present I am also teaching children in an after school program.

In my teaching I favor the communicative approach with meaningful exchanges and with a solid foundation on the formal aspects of the langua
ge too. I also pay attention to individual needs so that students can progress at their own pace.

At the intermediate and advanced levels I favor the use of meaningful discussions and debate about updated issues, so that the students can learn how to express their true opinions and ideas properly in different contexts.

I believe in fostering a friendly atmosphere and making the teaching experience a meaningful human exchange.
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Bill January 16, 2019
· Spanish · In home
I had 5 classes with Carlos and was very satisfied with his approach. He is very friendly and sets up the classes based upon the students needs and skills. Muchas gracias.
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Bill January 3, 2019
· Spanish · In home
Carlos is a great instructor and I am happy to be learning with him.
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Melanie November 1, 2018
· Spanish · In home
Carlos was very professional, kind, and patient with our family. We enjoyed the lesson.
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Carlos E.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
(4)
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$42 / 60-min

About Jaleh S.

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Chula Vista, CA
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About Jaleh
Since my childhood, I have always been fond of the French language and culture in such a way that French has become part of my identity. From the first day of preschool to the last day of high school, I studied at a French school. Therefore, I grew up appreciating together this new world with that of Persian tradition. I obtained my Ph.D. degree in French at the Ohio State University where at the same time I worked as a Graduate Teaching Associate instructing French courses for 6 years. For nearly twenty years, I have taught French at various language institutions as well as to private students. I can help you with anything relating to the French language.
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Jaleh S.

Chula Vista, CA 91913
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$42 / 60-min

About Mario D.

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La Jolla, CA
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About Mario
I am a language teacher who specializes in French, Spanish and English. I have been working as a language teacher since 2014. I graduated from San Diego State University in 2013, with a BA in French. After graduating, I began teaching ESL and French at a K-12 school in Mexico. In 2018 I received a MA in French Literature from San Diego State University. While doing the Master's program, I taught at SDSU, which gave me working experience with college students.
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Martha March 12, 2019
· French · In studio
Mario is a wonderful teacher, he is very patient and explains very clearly. His pronunciation is wonderful both in English and French. I would recommend him to anyone who wanted to learn a language.
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Jay Ortiz March 12, 2019
· French · Online
Mario is such a great instructor, he is so creative and makes the class really fun and joyfull. He’s also really good in making me understand the topic and the language, you can tell he has a lot of experience being a teacher. 100% recommended!
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Catherine March 11, 2019
· French · In studio
Excellent teacher! He really breaks down the grammar and helps you to understand the components of the language. Highly recommend!
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Mario D.

La Jolla, CA 92037
(6)
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$17 / 20-min

About Isabel L.

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San Diego, CA
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Native Spanish teacher with more than 10 years of experience offers a dynamic way to learn the Spanish language, very patient, knowledgeable, professional and punctual.
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Isabel L.

San Diego, CA 92122
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$34 / 30-min

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