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About ELENA D.

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Tarzana, CA
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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock, as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

About ELENA
Hello!
Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in Colleg
e. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

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**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
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Steve A. October 3, 2017
· Singing · In home
Elena is a gifted teacher. She is patient, enthusiastic, and flexible with her lesson plans. She is amenable to tailoring the sessions to the student's needs and interests. And she provides the whole package; singing, songwriting and guitar instruction. Most importantly, she makes the sessions fun and interesting. I would highly recommend Elena for singer/songwriters who want to improve their performance skills.
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Presley S. July 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
I asked my daughter today after her first lessons how it went and she seemed really happy👍🌻
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Lihi S. May 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great personality, very good teacher
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ELENA D.

ELENA D.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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About Teresa Y.

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My approach to guitar is all about getting students playing songs they enjoy right away. You or your loved one will learn fundamentals through making music! We will include music reading if the student has an interest in that aspect of music-making capabilities. I believe the most important thing for a beginner is to get HOOKED on the enjoyment of playing the guitar.

About Teresa
A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn."

These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Their musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression.

In her home teaching studio in Sherwood Forest, CA, 30 minutes
is the perfect lesson time for most purposes. Options include piano, voice, ukulele, beginning guitar, music reading/theory, and preparation for auditions. Teresa also conducts early childhood music sessions for 3 to 5 year-olds and is available to do group sessions.

45-minute and 60-minute sessions are also available as needed. Teresa recommends 45 minutes to an hour for audition preparation.
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Elsie F. May 21, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Amazing.
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Stephen April 5, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
A whole new world has been discovered through voice lessons with Teresa! I began with learning the guitar and I am still learning and playing. But Teresa discovered that singing along with my playing would help. Soon thereafter, Teresa discovered that I had a decent voice. I had always wanted to sing but never took my desires seriously. I requested that Teresa not only continue teaching me the guitar, but voice lessons as well. I have discovered a talent and gift in myself that I really never knew was there. Teresa has been such an inspiration with my singing and I seem to be singing everywhere I go with every song I hear. Her inspiration has also given me confidence because singing can be very intimidating especially in front of others. Through Teresa's instructions, motivation, and extraordinary teaching techniques, I am now playing the guitar and singing along as well as singing without the use of the guitar. After eight short months, I have gained the confidence and ability to sing. In fact, a good friend of mine who is getting married in October has asked me to sing their wedding song. Teresa has been not only been an inspiring and motivating, but has dug deep to bring out the very best in me- Hidden talents and gifts that I never thought I had. But Teresa saw them and took the time to nourish them. But my best complement to this wonderful teacher and mentor is that during my weekly lesson, she makes me feel as though I am her only student. The attention and patience is unparalleled. She has given me a gift in music and I found a gift in her!
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Cassie March 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Teresa is a wonderful, patient, caring and attentive teacher. Her home is warm, welcoming and the perfect sanctuary for learning about music. My 9 year old son has been working with Teresa for over a year and she has managed to keep him interested and engaged throughout that time. She goes above and beyond with me in regards to my funky custody schedule always managing to see us once a week. We are lucky to have her in our life.
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Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA 91325
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About Charlie C.

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Newhall, CA
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Learning the basics of guitar technique and music theory. I focus on teaching methods to help students advance outside of lessons where most of the progress happens. Besides insuring a strong technical I also focus on the instrument become a tool of expression and exploration.

About Charlie
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I teach Violin, Cello, and Ukulele for Children's Music Workshop
and have also taught beginner guitar

My primary instruments are double bass and electric bass

Here is my bio-
An experienced classical and contemporary musician, Charlie has performed at events such as the West Coast Premiere of Sila by John Luther Adams (Ojai Festival), and with ensembles including the Center Stage Opera, Santa Monica Symphony, and Symphonia Pasadena.

His formal education started at Interlochen Arts Academy at age 13 and continued at the University of North Texas, during which time he began to play professionally with the Shreveport Symphony, Sherman Symphony, and the East Texas Symphony. He then relocated to Los Angeles to earn his MFA at California Institute of Arts, under instruction from Peter Rofe (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Darek
Oles (Brad Mehldau), and Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick.

He is a frequent performer of new music and has premiered works for solo double bass by contemporary composers including Sean Hayward and Chuck Gloria. His own music explores his influences of folk and the blues and has included collaborations with electronic, avant garde, bluegrass, and jazz musicians.
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Brent July 2, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Charlie has a colossal amount of knowledge about double bass, is very patient, and is very willing and able to tailor his teaching to your needs. Just what I needed.
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John Q. November 26, 2016
· Upright Bass · In home
Great first lesson! Thanks Charlie.
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Charlie C.

Newhall, CA 91321
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About Zack R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I teach music the way it was taught to me, and I had in my opinion some of the best teachers in the world.

I like to start every student with a unique approach to their individual playing style. I work closely with the student from the first minute of the first lesson, first simply getting to know the student's comfort level with material, playing style, and proficiency level. From there I go into specific topics that need improvement - for some students, this might be basic techniques, and for others may be advanced concepts. I like to walk the line between nurturing and tough love - I think that the best teacher is the experience of stepping outside of your comfort zone, with someone there to point you in the right direction to walk.

About Zack
Hi everyone! My name is Zack and I'm a guitar and violin instructor hailing from Chicago, IL, and currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. I’ve been playing violin since age 9 and guitar since age 10, gaining experience ever since playing live and in the studio, in bands and as a freelance artist. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and now play in a metal band and pursue a freelance career. As a young student, I spent many years as a member of Midwest Young Artists, performing and studying classical music with Dr. Allen Dennis and jazz guitar with the renowned Frank Portelese, playing venues such as the Harris Theater in Chicago. I toured Greece and Peru playing violin, and studied classical performance with Vadim Mazo of Illinois Wesleyan University in Prague at Ameropa ’06. I was
a violin student of Gail Lilja-Kirkeeng from a young age, and was taught guitar by Rex Carroll of christian heavy metal band, Whitecross, and later when on to study rock and metal guitar with Joe Stump and Jon Finn at Berklee College of Music. I have opened for acts such as Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie, and even accompanied Dream Theater onstage as the principal second violinist for their live DVD release, Breaking the Fourth Wall. My musical background is mostly based in classical music on violin, and rock music on guitar, although I consider myself very well versed in many different styles. Topics I generally like to begin new students with are scales and modes and how to apply them, basic posture and correct pick/bow technique and left hand placement, and the note names as they apply to the instrument and basic sight reading. I firmly believe that every student is unique with different styles, voices, and goals and that any lesson plan should reflect that. Whatever you want to learn, I’m here to help!
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Ethan July 11, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher
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Ethan July 11, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher
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Katherine July 11, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Zack is awesome!! Really knowledgable about guitar and music theory, and really helpful whenever I got stuck. Thanks Zack!
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Zack R.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Bruno P.

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Newhall, CA

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I have been playing guitar for 15 years and teaching guitar for 5 years. My lessons make learning fun, as I teach technique, musical theory, and the songs you want to play!

About Bruno
I have 15 years of experience in playing music, and have participated in numerous tours, concerts, and recording sessions. In addition, I have extensive experience teaching music and academic tutoring. I teach guitar and drums, and tutor in all core academic subjects, including language arts, math, science, and social studies for students elementary school to high school.
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Lilia B. August 14, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Bruno is such a great teacher! I have learned so much in a short period of time, and thanks to him, I can now play my favorite songs on drums! I'll definitely be studying with Bruno for a very long time!
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Bruno P.

Newhall, CA 91321
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About Glenn A.

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Valencia, CA

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As your instructor, I will teach you the fundamentals to playing guitar along with how to approach learning a new instrument. I aspire to teach any age that wants to learn, whether you are a beginner or you would like to improve basic skills. If this is your first time learning guitar, I will demonstrate basic chord structure, strumming patterns, as well as being able to read and write tablatures. If you have ever listened to a song and wondered how to play it, I will help teach you the skills to play music by ear as well. I hope that you will leave my lessons with an expansion of musical knowledge and excitement to express your own musical ideas. The skills I would teach you will follow you for a lifetime: from teaching you how to play your favorite song to showing you how to improvise and let loose in a jam session with your friends. My goal is to not only teach you how to play guitar, but also show you how to create your own music, develop your own style, and learn the fundamentals

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I have been working in the entertainment business for over 35 years, not only as a musician but as a Recording engineer / Re-recording engineer
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Glenn A.

Glenn A.

Valencia, CA 91355
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$25 / 30-min

About AJ S.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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I have a lot of teaching experience. I'm able to play any style.

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My approach is to create a fun and educational experience with students.
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AJ S.

AJ S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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$25 / 30-min

About Shai B.

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Hey there!
My passions are technique and accuracy; by perfecting technique comes a deeper understanding of theory. I have lots of teaching methods that will encourage you to play your favorite songs and styles with the sounds you like.
I'll focus on the very basics of guitar theory in order to get to a higher level of understanding music theory.
I will challenge you! We will have lots of fun and you will see, hear, and feel your own improvements with my teachings.

About Shai
If you are fascinated about guitar technique and awesome weird sounds that you can do with your guitar, you will like having lessons with me.

I began as a classical guitar player, studying traditional classical pieces and applying them to my guitar. During that time I began to explore and became drawn to rock music, virtuoso guitarists, and heavy metal. My fascination with the electric guitar, the techniques, the speed and all the things that comes with it are still pulling me in.

Later on in life I fell in love with Flamenco, specifically Paco De Lucia.
I learned his songs and combined it with my own music while studying fusion and finger picking styles; every style I liked, I learned, I mastered, but I know, as much as I teach, I also learn.

Today I play in LA and Israel, I produce projects, record guitar tracks and songs, and teac
h at my studio or online.

As a teacher I will challenge you! I will give you multiple exercises and lots of homework. Over the years, my students have won guitar contests, gotten into successful bands, and are touring around the world. If you are willing to work hard, you will get better! You will see, hear, and feel the difference in your playing. I'll show you the way and will be with you step by step.

Looking forward to meet you!
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Gary June 28, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Shai is amazing!!
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Nir May 19, 2018
· Guitar ·
This guy is much more than a guitar teacher :)
Probably the best there is.
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Ely May 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I know Shai for many years and he is an amazing friend and incredibly dedicated musician! If you want to work hard at guitar, or musicin general, get those chops and timing going, flamenco, whatever it is, Shai is the man!!
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Shai B.

Shai B.

Los Angeles, CA 90020
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$42 / 30-min

About Danny B.

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I am very patient, understanding and personable.
I am a licensed High School teacher.
I have experience working with students with disabilities. I have 20 years of teaching experience.
I have a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California. I also have experience in writing songs and production . I can record on Protools and Logic. I have many connections in the music industry . I believe that if my students work hard I can help them reach their dreams. I have excellent references. I am also part of a rock band and I write all the lyrics . I work closely with my college music professor in music production and mixing songs. My band has played at the Gibson Showcase in Beverly Hills for a non -profit in which I played guitar,
My rock band is Borderline Delusion .

About Danny
My name is Danny. I am a high school teacher, college tutor, and professional song writer. I graduated with a BA from the University of California. I also passed the CBEST and CSET exams. I have taught and tutored many subjects. I also have had great success teaching many students.
I enjoy working with students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD. I love teaching all ages and levels.
Academic subjects: English 101, Essay Composition, ESL , TOEFL, Sat English, music theory, art , biology, US, world and European History.
I also currently do freelance work in the music industry as a lyricist and a song writer. In addition, I also teach beginners in music engineering on the following DAWS: Protools and Logic. My rates are reasonable.
My students love me & I love to teach. I am very patient an
d personable. I have over 20 yrs of experience and excellent references.
As I mentioned before, music and lyrics are my passion. Guitar is my primary instrument.
I enjoy rhythm and lead guitar work. I am the guitar player and lyricist for a professional alternative rock band.
I also really enjoy teaching the basics of song writing. I focus on lyrics and song structure.
This includes basic music theory, recording, and engineering. . I love producing demos on Protools.
Beginners are my favorite students. I can teach anyone to read music.I have many connections in the music industry. I took college classes on music business also. My rates are reasonable.
Thank you. God bless. Danny
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Danny B.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About JD M.

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I fully believe that everyone has some sort of musical inclination; we all just need to take the time to find the instrument(s) that speak to us.

In our guitar lessons, we will focus on the fundamentals, technique, and some fun tricks! All while highlighting the lessons through music that you already love and listen to!

About JD
Greetings!

I often find myself saying that music is the key to the universe. It is a medium in which all humans, regardless of language or culture are able to connect. It is because of this that I love sharing the knowledge that I have gained from nearly two decades of playing guitar.

I am a Los Angeles based session musician, and private instructor. I currently have a few students, and am looking to grow and take on a few more. My curriculum revolves around:

1) Understanding the basics of theory, and showcasing how those basics are applied in songs (specifically bands and artists that you regularly listen to).
2) Proper technique
3) Some fun and fancy tricks!

My goal is to make sure each lesson is clear so that you may fully understand and enjoy the benefits therein!

If you would like more information about myself, here is a link to
my personal website. There can be found a full biography, bands I have worked with, examples of my playing, and current news. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Personal Website:
OnTheWingsOfDragons.com

May the rest of your day be fun, and productive!
-JD McGibney
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Cynthia July 12, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In home
JD is a strategic thinker with veteran guitar playing experience, well versed in helping beginning students like me focus on correct technique and methods out of the gate. This is critical! In 6 short months, I can now play multiple Rock&Roll riffs with technical proficiency, although still getting up to tempo, Sweet Child, TNT, Crazy Train. A piano player who struggled mightily at first at reading guitar score, JD helped me to retrain my brain, learning scales and modes. As a direct result, I was able to take the piano score to Cinderella's "Nobody's Fool" and translate it tp guitar score! This slower tempo piece, I am able to play to tempo OOH RAH!
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JD M.

Los Angeles, CA 90049
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