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About Yakov D.

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Rego Park, NY

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Beginners: posture, technique, sound production, articulation, phrasing, note reading
Intermediate: interpretation of different styles, dynamics, ensemble performance, building solid technique and stamina

About Yakov
• I have over 20 years experience as a music teacher, conductor, theater/orchestra director and a performer in Russia, Norway and the United States.
• I possess excellent interpersonal skills and over the years developed the ability to communicate efficiently and connect with every student I teach.
• I am creative and enthusiastic while working with people of all ages.
• I have a reputation of being passionate about achieving professional goals.

Employment:
09/08- Present NYC Board of Education, P.S. 48
• Band & Orchestra Director
• Teach children K-5 to play musical instruments in small groups and large ensembles
• Organize and perform Winter and Spring Concerts

02/08- Present Yakov's Music for Gifted & Talented, Inc, Brooklyn, NY
• Founder and Music Director
• Teach various musical instruments and vocal

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06/08 Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony, Lynbrook, NY
• Music Director, Conductor
• Conducted weekly rehearsals (night) and 3-4 concerts during the concert season

10/03-06/08 Globe Institute of Technology, New York, NY
• Adjunct Professor of Music

06/07-08/07 JCC of Cherry Hill, NJ
• Musical Theater Director
• Taught acting, improvisation, singing. Produced musical shows.

10/06-06/07 JCH of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
• Musical Theater Director
• Produced musical theater shows
• Taught students of ages 5-12 various vocal selections

09/00-06/07 NYC Board of Education, District 20, P.S.200; P.S.179
• Band / Orchestra Director
• Taught all woodwind, brass and percussion, violin, piano

05/99-06/06 School for Musical Performance, Brooklyn, NY
• Instructed students on Piano, Guitar, All string and wind instruments and vocals.
• Prepared students for the auditions to the prestigious schools and other music organizations.

1993-1997 St. Petersburg Radio Orchestra, Russia
• Principal Bassoonist
Other work experience:
• Performed as a bassoonist with The Kirov Opera & Ballet Theatre, the Mussorgsky Opera & Ballet Theatre, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chamber Opera Orchestra of St. Petersburg and other Symphony and Chamber orchestras of St. Petersburg, Russia
• Performed Solo Recitals in Russia, Poland, Norway and United States

Education:
06/98 The St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, St. Petersburg, Russia
M.A. in Music: Major – Bassoon Performance; Minor – Conducting
06/91 The St. Petersburg College of Music named after Rimsky-Korsakov, Russia
B.A. with a Double Major in Orchestral Performance (Bassoon) and Music Education

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Would you just like to learn a few songs on the piano, violin or guitar? Or you'd like your child be become next Joshua Bell or Evgenij Kissin? My lessons are designed with each individual student in mind. I will start my lesson with introduction and proceed with warm-up routine. I always make sure that the student is comfortable with the pace that I am offering. I am mixing elements of music theory, history and performance techniques in order to help my student to embrace the beauty of music making experience. All my students are ready to perform at the recital after just 3-4 months of lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach using Fisher Baby Grand Piano. Fender guitars. Major brands band instruments; yamaha, selmer, gemeingardt, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Fender Guitar, Yamaha Flute/Saxophone, Casio Digital Piano, Custom Violin made in England.

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suzuki violin, classical, jazz
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Ella O. October 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great lesson, looking forward to more.
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Jacquline W. February 10, 2016
· Piano · In home
Yakov,
Was a GOD SENT GIFT. I REALLY ENJOYED THE INITIAL LESSON. I AM ANTICIPATING ALL FUTURE LESSONS WITH YAKOV. HE WAS EVERYTHING I PRAYED FOR. HE WAS PLEASANT, PATIENT AND VERY KNOWLEGABLE.
HE MADE ME FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE. YAKOV. WILL BE MY MUSIC
INSTRUCTOR WHO WILL TEACH ME TO PLAY, THE VIOLIN AND THE GUITAR.YAKOV IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Harold B. December 20, 2015
· Violin · In home
It was my first lesson and now I have some idea how hold the violin and the bow. My homework is to practice a few notes on each string and then to practice playing the A scale. I think I can do it in two octaves. What is challenging is to play the scale without hearing a screeching sound. I'm looking forward to playing like Sarah Chang (hopefully after five lessons).
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About Eric B.

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You can be playing along with your favorite songs within two lessons! Whether you want to learn how to read music or just play along with your radio, lessons are catered to your goals so that you get the results you want fast.

About Eric
Music isn't just a career choice: it is a way of life. I have been playing music since I was a toddler; everything I have learned about life has been through music. I believe that self-expression is important to being confident with yourself. I look forward to sharing my passion for music and teaching with any students who are ready to learn!

I'm an accomplished composer and sound engineer with music featured on CBS, ABC, E!, Bravo, and other networks. I also write music for film & gaming. I am fluent in a range of professional software programs which includes Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Amadeus Pro, Cubase, and MaxMSP.

I have over a decade of performance experience and have played along the East Coast with several bands. Some venues I have performed at recently include The Plaza Theatre in Orlando; Backbooth in Downt
own Orlando; The Crowbar in Tampa; The Bandshell and The Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach. I am a versatile musician who primarily performs and instructs on Drums, Bass, and Guitar (acoustic and electric). I teach nearly all styles of music, including classical, jazz, funk, and rock. I have graduated from Stetson University with degrees in Digital Arts, Music, and Business.

I feel that nothing is impossible. Great results aren't given--they are earned, and I know how to set goals to reach those results. This is a virtue I like to share with students. My dedication to music has helped me accomplish much at a young age.

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All lessons accommodate the unique needs of the student. My lessons don't merely teach you musical theories: I will teach you how to express yourself through your instrument as you learn those theories. You will gain technical knowledge and the tools to experience your musical potential. Lessons with me are the perfect extra-curricular activity for your child, or a great experience for you. A large part of my curriculum is more than learning how to play a few cover songs. The lessons are also about becoming more confident with yourself as a person and developing character along the way. You will learn about the discipline, patience, and dedication that it takes to stand out among professionals, not just as a musician, but as a strong individual. Music is a part of that. What you play becomes an extension of yourself. Young or old, everyone has something to share with the world through music.

In a given lesson, you can expect half of it to be about the basics of your instrument and the literature for reading music. The other half is about how you can apply these principles in a unique way that relates to yourself. However, the lesson is all about the student. If the student wants to learn in different ways that is never a problem. All I ask is that you're eager to learn! Everybody has different musical tastes and different learning styles. That is what makes every musician unique and every lesson exciting.

I enjoy teaching people of all ages 5 and up and have experience teaching groups or individuals. From beginner or experienced, hobbyist or professional, every person has a place in the wonderful world of music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio: computer, recording gear, mics, amps, keyboard, guitars, bass, drum kit

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to their house I ask students to provide their necessary performance materials, i.e. drumset, guitar and amp, essential books, etc. I always provide all necessary teaching equipment, i.e. computer, additional guitars.

*** Specialties ***
Drums- Funk, Jazz, Classic Rock, Metal, Punk, Blues, Hip-Hop
Guitar/Bass- Funk, Blues, Metal, Rock, Hip-Hop
Music Recording/Songwriting- Electronic Music/electro-acoustic, Rock, Funk
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Shannon A. October 3, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Really enjoyed my personalized lessons with Eric! He helped me with finding the rhythm in some of my original songs. He is very encouraging and affirming.
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Sam June 29, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor; always prepared and patient. He works towards my goals always.
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Ben June 29, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Eric is the real deal as a guitar teacher. I personally play the guitar myself, but as any parent knows when it comes to teaching your own child there is going to be some resistance no matter what! Lol. Eric is very well educated in music and has the rapport to teach beginners as well as advanced students. My son looks forward to his time with Eric and considers him a friend as well! In closing, if your looking for an instructor that has a solid music background that can channel that knowledge into your child or self, look no further!
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About Julie B.

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Loves Park, IL

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I keep a relaxed environment to help students remain calm and able to focus on the task at hand. Being able to enjoy learning is crucial to helping skills come more easily.
Students will play songs they have been practicing, learn new songs, and do a theory or technique activity, often as a game.
Student work their way through method books and are encouraged to bring in music they want to learn.
Recital preparation is a major theme during the 6 weeks leading up to a recital.

About Julie
Does your piano sit silently collecting dust? Did you take piano lessons when you were a kid, but don't remember how to play? Would you like to play your favorite songs, but aren't sure how? Would you like to see your child beam with pride while playing a song with no help?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, book with me today! I can't wait to help you or your child reach your musical goals!
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Alexis W. August 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alexis really likes her piano lessons even though she gets fustrated. She looking forward to her next 5 lessons with you Julie B. She really likes you.
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Payton April 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I loved my first lesson!! As a beginner I was a little nervous walking in but Julie made me comfortable and didn't overwhelm me with too much. I actually learned more than I expected and can't wait for my second lesson!!!
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Terri August 13, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She is wonderful with my daughter!! She is very patient and very fun!
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About Lisa O.

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I'm not here to make a performance major out of every student. I'm here to teach students to love to learn music with the natural talents they already have! If they love to learn this will carry on into every other subject that they need to learn! It's proven that playing music is the number one thing parents can involve their children in to help them become better thinkers.

About Lisa
After graduating from college with a degree in education I was determined to change the course of the education for my own family. I was the first on either side of my entire family (all generations) ever to go to a university and graduate. I came from very humble hard working (yes bullheaded Irish) people. As a naturally highly creative person the school system was not a nurturing place at all for me. As a deeply right brained visual person the left brained system was toxic for my creativity and I struggled to thrive and be myself.

For the past 21 years I've dedicated my time, energy, creativity to home schooling my own two children and supporting them in their academic quests as well as teaching them life skills. Thankfully, I had the opportunity not to put either of them in day care one day. My focused sacrifice has been int
ense, serious, determined and planned.

The ignorant verbal flack I encountered, during these years was insane, but I didn't waver. I believe in one on one education customized for each child and knew from the start what I wanted to accomplish with both of them! I wanted them to learn how to learn with their personalities, natural strengths and talents but I had to observe and implement very different parenting and teaching techniques with both from birth.

Yes, my hard unwavering work has paid off and is continuing to pay off. Both of my children walked into their first college courses at age 14...yes, real college classes on real college campuses! Both are honor students and my first will finish his degree in English Lit/Creative Writing at UNC Asheville in Dec 2016 at age 21!

All that to say...private piano lessons are nothing more than home schooling. I bring the same customized passion I used for my own children to teach yours! Not only do I have an education degree I have a proven track record of teaching children how they uniquely need to learn whether it's visually, audio, or kinetically etc. I know how to challenge them and make them work...even the super smart lazy ones!

After each lesson I take a few moments to consult the parent(s) about the lesson and what needs to be accomplished during the students next practice week. You need to be aware of their education because they grow rapidly and there is much to accomplish before they attend college! Do some research on the benefits of learning and playing music if you are not a musician yourself. It's incredible what it will do for the development of their brain little brains!

Apparently, I'm not allowed my customary studio "meet and greet" with Takelessons. I have studio rules that must be followed and if they aren't I will not continue to teach your children. You must have a piano or keyboard for them to regularly practice on and believe me I know when they don't practice. I know what method books I like to teach from so I'll be happy to share that information with you. If you don't have any I cannot start the lessons without them. They must be purchased before hand.
There are other rules so please message me first so that we can discuss them first so that there is no confusion about the studio policies. This isn't a hobby this is serious valuable education for your child.

I don't have the time nor the energy to deal with unprofessional parents because my time and energy goes fully towards teaching amazing students.

I look forward to passionately educating you or... those you love!

Lisa
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Amy May 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher for my high energy little boy who loves music!
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Sierra May 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Lisa is an amazing piano instructor. She has taught my 6 year old daughter since she was 4 years old and my daughter has learned so much. Lisa is very professional, nurturing, and loving. My daughter loves her and can't wait to come to her lessons each week. I highly recommend Lisa to anyone who is looking for a piano instructor.
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About Basa T.

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As an instructor I will teach you the fundamental tools you will need as a musician to progress at your own pace. I taught myself without any formal training until I was headed to college. Even with private instruction, it was my own passion and work ethic that allowed me to grow into the musician I am today. I seek to inspire that same passion in you.

About Basa
I am a keyboardist, percussionist, producer, and recording artist. I attended Brooklyn School For Music & Theatre and City-As-School graduating with course and internship based experience in drum-corps marching band, piano, music theory, and audio engineering.

I teach piano, percussion, and music production to individual or group students of all ages at beginner experience levels. I can teach students how to read/write music, to execute rudiments with the proper fulcrum, and to establish entrainment with other musicians in a band. Students can also learn and apply basic-advanced methods of music production using Logic Pro X and MASCHINE.

As a professional musician I have played in R&B, Funk, and Hip-Hop bands all over the tristate area and Los Angeles. I've performed with well known neo-soul duo, "OSHUN," as their keyboardist for e
vents curated by Redbull Soundselect, Afropunk, BRIC TV, etc. I currently play percussion and auxiliary keys for a fusion band led by entertainer Qaasim Middleton: finalist of American Idol Season 14, actor in nickelodeon's, "Naked Brothers Band," and netflix's, "The Get Down." For every artist I've performed with I've also produced instrumental tracks that have gone on to be used in commercial recordings, distribution, and live performance.

As a musician I intend on further developing my passion, skill, and technique for music through teaching and playing for others. Being a musician is without a doubt a path to pursue greatness as a human being. As my student you will learn the importance of communication, discipline, concentration, confidence, fun, humility, and creativity. Let's help each other become our best selves through our art!
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Ridgewood, NY

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Whether you want to accompany a singer, play in a band, write and perform your own songs, or just take up a new instrument I can sow you the fundamentals of piano!

About Michael
I have been teaching music both in private and group lessons as well as ensembles for over 12 years. I specialize in jazz and contemporary music (pop, rock, r and b, etc), world music, and classical/chamber music. As an active performer I have performed or recorded with Run DMC, Lee Ritenour, Ambrose Akinmusire, Daniel Platzman (imagine dragons), Knower, Esperanza Spalding, Billy Hart, and Ari Hoenig among many others. I earned my Bachelor of Music from U Miami and my masters of music from NYU.

I have been featured on NPR, ESPN, bass player magazine, LA Times, Wall St Journal, Downbeat, Miami Herald, NYTimes, Spinner, and many other publications.

I am a faculty members at several music schools including NJPAC where I have been and artist faculty since 2015.
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Max S. June 19, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Michael is patient, warm, and friendly. My son (almost 9) is excited to move forward with lessons.
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Josue Alvarez May 6, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Best lesson I've had in a long time. Been searching for a teacher like Michael. Great mentor who knows his stuff with over 15 years of experience. Solid studio space. Cheaper to book 1 hr.
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Daniel Davis May 6, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
I just finished my first lesson with Michael on bass! He's a great teacher, he's patient and has ALOT of experience. The in home studio was cool, a great space with every instrument. Good rate. Worth the money.
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I took organ lessons for seven years, and have played pre- and post-service music in church. I teach lessons and theory at the basic beginning level, especially to young children to get them started in music.

About Jim
I taught drum lessons back when I was in college and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had to stop for a number of years, but then decided to go back to teaching others who are passionate about drumming and piano. I am also a CASA volunteer, in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, and do a lot of work with kids in the Youth Theater camp and programs. Because I work with youth, I have had background checks a number of times. I'm the one to choose if you want a teacher who is kind, patient, and loves working with youth.
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15 years ago, I started learning the piano and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am currently a doctoral student at Wheaton Graduate School and hope to teach others the joy of playing the piano in my free time.

I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I played professionally for weddings, shows, and musicals. I have led worship for churches in Michigan and Connecticut. At Yale, I was president of an organization called Yale Musical Cure, in which I played piano in hospitals, hospices, and charity concerts. While at Yale, I also studied theory, piano, sight-singing, and composition.

My teaching style varies from student to student. Music is a wonderfully diverse subject and every student has his own aspirations. I will do my best to cater each lesson to the student's goals and interests whether that is classical piano method, rock, jazz, folk, country, pop or anything in
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About Molly
15 years ago, I started learning to play piano and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am a doctoral student at Wheaton Graduate School, and enjoy playing and teaching piano in my free time.

I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I played piano professionally for weddings, shows, and musicals. I have led worship for many churches in Michigan and Connecticut. During my time at Yale, I was president of an organization called Yale Musical Cure, in which I played piano at hospitals, hospices, and benefit concerts. At Yale, I also gained teaching experience, and have loved teaching students ever since.

My teaching style varies from student to student. Music is a wonderfully diverse subject and every student has his own aspirations. I
will do my best to cater each lesson to the student's goals and interests. Whether that is classical, rock, jazz, folk, country, pop or anything in between.

Lessons will vary significantly from student to student. Not only does every student have different goals in mind, they all learn differently as well. I do my best to customize my lessons for each student's goals and needs. A typical piano lesson may involve music-reading, chord studies, technical work, scale practice, theory, and of course learning songs!

I am a flexible teacher and am excited to teach students to truly understand music and enjoy playing the piano. Please reach out if you have any questions or interest in taking lessons.
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I am a fun, but demanding teacher. I will make sure that you enjoy lessons while you are also being challenged to be your best. I also work to accommodate student interests and individual learning styles.

About Johanna
I'm a Literacy Interventionist for HOPE Online Learning Academy and a contributor to arts education at the school. I have my M.Ed. In Education and B.A.s in Music Performance and English. I also hold certifications in TEFL and TESOL. I love working with students of all ages and finding the best fit for their learning abilities. I try to make every lesson fun and exciting, as well as challenging. My background also includes teaching and performing overseas, so I am comfortable working with many different cultural backgrounds.
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The best thing about my teaching method is I love to make learning fun! My motto is “If it isn’t fun then it isn’t worth doing!”
My students can always expect their first lesson to start with an assessment of their abilities. After I determine my student's level, we establish a goal & I create a personalized lesson plan for each student. Each week I go over what we had previously learned and then start on something new. I send my students home with a detailed practice log and short videos to make sure they are practicing the correct way. Each month I give my students an assessment of both performance & music theory.

About Katie
The Violinist Katie is a Classically Trained Violinist and has played as a virtuoso soloist and as the first Chair in the Philharmonic Orchestra for over 40 years and is celebrated for her musical versatility as well as her dedication to musical youth programs.
She has played with the Philharmonic Orchestra in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New York. She is the proud Owner of Guitars-N-More, LLC for 5 years now. However, on May of 2017, she closed her store in Atlanta, GA and August 21, 2017, moved here to Buffalo, NY to concentrate on private Instruction and spreading the love of music to all ages.
Her individualistic and passionate teaching style is infectious to all who know her. She has forged a very tight relationship with Rozanna Weinberger owner of Rozanna’s Violins in the Upper West Side of New Your City. Rozanna is not only a close
friend and mentor but, also her Teacher.
Katie can Play 15 instruments but, her go-to instrument is the Violin. She has been playing the Violin since the age of 10, Cello age of 13, Upright Bass & Viola age of 15, and the Piano since the age of 17. She is also a String Lither and can repair and fix all stringed musical instruments.
All her instructional programs are original and specifically made for each individual student. Additionally, she has created 3 instructional courses and has written 5 books on Musical Theory, Violin, Ukulele, Tablature reading, and Musical Notation.
She teaches the String Builders, Watch N Play, and Essential elements programs as her core. The best thing about Katie's teaching method is she loves to make learning fun! Her motto is “If it isn’t fun then it isn’t worth doing!”
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Are you sick of playing the same classical tunes over and over again? It may be time to spice up your repertoire by adding a few piano pop songs to the mix. Whether you're into pop rock or R&B, there are tons of popular pop songs you can learn on the piano. Learning piano pop songs will keep you interested in the instrument and it will help improve your performance skills. Here is a list of 100 piano pop songs that everyone will enjoy. Choose a few favorites to add to your repertoi

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