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About Randal K.

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Mundelein, IL

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About Randal
Love of music inspired to learn bass and guitar over 15 years ago. When I began teaching my young daughter guitar I realized how much I also love to teach. For the past 3 years I have been blessed to be able to combine these two passions into one.
Originally self taught, I have recently studied
bass, guitar, and theory at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. Coming from a self taught background, I fully understand the importance of a solid foundation. In the beginning of my playing, after being uninspired by formal lessons, I chose to branch out on my own. This decision definitely slowed my musical growth. Having to fend for yourself is always more difficult than having a guiding hand helping you along. I enjoy passing on the knowledge it took me years to accumulate.
My musical influences range from Rock to Reggae, Blues to Folk.
Some of my favorite players include Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, David Gilmour, Bob Marley, Family Man, Glen Phillips, and Bradley Nowell. Although the bass guitar was my first instrument, and learning reggae bass is the reason I began, the acoustic guitar is my instrument of choice. I am constantly amazed at the musical range it can provide. From beautiful finger picked melodies, to it's raw percussive qualities.
However, I find equal enjoyment sharing my love of both instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
My mission is to provide the foundation, through a relaxed and patient approach, for each individual student to reach their own maximum potential. We will cover basic techniques and theory, but we will learn how these are relative to actually playing music that the student is interested in. Let's face it, students want to play music. They are not taking lessons to learn what a pentatonic scale is, even though they will probably use it to play their favorite solo. Many beginners stop playing because they get caught up in the journey, and lose focus on the destination. If these techniques and exercises are shown to be relative to actually playing music, most students can't stop practicing, instead of viewing practice as work, or boring.
Each students' lesson is designed specifically for the individual. Handouts will be provided to offer support and reference, but the students desire and willingness to practice on their own will dictate how fast we move along.
The ultimate goal for me is to provide a relaxed atmosphere where students are having fun doing what they love. There will be plenty of time to learn complex chord shapes and theories. I simply want to create players who once they have started, will never stop playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I am available for lessons given in your home or mine. I provide small recording equipment, and drum machine. Each student will be able to record a cd of their playing to help in the learning process.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Recording equipment, drum machine, amps, and lesson plans. Student provides own instrument. Although I have provided instruments in certain situations.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Reggae,Blues, and Fingerstyle.
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ChristineM2 May 4, 2012
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Randal is a great instructor. He's passionate about music and helping students to learn. He is very good about breaking things down to the basics to facilitate learning for students of all ages.
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DuncanB January 21, 2012
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Anya's lessons

Anya is progressing quite well and really enjoying her lessons!
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KaliL March 21, 2011
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Very likeable & knowledgeable!

Randy has been a great teacher for my 6-yr-old daughter. She is really shy & he was great with her. Friendly. Tailored the lessons to her level!
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Randal K.

Randal K.

Mundelein, IL 60060
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$29 / 30-min

About Peter S.

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Evanston, IL
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I've been playing jazz professionally in the Chicago area since 1979. I have loved the sound of the piano since hearing it on jazz records as a teenager. I grew up in Michigan and after spending a year at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, I started playing in jazz clubs around Lansing. Since coming to Chicago, I've played in all its major clubs including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Pops for Champagne, Leslee's, Green Dolphin Street, Pete Miller's, Rick's Cafe Americain, and others. I recently released my first CD, which includes two of my own jazz compositions.

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My approach to teaching is based on my experience as a performer. Performance, to me, is basically communicating. The performer has something he or she wants to get across to a listener. To communicate musically you don't have to be a geni
us or virtuoso, though you do need some basic skills. I can help you figure out what you have to say at the keyboard and how to say it. If we're studying jazz, I can help with improvising or deciding which chords to play. If it's classical music, we can discover pieces that fit your talents as well as pieces that challenge you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio- Lessons in large room with grand piano, electronic keyboard, sheet music collection, record player

*** Travel Equipment ***
If it is their home, a piano should be on the premises. I am often happy to provide lead sheets if, for example, we are working within the standard jazz repertory.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz, and teach mostly adults. I teach all styles of jazz piano including boogie-woogie and other older styles, though my main focus is on modern jazz.
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Jerilyn M. November 27, 2013
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Peter is the best teacher I have ever had--far better than my past piano teacher and my flute teacher. He is insightful, brilliant in his teaching style as well as his knowledge. He, also, teaches me music theory. He guides me in my lessons. He is generous with his knowledge and he is personable as well. He is kind and he knows my own limitations, and is a very sensitive person.
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Peter S.

Peter S.

Evanston, IL 60201
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$30 / 30-min

About Tina P.

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Hampshire, IL

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*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Professional keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Piano-Bastien, Alfred, Suzuki
Voice- Bel Canto, broadway, pop, jazz
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Tina P.

Tina P.

Hampshire, IL 60140
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$20 / 30-min

About Jack G.

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Lake Zurich, IL

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Hello students and parents, music has been a big part of my life since before I could walk. Starting in third grade, and continuing through college, I have had 15 years of experience with singing. I was always eager to make music and to grow as a musician, which is why I decided to study music education at Eastern Illinois University. Due to the limited number of teaching jobs available I decided to change programs and study counseling. However I made it a priority to find ways to keep music as a big part of my life.

Performing has been a big part of my life for years. Starting in Elementary school I have been in several musicals and plays. I know what it is like to sing in front of large crowds both as a group and as a soloist. One of my favorite groups was an acapella/vocal jazz group during my high school years. My hope is to pass o
n both my passion for performance and the practical skills needed by every performer.

I have been teaching private guitar and singing lessons for the past 9 years. I have had approximately 10 students during that time, ranging in age from 11 to 60 years old. I have a fun and laid back approach to teaching. Music is meant to be enjoyed and I want my students to have fun as they learn and grow as musicians. While I have some basic skills for all my students to learn, the primary focus of lessons is for students to set and attain their own goals.

I know what it is like to be a student. I took private voice lessons for 7 years, including 3 years of classical training at Eastern Illinois University. I took four years of private guitar lessons, and one year of electrical bass lessons. As a teacher I use my experience as a student to enhance the learning environment for my students.

One of my favorite things is writing and recording my own songs. I will offer the opportunity for any of my students to develop songwriting skills and even record their creations.

There is no greater joy than that of creating music. Come create music with me and you'll be a better musician for it. I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals.

*In Song*
-Jack G.

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I am highly adaptive as an instructor. I will allow my students to bring their own materials or I will create custom materials designed to develop their skills and help them reach their goals. A lot of my custom exercises are designed to build the flexibility, strength, and agility of my students as musicians.

After several months of lessons I aim for my students to master the basic skills, and to be focused on personal goals in their development as a musician. I use audio recording to mark and measure student progress so you can hear how you have improved and find new ways to get better.

Lessons can be as laid back or intense as you want. Practice is key to improvement. The more you practice the more you improve. I realize that life can be busy, so if you can't get the practice in I will still work with you and help you get as much as possible out of our lesson time. However, I will always encourage my students to practice regularly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Recording software.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard, Guitars, Bass, and Mandolin.

*** Specialties ***
For singing and guitar I design a lot of my own materials. I have strength and coordination exercises for the guitar, and I have vocal exercises designed to increase vocal strength and confidence.
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Dirk September 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
Great start! Jack got right down to business helping me improve my vocal technique. He gave me some great tips and exercises. Looking forward to the next lesson.
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Weston August 13, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Jack individualizes the lesson to met the needs of the student.
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Jeremy June 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Jack is a great instructor. Each week we have worked together I can see the improvement in my voice. Jack also is great about tailoring the instruction to benefit the individual student rather than simply following a "one size fits all" approach. I definitely recommend his instruction to everyone.
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Jack G.

Jack G.

Lake Zurich, IL 60047
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About Voytek F.

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Rolling Meadows, IL

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About Voytek
Hi, my name is Voytek and I love music! I currently do over 200 shows a year and in addition to performing as a soloist, I play in 2 gigging ensembles. Thanks to music, I've been able to meet many incredible people and travel all over the world to Germany, New York, Switzerland, Washington DC and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to inspire my students and share with them my passion for music so they can also experience how wonderful and rewarding it really is. Let's rock some jams!

*** Lesson Details ***
While teaching lessons, I like to keep the atmosphere relaxed but productive. I utilize many proven traditional teaching techniques (for example: scales, theory, exercises, drills and prepared pieces) however, I also try to keep things fresh with fun backing tracks and music theory games to keep students engaged. I am also ver
y flexible and open to suggestions, so I encourage students to ask questions and let me know if they want to learn a specific song or musical concept.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is equipped with a 76-key keyboard, drum set, music stands, recording equipment and a PA system. Plenty of parking available, either in the driveway or on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
In order to teach at a student's home I will need a quiet room/area where we can concentrate on our studies. If the student is taking drum or piano lessons, they will need a drum kit or piano/keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet - Jazz & Classical

Drums - Everything from Jazz to Rock, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Metal etc.

Singing - All Pop music, old (Frank Sinatra era) and new (The Temptations) and newest (artists of today).

Audio Recording & Production - All styles, such as Rock, Pop,
Cinematic, Hip-Hop, Country etc.

Piano - Beginning piano, building a solid foundation.

Music Theory - I can answer questions and teach the concepts.

Having trouble with your band/choir part? Preparing for an audition and want to get first chair? I can help!
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Samir June 16, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Very cordial. Allows you to improvise. Great first lesson.
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Alex W. June 12, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Alex likes Voytek very much!
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Teresa Price April 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I am an adult student. He is a great teacher and very willing to be flexible in his teaching method.
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Voytek F.

Voytek F.

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
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About Michelle Kei I.

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Arlington Heights, IL

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About Michelle Kei
Michelle Kei I., a soprano of Japanese and American heritage, "uses her strong dramatic soprano to slice through the orchestra" in a varied repertoire that encompasses Verismo to Broadway. Possessing a captivating stage presence and praised as "superb," "gifted," and a "constant breakaway from the rest of the vocal pack," she has entertained audiences on stages around the world.

Those are the first two sentences of my professional biography. I thought I'd use them to get the ball rolling.

Ever since I can remember, I've always been a performer. I come from a very musical family. I was always singing! I sang at home, in church, in show-choir and musicals at school - basically anywhere I could find an audience!

When I decided to go to college to study music, I chose the prestigious School of Music at Indiana University. I wanted to
sing Broadway, but my father encouraged me to study classical singing first, so I'd have the foundations for a bulletproof technique that could endure a long and demanding career. I'm so glad that he did!

Who would have thought that I would learn to LOVE opera?!? It had everything that Broadway did, and so much more! Plus, I learned to fill a theater with the sound of my voice and soar over the orchestra WITHOUT A MICROPHONE!!!

Would you like to learn how to do that? I can show you how.

Let me help you find your REAL VOICE!!!

What you can expect from me:

- I will provide a supportive and effective work environment.

- I will make recommendations on repertoire based upon your goals

- I will provide you with an individualized regimen of study based upon your strengths and development, not a standardized format of study.

What I expect from you:

- Learn the musical selections we choose. Your lesson time should be used for improving your technique, not learning your music.

- Leave your outside life at the door. It will be waiting for you when you leave.

- Enjoy the process. Experiment. If it doesn't work, try something else. Take constructive criticism as an opportunity for improvement, not as a personal attack.

- Commit yourself fully! Be engaged. The benefit you receive is equal to the work you put into the process.
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Faith August 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Ms. Michelle is a great vocal teacher! She teaches me how to pronounce words when singing, how to sing in different languages, how to sing louder, and how to sing more like an adult! She makes singing even more fun than it already is! I would definitely recommend her to anyone who likes singing! She has made me improve dramatically!
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Emma August 2, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Michelle helped me prepare for a voice audition for a musical production, and I got the role I tried out for!
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Jack August 2, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Michelle provides specific vocal-training education that gives her students an advanced-level ability to read any sheet music and convert it into the requisite vocal performance. Also, excellent communications/contacts with students, and a wealth of educational materials to suit any style of music/voice.
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Michelle Kei I.

Michelle Kei I.

Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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$35 / 30-min

About Jon K.

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My life long passions have been for guitar, music, and business. I received my very first guitar at the age of 12 years old and have been studying, playing, and improvising ever since with over 28 years of experience. I have had the honor to train under some of the finest Guitarists in the Chicagoland area: Dave Uhrich, Eric Mantel, Toshi Iseda, and Tom Hess.

I have performed as lead guitarist on worship teams for over 15 years, currently at Kenosha Bible Church. As the lead guitarist of Aural Groove, I recorded under industry pro Michael Charles of Moonlight Studios. As lead singer and guitarist of Manna (an acoustic duo) I recorded under Rex Carroll of Whitecross.

I teach and train in a method I have coined "8 Cycle Guitar". This approach alternates areas of focus each week; like a fitness program. By routinely rotating through t
he 8 cycles of guitar training, the student gains the skill needed to master the instrument quickly and effectively.

My Promise to you, simply put, "You Will Learn to Play the Guitar, period." I will be your own personal Guitar Coach. Look through the pics in my profile. 90% or more of those students started out as absolute beginners. I will help to keep things moving along, keep you motivated, keep you inspired, and keep the lessons fun.

What do I want in return: committed students, students who show up to their lessons, students who will practice a half hour per day or more, 5 to 7 days per week. Students who do not use the words "I can't," but instead use the words "How can I? Please show me."

I am here to teach, train, coach, and mentor you to the best of my ability. If you do the things I request you to do in and outside of your lessons...I personally guarantee you will learn to play the guitar and impress all your friends and family.

Let's start this journey together. You won't regret your decision.
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Anthony H. July 27, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
My brother and I have been taking guitar lessons with Jon for a little over a year and have had made such great improvements. I definitely think that taking lessons with Jon has taught me new things that help with expanding your guitar playing skills. If you want to be an excellent musician, than taking lessons with Jon is a great step!!
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Austin W. July 26, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Jon is a wonderful instructor! I have been with him for 4 years now and have come a long way. He is very skilled in both playing and teaching guitar. If you are interested in learning guitar dont hesitate give Jon Kapity a call right away!!!!
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Rebecca M. July 21, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Jon has been a great teacher and outstanding at encouraging my daughter. She has continued with guitar as a result and has continued to impress us with her skill and talent.
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Jon K.

Jon K.

Zion, IL 60099
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$30 / 30-min

About William C.

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Wilmette, IL
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William Cooper has been teaching private trumpet lessons since 2009. William is currently pursuing a Master of Music at Northwestern University, where he also received a Bachelor of Music in 2013. Since 2012 he has been an active performer, playing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (until 2014), the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a highly-regarded freelance classical musician in the Central Florida region. Other orchestral performances include performances with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Many of William's middle and high school students have been selected for all-district and all-state bands and orchestras.

William strives to make music fun and enjoyable to his students while challenging them to be the best they can be.
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Grant September 7, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
William is a great teacher. My son really enjoys the lessons and he is learning a lot.
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Caroline July 19, 2016
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William is really helpful and kind.
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William C.

William C.

Wilmette, IL 60091
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$55 / 30-min

About Corey A.

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I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree in music education in addition to extensive professional clarinet performance experience and enjoy teaching the clarinet. I am a Grammy nominated Music Educator and encourage students to explore classical and popular styles in lessons.

If there is a special time request that is not currently available please reach out. I've taught very beginners to helping adults land successful military band auditions. Am a certified music Educator with a K-12 endorsement in music in IL.
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Sean April 3, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Mr. Ames has been one of my favorite teachers during my time at LA. He is always willing to listen and help his students if they go to him. He is passionate about teaching, his main goal is to help his students succeed in whatever way he can. He always tries to make a fun and worthwhile experience everyone should appreciate the great teacher that he is.
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Jacob April 3, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Mr. Ames is an amazing teacher! He helped me land a spot in the all district band my freshman year in high school and constantly pushed me to strive and be my best. I highly recommend him for anyone that is looking to have fun and be a better clarinet player.
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Corey A.

Grayslake, IL 60030
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$35 / 30-min

About Tamar S.

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I am Tamara Sarajishvili Dominguez. Was born and brought up in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia (then part of the USSR). I started playing piano at the age of six and was immediately accepted at the prestigious special Music School for Gifted Children in Tbilisi. During my study at this school, in addition to taking part in numerous concerts, I performed with the Georgian State Orchestra several times.

From 1986, I studied piano at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, finishing my studies in 1991 with a Master's Degree under the guidance of famous Georgian pianist Nino Chirakadze. On completion of this course I was awarded the Diploma 'Higher Education Degree' in the former USSR. According to this diploma I had the qualifications of professional piano teacher and performer.

After graduation from the Conservatoire, I started teaching
piano at the college of Instrumental and Performing Art in Tbilisi and also continued my performing career with pianist Tamara Sakvarelidze-Black. We gave duo recitals initially in Tbilisi and subsequently in London.

In 2002, I worked for a period as a pianist at the Thistle Hyde Park Hotel in London. From 2003, I moved to Paris where have completed the course at Conservatoire Supérior de Région de Paris (CNR) under the guidance of famous French pianist Yves Henry. I continued my teaching and performing career in Paris. For several years, I worked as an accompanist of ballet classes at the Russian School of Arts in Paris.

The highlight of my teaching career was attending Al Bustan International Festival in Lebanon where my student was invited to take part by maestro Gianluca Marcianò.

I enjoy performing and had appeared in many and varied settings with repertoire ranging from light music to classical music. Tamara is fluent in English, French, Georgian and Russian.
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Tamar S.

Tamar S.

Glenview, IL 60026
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