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About Cosima Y.

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Learn a method for great songwriting that effectively expresses your ideas and emotions. No need to understand music theory or write music notation. In this series you'll be equipped with a range of tools that revolve around the concept of using patterns of stress and intonation to coordinate lyrics and music that will carry and communicate your idea.

About Cosima
My specialty is voice but I also teach acoustic guitar, ukulele and songwriting for the student who desires to develop their own style and create their own songs. Not only is it fun but the music education that comes with it is highly valuable for future musicians. (guitar and ukulele rentals available at an additional cost to the student)

For students who are just beginning their vocal journey or are busy performers who want to improve healthy technique and sing with more confidence; or perhaps a worship leader or backup singer is struggling with vocal strain, my goal is to help them find vocal freedom and maintain an amazing, healthy voice that will confidently meet their expectations, year after year, in every situation, every time.

As an active performing vocalist, musician, songwriter, and Christian worship artist and band lea
der, I understand the demands and challenges of a busy performance calendar, singing sets for back-to-back audiences day after day and week after week, and the need for a vocalist to find the vocal freedom that will produce confidence in their voice no matter what the venue.

The first steps to mastering vocal freedom are the building blocks for vocal success. Whether the student is a child or an adult, with little or no training, it is my goal to make singing an enjoyable and freeing experience.

Singing with complete vocal freedom and confidence can seem very elusive. Surprisingly, it's not as elusive as one might think! Vocal freedom is within reach and most students experience a measure of it within the few first lessons, some even gaining a full octave in their range in their first lessons. Using a systematic method incorporating the study of good vocal technique and working on songs the student loves to sing makes learning more fun and gives the student a greater appreciation of music as a whole while encouraging a passion for music that lasts a lifetime. I encourage and teach sight reading, and theory basics especially for those students who are considering music as a profession.

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Each student learns with material that will be divided into step-by-step doable lessons so they can be sure to learn the best techniques and material along the way. Sheet music and lesson books are provided at a minimal additional cost.

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My home-studio is bright and open and set up with an upright piano, full length mirror, music stand, iPad with appropriate applications, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and computer for recording and playback. Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons or wait for their children in the adjacent room. I also may provide a follow-up email which includes any recordings and lesson notes from the current lesson.

As the student progresses I also provide a PA system to teach mic technique and build performance confidence.

I ask that students come prepared with the following items to their lessons.
~ Bottled water
~ A ring binder with paper for notes and a zippered pouch to keep tools and handouts.
~ A flash drive for recording transfers or they can use their phone or other recording device to record their lessons.
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*** Specialties ***
I honestly love my students and love teaching! It's such a privilege to be a part of their musical journey. I specialize in church worship vocals, choir, a capella, show tunes and musical theater. I teach free, healthy vocal technique which enables each student to explore and focus on different styles of singing. I also love teaching young voices especially teens who want to have a good time learning to sing.

NOTE ~ My teaching style is more structured therefore some young children may not be ready to take lessons with me.
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Tabith A. December 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
This was the first lesson. There was a lot of education, but it seems important to understand the process. Looking forward to the next lesson.
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Kali B. October 12, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She made my daughter feel very comfortable. Looking forward to more classes.
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Stephanie April 30, 2016
· Vocal Training · In home
I have had my first few lessons with Cosima and she has been absolutely amazing. I am a beginner and she has made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process. Very professional, informative, and dedicated to her students. I look forward to more lessons with Cosima.
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About Lars R.

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What is a song to you? My historical knowledge of the musical medium known as song is well developed, and it would be a pleasure to share it with you. Let's explore different forms, linguistic effects, accompaniments . . . the song is a small form, but very potent!

About Lars
I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught students from 7 to 60 years old in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I went to four years of a week long summer jazz camp called jazz camp west where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music (Jazz Guitar) and Spanish, as well as an MA in Musi
c, from San Francisco State University. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.

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I am a laid back teacher, but I definitely expect students to practice what I suggest they practice. I advise that students use method books or sheet music of some sort, and I will certainly make notes for them and create materials they can learn from. I always teach based on the goals of the student and what type of music they enjoy, but I also like to guide the student in a direction I think would benefit them. I usually introduce music to play right away, conforming of course to the skill level and interest of the student. I now play seven-string guitar, which is just a six-string guitar (same tuning and technique) with an extra low string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.

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I consider myself a Jazz musician, but I am happy to consider a very wide range of styles. I am focusing now on music of the Spanish Golden Age, 1500-1700.
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Maria S. October 8, 2017
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Jackson July 29, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Lars came to the session on time, and was very patient with my son. He took the time to listen and gave helpful tips on becoming a better player. I would recommend him!
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Ava April 18, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Wonderful guy who gives a well rounded lesson!
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About Coren Z.

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I am a songwriter and an ASCAP Member. I was a songwriting major at Dick Grove School of Music. My teachers were K Parker protege to Diane Warren, Jack Smalley, Jack Braheny and Robin Randall. All of these teachers have amazing credits in the songwriting community. I have worked with many students helping them start their songwriting careers or helping them hone them. I teach lyric writing as well as melody writing. Sarah Thiele is one of our pro songwriting students she has released 6 albums and has hit songs on television shows such "One Tree Hill". My partner was a composing and arranging major at Dick Grove and teaches melody writing and lyric writing also along with arranging for rhythm sections.

About Coren
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Coren is an award winning TV talk show host co-starring with her husband Ren on the Las Vegas TV show Dreamweavers StarTrax interviewing performers from all different genres about their journey towards career success. A seasoned live performer Coren has played many different venues across the world from the Las Vegas Casinos, Rivera and MGM to European television "Bueno Dominica" Milan Italy, Circus World, Florida, and the Philadelphia Civic Center. Coren has opened for such entertainment greats such as The Temptations, 3 Dog Night, Holly Dunn & George Carlin. She has performed with blues greats Leon Blue (Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Muddy waters, BB King) and Mike Rogers (John Lee Hooker Jr., Big Mama Thorton, Bobby Blue Bland), Coren uses her singing, dancing and acting skills as Sherry in the Las Vegas Show Frankie & Sherry (
Frankie Valley Tribute Show) formerly at The Greek Isles Casino. Graduating from the vocal performance and songwriting programs at the prestigious music Conservatory The Dick Grove School of Music Coren won the school's coveted vocal achievement award in 1989. Studying the Seth Riggs Speech level Singing method while at Dick Grove, Coren became a certified teacher of the method in 1994. She was certified as a level 4 instructor until 2009. Coren teaches many professional singers including David Morgan & Paul Kingery (multi-platinum recording artists 3 Dog Night), Billy Hufsey (Fame Television show & Confessions of a Teen age Idol VH1, Days of Our Lives), Disney Star & Kids Choice Award winner "Favorite TV Actor 2012" Jake Short (Disney's "Ant Farm" & "Mighty Med"), Sarah Thiele Recording Artist, Hazel Payne (4x Grammy Winner) A Taste of Honey, Jennlee Shallow (Nala in Lion King Broadway, Germany, Austrailia), Marla McRenyolds, (Dreamgirls & The Color Purple Broadway), 2011 Kids Choice Nominee James Maslow ( Big Time Rush), and Gail Bennett (Understudy to Mary Poppins in the broadway touring Company of Mary Poppins) to name a few.
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Silvia T. October 22, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
Excellent first lesson. Coren was really paying attention to my individual needs, which includes vocal therapy and we did lots of great, helpful exercises. I loved how well Coren explained every aspect of it and made everything seem easy. She was very encouraging. A great, fun first lesson. I look forward to many more!
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Mark March 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Coren is patient and knowledgeable. She explained the mechanics of my voice in a way I could easily grasp. Looking forward to many more lessons.
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Phil Simpson February 8, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I have only had one lesson and I can tell she knows what she is doing. I am very comfortable with her.
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About Brandon B.

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No matter what instrument you play, I can improve your songwriting abilities. Even if you don't play an instrument but have been using recording software, I can help.

My main concentration is any genre of popular music, but I also have a background in classical, rock, and metal.

There truly is a formula for writing music that gets stuck in peoples' heads, and I LOVE sharing that magic with my students!

About Brandon
What do Britney Spears and Beethoven have in common?

They're both pop music! One just happens to be 200 years old.

Berklee College of Music graduate from Boston, MA with a passion for all genres, though mainly popular music. For me, music has always been about having fun and doing what feels natural, and I try to pass this on to my students.

In all seriousness, if it's not fun, why do it?

I'm super laid back, but I refuse to let you spend your money, or someone else's, on lessons like it's going out of style. I believe that the more fun you have with music, the more you'll want to play, and as a result, the better a musician you will become.

*** Lesson Details ***
During the first lesson, we will create a clear goal and purpose for your lessons. Each lesson will be tailored to what YOU need in order to achieve your
goal.

Every student has a different motivation for taking lessons. Whether you simply want to show off for that special someone or you're trying to get into an elite music school, it is my objective to get you there with a smile on your face.

Want to learn the top ten guitar solos of all time? And nothing else? Just say so!
Want to learn piano theory until you're dizzy? We can do that too!
Always wanted to play drums but think you're too uncoordinated? No such thing!

Or, maybe you're already a polished musician lacking the theory to get another degree - no matter what your motivation may be, together we can make it happen.

You don't have to listen to a specific type of music to be a real musician. Yes, believe it or not, Britney Spears is a musician too! We'll work on the types of music YOU enjoy, not the stuff your parents, friends, or coworkers consider 'good' music.

Whether you want to learn Justin Bieber or Rachmaninoff, it's cool with me - believe it or not, the two have something in common...don't believe me? I'll prove it!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in online music lessons. I have an extensive background in computers and technology, and incorporate a lot of unique tools to my online lessons to greatly improve the user's experience, such as multiple camera angles; picture-in-picture views; displaying sheet music on your screen and being able to highlight, point, and change pages for you; as well as interactive games similar to Rock Band that I control on my end as the student participates on their end.

I teach all styles, though my interests are mainly in pop, electronic, rock/hard rock/classic rock, metal, and classical.

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PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING LESSONS:

- All students must meet at least once a week.
- Cancellations are allowed once every three months.
- Rescheduling is always allowed and requires at least 24 hours notice.
- Rescheduled lesson must occur within two weeks.
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John .. August 31, 2017
· Piano · Online
Brandon is extremely knowledgeable and clearly an expert pianist and teacher. He's communicative and ensures that the lessons are tailored to what the student wants to learn. Exactly what I was looking for in a teacher!
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Sam November 7, 2016
· Songwriting · Online
Brandon's taught me more about how music works in just a handful of lessons than what I learned in years with other teachers.
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Yang L. October 27, 2016
· Guitar · Online
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About Phil S.

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Wakefield, MA
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About Phil
With over 15 years experience teaching guitar lessons full time and performing internationally, I have enjoyed working with students ranging from beginner to advanced in all styles whether it be Jazz, Rock , Heavy Metal, Folk, Blues and everything in between. It is my goal as a teacher to evaluate your existing level and work to inspire you and to help achieve your goals. Whether you want to study Jazz Improvisation, Van Halen, James Taylor, or Guns and Roses, I believe all styles are interconnected and your technique, theory, ear-training, and musicianship can be developed through any style that interests you. Above all else, learning how to play the guitar should be FUN and INSPIRING! So, contact me on take lessons and lets get started!

Resume is available upon request.

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon.
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Phil's compositions showcase a variety of ideas and are quite effective at setting up the soloists to explore the various permutations suggested by his tunes. His compositional originality is matched by his incisive playing which ranges from "inside" lyricism to hard edged, riff based, screaming rock and satisfying surreal textures aided by his intelligent use of electronics."
- David Kane, Cadence Music

"With demonstrative technique, Phil is cognizant of the tradition but thinks outside of the box."
-Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
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Akhter April 25, 2016
· Blues Guitar · Online
My son likes the instructor a lot. He has been learning from him for close to a year now.
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John F. January 8, 2015
· Music Performance · In studio
Although I'm not technically a student of Phil's, I learn a lot from him every time I play and teach with him. We perform regularly at Berklee, where I'm a professor, and we give concerts and masterclasses all over the Northeast together (most recent was at Cornell). Phil's a warmhearted, patient, brilliant teacher and an outstanding and creative musician, seamlessly putting together everything he knows--jazz, shredding, classical--there's no boundaries for him! He's great at explaining things, and he never belittles a question, no matter how dumb you might have thought it was. Phil's a great friend and a great teacher. -John Funkhouser, Berklee College of Music, Boston
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Mike W. December 23, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
In addition to being the most talented guitarist and musician I have ever had the opportunity to play with, Phil is an astoundingly good teacher. I've played guitar for 8 years and taken private lessons the entire time. Phil has been my teacher for the past 2 years and in that time I have progressed as a musician more than I could have ever imagined. Phil has been the biggest factor in my decision to major in music, due to his unrivaled musical talent, his kind, unassuming, (and funny) demeanor and his seemingly limitless knowledge of the fretboard. He is well versed in so many genres of music, and has such an effortless grasp on improvisation. Any guitarist, from immediate beginners to seasoned professionals, can learn so much from Phil. Need I say more?
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About Chris L.

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Fallbrook, CA

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I am a professional gigging blues/rock/indy musician who is well versed in a multitude of genres, I have toured while playing both modern and classic country and recently graduated college while studying jazz. I have spent the last 8 years of my life dedicated to learning about the guitar and want to pass it along and teach for a living. I specialize in rock and blues, with an emphasis on improvisation for all genres.

About Chris
I have recently graduated college with my music degree and am looking to teach for a living so I decided to start close to home. I can teach guitar and bass (4 string 5 string and fretless) and college level music theory, composition and songwriting. I am also confident teaching left handed students and am great with younger students. If you have any questions, feel free to call, text, or email
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Carrie August 13, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Chris makes learning guitar fun for my son and has motivated my son to practice regularly. Thank you!
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James W. July 15, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Chris was patient and informative. I'm an actual beginner with literally just picking up guitar for the first time. He focused on the basics and asked what style I liked to be taught. I'm looking forward to working with him more
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April P. January 15, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Was very knowledgeable and helpful..easy to understand his lesson.
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About Lisa A.

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I am well known for both my ability to arrange songs for specific needs/players as well as for my composition. I will teach you how to develop melodies, chords and lyrics.

About Lisa
Lisa Abrams has a Vocal Music Education Degree from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.

She graduated in 1997 and has been teaching professionally, both in schools and privately, since that time. She has taught General Music grades K-8 in the Parochial School System. She has been the Music Director and Worship Leader for several Churches where she has directed Adult Choir, Praise Team, Bell Choir, Chime Tone Choir, Orchestra and Children's Choir. She has accompanied all these ensembles on Piano, Guitar, and Organ.

Lisa Abrams teaches all areas of music: Theory, Technic, Reading, Counting, Ear Training, Composition, etc. When you take lessons from Lisa, her goal is more than teaching you how to play or sing a song. She gives you the tools necessary to be able to play ANY song. She teaches what few others teach; how to BE a music
ian. She wants you to be able to pursue any avenue of Music that appeals to you, professionally or personally.
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Sean P. April 10, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
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Madonna Z. August 2, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Lisa is a multi-talented musician. She has been gifted with voice as well as the understanding and ability to play music. It was an honor to be in the Mt. pleasant choir and be led by her. She shows compassion and patience and her love for music is contagious. She is a blessing to everyone she teaches .
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Mandy B July 25, 2016
· Piano · Online
Lisa has taught my daughter piano lessons since Kindergarten. She worked with her both in person and online. Lisa is very patient and encouraging. It's amazing to see my daughter's progress. Lisa is a wonderful instructor to work with.
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If you song write, I'm here to help shape it into something creative or challenging for your voice! We will workshop songs that you've written or start from scratch if you are just beginning. Through the voice, we will find melody and rhythm while using the piano or any other instrument they play. Original songs are forever changing and can grow while you voice does the same.

About Joni
Joni Clare is a performing vocalist, songwriter, and vocal coach also training to be an Alexander Technique teacher. She studied the instruments of voice and piano at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned a Bachelor of Art degree in music. Her vocal repertoires started in classical, jazz, musical theater, and gospel and later specialized in extended vocal technique, experimental improvisation, composition, songwriting, and vocal pedagogy. Her piano repertoires have included classical and popular music.

Clare has been performing for eight years ranging from back-up singing, collaborative projects, and singing/playing keys in her band, The City Pines. She released her first album 'Dividing Silence' in 2012 and EP 'Harvest' in 2015 and is currently performing and recording music with her band in Portland, Oregon.

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s down to earth and has a strong, eclectic sound mixing original soul singing with classical and experimental training. She helps you build awareness and conscious control of the singing muscles while expanding the vocal range. Under her guidance you'll explore colors and resonation in relationship to tuning. The goal is to establish a free, confident voice through opening up choice and decision making with an understanding of your instrument!
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Drew August 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Joni is an amazing teacher! I studied with her for over 4 months, and it was an absolute pleasure to build my singing skills. She helped me find what I wanted from my lessons, and then helped me tackle my goals. She has no problem explaining as much or little as you are inclined to learn. I hope to take lessons with her again some time in the future. Thank you for all your help Joni. You rock!
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Drew April 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Joni is a great fit for my singing goals. I can't wait until our next lesson!
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Kevin W. October 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Joni is a wonderful teacher to work with. Her passion for music and her drive and dedication to helping you achieve your goals show up so clearly in every lesson with her.

It also seems clear to me that she comes at this not from any strict tradition or method but as someone who has learned very well the science behind how the voice and singing work. How the body works as a whole. She then uses that knowledge and her skills to pull forward whatever will work best for any particular goal you have. She will not only show you what to do but she will be sure you understand why you are doing it.

I for one feel lucky to have found her here on Takelessons. I am confident you would feel the same.
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Songwriting is my specialty! Whether you play an instrument or NOT, we can focus on playing & singing, just the songwriting, or a little of everything. Reach out so we can make a plan just for you!

About Kaia
Hi! My name is Kaia, I'm passionate about teaching students in the way that makes the most sense to them, & inspiring others to reach their potential. I am a singer-songwriter from Denver with a diverse background and years of teaching experience. I studied classical voice at CU Boulder 2008-2010, and songwriting & commercial music business at CU Denver 2010-2013. Teaching full-time since 2013, I LOVE helping students find their best natural sound and how to use their instrument. My strength is teaching fundamental basics in a way anyone can understand, using a variety of ways of thinking and learning. I encourage students to play & sing when they are interested and try composing their own songs. I've played classical piano 23 years, guitar 16 years, and taken voice lessons for 15 years (plus a degree). I also LOVE arranging & composing
and translating this to Ableton and electronic music! Let me know how I can help you!
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Jonathan December 5, 2017
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Kaia has been really terrific so far. She has a unique way of explaining complicated concepts in a way that is easy to understand and fun to learn. 10/10 would recommend.
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