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About Bil M.

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Dorchester Center, MA
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About Bil
I am one of those individuals for whom teaching is just something that I have to do. I started giving music lessons sometime in the 80's and have loved working with all levels of skill and experience. My students say that I am patient, adaptive and encouraging, committed to making music fun.

I have a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles, including pop, rock, gospel, traditional hymnody, jazz, and R&B. Although I love and study classical music, it is not something I teach at this point.

In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Bil Mooney-McCoy is a life-long Boston resident who has been playing music all his life. Having served as a church musician for more
than 30 years, I am currently the Director of Worship for the chapel at Gordon College, a small Christian school north of Boston. I'm often involved in city-wide music events in Boston’s faith-based community and in demand as a featured musician for church services, parties, concerts and other events.

I hold a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles. In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. My passions include morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and trying to figure out how to use my smart phone.

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My priority as a teacher is to make the learning process fun, life-giving, and productive. I teach with patience and humor, at a challenging but not frustrating pace.

Some quotes from my students:
"I absolutely love learning from Bil! I've watched my playing and the playing of others at church vastly improve as a result of his training."

"[Bil] is filled with a large amount of knowledge, so while sitting under him you not only learn about how to play but you learn about music history and theory. Beyond being a good teacher he is genuine and friendly and cares about others."

"I have really enjoyed working with Bil. His patience and wealth of knowledge has helped me come out of my musical shell and has encouraged me to discover my musical voice."

"Bil makes learning theory fun! His deep understanding of music is complemented by his contagious enthusiasm."

"Bil has taken me to a different level. I went from tab and basic guitar chords, to building jazz chords and a far greater understanding of music theory."

There are at least two ways that might set me apart from other teachers.

Firstly, I have honed and developed "people skills". I am an ordained minister and have held positions where I was formally and informally in a mentoring/pastoring role. I bring that sensitivity to my music lessons, understanding that personal and emotional issues can be triggered by the engagement with the music and skills being worked on.

Secondly, I've had a remarkable broad base of experience. My coursework has exposed me to a wide breadth of ideas and tools; my work life has been long and varied; I have had extensive experience in many different cultural contexts, both musically and otherwise; and I work well with many age groups and skill levels.

Regarding my teaching approach:
For beginners, I have a fairly consistent set of topics and skill sets to cover. Generally, in a few months, piano students (particularly those in middle school through adulthood) should know how to play major, minor and seventh chords, how to read simple chord charts and some very basic accompanying skills. Guitar students should know a dozen open chords and have been introduced to barre chords, and to have learned several styles of finger picking as well as strumming. Bass students should know how to find notes on the board and will have begun to learn how to fill out a song with an expressive but non-obtrusive bass line.

For intermediate students, the pace, direction and focus on lessons depends upon the goals and passions of the student along with the amount of time he or she has to practice. My goals for students at this level and beyond is to learn how to learn. I will use outstanding recorded examples of particular skills or stylistic idioms to help my students understand and master each new concept. I often will check in with my student to make sure that we are on track with what they are hoping for.

For advanced students, we will generally target very specific objectives. I also try to add elements of theory, history, culture, and even life lessons to apply to the topics we address. Because of my background in pastoral ministry, I can serve as a mentor addressing the emotional and relational issues of playing music as well as its technical aspects.

*** Studio Equipment ***
upstairs music room: fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, amps, drum set, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
if for guitar or bass, that instrument; I expect piano students to have an available keyboard and for other students to have their own instrument(s).

*** Specialties ***
strong in jazz, rock, pop, gospel, sacred, R&B.
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Hardy C. June 23, 2017
· Songwriting · In home
Bill is a great instructor. I haven't been taught something I wasn't going to need to elevate my understanding.
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suzanne November 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
great first lesson! bill was a great choice for me!
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Patricia R. April 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
He's the best. Will totally understand if I haven't had a chance to practice and still manages to make the lesson productive. He gives options on how I want to be taught and is willing to adjust. Have learned so much in so little time.
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Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA 02124
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About Daniel B.

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Cambridge, MA
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My name is Daniel B. I have my A.A. Degree and I am currently a junior at Washington University in St. Louis. I am majoring both in Psychology and Biology with a strong emphasis on counseling, research and medicine.

Since its founding in 2006, I have been involved Neighbor to Neighbor Outreach (NTNO), a non-profit organization whose goal it is to insure that the children, youth, and adults of inner-city St. Louis are provided tutoring for every imaginable subject.

My teaching style is quite simple and effective. I initially gauge the student's level of understanding of the subject or skill that he/she wishes to master. I then create a comprehensive learning plan which pushes the student to his/her limits while making the learning process both enjoyable and rewarding.

If you find yourself in need of my assistance, just let me kn
ow. I am able to work around your schedule and I am available to be contacted anytime.

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Initial Lesson:

- Subject understanding is determined.
- Necessary areas of improvement are determined.
- Preferred and/or most efficient study style is determined.
- Goals are set.

Each lesson will vary according to the student. As far as music studies are concerned, we will begin by ensuring mastery of the basics such as note recognition, chords, and correct fingering.

For each subject, the pattern will be similar. We will work on the basics and then we will progress commensurately.

*** Studio Equipment ***
M-Audio 88es Keyboard (MIDI Control/88 Keys)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Students:

M-Audio 88es Keyboard (MIDI Control/88 Keys)

Non-Music Students:

Subject related study material.
Stationery.

*** Specialties ***
- Spanish
- ESL
- Language Arts
- Piano
- Drums
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Camren D. September 9, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Very patient & makes the lessons fun
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Sherri H. August 26, 2015
· GED Test Prep · In studio
Daniel was the perfect tutor for my son's prep for the GED. He was patient, prepared to help with test taking skills along with the actual content of the tests, and made himself available on a very short notice. In addition, Daniel is just a nice, respectful person that was a pleasure to interact with. I can not say enough. Highly recommend him!
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Daniel B.

Daniel B.

Cambridge, MA 02138
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$45 / 45-min

About Jean P.

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Randolph, MA
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About Jean
In 2014, I found my passion for helping others as a Music Teacher. I was living in Boston at the time, and offered my services to the many students who reached out for help. Through my years of experience, I’ve gained the reputation to guarantee great results, and the skills to get my students to excel in a variety of subjects.

I teach students with a wide array of educational levels. If you need an experienced Music Teacher, feel free to call or email me so we can set up an initial evaluation session at your convenience.
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mike April 30, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Great job getting my daughter who is not afraid to sing in front of people to open her voice up even further. She just preformed as a lead in a play and displayed what she has learned very well
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Alyssa Parsons December 3, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Jean's passion for singing inspires me to become the best singer I can be. She is professional and easy to talk to. She creates a comfortable atmosphere and only wants her students to be the best they can be. She has helped me work towards my goals and is nothing but supportive. I would recommend her to anyone in need of a voice teacher.
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Chamoune L. October 9, 2015
· Singing · In studio
She is a great teacher, very patient with student. Her love for music and teaching definitely gets you motivated! She is beyond excellent!
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Jean P.

Jean P.

Randolph, MA 02368
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About Bill B.

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Brockton, MA

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About Bill
I currently maintain a private studio in my home south of Boston.

If you want to play Classical Guitar the right way, with a great sound, proper technique and stylistic interpretations, I will help you achieve your goals.

All levels are welcome!

I served on the Guitar Faculty of The Boston Conservatory for 21 years (18 years as Chair) and also held faculty appointments at UMass Lowell, UMass Dartmouth, Bridgewater State University, Phillips Academy and Boston College.

Performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Portland, Chautauqua, New Hampshire, Vermont, Indian Hill, Nashua, Lexington and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestras.

I have recorded for Koch International, Arabesque, Neuma, Nepenthe, Arsis, Centaur
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Brendon December 22, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I started lessons with Bill to learn classical guitar after 5 years of self-taught electric and steel string acoustic playing. My playing has improved immensely since I started working with him. Not only has he introduced me to classical guitar but he has taught me how to effectively practice to constantly improve. Bill has a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw upon and I cannot say enough good things. A++
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Charles December 21, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I have been a classical guitar student of Bill's for the past 6 months. In retirement, I have decided to take what was an "off and on" affair with the classical guitar (I'm not a beginner) and, instead, commit the necessary time and energy to truly learning the instrument. These have been my first serious classical guitar lessons. Prior to these lessons, I was entirely "self-taught" which means I created a whole bunch of bad habits for myself and was not progressing at all. Bill refers to me as a "remedial" student which I think is a perfect description of my playing. Through Bill, I have learned proper technique which, in turn, has improved my tonality and musicality with the classical guitar. Bill has identified my bad habits, broken them down, shown the proper way to overcome them and makes sure I don't "back-slide" into my bad habits again. Bill paces the lessons according to ability, not covering material that's too advanced while still ensuring that the lesson is challenging. In each lesson, Bill is positive, encouraging yet kindly critical so that I know I am making progress yet always aware of what areas I need to work on. Bill has the right "make-up" for a teacher and I am pleased, and without reservation, to give Bill a 5 star rating.
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Steve December 20, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I have been a student of Bill's for almost three years. Bill's teaching is characterized by clarity of expression, high standards, patience and an upbeat and pleasant disposition. He is always clear and direct when explaining the technical aspects of playing- no matter how complex the matter at hand. He holds you (and himself) to a high standard- no shortcuts- you learn to do it right. Yet he is so pleasant to be with that every minute of every lesson is truly enjoyable. Every time I leave I am ready to practice and can't wait to return.
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Bill B.

Bill B.

Brockton, MA 02301
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$80 / 60-min

About Heather K.

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Newton, MA
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About Heather
Hi! I'm Heather, an organist, pianist, and choral conductor I studied at Oberlin College and Conservatory, double majoring in Organ and French. I then spent two years living and studying in the Paris area, studying at the Conservatoire de Versailles. I believe that learning should be fun and rewarding. I like to use other subjects, such as math, art, science and literature to augment my teaching. Music education should be fun, challenging and rewarding. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, sewing and engaging in other creative pursuits.
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Deb A. September 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Grrrreat experience.
Looking forward to my next lesson!
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Deb A. September 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Grrrreat experience.
Looking forward to my next lesson!
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Monica March 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
Heather is an excellent teacher. She always on time and very good with the kid
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Heather K.

Heather K.

Newton, MA 02458
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About Mitchel W.

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Newton Lower Falls, MA

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About Mitchel
Hi my name is Mitchel and I'm a bass trombonist, as well as tenor trombone, euphonium, and tuba.
Currently I am a freelance composer and sound designer for video games, as well as freelance player and private teacher. I To me, I love forming the close relationships with students in 1 on 1 lessons and seeing them grow and progress throughout their musical careers.

I have a Bachelors in Music from Ithaca College and spent several years teaching lessons on almost every band instrument, between 5th - 12th grade. I've also been a camp counselor at a music camp helping the trombones in the ensembles and teaching music theory and history.

Please feel free to contact me over email!
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Mitchel W.

Mitchel W.

Newton Lower Falls, MA 02462
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$34 / 30-min

About Angela M.

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Worcester, MA

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About Angela
My background includes a B.A. from Wellesley College, in Wellesley, MA, and a M.Ed. from Rivier College in Nashua, NH. I teach at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA. I have studied the piano since the age of 8, under Mary Gullo in Atkinson, NH. Further, I studied music theory under Carol Rogers of Haverhill, MA. Throughout high school and college, I led various musical groups, both religious and secular, and immensely enjoy bringing together different instruments and voices. I have taught piano formally since 2001 and am happy to share references with you. The piano has been a vital part of my life, and I look forward to sharing its beauty with you or your child!
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Colleen March 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Angela worked with our son for almost ten years and really helped mold him into a wonderful musician. She was always patient, but also firm in expecting him to practice and use his whole lesson time wisely. She is also very flexible in scheduling, which is always helpful when one has a busy child. The only reason my son stopped lessons was that he ended up getting a part-time job in his sophomore year and we just couldn't find time to work piano into his schedule. I know he misses it. We would definitely recommend Angela if you are looking for a piano instructor.
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Amy March 4, 2018
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My son been taking piano lessons with Angela for about 7 years now. She has been a wonderful teacher who has been supportive, encouraging, and always professional. She has instilled a love of music and my son even enjoys practicing!
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Kristine February 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Angela was my son's Piano teacher for three years. We LOVED her! My son does not typically like being taught, but Angela did a great job encouraging my son and keeping him engaged and wanting to learn more! I am so happy we decided to take lessons with Angela, I would highly recommend her!
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Angela M.

Angela M.

Worcester, MA 01604
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$40 / 30-min

About Caio M.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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Caio is a Brazilian drummer, producer and engineer who started formal drum lessons at the age of eight. At sixteen, Caio started teaching music and seeking higher education skills. At the age of nineteen attended the Souza Lima Conservatory (Brazil) the biggest conservatory for Jazz and Brazilian music in South America. Meanwhile, Caio attended high education seminars abroad representing his country such as the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz) and the IRSA (International Rhythm Studies Association). In 2017, he achieved his Bachelors at Berklee College of Music with degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, where he expanded his skills learning about producing and arranging for different formats of bands and music, and also expanded his knowledge of live shows, production and performance. Caio has had the opportuni
ty to learn with Casey Scheurell, Neil Smith, Tony Thunder Smith, George Russell Jr., Didier Lockwood, Enrique de Almeida, André Marques, Alaor Neves, David Liebmann, Victor Alcântara, Daniel Alcântara, Sizão Machado, and others.
Caio has been working around the globe as a musician, sound engineer and producer, working in the company of names such as Berklee College of Music, Robert Plant, Carol Burnett, The Pixies, Kansas, Charlie Puth, and others.
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Guilherme F. March 6, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Caio is a very talented musician with a ridiculous amount of knowledge. From drum rudiments to more advanced technique he has helped and inspired me a lot.
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Jimena March 5, 2018
· Music Performance · In studio
Great teacher! Besides being incredibly knowledgeable in drums, he's very patient and amazing at teaching. He told me he started teaching in Brazil when he was 16, and I could see that he has experience teaching. I was lucky to run into him by a recommendation of a friend that studies in Berklee, wich is where he studied Contemporary Writting. Would recommend 100%.
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Caio M.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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$20 / 30-min

About Austin B.

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Allston, MA
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Austin grew up in San Antonio, Texas and began studying music at the age of 6. His musical upbringing came primarily through the marching arts, eventually touring nationally with The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in their 2011 and 2012 seasons before moving to Boston, MA to further his studies. Austin was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from The Boston Conservatory in 2017.

Austin has studied extensively with internationally recognized musicians like Nancy Zeltsman, Doug Perkins, Keith Aleo, Samuel Solomon, Kyle Brightwell, Henrique de Almeida, and has been coached by Grammy winning artists like composer John Luther Adams, and percussionist Matt Duvall of Eighth Blackbird. Additionally, he has also attended various percussion festivals and masterclasses on the east coast. The Chosen Vale percussion seminar in New
Hampshire, where he was coached by Cynthia Yeh of the Chicago Symphony, and Michael Burritt from the Eastman School of Music. He also attended the Cloyd Duff Timpani Masterclass at the University of Georgia where he studied timpani with Tim Adams of the Pittsburgh and Atlanta Symphonies, as well as Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Austin has performed hundreds of shows in the Northeast with various bands and ensembles, from classical music and musical theater, to pop, jazz, and heavy metal. He has additionally performed at festivals like South by Southwest, and around the US on 7 different tours -- sharing bills with artists like Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Dawn Cantwell from Wicked on Broadway and Sting's The Last Ship, jazz-trombonist Bob McChesney (Ray Charles. Michael Jackson, Shakira, Arturo Sandoval), Jason Treuting of Sō Percussion, and more.

Austin has worked with Grammy-nominated engineers (Jeff Lipton of Peerless Mastering, and Benny Grotto of Mad Oak Studios) who have recorded or mastered material for artists like Aerosmith, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, LCD Sound-System, Jeff-Tweedy, Ben Folds, Weird Al, City and Colour, and Dropkick Murphys.
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Austin B.

Allston, MA 02134
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$40 / 30-min

About Susan S.

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Boston, MA

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I am a clarinetist studying at the New England Conservatory of Music. My private instructor is Boston Symphony Orchestra clarinetist, William Hudgins. Prior to studying with Mr. Hudgins I have worked with Timothy Zavadil, Scott Anderson, Daniel Silver, and Stacey McColley.

At the Conservatory, I play in the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Loebel and Hugh Wolff and the Symphonic Winds under the direction of Bill Drury. I am also involved in a woodwind quintet. I spent two summers studying at the Interlochen Summer Music Festival as a member of the World Youth Symphonic Orchestra and the Interlochen Philharmonic with world-renowned conductors.

Having spent 10 years honing in on my craft, I am hoping to share my expertise and passion with students of all ability levels. I have worked privately with a few students over past
three years and have developed a strategy for success. I hope you will consider me in your pursuit of music, and I can't wait to work with you!
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Daniel May 30, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Lessons with Susan are great. She provided me with a strategy that I can stick to so I can make progress while keeping up with my schedule. (I'm 16yo)
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Cynthia May 30, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Susan is young, energetic and passionate! She worked with my daughter the summer before her first year of school band and was more than prepared when band classes began. We would highly recommend her!
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Susan S.

Boston, MA 02115
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