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About Bethany A.

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Bedford, MA

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About Bethany
I started studying classical piano at the age of 6 and continued through high school before going on to study with Robert Shannon at Oberlin Conservatory, where I majored in music history and theory (as well as English and creative writing - I've always had a lot of interests!). I also sang in choirs from a early age, including my high school's Madrigal Singers, the MMEA Northeast District Chorus, and the Oberlin College Choir, a select group which performs regularly with the Cleveland Orchestra. After graduation, I tried out a variety of musical activities, including singing with a semi-professional a Capella group, None of the Above, and appearing in local community theatre productions. But I finally realized that I'm most comfortable behind a piano, whether playing and conducting for musical theatre, coaching singers, writing music for
youth productions, or teaching the next generation of music lovers how to navigate the keys. And while I perform mostly Broadway-style music now, my classical training continues to serve me well; using good technique not only allows me to play more accurately and expressively, it also protects me from injuries that might otherwise arise from long rehearsals and a busy performance schedule.

I'm excited about where my musical journey has taken me, and I look forward to helping you start or continue yours.

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I'm serious about making sure my students learn basic skills, like reading notes and rhythms and learning to interpret music artistically, that will serve them not only as developing pianists but in any future musical endeavors. To that end, I choose method books (such as the Faber Piano Adventures series) and supporting materials that build a strong foundation of musical knowledge, and I help each student construct a practice schedule that's appropriate to his or her level.

However, although I do maintain a certain amount of structure, I am very patient and relaxed in my approach to each individual student. I recognize that not everyone learns at the same speed or in the same way, so as long as I can tell you're putting in the effort, I will also try my hardest to find what works for you! And I know it's easiest to stay motivated when working on music you love, so I like to supplement the regular lesson materials with music of the student's choice, whether that means offering a selection of level-appropriate classical pieces, helping locate an arrangement of a favorite song, or coming up with our own arrangement if a good one doesn't already exist. And while my own background is strongest in classical and Broadway styles, I'm happy to have students work on music from any genre. One of the best parts of teaching is when I get to learn something new as well.

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Malden studio: Dedicated studio with 88-key weighted keyboard, recording equipment, and large collection of sheet music. Parents can sit in on lessons or wait downstairs. Parking in driveway or on street. We have cats.

Bedford studio: Front room setup for lessons with upright piano and stereo. Laptop available to record lessons. Parents can sit in on lessons. Parking available in driveway and street.

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I would expect the student to provide a piano or suitable keyboard (88 keys, weighted keys or at least somewhat touch-sensitive, with a clear piano sound). For vocal students, it would be helpful for them to have a separate music stand as well.

*** Specialties ***
In terms of vocal music, I am definitely most comfortable with Broadway-style repertoire, but I have experience with some of the classical repertoire as well. As a pianist I have a solid classical background but am also very familiar with Broadway playing styles; I think I've done a little of everything at this point, so I could adapt to any interests my students might have. I am trained in the Taubman piano technique, which focuses on healthy, effective motions, so I try to incorporate some elements of that in my teaching, to the extent
that I think a particular student will benefit from it.

As for methods: for beginning and intermediate piano students I tend to use the Faber Piano Adventures series, supplemented by additional exercise books (Dozen a Day, for example), simple classical pieces (Bastien publishes a book that I like), or other materials depending on the student's interest and level of achievement (pop, Broadway, etc.). For advanced students I would use different exercise books (Hanon, Czerny, etc.) and focus more on repertoire than method, continuing to teach theory and technique as it comes up.

For vocal students I have mostly stuck to whatever materials/repertoire the student was most interested in, plus vocal exercises to support any problems or challenges they might be working on (e.g., range, vowel formation, learning a healthy mix/belt technique).
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Karey September 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She is Wonderful teacher, very patient and professional, my two daughters enjoying the piano classes with her!
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Karey August 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Bethany is a very nice, professional teacher, she teaches my two kids very patiently, she also works great with my schedules, she's the best teacher I had!
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CORRINA M. January 4, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Such a great experience. My 11 year old daughter loves taking lessons with her.
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Bethany A.

Bedford, MA 01730
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About Bil M.

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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.

Bil M.

Beverly, MA 01915
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About Bryan P.

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Waltham, MA

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Dr. Bryan Pollock, countertenor, completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts (Voice Performance) at Boston University where he taught private voice and class voice for three years in addition to holding his own voice studio. In 2013 he graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Irvine with his Masters in Fine Arts, vocal performance. In 2010 he received his Bachelors in Music from East Carolina University in vocal performance. He received vocal instruction from Dr. Lynn Eustis, Dr. Darryl Taylor, Dr. Louise Toppin, and John Kramar. His piano instructors were Dr. Keiko Sekino and Rebecca Miller. He has performed in over twenty fully-staged operatic productions and five fully-staged musical theatre productions.

Dr. Pollock has travelled extensively during his career throughout the U.S. as well as England, Austria, Italy
, Turkey, Canada, and the Czech Republic. He has a firm knowledge of German, Italian, and French vocal repertory, diction, and languages while specialising in English diction for the non-native speaker and/or singer.

During his time in Orange County, CA, he held his own music studio. While there he taught over thirty students (Ages 5-45+) voice and piano privately. Additionally, he taught as a TA for UC Irvine int he subjects of Music Theory, Voice Performance, and an introductory music course for non-majors.
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Ryan July 26, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He is very professional and perfect teacher. My husband and I were so glad to find him for my son who loves singing.
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Scarlett May 24, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Very knowledgeable and encouraging.
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Ted S. April 14, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Bryan has been great to work with. He has a lot of patience, which is important for someone like me who has a very limited musical background. He is clearly well educated in singing and is able to impart his knowledge to his students. I believe that anyone who takes lessons with him has the potential to greatly improve.
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Bryan P.

Bryan P.

Charlestown, MA 02129
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About Allen H.

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Somerville, MA
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About Allen
Allen H. is a highly experienced performer of bassoon, earning degrees from some of the most prestigious schools in the world including Indiana University and Juilliard. He is available for in-studio, in-home, and online lessons on a variety of musical topics, and has experience teaching a wide range of students from high school to adult. He is dedicated to helping you achieve your musical goals using an approach that is tailored to you. He will often relate musical concepts in non-musical terms, making his approach easily accessible to a wide variety of students.
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Allen H.

Allen H.

Somerville, MA 02144
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$50 / 30-min

About Hannah M.

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Arlington, MA
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About Hannah
Hannah has been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at her studio in Arlington, or in your home, depending upon proximity. Hannah has helped students develop a solid musical foundation, reliable and healthy singing technique, broader interests into new genres of music, and most importantly, she helps them have lots of fun making music!

Hannah received her training at the Longy School of Music of Bard College where she received a master's degree in music as a vocal performance major. Her bachelor's in music was obtained at the University of North Florida. Hannah's teaching style is fun, challenging, encouraging, and devoted to developing healthy and efficient singing habits, regardless of genre.
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Suzanna K. March 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
My 10-year-old daughter is really enjoying her lessons. Hannah is a great teacher - she makes the lessons fun while providing knowledgeable instruction. She's also a lovely young woman and interacting with her is a pleasure for both my daughter and me (the mom).
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Elise September 8, 2016
· Singing · In home
My daughter had a great time and loved the lesson!
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Saisha O. July 5, 2016
· Singing · In home
Hannah taught my 8 year old. She was amazing with my daughter and made learning about music easy!
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Hannah M.

Hannah M.

Arlington, MA 02474
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About Catherine B.

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Allston, MA
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I've been playing the banjo for 13 years, beginning in my hometown of Marton, New Zealand. I very quickly fell in love with the instrument and have spent a lot of my time practicing, performing, teaching, recording and collaborating with other musicians ever since. As a teenager, I was given the opportunity to travel to the United States where I attended banjo camps and got to study with some great banjo players (Tony Trischka, Noam Pikelny Alan Munde). In 2011, I graduated from the New Zealand School of Music with a BMus, majoring in Jazz Performance on the banjo. I moved to Boston shortly afterwards to pursue a career in music and have kept a busy teaching schedule privately in Boston and worldwide via Skype. I also perform throughout the United States with my bluegrass band, Mile Twelve. I'm very thankful to have met a wide spectrum of
different people while teaching the banjo and am always eager to meet more people who are interested in learning and sharing this great instrument. Please say hi if this sounds like you!

N.B If you can't see an available lesson time that suits your schedule please send me a message. My availability changes weekly depending on my touring schedule so I may have just the spot for you.

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I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building strong technique and a knowledge of the bluegrass banjo repertoire. Topics we will cover include Scruggs style, melodic style, single string technique, transcribing, arranging tunes, music theory and jamming or playing well with others.

We will start with talking about how to hold the banjo, tuning the banjo, playing with fingerpicks and how to read tablature. Then we will work through your first tunes in the bluegrass style gradually learning more tunes with harder techniques such as slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs etc. I take into account each students interests and goals so we will work on specific songs you request or licks you'd like to learn. You will have slow, medium and fast recordings of each tune we work on in the lessons as well at the tablature for that tune.
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David May 15, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
I knew BB was the real deal when I hired her to record banjo on my first album 4-years ago--an intelligent player with a driving sound and warm personality. I enjoyed working with her so much that we now play music together professionally with the band Mile Twelve. In addition to her instrumental chops, she knows how to bring out the best in others. Her deep knowledge of and facility on the banjo combined with her generous and helpful disposition make her a teacher in high demand.
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Howard April 4, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
BB is a fabulous instructor. Obviously a great, talented musician, she is equally committed to her teaching skills. She is patient, inspiring and motivating...and lessons are great fun!
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Mary June 8, 2016
· Banjo · In home
BB is a great teacher. Her lessons focus allow me to start playing tunes right away. It provides immediate satisfaction to be able to make music with a new instrument.
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Catherine B.

Catherine B.

Cambridge, MA 02140
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About Jacob S.

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Beverly, MA

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Hello! I am an elementary general music, chorus and band teacher in Swampscott, Massachusetts. I recently graduated from Gordon College with a B.M. in Music Education. My primary instruments are saxophone and bass guitar, but I also teach beginning band, piano and guitar lessons for students of all ages. I am passionate about jazz and classical saxophone as well as all styles of music for bass guitar, from hip hop and R&B to country and blues. Piano lessons available in home on electric keyboard, but otherwise I must travel to you for all other lessons.
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Tracy and Ryan S. September 18, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
We had a great lesson with Jake. Very professional, personable and knowledgable. We felt very at ease with his lesson and look forward to learning the ukulele with Jake!
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Jacob S.

Beverly, MA 01915
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About Nicholas S.

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Beverly, MA
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I offer 30 and 60-minute lessons to students of ALL ages and abilities!

A passionate teaching artist and arts advocate, I have maintained private flute studios in Massachusetts and my home state of Maine for several years. Most recently, I worked as a Flute Teaching Artist for El Sistema Somerville, where I taught private lessons and group woodwind technique classes. My firm belief in El Sistema’s philosophy of enacting social change through music led me to pursue a graduate certificate in Teaching Artistry, Social Entrepreneurship, and Orchestral Leadership from the Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ Global Leaders Program. During the program, I traveled to Haiti under the auspices of the Fulbright Association to teach flute students at the Cemouchca and Ecole de Musique Sainte-Trinité summer music programs.

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Praised by the Royal Gazette for his “beautiful phrasing” and “bright and lively playing,” flutist Nicholas Southwick made his international solo debut at the age of 18 performing the music of J.S. Bach with the Bermuda Chamber Orchestra in Hamilton, Bermuda and has since performed in Austria, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and throughout New England. He holds awards from the Presser Foundation and the Bay Chamber Concerts (Rockport, ME), where he was recently honored with the Ezra Rachlin Prize for Excellence.

He has performed as principal flute with the Trentino Festival Orchestra, the Longy Conservatory Orchestra, the Gordon College Symphony Orchestra, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. During the summers, he has held a flute fellowship to the Trentino Opera Festival in northern Italy and studied at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Austria. He also participated in the Kneisel Hall Young Musician’s Program in Blue Hill, ME for four consecutive summers. An advocate for new music, Nicholas has performed with the Boston Opera Collaborative and acclaimed contemporary ensemble What is Noise.

Nicholas received his Bachelor of Arts degree Summa Cum Laude in music and French from Gordon College, where he was the first prizewinner of the 2015 Concerto Competition. He earned his Master of Music degree at Bard College’s Longy School of Music under the tutelage of Marco Granados and legendary flute pedagogue Robert Willoughby. He has performed in masterclasses for Trevor Wye, Rachel Brown, Samuel Coles, and Nicolas Duchamp of the Opéra de Paris.
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Nicholas S.

Nicholas S.

Beverly, MA 01915
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About Elias M.

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Hello! My name is Elias, and I'm a classical cellist, pianist, and an aspiring symphony orchestra and opera conductor. I recently graduated from Harvard University where I studied music. Before transferring to Harvard, I attended the New England Conservatory of Music where I was a cello performance major and Tufts University where I studied history. As a cellist I have attended various music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and I have performed in concerts and master classes across the country. As a pianist, I have served as a rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for numerous operatic productions, and I frequently accompany both singers and instrumentalists. I am looking for piano and cello students of any age and level!
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Elias M.

Cambridge, MA 02138
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About ali Y.

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My name is Ali You, I am a second-year graduate student, and my major is violin performance. In May 2017, I will graduate from Boston University and get my master of music degree.

I’ve begun to study in BU with Professor Bayla Keyes since 2015, in these two years, I’ve learned a lot from her, not only my violin skill, but also a lot of teaching methods.

I got my bachelor degree in Renmin University of China, which is one of the best university in China. I had 24 students before I came to States, several of them won the first prize in different violin competition.

I’m very patient, I have a beautiful smile, of course, and the most important thing is I can teach well. Most of my student can learn very fast and be very happy at the same time. I hope my student to love music instead of just playing the music
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Adrija S. October 1, 2017
· Violin · In home
It has been only 3 classes with Ali. My daughter is motivated to practice every day which itself is a wonderful thing.
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· Violin · Online
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· Chinese · In studio
Ali is personable, patient, and an excellent teacher to my daughter.
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Brighton, MA 02135
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