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About Taryn K.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Taryn
I am a University of Hawaii Piano Performance Major with a training emphasis in classical piano. I have taken multiple AMEB piano examinations, as well as performed in various recitals, culminating in an undergraduate music certification. I have been playing for 20 years, working with a variety of musical and performance styles, including individual performance, accompaniment, and musical collaboration. These experiences have given me the skills to tackle and communicate musical themes and ideas to students with a range of learning styles and needs, from beginning to advanced, classical to leisure.

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My teaching style is very dependent upon the need of the individual student. I believe that each person learns differently, and different people require unique methods of communication (visual, aural, descriptive), as
well as structure of classes. In addition, I understand that students are hoping to gain different things from learning any instrument. Given this, I really try to cater to what a student wants, and how they learn best. However, I also believe that no student can learn and advance without an understanding of theory and development of technique. I generally use the Piano Adventures curriculum with my beginning students, however for intermediate and advanced students, I prefer to allow more freedom in the pieces that are learned. While studying with me, you can expect to develop technique through the study of classical music, gain an advanced understanding of music theory, and develop the ability to not only play well, but to perform well too!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Yamaha piano in common area w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide the piano or keyboard for practicing. The students should be responsible for getting the proper music books necessary for teaching.

*** Specialties ***
The genre I am most experience with is classical music.
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Matt January 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great for beginner!
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wendy J. December 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Taryn is an excellent instructor who was very patient and kind to my daughter some years back. It was exciting having my daughter show me what she learned on the piano in a short period of time.
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Aliyah March 31, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Excellent. My daughter loves her lessons. We are very happy.
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Taryn K.

Taryn K.

Baltimore, MD 21214
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About Ian D.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Ian
I have been playing piano since the age of six. Originally classically trained, I made a change to learning Jazz after hearing it on the radio one night while still in high school.

I began my teaching career in 2007, providing private piano instruction to beginners at a small, privately owned music school in Laurel, Maryland.

After the school closed it's doors in the Fall of 2011, I continued working with many of the students privately. It is these efforts I continue to this day.

Having the opportunity to work 1 on 1 with students and see their progression and development on a week to week basis is a truly, rewarding experience that I feel fortunate to be a part of.

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Although the approach you take with each student will be different, basic standard requirements will consist of:

1) Being able to loc
ate notes on the piano in relation to middle C

2) Being able to recognize notes on the staffs and play them in the correct locations on the piano

3) Scale theory- understanding how scales are constructed and being able to play at least 2 octaves of all 12 major scales with both hands at the same time

4) Chord theory- understanding how triads and eventually seventh chords are constructed

5) Sight reading- there is a "trick" to this, if you will, a way to go about approaching tunes that I've found makes them easier to digest

6) And for those interested, we can give the lessons a more Jazz-oriented approach (lessons would then more heavily emphasize scale and chord theory, syncopation, and learning Jazz standards)

Remember, we are all students. Instrument teachers, instructors, coaches (whatever you want to call them) do not represent an end to the learning process, but rather a continuation of it. We're all trying to improve, develop our craft, build up our chops, practice new and uncomfortable things, and expand upon our abilities of what we can do. I have heard from Jazz pianists in their 80s say that they are still learning, still trying to get better. I think that's an important thing to keep in mind as you begin this journey. The journey never ends, it just extends and continues. You'll never run out of new things to learn. The only thing you can strive for is to be the most competent you can be at your instrument. Your playing ability at any point along this journey is only a mere reflection of who you are at this moment in time. So make this moment the most meaningful it can be. The journey begins here.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Sized, Fully Weighted Electronic Keyboard in living room
Comfortable sitting area in waiting room for parents

*** Specialties ***
music, piano, jazz piano
Jazz
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Kim L. March 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ian is a great guy, very patient. My son and I both take piano lessons from him and we are really enjoying it!
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Toney C. October 1, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Ian is a very flexible teacher. I would recommend him as an instructor.
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Stephanie R. April 14, 2015
· Piano · In home
Ian has been great to work with. He is so patient with our son, and we appreciate him. Our son, Taylor, thinks he is the best.
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Ian D.

Baltimore, MD 21230
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$35 / 30-min

About Justin M.

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Halethorpe, MD

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About Justin
Hello^^ My name is Justin. I studied Music Composition and Piano at Towson University, and I've been teaching for over Nine years. A few things I would like you to know about me are that I love video games, cartoons, and movies. I especially love the music found in them. Teaching, for me, is a way to learn. If something doesn't make sense we must figure out what's going on inside the mind. By discovering the best way for a student to learn or how a student learns best, already, we have a gateway to endless potential.

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-Fun and engaging

-Customized to how your brain learns. One size does not fit all when it comes to education!

-Keyboard Memorization, Sight Reading, Singing, Posture, and Technique

-Theory and Harmony

-Compose and perform your own Music!

-Free Interpretation and Artistic Deve
lopment

A typical lesson with me will have us tackling a number of music fundamentals and general technique. My goal is to teach you HOW to learn, as well as what to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio consists of a separate fully furnished room with an acoustic upright piano.

*** Specialties ***
The only general method that I use is teaching basic singing to help develop a strong sense of relative pitch. I specialize in teaching Classical and classical hybrid musics including video game scores, and movie scores.
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Iris Kane March 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Good experience. Justin is a patient and a knowledgeable instructor. Enjoyed the experience.
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Peggy December 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My daughter is in her second year of taking lessons with Justin. She enjoys her lessons and is eager to practice, since she gets good feedback from Justin. He has a good rapport with kids and makes piano even more enjoyable.
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Sandra November 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
When our daughter said she wanted to take piano lessons, we checked out several instructors in various teaching settings. We feel very fortunate to have found Justin for our 10yr young daughter's first piano lessons! His approach with her has invited her to want to learn and do well. He selected just the right books for her lessons and is also helping her learn a song she wants to play from one of her favorite bands. This keeps her engaged with other aspects of skill building and music reading! He also wrote out a clear description of what she is to include in home practice sessions. We definitely recommend Justin.
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Justin M.

Justin M.

Halethorpe, MD 21227
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About Brandon L.

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Laurel, MD

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About Brandon
Hello!

My name is Brandon L.! I have been a percussionist for 12 years, a producer for 5 and an artist since the day I was born! I'd love to share my knowledge of music with you and I want to show you everything you need to know to start learning on your own!

Working with me will kick start your amazing journey as serious musicians. I have a certified sessions player reputation by many industry professionals such as Rob Robinson, Dave Celentano, Matthew Dubbs and many more!

Whether you're just now beginning or you've been doing it for years, these private lessons will push you to your highest potential and maximize your drive, allowing you to access the next stage of your musical endeavors!
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Musicianship as a child was very exhilarating and stimulating so I like to put as much energ
y and excitement into each lesson as possible. Even if there are no signs of progress, the most important thing is to encourage the student because getting better at your instrument is exponential and will usually start off sluggish.

My first steps into getting to know the student better is to begin with having them choose a style of music that they like and play along with some of their favorite artists, in order for them to loosen up and get excited for learning. When I feel the student is fully comfortable and ready to begin our learning process, I will also have them play along with a style more complex, or out of their comfort zone, if you will. This establishes a sub conscious goal that they will want to reach every time they pick up their instrument which result in long-term commitment, respect and understanding of music.

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Before taking lessons with me, there are only 2 things you need to know:

.You are REQUIRED to express your creative side with 100% honesty, there will be no holding back in creativity in my classroom!

.Keep in my that though we want you to be as open as possible, I will often have strict guidelines for the benefit of your musicianship. It may seem like I may push you sometimes and it may seem to get boring and pointless.. but your musicianship will improvement exponentially with each lesson!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drums/Percussion:

.Roland TD-9 Electronic Drumset
.DW-4 piece Acoustic Drumset
.Pearl 6 piece Acoustic Drumset
.Bongos
.Remo Roto Toms

Audio Production:

.General DAW's (Audio Software)
.Komplete 8 Ultimate
.M-Audio M-Box Interface
.Ibanez Electric Guitar
.2 Acoustic Guitars
.Midi Controller/Interface
.Baby Blue Bottle Microphone
.2 KRK 6's Studio Monitors

w/ sound proof insulated room to amplify the clearest sound possible.

*** Specialties ***
My drumming personality derives from Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Metal, Rock, Electronic and Pop. I have extensive live performance experience in such genres.
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Brandon L. May 14, 2013
· Drum ·
The best money I could have spent on learning!

Brandon is an amazing teacher. He has so much charisma and drive, all he wants to do is learn with you. These lessons have taught me so much and I can't wait to teach someday myself!

Thanks Brandon!
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Brandon L.

Brandon L.

Laurel, MD 20723
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About Ryan R.

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Lutherville Timonium, MD
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About Ryan
I structure lessons around your goals and interests to keep you motivated and bring your playing to the next level.

I am qualified and interested in teaching many styles of music from rock, blues, jazz, bluegrass, pop, and metal.

I am experienced in teaching many skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced!

Students are expected to practice consistently between lessons.

I taught briefly at the Cockeysville recreation center before teaching at a local music shop.

I have done work as a transcriptionist for WSC Theatre in Arlington, VA.

I have performed with various rock and jazz groups in the Baltimore and DC area including sitting in with the Unified Jazz Ensemble!

I have also done work as a pit musician for musicals in the area as well as playing for private receptions.
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Don D. September 11, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
Ryan is a great teacher and a great kid. I enjoy our lessons immensely and I am 71 years old.
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Don D. May 5, 2016
· Mandolin · In home
Excellant lesson. Ryan is very knowledgeable and patient.
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Joseph Z. August 11, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Ryan has definitely helped improve my playing in a short period of time. Very nice person too.
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Ryan R.

Ryan R.

Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
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$35 / 30-min
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About Michael R.

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Baltimore, MD
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About Michael
Michael has been playing the bass professionally and teaching private lessons since 2001. He is currently available to teach lessons at his studio and your home. Michael has helped students of all ages and ability levels enjoy playing music.

Michael received his Masters of Music degree and Performers Diploma in Double Bass at Indiana University in 2009. He also received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Music Education degres from the Florida State University in 2006. Michael currently plays with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Bass, Apollo Orchestra as a section member, and is an active free-lance musician throughout Baltimore and DC. As an expert in his field, Michael looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Rory L. June 15, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Perfect first session. Michael adapted to Rory's deep understanding of music theory but total lack of knowledge of the bass. He was thoughtful, patient, and adaptive introducing the bass and providing practice suggestions to Rory. I recommend Michael in the highest terms as an instructor for beginners and knowing his vast education and experience in the bass I must assume this travels though the entire range of students - beginner to advanced. We look forward to the next lesson.
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Gary S. May 9, 2017
· Cello · In home
My first lesson with Michael was great! His teaching approach was relaxed and directive. I'm am looking forward future lessons with him.
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Joyce April 17, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Great first lesson! Very nice and teaches fundamentals as well.
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Michael R.

Michael R.

Baltimore, MD 21209
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$30 / 30-min

About Vashti G.

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Bowie, MD

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About Vashti
Vashti is a Maryland-certified teacher who has taught students of all ages and levels, ranging from elementary school through college courses. She holds a B.A. In music and English, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in music history. She is a professional educator, musician, and actor.
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Taylor October 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We're having a great experience and fortunate to have found Vashti. She's very patient and knowledgeable. She knows how to bring out the best in her students. My 8 year old looks forward to lessons with her weekly. I've seen significant growth after the first lesson.
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Allison J. October 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Vashti is very punctual and professional. She teaches in a way that my girls absorb each lesson like a sponge.
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Emma J. October 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very straight forward lessons. My girls love it and are learning fast.
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Vashti G.

Vashti G.

Bowie, MD 20715
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About Hannah W.

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Ellicott City, MD

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As a voice teacher I focus on establishing the fundamental and a solid technique that I can then expand upon to help voices blossom. I work very well with both children and adults and provide and fun and engaging environment that allows students to develop and grow their love of music. I am proficient in piano, the French language, and Italian, German, French, English, and Russian diction.
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Judd M. November 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Down to earth, and explains things well! She does a good and patient job of making you feel comfortable.
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Jonathan October 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Hannah is a great Instructor. She is very educated in her field, and she also has an amazing voice. Hannah knows how to make the lessons fun and exiting, and she is very committed to helping her students as much as possible.
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Annalise August 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
Hannah did a great job. She was attentive to my daughters interests, patient, and challenged my daughter in a friendly manner. We're looking forward to future lessons.
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Hannah W.

Hannah W.

Ellicott City, MD 21043
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About Laurie P.

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Baltimore, MD

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I am a professional trombonist and pianist and have three degrees from the University of Michigan, including a D.M.A. in Trombone Performance. I have taught piano since I was 16 and have accompanied singers and instrumentalists in concerts. For many years, I was a trombonist in the Sarasota Orchestra and previously was Assistant Professor of Trombone at Miami University.

I have started many students on trombone and tuba, as well as piano.
Students will find me to be encouraging, yet demanding. I cater to different learning styles and strive to learn how each student learns best.
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Maggie January 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
I loved my first lesson with Laurie! She taught me more in one hour than I could have imagined - and in a sweet and caring way!
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Laurie P.

Laurie P.

Baltimore, MD 21217
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$40 / 30-min

About Lily S L.

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Baltimore, MD
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About Lily S
Dear all my future students and parents,

It is my pleasure to introduce myself!

I'm Lily. I am a professional concert pianist, traveling around the United States, Canada, and South Korea for orchestra concerts, solo performances, and fundraising concerts. I've been teaching for five years now and I just love meeting, working, and teaching new students!

Music is a magic language, and I would love to communicate with you!

I am the owner and artistic director of the Sunny Side Studio, where I am teaching as a piano and Korean teacher, working as a vocal and instrumental accompanist, and coordinating my private lessons for my students!

If you are interested in knowing about my studio, please talk to me! please message me! I will be more than happy to answer your questions!

I am so looking forward to seeing you all!

Che
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Lily
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John Springer Foley October 18, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
My son, Dade has been taking piano lessons with SooJi for four years now and unfortunately we have to stop as she moved to a new city. She is an absolutely gifted and exceptionally talented pianist and teacher. As a parent, I am engaged in every lesson, observing what my son is learning. Even if when he is tired, not fully prepared, SooJi never stops being kind to him. She always gives helpful tips for effective practice and progress. My son never stops smiling and laughing. Sometimes I join the lesson and also learn stuff and both my and my son just learn tons of new stuff from her lesson. Under SooJi's coaching, my son already finished two solo recitals, 40 minutes each. It is a REAL progress and I was really proud of my son, as he didn't know anything about music before meeting SooJi, and now he is able to play simple songs for people without getting nervous!
I also teach so I know this for sure. Teaching is a natural gift. Someone can be really good at something but might not be good at teaching. SooJi is a total gifted teacher. She knows what to teach, how to teach, what to use, how to deal with students and conflicts, and she is able to solve problems that my son had during practice. Whenever she says something, my son is like " now I got it!" and he is so happy learning from her.
She is an exceptional talent in performing piano as well. I asked her to play in my and my wife's wedding few weeks ago and she played few songs and it was absolutely gorgeous. I am just really sad and disappointed that she is not able to teach him anymore and I can not have fun with them again. But I know she will be literally the best piano teacher ever in whatever years from now. When you see her, you will clearly feel this: she is very professional, yet kind and super funny and silly. She is super talented, yet so humble. She is really good with any kinds of students, she just knows how to treat them differently.
I can see SooJi has a natural gift of teaching, and I do hope she comes back and teach my son again later. Thanks for the four years of teaching SooJi! We love you dear!
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Anna Francis October 17, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
She was an outstanding teacher with an exceptional talent in piano performance and teaching. She is very knowledgeable. She stayed focused and she is passionate about the pieces and demonstrated a lot on the pieces. I can also tell she is a very good pianist because she was able to illustrate everything I had to know in such a short amount of time. Another thing I really appreciated was how quickly and fully she was able to communicate with me about the lesson times and any questions I had for playing. I am so thankful for her encouragement, smile, jokes, and all the tips she gave me in the lesson. She is a fantastic teacher for sure, and I definitely recommend her. She surely has a gift of teaching.
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Jenna Hummel October 5, 2017
· Korean · In studio
Dear SooJi,

You asked for my thoughts on you as a teacher, but I don't think I'll be able to explain those very easily. Your impact on my life is more than I can explain or show. Of all the things I've learned from you, I consider Korean to be of a lesser importance than the life lessons, friendship, and communication skills you've taught me, whether on purpose or not. I'm thankful for everything you've done for me. I'll never forget how understanding and compassionate you are, and I can only hope to grow up and be half the person you are now. In all honesty, you're the best teacher I've ever had, and now I can understand what people mean when they say "This teacher shaped who I am today" and I'll never forget on stop being thankful to them.
Thank you for being you<3 Thank you for being the best Korean/Life teacher <3 Thank you for being the most passionate, true, and honest teacher <3
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Lily S L.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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