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I have been playing the violin since age 10, and have fond memories of having a loving and patient teacher when first starting out. My goal is to make violin playing fun, exciting, and get you playing as quickly as I can.

My method is a combination of traditional violin technique (mainly Franco-Belgian and Russian schools of violin playing). Once the student has developed a good foundation, we then start experimenting with different styles of music such as Latin, Jazz, Bluegrass/Country, Film Music, and even Electronica/EDM/Hip-Hop.

Yep - all styles are possible on the violin!

I look forward to helping you on your musical journey as you embark on learning the beauty and intricacies of the violin!

Happy Practicing!

About Nicolas
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I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Miami, FL. I started my musical career at the age of 8, singing in chorus, playing the recorder, and shortly afterwards moving to the guitar, and the violin.

When I was 15, I was nominated for a James L. Knight Award in Music, and I performed as a violin soloist with the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. One of my most memorable experiences when I was a kid! In high school, I formed my own string quartet and we would perform all over the South Florida community especially at hospitals and for the elderly. At 16 years old, I was also given an internship with the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, for about 2 years. During this time, I was able to take lesso
ns from master violinists such as Marc Thayer and Glen Cherry. During this time, I was given the opportunity to perform with the New World Symphony at 17 years old for pops concert conducted and performed by Chuck Mangione in El Doral, FL.

I later on accepted a scholarship for violin performance at the University of Miami for my Bachelor of Music, and earned my Master of Music from Florida State University. I also taught string orchestras for 10 years at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, South Florida Youth Symphony as conductor (and now composer!), and conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. I was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra for two seasons under the guidance of my high school orchestra teacher, Mr. Reginald Nicholson (1947-2011). It was here where I was able to work on my compositions, orchestrations, and conduct a fine group of musicians.

I now live in sunny Los Angeles, in the Sherman Oaks area, and I'm loving the new change. I am eager to share my knowledge with new students on various subjects such as learning a string instrument to learning a different language. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your goals for learning!
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I have been teaching music as an adult, certified teacher since I was in college, but have done teaching as early as 15 years old.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

MUSIC STUDIO
Piano, Violin, Guitar, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

TRAVEL EQUIPMENT
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I can recommend various vendors/shops where you can buy the ideal instrument for your lessons.

EXPERTISE
I am classically-trained musician that also specializes in Tango performance, Latin/Jazz, Rock, and a variety of other styles. I believe that training in the classical aesthetic will create a firm, solid foundation to crossover into other areas listed above. With a good dose of technical exercises, scales, and a variety of repertoire, my students always turn out well-rounded, ready to tackle almost any kind of music they wish to learn.

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you would like to learn!
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Carsten B. January 2, 2018
· Cello · In home
Nicholas is very friendly and made me feel welcome, understanding and adjusting the pace as I needed. It was a great experience and I am feeling motivated to practice on my own. I am no music expert, and yet I think he's absolutely great.
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Irene S. December 28, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Nicolas is very nice, knowledgeable and professional. I am really enjoying my lessons and plan to continue on!
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Josef August 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I have to admit, starting violin lessons as an adult is really weird, but it's something I've always wanted to try. I tried another teacher on here and she was a bit impatient and short with me (how does she teach children??!), so I tried Nick due to his location from my home. He's been fantastic! He's a great combo of being patient, caring, and encouraging, but also stern enough to get me to do what I need to get better. I'm sure it's not easy working with an adult that can "talk back" haha. He clearly knows what he's doing and he helps motivate me to keep learning. And he's very understanding when I run a tad late sometimes. I imagine he'd be great with kids too if he's great with a difficult adult like me.
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About Stephen R.

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Garnet Valley, PA

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Typically, I use the Suzuki and Strictly Strings books for beginner students, and I will then advance to etude studies such as Wolfarht and Sevick in addition to the Suzuki sequels for my intermediate students. Lastly, I will add Introducing the Positions, Mazas, Josephine Trott Double Stops, and solo concertos to my advanced students.

About Stephen
Stephen began violin lessons at age three. When his family relocated to Parrish, Florida in 1999, he joined the Florida West Coast Youth Symphony at age six and performed with them for six consecutive years, serving as concert master and assistant concert master. He then auditioned for The Venice Symphony and was accepted at age thirteen, the 2006-2007 season. He has performed with them for three consecutive seasons. In addition, he has also performed with the Sarasota Pops for two seasons from 2006 to 2008. He then joined The South Shore Symphony Orchestra in 2010, and performed with them for their first five concerts and has served as principal second violin. He also has joined Anna Marina Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra and has performed with them for the 2010-2011 season. In February of 2011, he relocated to the South Philly subur
bs and is currently performed with the Delaware County Symphony and the Rose Tree Pops. Throughout the years, Stephen has performed with Elicia in a number of events, including weddings, Christmas shows, and entertainment at restaurants such as the 800 Bay Restaurant and Club.

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My lessons offer an extensive education in technique, musicality, music theory, and most importantly, effective practice methods that increase capability and skill rapidly. I tailor my lessons specifically according to the student's abilities and strengths, while incorporating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Typically, I use the Suzuki and Strictly Strings books for beginner students, and I will then advance to etude studies such as Wolfarht and Sevick in addition to the Suzuki sequels for my intermediate students. Lastly, I will add Introducing the Positions, Mazas, Josephine Trott Double Stops, and solo concertos to my advanced students.

After a few months, my students acquire a well rounded knowledge and feel for the violin and classical music and appreciate the art and beauty music brings to life. They are always strongly impacted and inspired to pursue and achieve higher goals and activities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In the music room there is a piano and music stands, and music available for purchase if necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would bring my own instrument, but would expect my students to have an instrument, stand (or a piano is fine), music (if it is not a first lesson) and a willingness to learn!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical violin, and I have worked with the Suzuki Method, but I am also very open to other methods and schools. I also teach varied styles of violin such as fiddle.
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Elicia R. February 12, 2015
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As a violin teacher, I am impressed by his ability to work with a variety of age groups and skill levels. He relates well to children and brings joy and humor to every lesson, while explaining the mechanics and the physics behind the technical aspect of music to more mature students.

I highly recommend Stephen to anyone who has a desire to learn the violin and a passion for music!
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Kim B. February 8, 2015
· Violin · In home
Stephen is an amazingly patient and kind teacher to our 10 year old daughter. She absolutely adores him.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to any parent looking for violin lessons for their child. He's wonderful!
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Michael B. February 2, 2015
· Violin · In studio
As an adult student, Stephen provides patience, guidence, and timely prompts. A relaxed style that keeps one form getting tense and frustrated!

Nice location as well! I would highly recommend anyone in the area to take from Stephen!
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About Vivian W.

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Diamond Bar, CA

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For 10 years I've been teaching violin and viola to children in Southern California, developing their skills, instilling confidence, and building their independence. Students from my studio serve as section leaders in school orchestras around the San Gabriel Valley.

About Vivian
Vivian Wang has been teaching violin and viola privately since 2001. Since coming to America in 2008, she has built up studios in San Gabriel and Diamond Bar/Chino Hills. She has also worked as a Music Specialist for the San Gabriel and Garvey School Districts, where she coached strings and taught group string lessons.

Students in Ms. Wang's studios perform in a yearly recital, and the advanced among them often earn spots in youth symphony orchestras such as PYMO (Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra), OYO (Olympia Youth Orchestra), and CYSO (Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra). Ms. Wang also tutors music theory and musicianship, including the ABRSM and AP Music Theory curricula.

Ms. Wang uses the Suzuki method, combined with music theory and musicianship instruction where helpful, to develop complete young musicians: disciplined, se
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About Mikhail B.

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Improve basic skills, right, left hand technique, understanding of phrasing and style. I can help you to bring out the character of music and its emotional content.

About Mikhail
Dr. Bugaev received his Doctorate at Michigan State University where he studied with Yuri Gandelsman. Prior to his study in the United States, Mikhail was a member of Novosibirsk State Academic Orchestra and Novosibirsk Kamerata. Mikhail performed as a soloist with Novosibirsk Academic Orchestra, Novosibirsk Kamerata, Livingston Symphony, MSU Symphony, and MSU philharmonic orchestras. As a chamber musician, Mikhail participated at Music Mountain Festival in Connecticut with St. Petersburg Quartet, at Cello Plus Festival at MSU, performed at the Lansing Symphony Chamber Series Concerts as a member of Armonia String Quartet and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp faculty concerts. Mikhail teaches privately, as well as at Okemos Music Academy and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
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Lainy February 16, 2018
· Viola · In home
I have really learned a lot from him and really enjoy taking lessons from him.
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About Elana L.

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My violin and viola students study classical Russian technique--used by the best players in history. It involves efficient use of the body, both to avoid injury when playing and also to get the best possible sound from the instrument. Students progress in technique, musicality, and music theory.

About Elana
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My name is Elana. I'm a professional violinist and enjoy teaching students of all ages and levels. My students have ranged from ages 4-64. Their goals have ranged from pure enjoyment to those considering a career in music. My goal is to help each student play to the best of their abilities and for them to enjoy the lessons. Violin is my passion, which comes through in my enthusiasm during lessons. I am gentle and patient but also honest and very particular about what to look for when practicing.

I take great pride in teaching the Russian method. Not only is the technique I teach used by the best violinists of all time, it also emphasizes efficient and correct use of the body to avoid injury and develop a tone with richness and projection.

What I look for in a student is a commitment to practicing every day. It's an
adjustment in the beginning for many, but once established simply becomes part of the day, like brushing your teeth. Over time, students hear improvements from practicing consistently and this creates a very positive experience. The violin becomes a source of joy and confidence.

Violin lessons help develop skills such as coordination and focus at the highest level, persistence, confidence, creativity, patience, and many other "life" skills whose benefits extend far beyond music lessons. Many people who achieve success in a career outside music later in life often credit their music lessons as having been key in that process.

As far as my musical background, I received my music degree from Rutgers University, where I was a recipient of the Marryott Music Scholarship. Upon graduation I freelanced as a violinist in the NYC metro area. My major teachers include Neil Weintrob and Lewis Kaplan.

As a teacher I have 20 years of experience. I've worked in various programs and currently teach violin and viola lessons at a local private school, in addition to running a private studio of violin and piano students. My violin students have been concertmaster, principal players, and section players in orchestras such as All-County, Region I, and NY Youth Symphony.

Feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have. I look forward to working with you.
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Hi! I'm Amy and I love music and I think of teaching music as a way of coming beside someone to help them discover their own love for music, too.

About Amy
Music is my life's purpose and I am committed to helping anyone and everyone I can to reach their musical potential. Whether that is as a hobby, an experience or fulfilling their own life's purpose.

From 2013-2015 I taught group music classes through Soli Encore in Orange County, CA, in violin, guitar and K-2 creative music (Orff-based instruction with singing, xylophone, hand percussion and flutophone). The last two years of that position I managed the entire program including hiring teachers, writing curriculum, and teaching classes myself. I had also consistently held private violin, viola, and guitar students. In both violin and viola I saw my students move up chairs in their orchestras and excel in local, district and state honor orchestras. I sent students to great schools for music like Orange County School of the Arts and Ne
w England Conservatory.

As for my performance career, I have committed to always being a member of an orchestra, band or performing group of some sort because it's my passion and I endeavor to teach from personal experience. Over my last ten years in SoCal I performed with several groups including the Blackbird Music Project, Montage Orchestra and Symphony Irvine. My last year concluded my position as Principal viola of the Dana Point Symphony for four seasons. I was in two bands during my college years. With Galanis I was a part of several Western U.S. tours that took us through California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Montana. I have had the privilege of working with artists such as violinist Anne Marie Calhoun, Jimmy Hopper, Andy Grammer and Stevie Nicks. Some of the larger productions I have been a part of include appearances on TV shows like Melrose Place and the Bachelorette, and performances for former President G.W. Bush and at the Governor's Ball for the Academy Awards.

My performance career continues to grow here on the East Coast, where I have lived since August 2015. I have been a member of the McLean Orchestra and have been added to rosters for the Alexandria Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic and Washington Sinfonietta. I currently hold a Bachelor's of Music in Viola Performance from Azusa Pacific University where I studied with Robert Becker, founder of the American String Quartet with a BM and MM in Viola Performance from Juilliard. I am now enrolled as a graduate assistant for my Master's of Music in Viola Performance at the University of Delaware.

When I'm not making music I'm running far, studying nutrition, cooking or spending time with my beloved friends and family!
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Melissa August 7, 2017
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Amy is a wonderfully gifted teacher! My teen daughter loves her teaching style and encouraging personality. Amy has a knack for understanding a student's strengths and weaknesses and guiding them to reaching their potential. We highly recommend her!
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Hello! I am a trained Special Education teacher who has been playing the violin for 24 years. I regularly perform at my church congregation, and am currently teaching a 4 year old student and an 8 year old student. I have experience playing in community and competitive orchestras, and have received professional training.

Not only do I understand how to teach children, I have experience teaching adults the basics of music theory.

I am willing to drive to your home after 6PM, or weekend mornings, when my husband is home from work.

I can't wait to get to know you!!

About Victoria
Hey, I have been playing the violin for 24 years and have loved teaching students along the way. I started teaching in high school, and have had several students since. Currently I am teaching a 4 year old and an 8 year old.

I am a licensed Special Education Teacher and have worked with students with various disabilities for the past 7 years. I am trained in applied behavior analysis and have used it in private and group settings.

Teaching music is a fantastic merge of my two passions in life. I perform regularly in my church congregation, and can also play the piano and trombone. I am currently learning how to play the organ. I have participated in several large orchestras and have taken private professional lessons for 20 of my 24 years of playing.

I have a very flexible and casual style of teaching. I get to know the student
and their (if applicable) parents, and then tailor lessons to fit their needs. That means I am willing to teach in my home, at your home, or online. I am also willing to use toys and games for very young students who are wiggly.

Perfect practice makes perfect playing. I believe in starting with form and care of the instrument, and then moving into theory right away. Unless their is a recital or perform coming up, I prefer to spend up to 20-40% of a lesson on music theory. This will ultimately lead to a more well rounded musician and allow for greater creativity as a mature musician.
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Learn from a Juilliard violinist. I'm an experienced soloist and chamber musician who has performed in 22 major cities in Europe, North America and Asia, appearing at world's most celebrated concert halls, festivals and TV/radio programs. However, my real love is for teaching. Unlike many of my musician colleagues who were born to be naturally nimble on the violin, I went through many struggles and breakthroughs while seeking out the best masters in the world, near and far. Having rigorously thought through every aspect of violin playing, from training my brain to perfecting a phrase, I've been able to help my students get closer to where I am much faster. While in NYC and Boston, I taught 100+ students from ages 3 to adult, from beginners to young professionals, and will be teaching a select group of dedicated students in San Mateo, CA, starting from spring 2018.

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Learn from a Juilliard violinist and experienced teacher!

I'm a soloist and chamber musician who has performed in 22 major cities in Europe, North America and Asia, appearing at world's most celebrated concert halls and festivals.

However, my real love is for teaching. I know how challenging it is to play the violin, especially if you haven't had quality instruction early in your training and somehow your fingers don't seem to listen to your brain. That was me - I've been there. Violin never came easy to me either, so throughout my years in training I sought numerous pedagogues in the world for advice. Through my own struggles and series of breakthroughs I learned to discipline my own brain and my own body to work together to produce beautiful music. My goal is to help my students get to where I am, and hopefully way beyond, much
faster.

Since 2003, I taught 100+ students who were children, as young as 3 years old, to adults, from beginners to young professionals in NYC and Boston. I'm taking a select group of dedicated students, starting from March 2018 in San Mateo.

I'm more than happy to meet with you for 30 minutes (free of charge) for an introductory lesson or plain chat to make sure this is the right step for you. Also, if you are new to the instrument, ask me about beginner group lessons.

[I'm brand new to TakeLessons so please excuse the lack of reviews!]
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Nicholas January 10, 2018
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I have known Marie for 5 years, and we have performed in concert together. She is a truly outstanding musician, and a wonderful colleague with a warm and engaging personality. With her knowledge, experience, love for children and passion for teaching, she is the ideal instructor to motivate, guide and inspire students of all ages. Top recommendation! Dont delay, she will be in great demand as she builds her studio!
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I've been playing violin since I was 7 and teaching since I was in my teens. Music is my passion and I am excited to share it! I'll help you build a strong foundation and musical independence while having fun. All ages are welcomed. My music background includes popular, contemporary as well as classical repertoires. Let's make some music!

About Luz
Luz completed her Bachelors of Music Degree, at University of Houston in Houston, Texas, and is coursing a Graduate Program at University of South Florida. She continuously participates in several Music festivals across the United States and Canada such as the Hot Spring Music Festival in Arkansas, The National Music Festival in Maryland and Orford Centre of the arts in Orford Canada. She has experience with group and and individual lessons.
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I love seeing my students discover and develop their love for the violin as they progress on this beautiful instrument. The violin is difficult! It takes dedication and practice. My goal is to help my students achieve their goals, whether it be getting accepted into Junior High Honor's Orchestra, learning how to play Vivaldi, auditioning for a college music program, or just picking up a new hobby. All levels and all ages welcome.

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Corie Schofield Eliason began the violin at age 4 in Sacramento, California. Some of her accomplishments include winning Colorado’s Loveland Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Wyoming Festival for Strings Concerto Competition and being two time winner of the Utah State University Concerto Competition. In 2010, Corie took first place at the MTNA Regional Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. She went on to compete at Nationals in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she represented the Southwest Region of the U.S. Corie received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Utah State University, where she studied under Rebecca McFaul of the Fry Street Quartet. She sat Concertmaster of the USU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductors Sergio Bernal and Craig Jessop. She graduated with her Master of Music de
gree from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, having studied under Blair Milton, violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Corie enjoys playing solo, chamber, and orchestral music and has performed with a number of orchestras across the country including Washington Sinfonietta and American Festival Orchestra.

Over the years and with varying chamber groups, she has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hermitage Museum Amsterdam, Kasteel Amerongan, Caine Performance Hall, and Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall. As former first violinist of one of Utah’s premiere young chamber ensembles, Corie’s international debut was made with the Tribeca Quartet at Zeistermusikdagen in The Netherlands in 2016. With Tribeca, Corie has received instruction from renowned chamber ensembles including the Emerson, Alban Berg, Jerusalem, Brentano, and Pacifica Quartets. During her studies at Utah State University and Northwestern University, Corie received instruction from the Fry Street and Dover Quartets, respectively.

Corie grew up in Colorado and Utah and has a deep love and appreciation for the mountains. She enjoys skiing, hiking, backpacking and canyoneering. Besides being in the outdoors, some of her hobbies include playing tennis, reading, and cooking with her husband.
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Nicole February 8, 2018
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Corie was my daughter's first private violin teacher, and she was the perfect foundation for not just the love of the instrument but also the precise technique and skills needed to develop a true musician. Even years later, my daughter's current teachers are impressed with the solid foundation she received under Corie's tutelage. Corie made learning a challenging instrument fun at an age-appropriate level without giving up on any high standards. Whether it was learning to read music, developing ear and intonation, or perfecting a bow hold, Corie had multiple ways to teach, to address habits and difficulties, and to share experiences with the larger studio in group lessons. We still use her teaching reminders and phrases during practices sessions. With Corie's violin lessons, you get more than just basic instruction; you get a well-rounded introduction to true musicianship.
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Jesse February 1, 2018
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Fantastic experience working with Corie. She is intelligent, patient and a beautiful musician. Couldn’t recommend more highly!
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Kristen February 1, 2018
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Corie is such a great teacher! She pushes you to challenge yourself and helps you reach your goals and take your skills to the next level and beyond. Five stars, would definitely recommend!
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