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About Heather M. L.

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Whether you're aiming for an A in your theory class, or needing a theory refresher, students can expect positive, intensive coaching from a degreed teacher with extensive theory education from a top conservatory.

About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor. I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship.
After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College and performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life'
s work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've successfully taught hundreds of different students since 2003, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals.

Having both taught myself piano and received formal training at a conservatory has prepared me to teach almost anyone how to play.
The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I recently (2014) studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate. In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire. In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.
Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, and monologue and audition coaching. Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
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Tammi A. May 8, 2018
· Piano · Online
We loved the experience that our daughter recieved from Heather! Great instructor!
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Ludwika April 27, 2018
· Improv Acting · Online
It was super fun to work with Heather. She is delightful and a great teacher that can get your creative juices flowing!
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Haley E. April 11, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My daughter had a great first lesson. She is excited to spend more time with Heather.
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About Susannah S.

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Theory can be the toughest part of music. With a Bachelor is music I will try to come up with fun and creative ways to make theory fun. From helping you write your own music to reading it I can help you learn the basics.

About Susannah
***Daytime availability for summer students June-July****

I graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Music Education (vocal emphasis) and a trumpet performance minor. I then completed my Masters in Vocal Pedagogy in December of 2015. Right now I am teaching K-8 General music and 5-8th grade band and Chorus. I have been a private studio instructor for the past 6 years.

If you are pursuing voice I can teach you Classical operatic singing, Broadway style, or Art Songs (Lieder in French, German and Italian.)

If you are pursuing trumpet I can enhance your skills whether you are just beginning or are already an intermediate player.

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I am a teacher that helps you reach whatever goals you set for yourself. You tell me what you want to accomplish and I will work together with you to make i
t happen. I will create a curriculum according your personal needs and skill level.

If you are taking lessons with me you will learn lots of music theory and music history. I want you to understand the style and reasoning behind each piece of music you play.

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The in studio lessons are taught in the living room which includes a piano (88 key weighted), books, and seating. Student must provide own trumpet. Parking is in guest spaces.

The Elementary School lessons are taught in a classroom which includes an upright piano, books, & seating. Student must provide own trumpet. Parking is in lot.

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German Lieder and Italian Arias
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James Robinson July 5, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
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Chance R. June 21, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Susannah made the first lesson a wonderful and engaging experience...Awesomeness at its finest!!!!
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Addi H. January 4, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson with Susannah and can't wait for next week!
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About Charis B.

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music theory is covered in the most subtle ways and more in depth when needed. How to build a chord, invert it and play, understanding major and minor keys

About Charis
I have a B.S. in Music Education. I have worked with several disabled students patiently guiding them, finding creative ways to make music accessible to them. I believe it is not about me or the parent, but the student. I work with children of all ages believing that we can find a way that works so that in a few months you see results. Anyone can learn to sing or play but not everyone is going to enjoy it without the right approach and teacher. I don't want to hear a student say that the teacher didn't listen to me, they wouldn't entertain my ideas.
In my studio I have two piano's and a keyboard. We have monitors and microphones and the ability to record. I encourage the composer to the pop music player, from the classical artist to the Broadway singer.
Currently, I have several students that compose their own music, helping
one of those students to become a copyrighted artist.

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For the child I have had the most success with the Bastien method and for the Adult pianist I usually use Alfred's method books. I constantly have access to musicnotes.com to download any current or older hit in addition to the method books. I want you to learn to note read and then to play by chords. I never want the student to lose their creative, artistic ability. They should feel welcome at all times to add input to the lesson. I want you to have fun learning and find the ability in you to make music. Please contact Takelessons if a time does not suit your availability. I may be able to work something out.

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I own my music studio w/ piano, seating for parents. I have vocal equipment, microphones and monitors

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have a music bingo game with me and whatever else is needed to supplement the lesson

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I teach any style and method that is needed. I teach note reading and playing classical music to playing by chords and learning how to split the voicing
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Darla Mills August 23, 2017
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Olivia H. August 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
The lesson would have been better if I were not so nervous and played better.
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· Piano · In studio
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About Elizabeth K.

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Levels I-IV of College Music Theory
High School AP Theory

About Elizabeth
Elizabeth K. instructs Vocal, Piano, and Guitar lessons at her home or the meeting place of choice for her students. She also has Skype available for lessons over the internet for out of town students.

Elizabeth has been singing since the age of four and had her first solo in church at eleven years old. With over 20 years of private instruction experience, and a Vocal Music Education with a Concentration in Performance degree, Elizabeth is an excellent instructor and performer.
She has directed and performed in off-Broadway musicals such as Grease, Oklahoma, and West Side Story, and has done costume make-up and design for many plays and musicals as well. She has also performed in several opera productions including Pirates of Penzance, Madam Butterfly, and Merry Widow with the San Antonio Opera, and continues to perform and help o
ut as needed with SA Opera and local production companies. Mrs. K performs on a regular basis at local churches and with different community groups. She also is hired on a regular basis as a wedding singer and funeral cantor.
Mrs. K. loves teaching and specializes in personal one on one attention with her students, making each of them aware of how important music is for their everyday lives. Elizabeth teaches all age groups, from beginner level to advanced for vocal instruction, beginner to advanced level for piano instruction, and beginner level for guitar instruction.

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Beginner = 30 minute lessons

Intermediate = 45 minute lessons

Advanced = 1 hour lessons

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano
Electric Keyboard
Smart phone voice memo app for Voice Lessons
Ipod and Ipod Player
CD Player
Copies of Various Music for Students

*** Travel Equipment ***
For voice lessons - I have my ipod and speakers for the music we will be singing with - and I make copies of music for my students if they need it
For guitar lesson - copies of music if they need it - they must have their own guitar.
For piano - copies of music if needed - they must have their own piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Training and current Broadway style
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Tessa R. February 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
She explained the rules fully, looking forward for my 12 year old to start
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Frederick T. June 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very talented instructor. Builds confidence in her students. All age groups are welcomed and encouraged to learn and perform.
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Lindsey L. August 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She's very knowledgable and relatable to teen students.
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About Ian S.

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Jersey City, NJ

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Play an instrument but lacking a little on the theory side? I'll help clear up the musical mysteries for you!
All music really shares the same underlying principles, and understanding them can be key to your success as a musician or songwriter.

About Ian
A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a staff music instructor at the Institute of Music for Children. With 28 years of experience on the guitar and 32 years on piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written, recorded, and produced over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.

Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Gove
rnor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.

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I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.

The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.

You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, fingerstyle (guitar), etc. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.
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Richard April 26, 2018
· Meditation · In studio
Ian possesses a great understanding of meditation and a calming presence.
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Aydin March 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ian is great with kids and a great instructor. Our son is really into the lessons.
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Joseph February 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Ian is quick to understand the areas in which his student needs direction
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About Anthony S.

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About Anthony
I believe that anyone can reach their musical goals if they have motivation to learn and an amazing teacher to facilitate the learning process! I pride myself in making sure all of my students have a great time during our session while learning the songs you want to!

I have a Bachelors Degree in Performing Arts Degree from Cal State San Marcos. I've been playing music for over 18 years and have spent 14 years playing professionally. I have a wide variety of curriculum to apply and custom tailor for you specific wants and needs. I have experience teaching all ages and skill levels. I have played in many bands throughout my career and even managed to get signed to a major label! I truly love teaching as much as I do playing which I have come to realize is rare in this line of work. I will always go the extra mile to make sure you succee
d in your studies.

My main focus is to make sure my students continue to reach and surpass their musical goals. Hopefully I can't help you to do the same!

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Each lesson is custom tailored to your individual needs! I want teach you valuable music techniques through songs that you want to learn and play!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have practice amplifiers and several guitars to chose from should you not have your own quite yet!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have an acoustic and or electric guitar/electric bass I travel with as well as a portable amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
I have a talent for music direction in a band setting so I also can help coach bands to achieve their full potential!
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Christian September 20, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Anthony's the man. He knows his stuff and is a great teacher
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Kingston July 22, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My 7 year was rocking Smoke on the Water two days after his first lesson. He cant wait for the next one!
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Danny June 7, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Anthony is the man. He taught me the guitar at my own pace and got me playing some of my favorite songs. Now I'm comfortable on my guitar and I'm starting my own cover band.
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Beginner students can expect a step-by-step guide to begin reading music and understanding the framework (form, chord progressions, etc.) to which works are written. Intermediate students can expect supplemental tutoring in music theory from the Renaissance era to the early 20th century era.

About Megan
Megan is an internationally performing cellist hailing from Detroit, Michigan. Currently residing in Austin, Texas, she enjoys sharing her musical passion with students and on stage all over the country. In her free time, Megan spends her time drawing and reading.

She has most recently served as Principal Cellist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Principal Cellist of the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in Canada, Guest Principal Cellist of Opera San Luis Obispo and State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, California, and Assistant Principal Cellist of South Florida Symphony. She has performed with orchestras including Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, Nu Deco Ensemble, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, The Villages Philharmonic, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in Brevard, NC. She has also appeared recently as a s
oloist with the Miami Music Festival Orchestra and the Eastern Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. She was recently named a semi-finalist in the 2017 PRISMA Concerto competition, 1st prize winner of the Ann Arbor Society of Musical Arts’ 2015 Young Artist Competition and a winner of the 2015 Miami Music Festival Concerto Competition, conducted by Grzegorz Nowak of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has performed on stage with Plácido Domingo, Carter Brey, Andres Cardenes, and Audra McDonald as well as on tour with nationally recognized artists including Michael Bublé, Il Volo, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

Ms. C. has maintained cello studios in Michigan, Florida, and online for all levels. Besides maintaining a private studio, her teaching experience has included volunteer work in the Ann Arbor School District. She has also recently served as a chamber coach at the PhoenixPhest! Chamber Music Festival for 2014 and 2015 seasons and has served as cello instructor and chamber coach at the Ann Arbor Piano Teacher's Guild Chamber Music Festival.

Ms. C holds a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Eastern Michigan University.
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About Cameron R.

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I can teach you whatever level of music theory you are interested in, whether it be Harmonic Analysis, Voice Leading, Tension & Release, etc.

About Cameron
I'm a 22 year old guitarist and composer, with an education from Berklee College of Music. I am an active session guitarist and songwriter for myself and others. I can teach you how to reach your goals as a musician or songwriter. I have extensive recording and studio experience. I will teach you what is necessary for you to reach your goals. If you are interested in just learning songs, I will not focus on theory or songwriting. If you want to learn how to compose music, I will teach you about harmony and what makes the difference between a good song and a hit song. I can also help you get accepted to any music school in the country. The truth is, most popular songs only require a small amount of chord knowledge to be played on guitar, and I would love to make that happen for you.

My guitar lessons do not have a set curriculum, becaus
e the curriculum is made individually for each student, depending on their goals, strengths, and interests. I have always strived for my guitar lessons and teaching style to bring the student to the point that they truly want to be at. Many other teachers and music schools will teach you strands of information that may have been interesting to them, but the same might not be true for the student. We are all individuals and have different tastes, and the lesson plans must take that into account. I am here to help students achieve their goals and desires on the instrument, and that is why my lessons stand out.

My new studio is located in the South Loop of Chicago, IL and has all the equipment to help making guitar has easy as it can be.

As my student, you will have access to my studio and able to record your own music and ideas anytime.

Studio Includes:
-Recording Capability
-Music Stands
-Amps, Cords, Strings etc.
-Books and Sheet Music
-Logic/Pro Tools/Finale and other music software

I have played guitar in professionally produced musicals such as "Godspell" and "Once Upon A Mattress." I have also been a pit guitarist for high school and middle school show choirs, requiring excellent reading skills and on the spot adaptation to changes.
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Roger .. March 15, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Cameron is great. He is very interested in my progress and has a wealth of experience to share. He's always looking for student feedback to ensure you are getting just what you want. I am looking forward to my next lesson.

In case you have any doubts on what teacher to select, go watch his videos. He is a monster player with lots of singing in his note choice and phrasing. He is a top musician.
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Nick January 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great knowledge of guitar, music theory and composition. Cameron will keep you on track and focused on what you want to learn.
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Tessa January 23, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cameron was one of the best teachers i have ever come into contact with. What struck me most was his patience, understanding and independent thinking. He was very observant of what worked best for me and he made the teaching program fit my speed and comfortability,while at the same time pushing me out of my comfort zone. Cameron is very thorough and fills his lessons with personal experiences of his own,new ways of thinking, good starting points and things to remember. Feel free to ask him questions about whatever is on your mind when it comes to guitar playing. With Cameron's knowledge, he will leave you with new ways of thinking about guitar, questions answered, and a new understanding. I would strongly suggest sharing the knowledge given to you by Cameron with everyone you know. His lessons are accurate, thorough, and factual. I would recommend him to anyone, especially people who want the best for their money and for their time.
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About Katie C.

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Learn the math of music! You will love this class if you need assistance AP Music Theory.
Also great for the average music enthusiast who wants to know what the music means and why they love it! I have been teaching music theory since 2013.

About Katie
I am currently a performing bassoonist in the US Navy Band. I was an international semi-finalist at MQVC (2014), I performed with Aspen Summer Music Festival in 2010. I am a former substitute bassoonist for the Omaha, Lincoln and Round Rock Symphonies.

The University of Texas at Austin — Bachelors of Music, 2010- 2013

Eastman School of Music 2008-2010, (transfer)
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Dolores Bates April 6, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
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Dolores Bates September 17, 2017
· Bassoon · Online
My son's first 2 lessons with Katie were very positive experiences. Katie is patient and kind and very efficient with the lesson time. As a beginner, there is much to know just to get the proper sound out. When my son's tone is not quite right, she tries to problem-solve with him to ensure proper technique, use of the reed (or simply, how to correctly put the instrument together). Katie knows how to use the video screen effectively so that my son can clearly see her fingerings. She has provided him tasks to work on in between lessons and is willing to help him with his school band music. She has even offered to be available to answer questions in between lessons. This is our first experience with online lessons and it is as good an experience as it can be when not in person. We highly recommend using Katie if you are learning bassoon.
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I have studied Music Theory for many years now and have also struggled with it. It is not an easy subject for people. I have learned many tricks for the subject to come easier to students.

About Katie
I love to inspire students to practice, that is where the real magic happens. I love to see them not only set goals for themselves but reach them. I am willing to do whatever it takes to see them succeed. I love working with people and encouraging them. I have been a horn player since August 2007. I am studying french horn at Grand Valley State University but am also efficient in euphonium, piano, music theory, aural (reading rhythms and reciting them aloud), and trumpet. I have been in marching band for 6 years on mellophone so I can also help with teaching marching techniques and mellophone playing since it is very different from french horn.
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Dom April 16, 2018
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I have known Katie both professionally and under her tutelage. She is incredibly honest and responsive. I have seen her work incredibly well with students of various ages!
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