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About Blythe Q.

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Beginning students work from the Alfred Premier Piano Course, later transitioning to the Pathways to Artistry series by my former teacher, Catherine Rollin. We work on developing a curved hand position with relaxed wrists and strong finger joints. I use technical exercises to teach artistic expression rather than teaching these two elements separately. Beginning students count and sing note-names out-loud to integrate theory and note-reading with their playing. I accept piano students ages five and older. I do not accept piano students younger than five because their hands are too small to play comfortably.

About Blythe
My name is very unusual, so some students have difficulty pronouncing it. You pronounce the "y" as in "sky" and the "the" as in "breathe". My name has only one syllable. Don't worry if you're still having trouble with it--I'll help you out at our first lesson.

I grew up in southeast Michigan and have been in love with music for as long as I can remember. I started violin lessons when I was three years old and at five I became the youngest student ever accepted into the studio of James Waring, now-retired violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Under Mr. Waring, I developed a solid virtuoso technique and worked on chamber music as well as solo and concerto repertoire for the violin. While I was an undergraduate student at Westminster Choir College, I continued my violin study with Dr. Mia Wu.

After six years of violin st
udy, I added piano lessons. I studied with Catherine Rollin, an internationally-known teacher and composer. Ms. Rollin's practical approach to technique and musicianship has been extremely influential in my own teaching, and I use her exercises and compositions with my students. I studied a wide range of repertoire with Ms. Rollin but my very favorite pieces were those by Bach, Chopin, and Debussy.

I sang in choirs throughout my childhood and began taking voice lessons in high school. I eventually decided to study voice performance at Westminster Choir College, where I completed my Bachelor of Music degree in 2004 and my Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy and performance in 2008. While a student at Westminster, I performed the soprano roles of Ifigenia in Handel's Oreste, Amy in Mark Adamo's Little Women, and Janthe in Heinrich Marschner's Der Vampyr. I have coached with Daniel Beckwith, J. J. Penna, and Dalton Baldwin, and was privileged to sing in the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir under Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. With the Westminster Choir, I recorded the album Heaven to Earth and performed in Lakmé and I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, South Carolina. I also performed Handel's Messiah with Sir Neville Marriner and Nicholas McGegan, Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with Sir Michael Tilson Thomas and Lorin Maazel, Berlioz's Requiem with Charles Dutoit, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Lorin Maazel.

I have taught in the Princeton area since 2008, maintaining a studio of about twenty-five voice, piano, and violin students. In addition, I sing as cantor and soprano section leader at Queenship of Mary Catholic Church. I live with my husband, Jerome, in Plainsboro and I love to knit, crochet, and sew when I'm not teaching or performing.

My goal in teaching is to foster a love of music and a passion for the arts. I focus on developing my students as musicians in general and on a relaxed technique that will allow for the best possible artistic expression.

*** Studio Policies ***

Tuition

There are 38 lessons each year, scheduled from September through June. The schedule will be distributed at the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year and may be found on the TakeLessons website.

30-minute lessons     $34.00
45-minute lessons     $45.00
60-minute lessons     $56.00

Tuition encompasses lesson time and overhead costs including lesson preparation, office hours, event preparation, and studio recital performance opportunities. Lesson lengths are recommended by the teacher based on student age, level, and availability. Tuition is collected through TakeLessons.

Attendance

Just as strong attendance is expected in school, strong attendance is expected at music lessons. As a courtesy of the studio, one make-up lesson is offered per student per academic year.  Make-up lessons will be scheduled in late June. The studio shall not assume responsibility for the student's absences outside of this allotted absence.

In the event of a student cancellation, the teacher is to be contacted via email, text message, or phone call for notification as soon as the student is aware of the cancellation.

In anticipation of absence, students/parents may choose from the following options to facilitate continued progress:
• The student/parent may send the teacher a video recording (i.e. via DropBox). The teacher can provide an electronic critique, utilizing the lesson time to watch, listen, and write a critique and assignment for the week.
• The student/parent may elect to use the *Student Swap Directory.

If the student stays home from school or work on their lesson day due to contagious illness, or was excused early from school due to contagious illness, it is requested they not attend their lesson. The teacher has the authority to excuse a contagiously ill student from their lesson. In these situations, make-ups will be offered upon request outside of the allotted absence.

In the event the teacher needs to cancel due to an unforeseen circumstance, she shall notify students and parents of the cancellation as soon as possible through email and/or phone.

For every cancellation made by the teacher, two make-up date options will be offered to the student. The student is to select one. If the student cancels or does not attend the scheduled make-up lesson, the lesson will be marked as missed. The teacher reserves the right to offer a credit or electronic critique in lieu of the above-mentioned make-up lesson in appropriate circumstances.

*Student Swap Directory

Students/parents may elect to be a part of the Student Swap Directory, designed to offer possible opportunities for students to swap lessons in anticipation of a lesson conflict. Parents/students are responsible for arranging their lesson swaps. If a lesson swap is made, it is the responsibility of the parent/student to inform the teacher.

To be included in the Student Swap Directory, a permission slip, provided by the teacher, will need to be completed and returned to the teacher, allowing the student’s name(s), parent’s name(s), lesson day(s), time(s), and length(s), and email and phone contact information to be shared.  The Student Swap Directory will be distributed at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

Weather Emergencies

Lessons will generally not be held in the studio on days when West Windsor-Plainsboro Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather. If roads are cleared and passable by the time of the student’s lesson, they may attend their lesson at their own risk. If there is­­­ a one- or two-hour delay, lessons will still be held according to the lesson schedule.
 
When West Windsor-Plainsboro Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, Google Chat, Skype, or FaceTime lessons will be conducted from the studio. The teacher will contact the students/parents to arrange the lesson. This will prioritize safety and will also allow students to adhere to the lesson schedule for optimized progress. Laptops, iPads, Tablets, iPhones/Smartphones, etc. may be used when the camera and microphone is adjusted and set in view of the student at the piano. Students are to have their music, theory book, assignment book, and a pencil ready to go. Students are to sign on approximately 5 minutes prior to their lesson time, with all settings appropriately adjusted. They are to call at their lesson time.

In lieu of a Google Chat, Skype, or FaceTime lesson, students may opt to send the teacher a video recording (i.e. via DropBox). The teacher can provide an electronic critique, utilizing the lesson time to watch, listen, and write a critique and assignment for the week.

Practicing

Regular practice is essential to musical development. Lessons will include the development of effective practice skills so that students are clear on how to practice. Practice builds muscle strength, coordination, problem-solving skills, focus, self-discipline, a sense of accomplishment, and the enjoyment of being able to make beautiful music through the process. In addition, the student will greatly improve their musical proficiency. The teacher will include written practice instructions in the student’s notebook. These instructions are to be read carefully each week to maximize effective practice time.

Students should practice a minimum of 5 days per week and the amount of daily practice should correlate with the length of their lessons. Students taking 30-minute lessons should practice 30 minutes a day, students taking 45-minute lessons should practice 45 minutes a day, and students taking 60-minute lessons should practice one hour each day. Practice time should be divided into 2-3 focused sessions with specific goals set for each practice session.

Repertoire

When new repertoire or a method book is assigned, it will be the responsibility of the student/parent to purchase it. Music may be purchased at Music and Arts in Mercer Mall on US Highway 1 in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Music may also be ordered online at Amazon and other websites recommended by the teacher.

Termination

Any student/parent wishing to terminate lessons must do so in writing. The termination will go into effect at the start of the following billing cycle. The studio shall not assume financial responsibility for the remainder of the billing cycle during which termination occurs. Borrowed music/materials will need to be returned to the teacher at the conclusion of study.

Additional Information

Violin students MUST bring their own instruments to the first lesson. Piano students must have their own pianos when lessons begin. An acoustic piano is strongly recommended, even for beginning students, but a full-size (88 keys) touch-sensitive electronic keyboard is also acceptable. More information is available upon request. Voice students are encouraged to practice with a piano or electronic keyboard but may use an online keyboard to check pitches if they do not own a piano. TakeLessons can put you in contact with the teacher if you have questions about purchasing or renting instruments.
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Blythe Q.

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Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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About Vincent T.

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About Vincent
I have taught for 18 years, giving both private and group lessons. I am a professional musician, having played in numerous bands, recorded and played shows. I have taugh all ages, and all elvels, and all styles. I play a number of instruments including piano, guitar, bass, violin, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica, in addition to writing and singing. I took private lessons for over 10 years, and also studied music in both high school and college.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect to be treated with respect, and have a lesson tailored around their abilities, interests, and amount of practice time. I make the lessons fun but also informative. I try to get to know my students so that they feel comfortable. I am laid back, but also determined that a student practice well, and learn not only the instrument but music fundamentals a
s well. I try to show students that learning music is a lifelong pursuit that can provide all types of fun and personal fulfillment, in addition to being a potential career and social outlet. After 3-6 months, the student will be playing songs, good ones, not just scales. They will also have learned basics, such as chords and scales, as well as sight reading.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement converted into music studio with instruments, and piano and keyboard. Parents can sit in on lessons. Street parking available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all lesson materials, listening examples, and, on occassion, an instrument. I often use my laptop to play songs and tutorials for students (who don't buy records like we did in the old days.) Generally, students must provide instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I tailor my lessons based on three factors: a student's interests, their ability, and their amount of practice time. I do not use a cookie cutter method of teaching because each student is different. I have studied, formally and informally, rock, pop, blues, jazz and classical. My specialties are rock and blues. On occasion, I will use method books, such as the Schirmer books for piano, but only if the student clearly seems to benefiting from them.
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Vincent T.

West Long Branch, NJ 07764
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About Julie G.

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Seaside Park, NJ
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I've been teaching for 10+ years and have worked with students who are of all levels, ages 4-92. Whether you want to learn basics or challenge yourself with advanced pieces, I'll personalize your lessons based on your specific goals.

If you're looking for a teacher who will motivate and inspire you, I'd love to help you out. Learning piano doesn't have to be difficult- we'll work on learning to read music or improving your current skills, and have fun along the way!

About Julie
I have more than 10 years experience teaching private piano lesson to all levels, beginner to advanced. I have taught all ages and I have experience with special needs students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning to play the piano should be fun but it should be taken seriously to achieve the best results. I strive to instill a passion for music in all my students and teach them how to make music a part of their everyday life. I believe that all students learn differently and I try to plan lessons around each students individual interests and goals, while including the exercises and lessons that I know are needed to build knowledge and strength. I am using Bastien books, Piano Adventures and Hanon exercises as well as pop, Broadway, rock, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must have a piano or keyboard and lesson books. They
may purchase the lesson books or I will purchase them and they may reimburse me. I will provide any special music arrangements needed and theory homework.
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Ava C. October 14, 2015
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Julie was amazing for my daughters first lesson! Only one lesson and she is playing a song! Can't wait for next week!
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Seaside Park, NJ 08752
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About Charles C.

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West Long Branch, NJ
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I work with various different piano and vocal study programs for the perfect fit with each of my students depending upon their level of proficiency, learning goals and how they are able to learn and comprehend the various musical and technical concepts. We learn something new each week and I adapt the music to the student's interest. Specialize in Jazz and Classical

About Charles
BA Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers College. MS from Montclair in Music Composition,
Jazz Studies with Kenny Baron. Composition Studies with Nicholas Rousakis, Frank Foster, Noel DaCosta.

Member Music Educators National Association.
Member Jersey Shore Music Educators Association
Member BMI

I am an experienced lifelong pianist. I work professionally as a solo pianist, church organist, choir director, piano teacher, composer and arranger. I am experienced in most styles of music including, classical, jazz, pop, gospel, broadway, rock.

I develop an individual leaning path for each of my students so they can achieve their music goals. I use many different piano teaching methods and am not bound by any particular one. Depending upon my students level and goals I will supplement the methods books with pieces that i
nterest the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending upon the student lessons we will work on several areas designed to improve the students understanding of music and playing the piano.

1. How to practice efficiently,
2. Improving technique.
3. Weekly songs and pieces to learn.
4. Long range major works which will take several months to master
5. Sight reading
7. Music theory,harmony, rhythm and melody, which can be applied to all styles of music, popular song, classical, jazz, etc
8. Understanding of music styles and composers

How much time we spend in each area will be determined by the students level and goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawaii Professional Studio Upright
Steinway Professional Studio Upright
Yamaha Digital Practice Piano
Yamaha PS-1500 Arranger Keyboard
Logic Pro 9 Recording Software
JV-1010 Synth Module
Roland VK-8M Organ Module
E-MU Hamond B3 Module
Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface
JBL Studio Monitors
Macbook Pro

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student must have a suitable weighted keyboard or piano at home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties Include:

Jazz, Pop, Broadway and other Popular Forms

Songwriting and Arranging

Accompanying yourself or another singer on the piano

Developing a performance repertoire.

Technique Development
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Sharon B. April 14, 2017
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I recommend Charles, he is a qualified instructor.
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Linda J. May 8, 2015
· Piano · In home
Charles is just great....there's no way I could have found a better teacher. Not only does he know everything there is to know about music, he's interested in keeping the lessons and learning interesting and fun. You can tell he really cares about trying to help his students to both progress, learn some theory, but to have fun and build skills they'll use/enjoy for a long time. Really impressive.
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John L. February 10, 2015
· Jazz · In home
Charlie has been giving lessons to my son and is the absolute best! He is passionate about music and brings such energy to each lesson. My son is learning how to play jazz from Charlie after being classically trained. It has opened up a whole new world for him.

It great listening to the lessons because Charlie and my son enjoy music so much.
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West Long Branch, NJ 07764
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About Anastassia K.

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Love to teach any age, beginner to intermediate level.

About Anastassia
So you just Love to sing... Always wanted to try... Big audition coming up... Trying to get into the school musical... Want to improve your professional skills Or simply want to impress your friends and relatives at the next family event - I'm here for you.
I am proud holder of the diploma of the Professional School of Music and Vocal Arts, specializing in "Popular and jazz vocal singing and coaching".
For over 15 years I've been providing vocal coaching and singing lessons to many wonderful students age 5 and above, while being a live stage performer myself. Nothing beats the real-life experience!
While teaching technique I will show you how to integrate it into the songs you want to perform, eliminate your breaks, smooth out your transitions, add endurance and strength to the voice, sing on key better, and extend your range. I e
mploy individual approach to every student. We will work on the song styles/genres YOU like. I have extensive collection of professional backing tracks without vocal part for you to sing along, practice and record a studio quality demo of a song you learned.
My goal is to take any talent/experience you have and bring it to the next level!
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Baani K. February 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter is very happy being with Ms. Anastassia, she is very polite and patient with her. Very happy with her service.
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Sophia February 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
She is very patient and very good with children. My daughter loves her.
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apotheloz A. February 1, 2017
· Singing · Online
Super nice !
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Sayreville, NJ 08872
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We will work on whatever style the student will like to learn! If they are a beginner, we will go through all of the basics slowly and very thoroughly. I like to start by having the students get familiar with the piano and exploring all of the sounds it can make. We start on the black keys and move to the white keys a little later on and then start learning note names and rhythms!

About Matt
I attended West Chester University from 2011-2015 and graduated with my bachleor's in music education. I performed in the marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, jazz ensembles, various trumpet ensembles, and a brass quintet. One of my trumpet ensembles made it to the semifinals in the National Trumpet Competition. I backed up various world famous trumpet artists during the International Trumpet Guild Conference at Valley Forge in 2014 such as Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Tine Thing Helseth, Canadian Brass, and many others. I took lessons from Robert Skoniczin and Jean Christophe Dobrzelewski during my time at WCU.

I can teach any style that you are interested in and can take students of all ages. I believe it is important to have a good musical foundation so we will go over music theory as well in lessons. I have extensive experie
nce teaching trumpet, guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and saxophone. We will play whichever style of music you prefer. Lessons will be fun!
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Andrew R. July 10, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Matt is very patient with my 6 year old. He is always always on time, and flexible with scheduling around what works best for our family.
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· Ukulele · In home
Matt is great! Patient and knowledgeable! I'm learning pretty quickly!
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· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He was amazing!! My son loved him. He's very patient and very sweet to boot. Dario can't wait until his next lesson.
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Jackson, NJ 08527
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Come have some FUN learning to play on my grand piano as I help you take a love of music and find your talents and skills. I love helping students get started and achieve real and exciting goals. You'll learn chords and patterns to turn into your own music or play along with what you know AND you'll learn to read music and get some ear training. My well-rounded method will have you making beautiful music and you can show it off! My students look forward to each lesson!

About Ruthie
Hi Music Lover! I'm Ruthie. Let's have FUN with music that can speak to us in a way nothing else can. I would love to help you turn your love for music into skills to create your own beautiful sound.
With a Grand Piano for you to play in our large open entry and my experience of 7 years in the music industry working at Universal Music Group, you're going to quickly see that I'm excited to give you a wonderful and dynamic experience, tailored to your learning style.
Let's have some FUN with the piano or your voice or both. My style is patient and encouraging (not shaming) because I'm convinced that you'll be able to move toward your goals more quickly if you're actually enjoying what you're doing. My students and parents tell me often how much they look forward to coming into our home to make beautiful music.
With 2 showcase opportun
ities each year, my students get the opportunity to show off their passion at a variety of skill levels.
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In piano lessons my goal is to not only give students a knowledge of the instrument but also a love for music and playing. In lessons we will learn how to read music and the basics of music theory while also learning fun songs. For younger students I like to use fun teaching aids as we learn music theory to engage their attention and make learning enjoyable. I also seek to get to know my student's musical interests so that as we progress we can include fun songs into our lessons like Disney songs, popular music, or church music.

About Katie
I am a recent graduate with a degree in vocal performance and have been teaching voice and piano for quite some time. In my lessons I strive to further the love of music through the exploration of styles that are of interest to the student, while also developing technique in the classical tradition.
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Julie April 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
my daughter and i are taking back-to-back lessons with Katie. she has an easy-going teaching style and the ability to shift gears between two vastly different beginners. we are happy to have been paired with her!
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· Piano · In home
She's excellent.
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Marnie February 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Katie has been working with our 6 year old daugher once a week for 30 mins. She is very good at motivating her students as well as teaching them the introduction to piano playing. We look forward to seeing how our daughter develop under Katie's instruction.
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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As a music teacher my primary responsibility is the inspiration of my students. to build, in their imaginations, a pallet of sounds, textures and motifs, and then to equip them with a technique capable of drawing these out with absolute fidelity.

My goal is redundancy as quickly as possible. I achieve this by practicing with the student at every stage of his/her development. If you want to play the piano like a concert pianist, then you must learn to practice like one.

About Todd
I am a professional pianist, composer and songwriter. I graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2004 with a bachelor in performance.
I can teach all styles and skill levels weather you are taking lessons for the first time, or weather you need help with a Rachmaninoff concerto. I can also help you write and develop your own music. I specialize in piano technique and learning to play effortlessly.
My lessons are nontraditional in the sense that I work side by side with the student whilst he/she is learning a piece. I break down the music into manageable "bites" and we practice it together. In this manner I am able to demonstrate the notes, tone and character in the music and I am essentially teaching the student how to practice. I am also able to teach my students how to play virtuoso passages with fluidity and wi
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The Best Piano Competitions for Young Pianists in 2015
Are you considering entering your budding pianist into a piano competition? There are an array of competitions to choose from across the U.S., many offering the opportunity to compete against top performers from around the globe. All-Ages Piano Competitions Across the U.S.: Seattle International Piano Festival & Competition - Seattle, WA Competing in May (preliminary) and October 2015 (finals) at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, pianists from all over the world are encouraged
40+ Fun (and Easy!) Music Crafts & Activities for Kids
Looking for easy crafts for kids? If your child loves music, you've come to the right place. Below, we've complied a list of our favorite music activities and easy, DIY musical crafts your family will love to create. You'll find a link to the original post with instructions, as well as the level of difficultly, ranging from music activities your preschooler can do to more advanced, adults-only projects to decorate your home. Enjoy! Musical Crafts for Kids These crafts are perfect for ki

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