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About Juan C.

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New York, NY

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Years of experience as a live musician and teacher. I focus on bringing out your personal voice and to acquire the necessary technique to achieve your musical goals.

About Juan
New York city composer and guitarist Juan Calderon is a native of Ecuador raised in Colombia. He immigrated to Miami at age 20 to escape the political climate of the late 90’s, and resides in Manhattan since 2008.

Juan’s music blends elements from his unique life experiences, having been raised as an only child by a single mother in a bohemian environment. He was a recording and touring rock guitarist in Colombia, and he has studied East Asian music extensively, inspired by interaction with musicians and artists in China, Japan, and Indonesia.

His latest accomplishments include a performance of his composition “Reino Incierto” at Carnegie Hall (2015) and Sounds of the City, as well as a performance of his guitar quartet composition “Rising” by the UK guitar quartet.

Juan Calderon currently studies classical guitar with Mark D
elPriora, chair of the Guitar Department at the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned a master degree in composition. His mentors include composers Susan Botti, Reiko Fueting, and electronic music pioneer Joel Chadabe. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Florida, where he studied jazz guitar with Tom Lippincott, and composition with Susan Epstein-Garcia.

Juan is also an avid cartoonist, collector of rare books and little cars, food adventurer and runner.

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Guitar teaching encompasses many disciplines. One has to be a bit of a psychologist in order to gauge a potential student needs and musical sensibilities. The mathematical aspect of musical notation and rhythm makes us part mathematicians. In the end, there is also a self-actualizing aspect to guitar teaching in the sense that we are always witness to those moments that made us decide a career on music.
During my years of guitar teaching I have encountered many types of students, and I have learned from them as much as they have learned from me as they make me question aspects of music that I would have never thought about. I have learned to not take for granted the definition of concepts such as rhythm and harmony, and to look at guitar technique from different perspectives as I find ways to accommodate to a student’s capabilities. Ultimately, it is also a job that requires a lot of planning and structure. My first step, generally, is to assess the student’s ability and interest to find material suitable for them. Then, I proceed to familiarize with the student’s musical tastes and sensibilities to assign practice material accordingly. For example, if the student is interested in rock or pop music, we will work on a particular song that fits his level and also solves a particular technical problem. During that process I will answer any of the student’s questions, and provide insight into musical terminology. We will also work on basic concepts of rhythm, melody, and harmony. My training as a composer and jazz guitarists also enables me to tap into the student’s creative side. In that case, we would start with a basic blues progression and blues scales, and work on the basics of improvisation or songwriting.

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Basement studio w/ small keyboard, amp, acoustic guitar, 3 electric guitars, music books w/ seating for parents and lots of magazines!

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I provide music sheets, students should have an instrument, tuner, paper, pencil, and a metronome.

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I teach fundamentals of music theory, principles of jazz improvisation, classical guitar technique and repertoire, song writing, pop songs, sight reading, and overall musicianship, as well as Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bossa Nova, and other Latin Styles.
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Dawn G. July 13, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Juan is wonderful and very knowledgeable in music. He is very patient and makes you feel comfortable. I leave a lesson feeling like I am accomplished and relaxed. It nice to see progress in such a little time. I go home with enthusiasm to learn more and want practice to do so.
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Chrystine R. February 14, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
With a patient and intuitive approach, Juan tailors each lesson to fit not only the student’s skill level, but also desire for depth of understanding. When I first began taking lessons, I was only able to plunk a few chords and play along with a few basic songs. However, over the course of a year and a half with Juan, I gained a foundational knowledge of the classical guitar, as well as the confidence to site read and play a range of other styles of guitar music. He seamlessly integrated music theory concepts into song studies, helping me learn major/minor scales and chord shapes, and then apply this knowledge to better understand song structures and composition. It has been such a great experience learning from Juan, especially because he is both an exemplary teacher and guitar player!
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Dionne T. May 4, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Juan is awesome. He makes learning guitar easy and never complicates it .. and makes it fun. He's a great teacher.
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New York, NY 10027
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About Ramona D.

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About Ramona
I'm a professional musician and audio engineer. I'm a classically trained pianist and I offer lessons in piano, guitar, voice, music theory, music recording, music performance and songwriting.

I received my music education from The Brooklyn Music School, Cornell University and the The Institute of Audio Research.

I perform in original & cover bands as a keyboardist and back up singer. I also do work for hire session recordings and have composed music for commercials and short films.

As an audio engineer, I record, mix, edit, arrange, master and program demos, EPs albums, mix-tapes, karaoke tracks and ringtones. I also produce as well. I co-own a project recording studio in Brooklyn, NY called Radian Studios.

I'm very passionate about what I do and I guarantee a creative, enjoyable and fulfilling experience!

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For piano and voice, I incorporate basic music theory methods but I also focus on ear training as well. My ultimate goal when teaching is for the student to have a visceral experience while playing or singing.

For audio engineering, I go over audio recording techniques and the tools & equipment needed to produce a professional sounding song.

I enjoy imparting my knowledge of music to others and I demonstrate that enthusiasm in my teaching style. I love relating what I'm teaching a student to his/her learning style. Figuring out how someone learns is a key component to my method and I'm a better instructor because of it.

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lives in a brownstone three story home with recording studio f/w 88 keys seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano, a keyboard with 88 keys and sustain pedal.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, music theory and ear training
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Obsidian L. August 19, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Ramona is a Great instructor, Very knowledgable in different aspects of music and instruments; also has a nice set up in her home. grateful for the experience and lessons.
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Micaela F. June 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I really liked her and look forward to my lessons.
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Jessie May 4, 2017
· Singing · In home
Moni is such a wonderful teacher! I am a beginner singer, and have been her student for about 8 months. From the very beginning, Moni was careful to give me a solid foundation to build upon. She has taught me some of the key essentials of music theory, and really helps me understand how to use my voice as an instrument. Added bonuses are that she records me in her professional studio and sends me the tracks, and she's very cool and easy to talk to.
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Ramona D.

Brooklyn, NY 11216
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About Silvio V.

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Brooklyn, NY
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My lesson are personally customized to the students specific need. I have a vast collection of teaching material I've accumulated and created myself along with the experience of teaching beginners to advanced players in many different styles to be able to design the perfect lesson plan for you!

About Silvio
I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a 2 year Performance certificate and have been performing and teaching ever since.

I perform regularly as a member of New York based Indie Pop group, Salt Cathedral (formerly il Abanico). Some highlights include official showcases at SXSW, NXNE, North Side, and Sony BMI summer nights, a music video on MTV, and features in CBC and the Los Angeles Times. In the last few years, I've played hundreds of shows across the U.S and Canada in locations such as New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Atlanta, Orlando, and Toronto and toured alongside bands including Hundred Waters (OWSLA), Freelance Whales (Mom+Pop) and Bomba Estereo (Sony).

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My lesson are personally customized to the students specific need. I have a vast collection of teaching material I've accumulated and created
myself along with the experience of teaching beginners to advanced players in many different styles to be able to design the perfect lesson plan for you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Amplifiers
Fender Electric Guitars
A Francisco Manuel Diaz Flamenco guitar
Various Steel string acoustics
Various Recording equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
An electric, steel string acoustic, or nylon string guitar and a small amplifier if needed. as well as all necessary materials for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, and Pop music on both electric and acoustic guitar.
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Lucas S. October 24, 2014
· Guitar ·
I've known Silvio for many years and I always learn something new every time I hear him play. He is a very talented and dedicated musician/instructor with a broad knowledge of many different styles of music. You can't go wrong taking lessons with Silvio. Highly recommended!
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Kyle E. October 24, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Silvio is a long time friend and a great musician. He has a strong work ethic and is one of the most knowledgeable musicians I know. He has copious experience playing and teaching to all ages. If I ever wanted to learn guitar, I would choose Silvio.

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Nick L. September 26, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Silvio was a co-worker of mine at a music school in Florida. I highly recommend Silvio as a guitar teacher. He is great with both children and adults. Extremely knowledgeable and also willing to work with all types of students. Cannot go wrong with this guy!
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Silvio V.

Silvio V.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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About Concetta A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Basic chord progressions, accompaniment and solo techniques.

About Concetta
Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education, Continuing Adult Education
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Winston Thomas June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
It was truly a pleasure meeting Concetta for my first ever violin lesson. It is difficult to learn anything at the age 40, specially a musical instrument, but she made it comfortable and easy to understand. She's extremely patient a key quality when teaching a subject such a music to anyone. I would say, give her teaching style a try and you won't regret it. Very knowledgeable indeed.
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Matthew February 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
She was great, first lesson and I learned a lot about how to improve my singing, demonstrably so. Very pleased, looking forward to continuing.
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Blyth February 2, 2017
· Fiddle · Online
Very patient and beyond knowledgeable! I haven't done anything with TakeLessons before and my online class was hosted via skype so it was easy to get connected and learn at my own pace. I like that my lessons will be tailored to my style and my level of musical understanding. She has excellent follow-up for after the lessons as well. I'm excited to be a student again :)
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Concetta A.

Concetta A.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Stephen D.

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Yonkers, NY
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My students cover a wide range, from bluegrass to concert classical. The correct technique is the one that will be able to underlay any musical style. For example, if the left hand is flexible and well-formed, then blues, Bach and flamenco all will come more easily. This core is essential, because even at the most beginning stages, the student should be able to play with musical expression. Books I commonly use are Suzuki and Parkening--but I equally commonly use other materials.

About Stephen
I have been playing music on the violin since the age of 7, composing since I was 14, and playing and performing on the guitar since I was 18. I've written a lot of music, and this past spring had works performed in Virginia and two in Manhattan.

I have taught music for over 15 years, in colleges, music schools and privately. One thing that I have noticed is that, with more experience, I have a lot more fun--and so do my students.
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Sandra March 8, 2017
· Banjo · In home
Stephen is amazing and talented. He is very understanding of the initial frustration of learning a new instrument and makes it interesting and fun.
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Megan October 14, 2015
· Violin · In home
Mr. D is a very good teacher at violin. I give him 5 stars because he is nice and a good teacher.
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Eve September 29, 2015
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Stephen has been teaching my son Classical Guitar lessons for over four years now, and he is one of the best music instructors we've had. Stephen is a very motivated and inspiring teacher, my son absolutely loves his music classes. We are happy to have a truly dedicated teacher, who loves working with kids and is able to pass his genuine passion for music to others. Thank you, Stephen!
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Stephen D.

Yonkers, NY 10705
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About James R.

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North Brunswick, NJ

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Please Read : OVERVIEW just below this, Thank you.

The Best way to achieve being a Great Guitar Player is buy Studying Music Theory, Learning Proper Technique and form on the Guitar. Anyone can just learn Chords or Songs buy just Practicing, even though you may be wrong and not know why. But to be Trained and develop the Correct way is 100% Faster, and help to eliminate any obstacles that you would encounter otherwise. You also would have a complete understanding of what you're doing, How it all works, and why.

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PLEASE READ : Thank you.

I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 37 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience along with it in every Lesson you take. All Lessons are done at my Music School, located in North Brunswick, NJ which I am the Owner and Head Teacher at the School. I do offer Lessons through Skype as well if for some reason it's more convenient for you. I Guarantee you"ll learn more studying with me in one year, then with anyone else around. I Pride myself in giving my student 100% my undivided attention in every Lesson. The School is equipped with a Class A Recording Studio (which I incorporate into the Lessons) so you not only get a Great Less
ons but you'll also get the experience of working and being recorded in a Professional Recording Studio. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time, but you will also have a lot fun doing it as well. For The person interested in learning Guitar I'll teach you to Understand that you'll Develop Correctly, and Much Faster By always practicing on the Acoustic Guitar, and then if you'd like to go and play or perform on the Electric Guitar, you'll be 100% Better as a Musician then if you just played only on the Electric Guitar. That is a Key element to what all the Professionals Musicians like myself do.
I Look forward to working with you to Help you attain the goals you set out to achieve.
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Marie M. August 7, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
I have been taking voice lessons with Jimmy for the last 5 months. I never had musical training and was not even sure I had a voice ..... but I really wanted to sing and decided to give it a try. Jimmy is very knowledgeable about both physical and mental/emotional aspects of singing. It has been quite a journey..... but now I know that I do indeed have a voice. Of course it was a lot of work - Jimmy always had a homework for me - but It still feels like a miracle.
I am looking forward to further lessons with him so that I can keep learning.
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Ugur July 11, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
He is a very good instructor.
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Justin T. May 16, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great lesson
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James R.

North Brunswick, NJ 08902
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About Robin P.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Beginners to advanced guitarists welcome! I have 15+ years of experience teaching guitar to students aged 7 - 70. You will not only learn to play your favorite songs, but also develop a better understanding of music in terms of structure, chord progressions, scales, and more. Lessons are customized to each student's goals. I can also help you develop and record your own musical ideas and provide custom backing tracks for improvisation.

About Robin
I'm a professional musician, songwriter, and singer. I play guitar in 3 bands in NYC, and I occasionally sit in with other bands and artists, too. I have toured and played shows in 11 countries all over the world.

I have been teaching guitar for more than 15 years. I have also worked in theater as a musician and band leader. I have planned and organized numerous music workshops and band classes for children and adults of various skill levels.

I have solid knowledge in (western) popular music, and I am comfortable teaching many different styles of guitar, including various subgenres of pop/rock: folk, blues, funk, country, bluegrass, punk rock, indie, alternative, metal, and more.

I like to teach students their favorite songs, but also help them gain a deeper understanding of music theory through analyzing song structures, chords, sc
ales, arpeggios, etc. I can also help you develop and record your own musical ideas (I use Ableton Live and Logic Pro in my home studio).

Feel free to contact me if you need a friendly and patient teacher with tons of experience!
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Robin P.

Robin P.

Brooklyn, NY 11238
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About Brian C.

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I teach Rock, Blues, Jazz and Classical Guitar Styles. My teaching goal is to make you a better player. During lessons you can expect each subject to be explained so that you understand its musical relevance to your playing. I am a very patient teacher who has had great success with students of all levels.

About Brian
I graduated Cum Laude from New York University, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance. I have performed all styles of music on club dates, college shows, concerts, and recording dates.

I have also released a full length commercial recording of my original pop/rock music. Currently,I am teaching full time, performing, and composing.

I enjoy working with new students to develop their playing. My experience and teaching skills has yielded great results.
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Stafford W. March 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
Brian has been wonderful so far! He is great with our 6 year old and challenges him at an appropriate level while still making the lessons and learning very fun.
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Sahteen G. February 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter enjoyed the lesson and couldnt wait to play Mary Had a Little Lamb for me when I got home from work. Thanks Brian!
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Sophia January 19, 2017
· Guitar · In home
First impression is great!
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Brian C.

New Rochelle, NY 10804
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About Isabel M.

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Learning guitar can be one of the most freeing experiences for anyone studying or looking to study music. It is such a versatile instrument. It can be taken anywhere and you can perform, and even sing with it wherever you go. I want to help aspiring musicians learn to love the guitar as much as I do! Focuses would be chords, learning songs, scales, arpeggios, as well as any other goals they have!

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Hi there! Thanks for checking out my profile!
I am an avid believer than music can help people find their own unique voice. Everyone has a different style of music they enjoy to listen to, or play. Music is such a personal experience, and because of that, I think each person who is striving to become a musician or who finds themselves interested in learning music should have an individual experience on the journey of being taught and guided. While I think the fundamentals, such as learning scales, arpeggios, finger exercises, etc. are very important, I also want to focus on guiding and helping all my students (hopefully YOU, too!) achieve the specific short term and long term goals that they have set for themselves. Maybe that means learning a specific song, maybe that means beginning the journey of mastering all one can about music. Wha
tever it may be, I will tailor my instruction to incorporate technique and fundamentals, while also taking steps to reach your goals. I am patient, and while I believe that excelling in music takes focus and discipline on the part of the student to practice, I also think it should be a fun journey of musical experimentation and maybe even some self discovery.
I have been playing piano for over 10 years. I studied classical piano, as well as contemporary/modern and jazz piano. I have been playing the guitar for several years as well. I have had the privilege of taking lessons from many very accomplished musicians, who have studied and worked with many well-known musicians and singers. I am also a singer-songwriter. I want to pass on the wisdom that I've learned from my teachers onto students looking to explore music, as well. I believe that creating your own songs adds another level of self expression to music. I'd be happy to give students who are looking to compose or write their own pieces some helpful tips and guidance when it comes to that.
Overall, I am a fun, outgoing, patient teacher who would love the opportunity to help others find the same joy in music that I have! Let's start the journey!
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New York, NY 10003
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About Johan V.

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Along the years of playing, on stage and with friends, I've come to the realization that learning guitar is a task that can be done alone, but that, is too much of
a lonely road. No one needs to endure the common pitfalls and inefficiencies of learning by your self. Having someone to guide you through the process and keep you focused is the best way to have your playing become an even more rewarding experience, whether you are trying to learn your favorite song, composition or solo, or whether you are trying to immerse yourself in the language of jazz, blues, rock, acoustic or classical, a guide is key.
My view is that a balance of independence and guidance works best when taking on the task of beginning an instrument or expanding your musical vocabulary. I'll be there as a reference, a facilitator and honest listener.

About Johan
To me, there are few things that are more rewarding then seeing someone take on a new idea and make it their own.
I am primarily a musician, working in the city but find that teaching others both the language of music and my native tongue, Spanish, are a fascinating and positive way to give back to my community.
Creativity, honesty, and patience are the pillars I work off of; and I know full well that each person requires something different of me, so I will always work towards tailoring the learning process to you and your needs.
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Johan V.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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