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About Andrew B.

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Feasterville Trevose, PA

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About Andrew
Andrew is available to teach lessons in his brand new space "Light and Sound Studio". This acoustically treated/creative environment is a work of art in and of itself. It was designed by Andrew and several other engineers. (see pictures below)

Andrew is a graduate of Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California with a degree in drum/percussion performance.

Andrew spends his time teaching drums, recording drums and playing drums for local artists/bands. While in Los Angeles he performed for dozens of independent artists and also had the privilege to work with some well know artists, such as Scott Shriner of Weezer, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, and The Blue Man Group.

In 2005, Andrew was hired as the drum instructor at Los Angeles City College. Since then, he has authored three different drum books an
d has taught music at Southern California Music School, Pasadena City College, LA Valley College, LA Academy, Music Training Center and several other institutions.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal for the first lesson, is to get to know my student. I want to find out who their favorite bands/drummers are, what their lesson goals are and most importantly, their approach to learning. Now I can adapt my approach to teaching to best suit that individual student. I am patient and encourage my students to practice. I believe that anyone can become a drummer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
"Light and Sound Studio" is a full service audio/video/lesson studio with state of the art equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I teach reading and writing music notation as well as to play by ear. I specialize in Jazz, Rock, Blues, Country, Metal, and Latin styles. I know heel-up, heel-down, and heel-toe bass drum pedal technique.
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Susie Jo August 25, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Meets the student at their level. I am an older drummer and just want to have fun. He doesn’t force you to become someone you are not
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Brian K. December 8, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Andrew is awesome! In just 3 lessons my son loves the drums! He makes learning fun!
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Jake D. November 7, 2017
· Drum · In home
I like Andrew. He's helping me read music and learn rhythms. He's patient too. I'm already looking forward to my next lesson.
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Andrew B.

Feasterville Trevose, PA 19053
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About Valerie B.

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About Valerie
Hi there! My name is Valerie. I'm a certified music teacher that loves to see a person grow in their love and ability for music. With 19 years of teaching privately, experience teaching publicly in elementary school music classrooms, enjoying several years as a Kindermusik (preschool music) teacher, and a school year teaching with VSA arts of Delaware (teaching music to those with disabilities), I find it thrilling to see a person of any age & background grow and blossom in their passion for music!

Though I enjoy and have experience at teaching all ages from children to adults, I specialize in teaching ages 5-19. I would describe myself as a preschool/elementary/middle school music teacher that teaches privately. ;) My studio is filled with many smiles, stickers for every accomplishment, and a treasure box of cool prizes for tho
se who are practicing regularly and did a great job in their lesson. Lessons are a time where children can feel like music really is fun and enjoyable to learn and experience!

In addition to being a teacher, I am also a singer/songwriter, and performed for 6 years at local coffee shops and outdoor events within Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. I am also a member of a local professional caroling group called Yuletide Singers which performs seasonally in places like Longwood Gardens and corporate functions. My history for performing stretches back, though, to my years as a puppeteer/children's performer, touring with a team doing school assemblies and evening family performances. I'm always excited to bring my understanding and experience with performance to my students!

**And, with excitement, I must add that TakeLessons named me "Teacher of the Week" on October 4, 2010! What a great honor! Thank you TakeLessons!!**

*** Lesson Details ***
Our time spent together will be filled with many smiles & laughs because that is probably why you want to take lessons -- because it makes you feel wonderful inside!

Within 3-6 months, we'll begin discovering how to read music and understand the language of it. We'll learn how to play/sing some of your favorite songs and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve through taking lessons, and we'll work toward those goals!

For the intermediate piano student, we will begin understanding basic Music Theory and scales and will even take a look at how chord symbols work. Soon, you'll be learning how to accompany yourself and others as you sing! For singers, we'll learn about vocal techniques, breathing, getting your best vocal sound and discovering how to take a song to its potential! We'll also learn performance techniques, how to work with a microphone, have a great stage presence in front of a live audience and begin learning how to read music and even get familiar with the piano keyboard! For all my students, it's a journey that is exciting, unique to each individual, and one we will embark on together!

Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each school year for students who are interested. This is an optional event, but is encouraged as part of the learning experience. It is usually held at a local firehall and presented in a low-stress and fun way with refreshments that follow!

*My studio is in a safe, family-friendly home & smoke-free environment. We also having a loving canine member in our family... a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Maximus. He is energetic and friendly. You may or may not see him since the entrance to my studio is through our back door, off the main house.

So! What do you say? Shall we START THE MUSIC? :)

Find me on Facebook: Valerie Bailey Music, for more photos of my fun recitals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are enjoyed in a dedicated music room; keyboard (full-size with weighted keys and sustain pedal)

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

I specialize in music education for all children, including ones with special needs. I feel it is so important for a child to start out with a fun and wonderful experience with music and performing. My approach is simple and fun and understandable for the young mind.

For my more intermediate students, I enjoy taking them to the next level of understanding in their instrument as well as music theory.

Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each year for students who are interested. This is an optional event and presented in a low-stress and fun way!
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Teresa B. August 30, 2018
· Singing · In home
Valerie is an excellent teacher.
She makes her students feel so comfortable with her bubbly personality. We highly recommend her
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Charlotte January 30, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Valerie is an amazing instructor! She is wonderfully patient with her students. An energetic teacher who loves what she does, and it's so evident that she enjoys teaching.
I have 100% enjoyed having my daughter learn from such a talented person. I would recommend her to anyone who asked.
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jason July 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Valerie is great. I would recommend her to anyone looking for singing instruction.
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Valerie B.

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About Timothy K.

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Education-
Currently a music performance major at Temple University
Associates in Applied Science
Major- Sound Recording and Music Technology
I can teach all styles from reggae, funk, jazz, rock or blues to heavy metal. I can also introduce students to recording and preparing for the studio. I am currently in TOOL tribute band and working on several recording projects.
Paul Green School of Rock Music, Music Director 2001-2009
Philadelphia/Southampton, PA
Produced and directed 25 concerts of varied genres of music
Responsible for teaching students reading techniques, song form, sound production and drumming fundamentals.
Educated individuals and groups in an extensive variety of musical styles
Instructed students ages 6-18 yrs in drum set and snare studies

St. Martin’s Catholic Elementary, Drum Instructor Feb 2000-Jan 20
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Philadelphia, PA
Taught percussion ensemble
Tutored intensive individual instruction
Facilitated drum and snare studies
Prepared students for school concerts

Lansdale Catholic School, Drum Instructor Sept 1991-June 2000
Lansdale, PA
Taught marching band

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My lessons are laid back and fun. I set short and long term goals for my students. Beginners will learn song form, basic beats, sticking patterns and proper technique as well as a focus on playing the music that is most inspiring to them. As our lessons progress we'll work on reading more advanced music, drum set technique, soloing, playing more difficult songs, music theory and learning about all the great drummers in the world! After a few months you'll be booking yourself gigs!

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording gear, two drum sets, rehearsal space seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a studio with two drumsets set up

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Funk, Prog, Reggae, Folk, and Jazz
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Claven October 16, 2016
· Drum · In studio
He is a great teacher he helps you learn it so you can understand, he simplifies what your having a hard time on and then you'll get it
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Yixuan July 26, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Tim is a really nice and patient teacher. I did not have any drum experience before, but Tim arranges the first courses from basic rhythm practice, and also asked me to set up a long goal of playing drum cover of my favorite song. So the drum lesson is always interesting and compact, which makes me want to practice more in my spare time. I hope I could follow up the courses with more improvement and did better with his guidance.
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Lily July 4, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Great for the first lessons. .
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Timothy K.

Philadelphia, PA 19123
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About Victoria W.

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Philadelphia, PA
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About Victoria
My name is Victoria. I'm originally from beautiful San Diego, California, but I am now a full time professional musician based out of Philadelphia. I've instructed students (of varying ages and backgrounds) from all over the country on bass, guitar, live performance, and song writing. This includes one-on-one instruction and group lessons. I received a certification in live performance, studio work, and songwriting through The Contemporary Music Center, now located in Nashville, TN. And I I Finished my Bachelor's degree at Eastern University

I've toured all over the country with acts such as Talain Rayne and played bass on his album "Attic Lights." I also completed an internship in Nashville, TN with hit songwriter, Kate York.
For the past five years, I've played with the band Element K (under Shore Bets booking agency) as the lead
singer and guitarist. I've played shows all over the Northeast including (but not limited to) Xfinity Live, Wells Fargo Center, Hard Rock Cafe, The Tin Angel, Borgata AC, Ballys, Tropicana, and Seacrets in OCMD.
I love music and the role it has played in shaping my life. I value the experiences and wisdom passed on to me by my music mentors and instructors, who not only had a meaningful impact on my music career but also immensely influenced my development as a person.
I look forward to having that same positive impact on any student I instruct :)

*** Lesson Details ***
I like lessons to be, first and foremost, an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. I try to create a laid back and comfortable learning environment for all my students. Music is fun, and I guarantee that there will be plenty of good times while taking lessons!
Now, let me also clarify that my positive attitude and laid back demeanor are not excuses for students to be undisciplined and uncommitted. I promise to work hard toward your development as a musician to make you the best you can be, and I appreciate the same commitment from all of my students.
Music should be enjoyable, but also rewarding and enriching to your life! I don’t want to sell that short!

Below is a basic rundown of what a student can expect to learn while under my instruction. I would first like to preface this information by saying that I fully recognize that every student is different; therefore, I tailor lessons to fit an individual’s needs and goals. Because of this, the priority of certain skills tends to vary from one student to another, as does the order in which this skills are taught. I also want to note that I tend to use some self-made resources (charts, explanations, etc) in addition to published books. Taking into consideration the aforementioned variables, here is the basic rundown of the material I try to cover with students, in the general order it is taught:

-Understanding of guitar parts (anatomy of the instrument) and basic terms (ie note, chord, etc).
-Names of strings (E-string, B-string, etc.) and corresponding numbers for strings (1-6), and which fingers are given what numbers.
-Tuning of the instrument
-Basic technique (how to finger a fret board, hold guitar, hold pick, etc).
-How to find notes on the fret board/chromatic
-Basic rhythm concepts and counting (whole notes, quarter notes, time signatures, etc)—usually involves clapping exercise, single note playing exercises, reading rhythm charts, and learning what different note values look like.
-Basic concepts of “keys”
-Basic major and minor scales (especially for “warming up”)
-Chords (mostly basic open chords)
-Strumming
-Learning songs to put concepts together
For more advanced students, we will likely get into the following:
-Power chords, bar chords, and complex chords beyond majors and minors.
-Scales beyond basic majors and minors
-Music theory (chord construction, modes, etc).
-Knowledge of gear (for those guitarist who wish to branch out to electric guitar)—bass players will already have to know some of this before moving to more advanced work since they already require an amp.
-How to play with other musicians and instruments (collaboration, listening, understanding each instrument’s part, etc).

[To give students a basic timeline for these skills, one can expect to be playing open chords within three months and probably their favorite songs within 6 months]

SONGWRITING TEACHING METHODS:
-Review slides about basic song structure and anatomy of songs (verse, hook, etc)
-lyric and vocal phrasing
-finding your voice as a writer
-exploring environments and conditions that foster one’s creativity for writing songs (preference for outdoors, quite secluded spaces, etc).

LIVE PERFORMANCE:
-Breathing/relaxation exercises
-Movement/watching footage of self
-Watching footage of others
-Acting/stage exercises to get out of your head and into your body
-learning common problems with live performances and becoming comfortable with fast, on-the-spot trouble shooting (and how to avoid some problems before they begin).
-Finding your stage voice, both in singing and speaking.
-Developing your stage persona

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room
Equipped with guitars, bass amp, guitar amp, guitar cables, and tuner.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide his or her own guitar (and amps when applicable)

*** Specialties ***
I'm currently a professional musician that sings and plays guitar and bass for pop and rock music. We perform in front of thousands of people each week so I'm very comfortable giving live performance instruction as well.
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James R W. August 7, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
vic is a very good teacher
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Ashley T. June 16, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Victoria is doing a great job teaching my daughter the guitar. She is kind and Ashley likes the way she and Victoria connect.
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Darina G. April 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Victoria is well prepared, organized and inspires the student to do well. Encouragement and positive energy is just what a beginner like me needs. Glad I picked this teacher. Thank you!
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Victoria W.

Victoria W.

Philadelphia, PA 19145
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About Charlea Lyn G.

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About Charlea Lyn
Hello! My name is Charlea Lyn, and I want to begin by thanking you for taking a look at my profile. It has always been one of my firm beliefs that anyone can sing as singing can be defined by “uttering words or sounds in succession with musical modulations of the voice.” Therefore, with this mentality in mind I feel as though it is not a job, but more a privilege to be able to teach people to sing.

My parents say I started singing before I could talk, however, I seriously started taking lessons when I was 14. Over the course of my lessons, I fell in love with opera, and decided that was what I wanted to pursue as a career path. That decision led me to SUNY Fredonia, where I received my BM in Music Education and Vocal Performance, and later to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where I received my MM in Vocal Performance in May
'13 under the tutelage of Catherine Cook.

One of the most important things that I have learned thus far, is that singing is a truly expressive art form that requires hard work, diligence, and commitment. It is my goal to bring each of my students the farthest I can in healthily developing their technique as well as work on the emotional portrayal and fundamental building blocks of music. Although I teach each student specific to his or her individual needs and desires, my lessons usually consist of three parts - technique exercises, sight singing, and repertoire. Furthermore, other things that stay consistent are a comfortable and safe environment for the student, my undivided attention, all the information that I have to share with others, and most importantly FUN!

Although it is my personal decision to pursue opera and classical music, I have experience in musical theatre and am comfortable teaching a variety of genres. I truly believe that although each genre is different, the foundation and principles of healthy singing are the same.

Not every teacher is right for every student. However, I do my best to give all my students lessons in a comfortable and productive learning environment. I hope that you will take the next step of your path towards healthy and beautiful vocal production with me. Thank you for your time and consideration and I hope to hear from you soon!
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Will July 31, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I would recommend Charlea to anyone. I hadn’t sung since leaving elementary school 16 years ago and was really nervous about starting again. Charlea was welcoming and encouraging from the start. Each lesson is always fun which helps if you don’t have much confidence to begin with, afterwards Charlea sends an email with a reminder of how you did and what to work on for next time. 10/10.
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Jameeka W. April 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Charlea is OUTSTANDING. Cant say enough about her professionalism and personality. She makes you feel comfortable and confident - no matter what level of singing you are at. I leave each session feeling so empowered. Shes a joy to work with - she’s someone who knows alot about singing and shes very humble. Feels like being in session with your close friend. I’d recommend her if you’re looking for an instructor who truly meets you wherever you are, makes your lessons consistenly meaningful, and most important makes you feel CAPABLE of achieving your goals. A+++
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Isabelle K. December 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter stated that she really liked working with Charlea and felt that she learned more in this 1 lesson than she had learned in the entire year with another instructor.
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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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About Rachel I.

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I have a BFA in Cello Performance from UW-Milwaukee. As a student, I worked for the university as a tutor in Music Theory, at the recommendation of my professors. Since relocating to Philadelphia, I have established myself as an educator all over the city. I am a teaching artist with the Settlement School of Music as well as the cello instructor at the Baldwin School. My teaching method puts a focus on realizing musicality and expression through proper playing technique. Playing for hours shouldn't be hard on your body! I work to make my students comfortable at their instruments so their musical intentions can shine.

As a performer, I work in diverse settings, from professional orchestral experience during my time in the Midwest to theater and dance accompaniment in Philadelphia. A fundamental part of my career has been performing
with bands: I have recorded on 30 albums and toured extensively, with projects spanning a broad spectrum of genres.
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Rachel I.

Rachel I.

Philadelphia, PA 19148
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$35 / 30-min

About Martin C.

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"Don't hear the song how YOU hear it; hear your song how your LISTENER will hear it!"<—My first lesson for making rap; that one's free ;)

Yo! My name's "Maestro" Martin Connor, and for the past 7 years, I've spent every minute of every day working with rap and hip hop not "just" as a musician, but as a journalist, author, scholar, DJ, and performer...and even a concert performer & artist manager sometimes! I now take all of this knowledge from rap, and use it to teach students how to make the best damn rap out there. I've taught over 50 students more than 150 lessons through an engaging 1-on-1, 1-hour format on Skype, and those videos can be seen on my YouTube channel (which has over 700 subscribers and more than 3000 hours of watching!) Because I've written multiple books, released many albums, and gained over 30 million lifetime view
s on my website RapAnalysis.com, there is no problem for a beginning rapper that I have not encountered and overcome.

So DAMN! You still haven't messaged me? C'mon, what are you waiting for! Ha, talk to you soon!
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Austin August 14, 2018
· Hip Hop & Rap · Online
Martin has a very analytical way of breaking down lyrics into their most basic parts and explaining them in a way anyone can understand. He has helped me improve my music greatly in a way that didn't affect my vision or the direction of my art.
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Geordie August 13, 2018
· Hip Hop & Rap · Online
Martin is so knowledgeable and helpful. He spent a lot of time working over my music and gave me top-notch advice. Moreover, he took what I was doing seriously and engaged with me as an artist. Working with him both taught me a lot and also boosted my confidence. If you're looking to develop as a rapper, there's no one I could recommend more highly.
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LoKi August 13, 2018
· Hip Hop & Rap · Online
Martin has a comprehensive understanding of rap. I was impressed by his ability to perceive my weakness' and prescribe a solution. Whether you are looking for assistance with your rhyming abilities, content, flow, etc., he can help!
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Martin C.

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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About Tom C.

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Hello everyone, I'm Tom.

I have always loved teaching people things that I enjoy, sharing my experience with others, and helping people realize their own potential.

I am a musician, a martial artist, and a general IT guru.

Music and martial arts runs in my family, and I was raised around them from a very young age.

As a child, I was always fascinated with computers, and had to know everything I could about them.

My teaching style is a bit unorthodox, focusing more on philosophy and personal introspection than traditional "memorize and practice" methods, and is very mind, body, and spirit oriented.

Feel free to ask me questions for more information.

I look forward to hearing from you.
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Tom C.

Broomall, PA 19008
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About Daniel E.

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Nothing is more satisfying than hearing yourself playing a song that moves and inspires you! With 15 years of playing guitar I now pass on that knowledge to my students. Helping people learn the fundamentals of guitar playing and music is both an amazing and invaluable experience. We will not only go over how to play the guitar but also music theory and how to write your own songs! I try to keep my lessons both fun and engaging as they are not just about drills and lesson plans but instead are catered to the individual student and what they want to learn. I teach all ages as it is never too late to pickup a guitar and start playing! I also rent out guitars to students just starting out who do not have an instrument yet for $5 a week and give advice on how to pick their first guitar!
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Daniel E.

West Chester, PA 19382
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About Tracy C.

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I am a friendly, patient, caring and funny teacher!

I love to play piano, sing, listening to music, and make music with my friends. It's always joyful to do something you are interested in and truly love!

Hoping to share with you all the ups and downs in this wonderful musical journey!
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Tracy C.

West Chester, PA 19382
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