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Nancy Burman, a private vocal coach for 30 years in Hudson, works with her student, Dana Carlson, 18, at the piano in the Carlson's Somerset home. Carlson has studied with Burman for four years and will compete at the MTNA national competition this March in Albuquerque, N.M.

Training for MTNA nationals akin to Olympics for local teen

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Like an athlete for the Olympics, Dana Carlson is preparing herself for the most important competition in her life so far.

The goal: To become the national winner of the Music Teachers National Association and earn $2,000 in prize money to help pay for college.

Carlson, a senior at Somerset High School, has been preparing for this competition for two years - at least, that is how long she has been working on the four songs she'll perform.

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