Patricia Shanks Voice Studio
Patricia Shanks Voice Studio

Patricia Shanks Voice Studio

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Introduction: I am based in South Orange County, California. I teach ONLINE ONLY locally and globally via Zoom. One of the great features of Zoom is that we can record the video of your lesson. And you always receive dedicated, personalized training and coaching from a person who cares about your progress. I'm all about VOICE. YOUR voice. Whether you sing or speak, I have over 30 years experience as a singing and speaking pro, and teaching in public and private settings. Vocal health and vocal efficiency are my top priorities. Artistry and technique round out the package. You have an authentic voice. My job is to help you establish solid skills, or to help you cut through layers of applied techniques that are interfering with your best voice production and that authentic voice. I have taught singing for the Young Americans College of the Performing Arts and for the SAG-AFTRA Weekend Conservatory, and singing and spoken voiceover for OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts), and speaking voice, presentation, and voiceover workshops for Women In Animation, Media Communications Association International, Media Alliance of Orange County, and the Orange County Chapter of the International Coach Federation. My singing performance background includes opera, musical theatre, choral, and jazz. I have sung with Los Angeles Opera Assn, Opera Pacific, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Search my name to find my latest jazz recordings on all major streaming and download outlets. A professional voice actor with over 15 years' experience, my most recent work includes live audio description for FOX Sports WWE Smackdown, and recorded AD for Paramount Feature films. I am a former TV and radio host, and an Emmy Award-winning writer. Online SINGING lessons require the use of tracks or an accompanist on the student side. These are details that we work out together. Keep in mind that the minimum requirements for online lessons are a reliable high-speed Internet connection, a computer with adequate processing ability and a built-in camera or added web cam. An additional USB microphone or other microphone set-up is beneficial. For online VOICEOVER coaching minimum requirements are a reliable high-speed Internet connection, a computer with adequate processing ability and a built-in camera or added web cam. And additional USB microphone or other microphone set-up is beneficial. A system that allows for you to use a condensor or more upgraded microphone setup is preferable, but not essential. NOTES: Please Google search me to find additional singing student reviews on other platforms.

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Roland H.

Singing Lessons

Dec 10, 2019
Roland H.

Patricia Shanks is a one-of-a-kind voice teacher. In five plus years as her student I can wholeheartedly endorse her as a Pro’s Pro. The two biggest reasons I’ve stayed with Patricia Shanks are she is down to earth and while austere at times never makes me feel talked down to but uplifted and encouraged, and Patricia truly knows her stuff. She takes you patiently through a process that gives you real tangible results.  I know so much more now than I did five years ago. For the serious voice student, I must say, Patricia Shanks is surely a teacher to consider studying with. I use my voice professionally and Patricia has played a key role in helping me be my best. Big five stars here. Well-earned. She's great!
Patricia Shanks Voice Studio's reply
Thank you, Roland. When I know that a student is "uplifted and encouraged," it makes me feel very good about what I do. You are the best!
Dec 1, 2019
Fatima R.

Both of my daughters take voice lessons with Patricia. My older daughter is 11 years old, and my younger daughter is 4 years old. Patricia has taught both of them to become amazing singers. My younger daughter just started and has loved lessons with Patricia from the start. My older daughter has received the lead roles in every one of her school plays, (thank you Patricia for helping my daughter live our one of her life’s passions). Both my daughters look forward to their lessons with Patricia every week. Patricia also accompanies them with the piano while In singing lessons. Which she is marvelous at! Thank you Patricia for teaching my daughters so much while letting them have a great time doing it! You are truly gifted with amazing talent to teach voice and paino!!!
Patricia Shanks Voice Studio's reply
Thank you very much for these kind words, Fatima. Your daughters are both a joy to teach. They are both so bright and full of personality. I enjoy seeing them every week.
Dec 1, 2019
Stacey T.

Patricia was such an amazing surprise to us. My daughter is in high school and is very uncomfortable around new people. In addition, she desires to be a singer but is shy. I was so surprised when Patricia brought my daughter back into her room for her lesson and I heard talking, singing and laughing. My daughter came out after the lesson smiling. Throughout each lesson, my daughter was given tasks to practice prior to her next lesson. There was follow up to the assignments and many useful suggestions to improve. In fact, as the lessons progressed, I realized that Patricia could teach me proper breathing to help with my playing the trumpet so I employed her as well. Sadly, we were unable to continue with lessons as my daughter’s high school classes got harder and harder. I, however, still use the homework and CD that Patricia gave to me as a warm up to my trumpet practice. Thank you Patricia for all your knowledge, helpfulness and friendliness.
Patricia Shanks Voice Studio's reply
Oh, you are so wonderful, Stacey. I miss you both! Helping people to feel confident and happy is what it's all about. I'm glad I was able to offer something of value. Keep singing and playing!
Dec 1, 2019
Julia U.

Patricia Shanks was the best voice teacher I ever had. I worked with her for about 4 years after searching for the right teacher. Throughout my whole experience she was always counted upon to be encouraging, instructive, professional, and knowledgeable on an innumerable plethora of techniques and strategies for vocal strengthening skills. She is very experienced, and has worked in the performing arts as both a performer herself, and a teacher. She always had good recommendations for song choices and performance tips when I was looking to audition in the performing arts world. She always had my best interest at heart, and always pushed me to be the best I could be. She provided many opportunities for me to perform and compete (such as in Certificate of Merit, seasonal recitals, and Branch Honors) which allowed me to improve my own skills as well as watch/interact with other very talented musical students. If you're looking for an honest, demonstrative, sincere, and passionate vocal coach with knowledge and experience about her craft, Patricia Shanks is the one to beat!
Patricia Shanks Voice Studio's reply
Julia, thank you so much. I think about all the good work you did with me and your many accomplishments and I'm so proud of you.
Dec 2, 2019

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Lessons may be paid for and scheduled one at a time via my website booking and payment calendar. No refunds. Cancellation/reschedule 48 hours in advance. Fee paid for cancelled lesson is forefeit after 3 months if lesson is not rescheduled within that time. SINGING 30-minutes $45. Forty-five minutes $65. One hour $80. VOICEOVER One hour $65.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    SINGING I assess the voice through vocal exercises and hearing a song from those who have something prepared, though it isn't necessary to prepare a song for the initial lesson. We talk to determine musicianship skills, background, and goals for lessons. VOICEOVER Everyone has a voice. And your voice doesn't have to be particularly resonant, low, high, younger, older... My goal for speaking clients is to help you make the most of your natural qualities - while smoothing out some of the bugs and glitches that might interfere with your voiceover career. I work with VO talents to help them get to the "real," minimize performer's ego that can distract the listener, and eliminate affectation. You bring the "copy" or "sides" to your session. (I can help you find sites where you can find material.) And we're off and running!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Please view my introduction.

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