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  • Patricia Shanks 7:27 pm on April 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: newsletter   

    Spring 2014 Studio Newsletter – A bustling studio and a chance to bustle in bunches!!! 

    Please read about all the great things students have done, are doing and have an opportunity to do in the future. Thank you!

  • Patricia Shanks 7:17 pm on April 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: facebook, Google Plus Community, social media, twitter   

    Find Patricia Shanks Voice Studio on Social Media 

    It isn’t easy being a one-person operation. My friends are all over social media, which means that I need to have a social media omnipresence. I try to share all the good stuff in all the places. But sometimes that just isn’t possible. So, if you don’t want to miss any of the good stuff, please link up to me, connect, follow, hang out or do whatever it is you need to do. Here are a few links to start with.

    Google+ Patricia Shanks Voice Studio Community –

    Twitter –

    Studio Facebook Page –

  • Patricia Shanks 6:49 pm on April 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Recital May 18, 2014! 

    OK. I know I said no recital. But la donna è mobile. For the past three months students have been polishing up piano and vocal selections for the May 18 recital. Awards are ordered and received. I am looking forward to hearing some beautiful music from everyone!

    • patriciashanks 7:23 pm on April 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      For the singers who are working with our accompanist… remember the ONLY rehearsal opportunity you will have will be Saturday, May 3 between 9:30-10:30. — Rehearsal at my studio.

  • Patricia Shanks 5:54 am on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Music Development Program, Royal Conservatory   

    Evaluation Programs Build Skills and Character 

    I encourage all serious music students to participate in the MTAC Certificate of Merit or Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. These programs are structured to help you learn, to help you practice, and to gauge your progress. School-aged singers and pianists like to include their successes in these programs on their academic résumés.

    The Music Development program offers evaluations two or three times/year. Certificate of Merit takes place in February and March. Students must have studied with their teacher for at least 6 months prior to Certificate of Merit registration which takes place mid-fall.

    For more information:

  • Patricia Shanks 5:41 am on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: MSSL, , , ,   

    Recital & Performance opportunities through June 2014 

    Students who wish to perform in recital, please note these opportunities. These will be the ONLY recital opportunities through June 2014. SIGN-UPS FOR THESE RECITALS MUST TAKE PLACE AT LEAST 1 MONTH PRIOR TO THE PERFORMANCE. There is no guarantee that a spot will be available on the program if you wait too long to sign-up. The earlier you do, the better. I will ONLY sign up students whose songs are MEMORIZED and PERFORMANCE READY at least 1 month prior to the performance. Again, the sooner your songs are ready, the better. The program fills quickly.

    MSSL (Music Student Service League) performances for the Irvine Atria Woodbridge assisted living facility – 3/23/14 or 4/13/14.

    The MTAC Student Workshop at the Anaheim Public Library – May 10, 2014

    If you have questions, please ask.

  • Patricia Shanks 5:32 am on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Burbank Philharmonic, classical singers, opera, young artists competition   

    On Saturday, February 15, 2014 Patricia Shanks will again judge the Burbank Philharmonic Young Artists Competition finals. I encourage young classical singers and anyone else interested in hearing the next generation of fine classical singers to attend this free concert. Find information here. Click on the QuickLink and print a ticket.

  • Patricia Shanks 3:39 am on January 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: vocal exercises, vocal warm-up, vocalises, voice exercises, voice practice   

    Some good warm-up input for singers young and old. Not just for kids.

  • Patricia Shanks 9:17 am on December 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy New Year! 

    I wish all of my students, colleagues and friends a most happy, healthy and successful 2014.

  • Patricia Shanks 9:12 am on December 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: practice, singer lifestyle,   

    A Singing Musician 

    This is what happens when I’m home sick and away from teaching for the day.

  • Patricia Shanks 7:57 am on November 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Contemporary Commercial Music, , , Pop Vocal, R&B   

    Congrats on NATS Student Evaluation Honors 

    Congrats to Kelly G. for the Honorable Mention in your Musical Theatre division, and to Sarah M. for your 3rd place award in the Contemporary Commercial Music division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Evaluations!

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