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Now teaching in-person in Laguna Hills AND in Arcadia, California. Age 9+ with proof of vaccination and masks. Also teaching on Zoom. Visit studioshanks.com for information and lesson rates. Or call!

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Now teaching online via Zoom. Students have gone on to study at prestigious colleges and universities and to perform professionally and semi-professionally. Let's get started on your career!

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Testimonials

a month ago
Patricia is a brilliant Renaissance woman. She is what you get when you mix technical excellence and style with humility, compassion, and a lifelong commitment to the craft. She is simply the best! I feel incredibly lucky to have met Patricia and begun my singing journey with her. I’ve been a student at Studio Shanks since 2018, when I was fresh out of college and looking for a voice teacher who could earnestly teach me how to sing. At the time, there were flashy online ads for folks that could “make you a superstar” and all of it felt so loud and nothing seemed to fit. At one point Patricia returned my call. Immediately I knew that she was the right teacher for me. It was obvious that she is not just naturally fun and easygoing, but also a true technician when it comes to the craft of singing. It’s been a few years since we began working together. I’ve discovered that singing is something that can be learned at any age. It requires hard work, but it can be done. Luckily, Patrici...
- Lydia J
11 months ago
I took vocal and piano lessons from Patricia for a few years in high school. It's almost been 5 years and I still refer back to some of her teachings; Patricia is a wealth of knowledge and I am amazed how much I learned about singing and the body from her. With Patricia, singing begins with the breath. In our first few lessons I began to unlearn the unnatural ways of breathing which had become so automatic to me. It was great to have a vocal coach whose style is so comprehensive and holistic. An added plus about Patricia is her amazing personality and sense of humor that made our teacher-student relationship more comfortable and easygoing. Patricia emphasizes in her lessons that singing is not about how it sounds but how it feels. She places great emphasis on finding a natural quality to the voice--making sure students aren't imitating an autotuned radio voice but rather finding what feels best for them (and ultimately does sound best as a result).
- melody p
11 months ago
Patricia is the best vocal coach I’ve ever had! She is so knowledgeable about her profession, and has taught and worked with many influential people in the business. She has helped me with musical theatre auditions, acting demonstrates, opera, and completing my certificate of merit (which includes music theory and classical singing). I also participated in branch honors under her guidance! I believe that she cares very much about her students and her line of work, so if you’re looking for a knowledgeable and passionate teacher, Patricia Shanks is perfect!
- Julia U

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