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studio philosophy

This is a studio for those who serve their art. This is not a studio for those whose primary concern is that their art should serve them.

The words "studio" and "student" imply "study."

Study requires self-discipline and the willingness to fail from time to time.

The sole rewards of study are acquisition of knowledge, improvement, pride in one's accomplishments, self-respect and heightened self-esteem. That's all. Anything else is gravy.

Self-esteem is not something someone gives you. It is something you earn for yourself.

It is not your teacher's job to entertain you.

It is not your teacher's job to give you life counseling.

It is more meaningful to learn much from a knowledgeable teacher than it is to be entertained by a showman.

It is your job to acquire the music and tools you need to make your work and the teacher's job more effective and more efficient.

Think for yourself! Don't wait for someone else to supply the missing information.

You do your own learning, discovering, inventing ... The teacher is merely the guide. The singing teacher is a mentor and a partner in your growth. She is not your employee or your servant.

If you believe in what your teacher is teaching you, you will listen, do and learn.

Sure. Teachers are a dime a dozen. Good ones cost considerably more.

Go to the teacher's studio. Doctors don't make house calls anymore, either. In the case of both professionals, the reasons for this are many. If it would be presumptuous to expect the doctor to visit you, why would it not be equally presumptuous to expect the teacher to visit you? (See courtesy and respect, below.)

We see more entertainers performing and making big money than we see artists performing and making big money. An artist doesn't care. She sings anyway.

Cultivate common courtesy and respect. It's necessary for your success in this studio and in the world. How do you know for sure? Would you hate to miss an opportunity because you are rude, thoughtless, self-serving, unkind ... ? Speaking personally, I'd rather not take that coin toss.

If I could teach you all you need to know in a few, easy lessons, I would. I would be rich and famous. It doesn't work that way.

You don't add notes to your range. Your voice range pre-exists. Your job is to discover all of the notes in your range. The teacher helps you with that.

"Loud" comes later.

If you are focused on learning more than two major skills at one time, or you are participating in two or more major programs (such as soccer and singing) at once, and you are a normal human being, you are trying to do too much. One at a time is best.

You have one life. Don't waste it. Be accomplished. Don't be a slacker. Be smart, not cool. "Cool" is not a thing or even a state of being. It is insubstantive.

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion -- Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Each concession we make is accompanied by an inner diminution of which we are not immediately conscious. -- Emile M. Cioran (1911-1995)


Patricia Shanks Voice Studio

27601 Forbes Road, Suite 45 Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 723-4473

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