Francesca's focus at CSULA was in classical voice. Having studied with voice with Donald Brinegar, Dr. Susan Kane and Dr. Carol Cleary Francesca has a strong background in Bel Canto technique and classical repertoire.
Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.
Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Ange
les College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire and performing in commercial rock bands, having sung for presidents and princes, Francesca has high expectations and is skilled in helping her students reach their goals.
Now performing in the Donald Brinager Singers, a studio choir for-hire, Francesca can often be seen performing with orchestras throughout Southern California. While mentoring through her award-winning teaching studio, Francesca also manages to perform several showcases featuring her original music with her amazing back-up ensemble.
With a constant effort to maintain a professional studio learning environment and with a focus on reading skills and solid technique, Francesca's students enjoy lessons packed with information and light-heartedness. The one on one experience you will have the moment you walk thru the door promises to be unmatched. Francesca's students can be seen on major television networks, radio stations and performing around town in various projects. With a passion to give back, Francesca reserves a small number of spots in her schedule for the youngsters and seniors of her community. She teaches beginning through advanced guitar, piano, and voice.
*** Lesson Details *** Voice and Instrument Coaching
~Develop skills and techniques for top notch practice and performance ~Study theory, composition, ear training, arranging, improvisation ~Discover music technology and performance techniques ~Study melody, harmony, song form and lyric writing
~Voice and Instrument Coaching ~Song Writing and Selection ~Demo Recording ~Image / Art / Photography Consulting ~Finding your signature sound and style ~Live Performance 101 ~Branding / Career Planning and Strategy ~Song Analysis and Consulting ~Booking gigs
A Note From Francesca:
My official bio is listed below, but perhaps more important than the things I have done are the things that I am doing. I am now approaching my 15th year of teaching. I love to teach! I carry a minimum of 30 students, but have carried more then 80 at one time, and have never once complained. My waiting list cycles based on my performance schedule and recording schedule. If you don't see a time that works for you, feel free to reach out and see if we can find something that works, as an artist, my schedule can be quite full but also quite flexible. I love my students, I get to do what I love all day and I am sure it shows. I have a blast discovering new ways to experience music with "my kids." I call all of my students kids even though most of my studio consists of young adults. I try to have a young air in my classes at all times as it just makes the process so much more fun for everyone.
I've seen it all in through years: kids, adults, beginners and advanced students. I am personally very interested in being the most versatile musician possible and I love being able to share my knowledge with my students. We can study anything and everything from Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar Shredding; from Opera to Kelly Clarkson; from Tchaikovsky to Little Richard! I love getting students to dabble in little bits of all genres, often getting even the most skeptical student singing and playing comfortably in a matter of just a few weeks. My students will be able to read music for their favorite tunes and understand how to improvise from the start. Once you come in, you'll be hooked. You will have fun because I am having fun!
I encourage all of my students to share their favorite music with me. It affords me the opportunity to learn more about what they desire to learn and what types of music they enjoy. We will learn with your music often. After all, isn't that why you are coming to see me? I will introduce you to new sounds and styles, but will foster your love for music, and do my best to never force my music on students. I feel I learn as much from my students when I truly listen to them and their music as they do from me.
On site lessons are available for artists recording demos, rehearsing bands and setting up their own studios.
On a side note, I love seeing students at my shows! I am a full time musician and can be seen playing with my band, in my own solo project and in various choral settings. Check out my website and see what I do outside of the classroom. My students get a kick out of the idea that they can buy a CD with their teachers face on it, and to be honest, so do I. Many of my students have their own music out on iTunes and YouTube. Many more can be seen performing around town in solo projects and professional ensembles.
*** Studio Equipment *** Pianos, Guitars, Basses, Amps, Computer, Monitors, Music, Recording Software, Drum Kit, Studio and Performance Mics, everything we need! Its like Disneyland for musicians!
*** Travel Equipment *** Varies
*** Specialties *** Francesca on Artist Development:
I feel obligated to share my joys and experiences-
Not many people have been blessed to sing alongside as many renowned musicians as I have - I've been lucky to be welcomed in both the commercial and classical worlds and they have both afforded me venues to use my voice and express the most vital corners of my soul. To find your purpose through art is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. And to be able to do that in front of thousands of music lovers live or over the airwaves is a surreal experience.
It's funny, my classical cronies are impressed to hear my stories of packed rock gigs at the House Blues and national touring festivals like Warped Tour and my rock buddies ask to hear my stories of Disney Hall performances with the LA Phil. To be honest, Iâ'm impressed to be there too. Sometimes, I look around and think, how did I get here? How did I get lucky enough to live the dream, to find a home in music?
I've been luckier than most. I've had GREAT mentors who have always pushed me forward and shared their wisdom freely with me. Part of the classical musician's central goal is to educate. That's a value I carry into my rock projects and production studio. Work smarter, not harder. Take the needed skills, create art, teach others how to do the same thing, move forward together to live happier, more productive lives filled with purpose.
I have come to be known as one of the top Musical Mentors & Artist Development Experts on the west coast. A behind the scenes- diva of dream building with the skills to push artists to the next level- the ace up the sleeve of many of today working talents. In my award winning studio, I spend time coaching the young voices and faces of today hottest TV shows seen on ABC, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel, but I still have a soft spot for up and comers in the indie music world. Having written and performed my own music for decades, I not only lived the collegiate experience of the elite classical performer singing for presidents and world leaders, but also the dingy road of the rock musician who's showed one night to a packed stadium full of fans and showed up another, thousands of miles from home to play to a coffee shop of 5 people. Music has brought me to nearly every continent and introduced me to some of the most talented and diverse people you can imagine. I feel compelled to share these experiences with those around me so that they my develop the vision, the salt and the skills to persevere.
I am, above all, an artist & creator- living the dream, helping people- like you find their voice and write their songs. Turning raw emotion into art.
Each one of us has a story, our truth. Being an artist is about finding ourselves, our song and expressing it publicly so that we may heal, so that we may grow.
It doesn't take a ton of experience to write a hit song. It doesn't take a fancy education or a family line of talent (though it can help). We can all find our voice, our place in the spotlight, what it takes is the courage to take the next step forward.
You've already had the genius to be in the right place at the right time. Here. If you've made it this far, chances are you are smart enough, hungry enough and ready to take the plunge.
Inside my studio you will find the help you seek. I can impart you with proven techniques to strengthen your sound, develop your tone through strong technique, develop strategies to share your art and develop a plan to turn pipe dreams into reality. Some desire to sing on the worlds brightest stages, others strive to lead others through teaching themselves, and some wish for nothing more than to experience music in a confident manner among friends. All can be lead on this personal journey of the artistic soul and all can make their offering to the musical gods. There is a place at the table for anyone seeking an answer.
Jamie Hampers July 10, 2016
In home Verified Student
Francesca is one of the few people who are not only multi-talented themselves, but have the gift of teaching. Her knowledge and love for music work in perfect harmony. We are so grateful to be able to learn from her.
Kelli W. July 9, 2016
Speaking Voice ·
Online Verified Student
Explanations of complicated things were made simple and easy to understnd.
Alice July 8, 2016
Classical Voice ·
Francesca is a terrific vocal coach. She really knows music theory and the mechanics of singing. She has been a tremendous source of knowledge and has provided numerous tips and resources to help improve my singing technique. She is also very friendly and easy to work with. I really enjoy my sessions with her and always feel like I walk away with a deeper understanding of voice.
Classical and opera singing represents the Olympics of vocal artistry. The road to becoming a proficient classical singer lengthens as singers realize how much they have yet to learn. But, for those for whom classical singing is the be-all, end-all, there is no turning back.
Whether you want to sing O mio babbino caro or Nessun dorma as a career option, or for fun, good foundation training is necessary.
Technical training and repertoire development.
MTAC Certificate of Merit, Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, recital and performance opportunities for interested students.
I have trained singers for 40 years. Many of my singers perform semi-professionally and professionally in various settings and attend prestigious university music programs, including Juilliard.
Patricia is a teacher of voice technique. She is NOT a pop or rock vocals song coach. If you are looking for a teacher who can help you find or further develop an acoustically sound and pleasing voice quality that requires no amplification to be heard, you may have found the right teacher for you.
Patricia has trained singers and and taught vocal technique and piano in Orange County, California, since 1999. She has taught privately and in public and private schools and in college and conservatory settings, vocal directed and musical directed musical theatre productions and directed choirs s
ince 1975. She has taught singing for the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA).
A professional classical singer, Patricia has performed as a chorister with Los Angeles Music Center Opera, with Orange County’s Opera Pacific and with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and in master classes taught by Giorgio Tozzi (Metropolitan Opera), Blanche Thebom (Metropolitan Opera) and Dorothy Warenskjold (San Francisco Opera), among other notables. She is a San Mateo County Vocal Competition prize winner. She is a former staff soloist for the televised Crystal Cathedral Hour of Power Choir and the pre-recorded annual Glories of Christmas and Easter.
Patricia trained and coached with a number of exceptional musicians including, most notably, Natalie Limonick (formerly general director of the USC Opera Program, director of the UCLA Opera Workshop and Opera Guild of Southern California President), Esther Andreas (Metropolitan Opera), Naomi Farr (New York City Opera), Nina Hinson (San Francisco Opera), Marion Cooper, Dietrich Erbelding, Charles Ross Perlee (conductor, San Francisco Opera and Bremen Opera), and several other respected teachers and coaches.
Patricia is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Music Teachers Association of California, Music Teachers National Association, and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. She is a Founding Teacher for the Music Development Program of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Patricia is also an Emmy® Award-winning writer. She is a working spoken voice-over talent and an active member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA. She is a former TV Arts & Entertainment news segment host and producer and NPR radio station affiliate host, and a former columnist for The Los Angeles Daily News.
Students who expect intelligent, formal, conventional, conservatory level training and a foundation-based approach will enjoy working with Patricia. School-aged singers and pianists do very well in MTAC Certificate of Merit and other evaluation and competition programs.
NOTE ABOUT AGES TAUGHT:
Piano, age 7 and up Voice, age 11 and up
NOTE ABOUT LOCATIONS:
Thursday and Friday, private homes in the Newport Beach, Corona del Mar area. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, stationary location in Laguna Hills, 5 Frwy close.
Affiliations: SAG-AFTRA, AGMA, MTAC, MTNA, CAPMT, NATS, MCA-I ♫♫♫ Read me on the TakeLessons.com Blog! ♫♫♫
Marissa J Hoffman May 20, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Patricia is the teacher you need if you are serious about taking your singing to the next level. Her classes are challenging but she is patient. With each of her classes I learn valuable skills and techniques that I will use forever. She is truly a pro at what she does. Plus, she's fun! I couldn't imagine a better vocal coach.
Nathan Urone November 20, 2015
Patricia has not only trained my daughter to sing correctly and read music wnderfully, she has also developed a strong relationship with her and given her self confidence and a love of music in general.
Roland Henderson November 19, 2015
A little over a year ago I decided to take singing lessons. I scoured the internet and Yelp. It became apparent that I should try with Patricia Shanks. From my initial evaluation to the present day I am happy to say I made the right choice. On two counts. One, Patricia is long on substance and understands her craft at the highest possible level. She knows what she's doing. Count two, she blends into her approach a high level of compassion and just plain old down-to-earth care & concern for your best result and happiness and success. She immediately made feel comfortable and "accepted". And genuinely so. I have grown in the abundance of her able guidance. In this day and age of quick fixes and minimal effort it is refreshing to have someone performing her tasks as she does. You will NOT be disappointed. She is, in every sense of the word "Perfect".
Opera Voice lessons will teach you the techniques to get you from singing in the shower, to singing on the stage! Learn the best methods to keep your voice healthy and in good shape, memorize lyrics and convey them with sincerity (despite your nerves!), develop a character and "become" that character while you sing and more!
--------------- I also teach Online via Skype or FaceTime! -------------------- Hello! Thanks for visiting my Takelessons profile. Let me start off by telling you a bit about myself: I have been performing for over 20 years as a musician, acting since I was a small boy, and working consistently with public speaking, accent reduction and other presentational skills throughout my career. I started my musical education as a woodwind player and settled in to the wonderful world of singing over time. Music has opened me up to so many incredible opportunities from touring the world to performin
g in marvelous concert halls and working with some of today's most respected artists, as well as giving me the opportunity to expand my performance skills through acting in various plays, musicals, television, and film.
Performing has absolutely been my salvation! Throughout my life it has been a best friend and constant source of joy, and I share this gift with others so that it might help them to find the same joy. After more than 10 years of teaching, I have so many new experiences to draw from and share with my students. I've spent the last 8 years performing with Disney in Anaheim and abroad in their Tokyo Disney cast, and I must say that those experiences, vast and varied as they are, have given the word "performance" a new depth. I'm always excited to dive into every lesson with fresh ideas that will mesh well with many tried and tested teaching techniques.
Originally from Los Angeles, I now reside in Orange County and I'm especially proud to have expanded my studio to serving clients all over the world with online lessons via Skype and FaceTime! I get such joy from sharing my experiences with a diverse group of people from all walks of life. If you're interested in learning more about my lesson style, feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to talk with you about a plan to help you reach your goals!
For Students of Voice: Teaching Style
Over the past several years I have focused much of my personal growth on developing my ears' ability to pick out and pinpoint vocal “placement”, resonance, subtleties of timbre, changes in pitch, breath support, air speed and flow, pronunciation and diction, and in general, the way in which all of these work together to create style. From these assessments, I work with the student’s particular needs to address each area individually and based on the learning style of each person. To illustrate to the student their method as I see and hear it, as well as ways in which they might make changes to facilitate the ease of singing --be they changes of tessitura (range), length of phrase, tone color, the release of unnecessary tension etc.-- I make use of vocalise (vocal exercises), simile and metaphor, examples from recorded performances, demonstration, self assessment, and techniques to “trick” the voice into acting in a different way, in addition to videos, diagrams, and texts on anatomy and physiology. I feel that all of these tools provide a unique and personalized learning experience for each student.
Anu V. July 21, 2016
Online Verified Student
I throughly enjoyed my session with Eulis. I learnt a lot. He understood my areas of concern very quickly and we started working on those.
Meliza G. June 19, 2016
Vocal Training ·
In studio Verified Student
After working with Eulis for 7 months my voice has undergone a complete transformation. It's clearer and stronger than I could have imagined in such a short time. Working with Eulis is very collaborative, he works with me to make sure singing is easy, efficient, and most importantly comfortable. I can tell he has a wide range of experience and influences because he's good at explaining how to achieve a different sound or style while maintaining good technique. He is very passionate about the voice and is always eager to help make wonderful music.
Antoine June 2, 2016
Speaking Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
Though I sing many styles, classical is my preference. I will teach you Arias, breath control, breath support, projection, tone quality, vibrato, agility, and more.
WHAT I TEACH: Piano, Voice, Flute, and Music Theory Lessons, Beginner to Advanced
WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU: Whether you're a True Beginner with no exposure to music or an Intermediate or Advanced Musician looking to seriously Improve Your Skills, I'm excited to work with you! My desire is to help individuals of all ages come to enjoy the beautiful and fun nature of creating music through Developing Your Musical Talents. My whole life has revolved around music lessons, competitions, performances, and more, and as a professional musician, I Teach, Compose, Arrange, Orchestrate, and Perform con
tinually. I can't wait to get started with you and help you grow to LOVE MUSIC and let it transform your life!
Here's a little more about your future teacher:
- Owner of Musical Bri - 10 yrs of teaching experience - 25 yrs of piano study - 18 yrs of flute study - Lifetime of vocal study - Has Perfect Pitch (absolute pitch)! - Arranges, Composes, and Sells Own Music and Sheet Music! - Arranges any song for your personal skill level - Excellent at improvisation, harmonizing, and ear training - Skilled Composer, Arranger, and Orchestrator - Skilled transcriber - Many years ensemble experience including band, orchestra, choir, drumline, marching band, and more - Many years of auditions, performances, and competitions - Arranges accompaniment tracks for singers - Recently composed and orchestrated scores for full-length musicals - And the list goes on!
I LOVE TO TEACH MUSIC and thrill to see my students succeed and fall in love with music as I have. Music is the most beautiful thing in the world, and I look forward to helping you come to love and appreciate it. I can't wait to meet you!
NOTE: I teach in-studio and online lessons only.
Ansel April 25, 2016
Vocal Training ·
I've found Bri right here at TakeLessons back in January and my son and daughter have been taking vocal lessons with her since. To date, Bri has been nothing but incredibly amazing.
My children love Bri and always look forward to seeing her every week. She is passionate, she is relatable, and she is able to connect with them in a way their previous teacher never could. Most importantly, Bri not only knows her craft, but she teaches it well.
Besides the various methods, breathing techniques, and vocal exercises, she'd break down a song, help them understand the story behind the lyrics and teach them how to sing with appropriate compassion, affection, and emotion. Moreover, Bri recognizes their individual voice abilities/limitations, and help manipulate their voices so they sing to the best of their capabilities yet still sound great.
Even though we've been only with Bri for a short period of time, but I've already seen my children making tremendous progress. In fact, thanks to Bri, my son had success at an audition that he came up short many times.
We're so blessed that we've found Bri. She is a phenomenal teacher and I recommend Bri whole heartily without any reservations.
Sharon or Michael Fenyes April 24, 2016
Brianne has really helped my daughter improve, and has increased her self confidence. She is able to help her with any new music she receives at school. She is also flexible when unexpected schedule changes occur. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a flute instructor.
Yesika April 24, 2016
When our daughter started lessons with Brianne, she had been playing for a couple of years. She had a great ability to play but we felt she needed to be challenged. Brianne gave our daughter that challenge combined with the confidence she needed to actually start enjoying practice time! Her arrangements for Izzy make it so that Izzy is looking forward to practice something she's always wanted to play.
She is very patient and our daughter really loves her and piano. Izzy is always excited about piano lessons now. She says that they go by so fast, that's a great sign of a good teacher.
Thank you Brianne for sharing your amazing talent with my family.
Learn the proper technique of singing opera and proper score study
I have been teaching private music instruction for almost ten years now. I just received my bachelor's in music from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. My emphasis was vocal performance, however I am an accomplished instrumentalist (guitar, piano, French horn, trumpet, bass guitar, ukulele). I have worked at many studios teaching many instruments, but now I want to focus on molding my own studio! I have much stage credits working onstage and offstage so I can help immensely with stage fright and stage confidence for any performer, no matter what talent. I am very personable
and trustworthy to work with anyone of any age. I also have experience teaching special needs students. I have worked in many genre's of music and can teach any style.
Chanell June 27, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Rebecca is awesome! She has an amazing voice and she is an amazing instructor. I will definitely be signing up for more lessons.
Jennifer M. May 21, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Very friendly and encouraging. Becca has a wide base of music knowledge and since I'm a complete beginner she really helps me feel at ease and not intimidated by this instrument!
Alex W. March 11, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Students are raving about their Opera Voice instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Meghan
"I began studying with Regina in 2011 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where I obtained my Master of Music in voice, and I was thrilled to reconnect w
ith her when I relocated to New York last year. She is a tremendously supportive teacher and mentor, and I always know that she will do all that she can to guide me in the many aspects of pursuing a singing career. She has a thorough knowledge of repertoire and technique, and having sung in opera productions under her direction, I know that her instincts regarding dramatic interpretation and physical movement are invaluable. What I admire most about Regina is her ability to effectively communicate with each student on an individual level. If I do not grasp a concept immediately, she will find a different way to approach the idea until it works for me. I always leave our lessons feeling inspired and energized."
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Review by Queena
"I lovvvvve Tanisha. She has this upbeat and vibrant personality; she's super sweet and nice. When it comes to singing, she has you pick out your own song
that you would like to sing. She doesn't bombard you with songs and training that won't enhance your voice. I've already noticed changes to my voice and I'm only on my 6th lesson. Plus, she's not a teacher that watches the clock, so if she feels you need an extra 10 mins for vocal training, then you will exceed your time limit with no problem. She's there to help you and if I had to recommend a vocal coach, then of course it would be Tanisha Hall :)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Samantha
"Great first lesson."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Brent
"Charles is a top class professional instructor with the qualified training, experience and tools to make any singer into a head-turning extraordinary sing
er. As well as being extremely patient, he understands the human voice to the extent to make it progressively evolve and advance at a surprisingly fast pace, while at the same time respecting it's limits. My voice grows during each lesson and just into my 3rd lesson, there has been no plateau point at all. Great teacher!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Zoe
"Jameson has improved my voice 100 fold! I am a professional singer from a different genre. Learning opera with Jameson has improved the quality of my voic
e immensely. Even when I am not singing opera, my voice has more power and resonance in all areas of singing because of the work he has done with me. I am so pleased and so impressed with his skill. If you're thinking about lessons with Jameson, DO IT!"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Nicole
"The first session was great. I felt very comfortable and look forward to learning this craft."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Heather
"I just had my first lesson with Michelle and Robert and I cannot wait for my next one. They provide insightful feedback, explain the importance of what t
hey are teaching you in regards to your voice and are extremely encouraging and engaging during the whole process. They both have extensive knowledge and experience and are flexible in their teaching methods to ensure that you will understand what they are asking of you. In just the one lesson I already felt an improvement in my singing technique. I still have a long way to go, but I am confident in their ability to get me there. I highly recommend them."
Chicago, IL teacher:
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Review by Tracy
"My high notes are so much better now!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Claire
"The first time I had a lesson with Gregory, when I got in my car and drove home, I cried. Not because it was awful, but because I was so overjoyed that in
that hour, I felt more connected to my voice than I ever had, and I had hope that with his help I could grow into singer that was trapped inside. Five years later, I have certainly found that to be the case. Gregory has this wonderful ability to identify what you're doing "wrong" with your voice, or what is causing discomfort, and then helps you free your voice in a way that is easy to understand, and FUN. When Gregory asks me to do something, the majority of the time his way of explaining it clicks immediately and voila! — there is my voice! When I first went to Gregory, my voice was tied up; I was strangling myself, and the different parts of my voice were not unified. I was absolutely terrified of singing "high." In my work with him, he's overhauled my voice and given me the tools to access my true voice. Pieces that I wouldn't have even attempted to sing, I was then able to explore, and now they flow easily and in many cases are spectacular and brilliant. It is also extremely important to note Gregory's approach to the psychological woes of singing. As someone who suffers some performance anxiety, panic attacks, and occasionally a lack of confidence in my abilities, Gregory has been a wonderful support. He is patient, kind, and he doesn't let me beat myself up. With that support I have been able to respect and care for myself more as a singer and a person. Do you want to blossom? Go with Gregory."
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