AN IMPORTANT COVID-19 MESSAGE FOR MY VALUED STUDENTS

March 14, 2020

First, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and patronage. You all mean the world to me. Teaching is my life and work and passion. I don't know what I would do without you. My hope is that you will meet this message with a positive response.

 

Interesting times are leading to bold changes and challenges for all of us. One of these involves the way I am teaching. I am doing this in order to insure the safety of all students and your families, and anticipating the possibility that authorities may request that we stay in our homes for a time. Some of your schools and businesses have already closed their doors and are implementing online programs.

Effective immediately, all lessons will be taught online, via Skype, Facetime, or Zoom. I have already transitioned some students to Skype and FaceTime with great success. I am reinstituting the use of Zoom, as well. Zoom allows me to record your lesson, which can be a tremendous aid to your learning. All of these platforms are free to you.

Also, effective immediately, I am reducing lesson fees. My hope is that you will like this enticement, and you will agree to work with me and transition to one of the online platforms. I am also considering an incentive program for students who refer others to me, including offering free lessons to referrers. 

Other great benefits are that I am no longer restricted to the Monday and Wednesday teaching schedule. I am available Monday through Thursday, and I may make Saturdays available. To be determined. Also, I will provide you with vocal exercise tracks to practice with, and some accompaniment tracks. I may also direct you to resources such as PianoTrax, where you can find nicely recorded professional tracks - and even tracks of audition cuts for musical theatre auditioners!

If you are unfamiliar with Skype, Facetime, or Zoom, I am happy to walk you through setting things up. I have an "ONLINE LESSONS" link on this site with lots of detailed information. The students who have worked with me online recently have required no external microphones or other additional equipment. The only requirements are a fast Internet connection and reasonably new/fast equipment (iPAD, PC, laptop... even a cellphone can get you started). Naturally, microphone, headphones, and other add-ons can enhance your experience. But they are not essential.

Sometime this weekend I will post a video on this website showing my online setup. You will see that it is very simple to get started with lessons online. 

Please let me know if you have questions, concerns or anything else. And, again, thank you for your patience as life changes for the short-term or for the long-term for all of us.

Stay well! ♥

Patricia

(949) 723-4473 

pshanks@studioshanks.com

 (949) 723-4473
pshanks@studioshanks.com
 
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