Patricia is an experienced and award-winning songwriter who teaches participants - from kindergarteners to professional musicians - the elements of great songwriting; in groups or one-on-one.
Patricia will teach the fundamentals of songwriting—rhyme, meter, structure, etc. Participants might write a group song to learn collaboration, cooperation and respect for each other. At the end Patricia may accompany the writers singing their song(s), and record it. The mp3s will be sent to the participants so they have a permanent record of their time with Patricia.
“Each class now has a recording of their own original song! Great! All the teachers would like to see her return.” BOCES evaluation, Lakeside School, Merrick, NY
“Patricia Shih did a wonderful job of engaging and involving all of our 5th and 6th grade students during an interactive songwriting class that was given at Suffolk Community College. They learned how to write a chorus, and put the lyrics created to music of their own choice. Very worthwhile!” Colleen J., 5th grade teacher
In the first part of this group workshop Patricia talks about all aspects of the business of making music for a living: the facts, the fun and the frustrations Based on Patricia's book "Gigging: A Practical Guide for Musicians." In the second part she invites volunteers to share a song and, with gentle coaching, teaches each performer how to raise their "game." Much like TV's "The Voice", participants will INSTANTLY improve their performance skills. For ages 12 to adult.
"I would like to thank you once again for what is probably one of the most compelling workshops I've encountered. The information you offered these kids, coupled with the gentle yet honest coaching of their performances was something special. Additionally, you offered me a way of finding a way of reaching out to a notoriously difficult age group (high school boys). We will definitely like to have you back in the near future." Bettyjane Surabian, Young Adult and Reference Librarian, Rye Free Reading Room, Rye, NY
"Patricia, I wanted to thank you for a truly fabulous program. You gave these kids some very valuable information and substantial advice, and they were very responsive to you. I'm hoping we can repeat this program next year." Elyse Schear, Adult/Teen Services Librarian, West Milford Township Library, NJ
"Thank you again for coming to the library. I have looked at a lot of ‘how-to's’ and guides to help me create a successful future in the music industry, and by far you were the best! You were down to earth, helpful and had a great way to go about helping us. I certainly do not want to wait to get my career started. In fact, I feel you would be perfect to help!" Nicole Haarklau, 14 years old, West Milford Township Library, NJ
Patricia is a sought-after keynote speaker and trainer, teaching others how to use music as a tool to impart lessons both academic and social. Having made her living for decades doing exactly that, she shares her methods and resources so others are effective as well.
Children naturally love rhythm and melody, so teachers can help them joyfully open their hearts and minds by teaching them to sing about BIG IDEAS such as math and language arts, as well as social issues like self-esteem, non-violent resolution to conflict, multiculturalism and differences, literacy, etc. Handouts, song samples, resources and a great deal of humor and participant involvement are included. No musical background is necessary, just an openness to learning and fun!
"...a great success.... 'The best entertainer we've ever had!' 'Great for the mind and great for the soul!' 'Where did you find her!' These were some of the enthusiastic responses I received." Nancy Suden, American Society for Training and Development
Residencies afford participants a much deeper experience than a workshop. They are tailored to the booker's schedule and budget. A typical residency for schools might be where the students research, write, rehearse and then produce a musical on their chosen theme, inviting their community to enjoy.
Photo above: "Immigration: The Musical" written, staged, acted and crewed by the 4th grade students, their families and teachers of Prospect Hill Elementary School, Pelham, NY. Directed by Patricia Shih
A one-on-one, individualized career consultation. Patricia puts her life-long knowledge of the music business into customized advice for the serious musician who desires a career in music. The consultation covers every aspect of the business and art of making music for a living. Fees upon request.
From total beginners to full professionals, every performing artist can benefit from sessions with Patricia in how to "own" a room and command a stage, communicate and express effectively with one's audience, build your set, vocal dynamics and much more. Fees upon request.