Singing Lessons, Artist development, NCEA Music Tutoring
- Qualifications: Bachelor of Performing Arts
- Pricing: $25 per 30 minutes
- Styles: Classical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre
- Suitability: Any age or experience level
Toni Shanks began as a classical singer, learning from a very young age with Barbara Hendry. She transitioned into contemporary singing at the age of 18, before deciding to go to University of Otago where she gained a Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Musical Theatre Vocal Performance as well as studying vocal anatomy and pedagogy. Toni has been involved in many local musical productions including Les Miserables (Taieri Musical, 2013), Phantom of the Opera (Musical Theatre Dunedin, 2015), and most recently, Mary Poppins (Taieri Musical, 2017).
Toni is currently based in Dunedin, working as an itinerant singing teacher at Taieri College, a singing teacher at Saturday Morning Music Classes, as well as teaching privately outside of school hours.
Students are encouraged to find their own material to learn, as Toni believes it is vital to enjoy the music that you are performing in order to make technical progress, however she is more than happy to help students research potential song ideas as well as allowing students to experiment with new genres and styles. Lessons can be catered to any age or ability.