Sarah Franklin

" Singing is an expression of the whole person. Each voice has something special to communicate. "

Sarah Franklin is an outstanding teacher who has maintained a private voice studio in Pleasanton for more than 30 years. Sarah is also an amazing singer whose talent has been repeatedly recognized through scholarships, fellowships, and performance opportunities at world-class venues.

Sarah holds a bachelor's degree in music and a master's degree from The Juilliard School. She has sung at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Juilliard Opera Theater and performing with various symphonies and choral groups, including the St. Louis Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, the Peninsula Symphony, the Carmel Bach Festival, Schola Cantorum in Palo Alto, the Santa Cruz Symphony, West Bay Opera, Valley Concert Chorale, I Cantori di Carmel, the Pleasanton Chamber Players and Pippin Pocket Opera.

Teaching Style and Philosophy

I believe the human voice is a true instrument. This instrument is capable of much beauty and artistic development. I believe the classical approach to singing, involving vocal exercises which encompass range and difficulty, produce a voice which is the best it can be. Vocal exercises warm up the voice and build technique. Without this technical development the voice, which can do much, remains limited. To develop a voice to its full potential talent, commitment, desire and dedication are required.

I believe classical songs help develop the vocal instrument. Classical songs and exercises are the foundation of a good singer. I have found that, by using a method of healthy vocalizing, the voice comes into its own natural beauty. This foundation allows beauty and accuracy in other styles of singing as well. Many singers copy a style of singing instead of training the voice to do what it is capable of. Broadway and Pop songs can be sung skillfully - always with the classical foundation in mind. Perfection is not possible - excellence is!

My earnest desire is to help each student find the unique beauty in the voice. This comes from working the voice in such a way as to develop its natural tone and skill. The beauty comes from freedom of sound and healthy muscle coordination. A voice can do amazing things when directed healthily. A "star" is not made overnight. Any skill takes time to develop. Singing is a skill.

I believe I can hear what is needed to make a person's voice realize its potential. I know how to guide a singer to produce a more beautiful tone. Again, this takes time. It is a result of guiding a voice to do well what it does naturally. The singing grows more beautiful by building on the natural ability of each singer.

I desire to help each person train the voice to be strong and healthy for life. I believe it is important to get to know each student and what makes that person unique. Singing is an expression of the whole person. Each voice has something special to communicate. I believe only through this specific training can communication happen with clarity, skill and joy.


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