Rachel Franklin

Speaking of Music
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Piano Studio
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“Best piano teacher I ever had.”

“I have really enjoyed studying with her. She is, by far, the best piano teacher I’ve ever studied under. Only one semester has made such a tremendous difference. Thank you!”

“Very honest and funny. You actually care about our lives outside of piano…You are awesome. I love coming to class every week.”

“Best teacher I’ve ever had…I’ve learned so much because she was always so actively engaged and encouraging…Dr. Franklin is so knowledgeable and well-versed that everything she says is immediately absorbable and worthwhile.”

“A joy to learn from. Very understanding and non-judgmental. Pushed me to learn amazing things.”

“Dr. Franklin’s insights and passion for music are contagious and brilliant. …She is very creative and passionate…Dr. Franklin is a gift to this school…I feel very fortunate to be working with her.”

“She takes care of students and her performances are amazing. She is the best professor I have ever met.”

Further testimonials


Internationally renowned pianist, teacher and public speaker, Dr. Rachel Franklin is dedicated to helping her students explore the joy and passion of classical and jazz piano, and developing a rich core of performing confidence. Her experience as both concert pianist and public speaker enables her to bring a uniquely broad professional viewpoint to her lessons with intermediate/advanced players of all ages. Humor, high expectations and constant creativity are the bedrock of her teaching technique.


As well as zeroing in on her students’ musicianship and technique, Dr. Franklin strongly emphasizes exploring the fascinating history of music, and learning about how the composers’ lives might affect their composing work. As a popular public speaker on classical music, she also works on presentation and projection in performance, and her students are regularly encouraged to research their music and speak about it. In addition, her professional jazz skills allow her to teach improvisation and incorporate creative musical ideas into any student’s curriculum.



Deeply committed to all aspects of teaching piano and music in general, Rachel Franklin has been a highly successful artist-teacher for many years. Her students have been accepted to major music institutions in the US and abroad, both at the undergraduate and masters/doctoral levels. She has taught at the Royal College of Music (London), the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the University of Maryland, and many other institutions. She welcomes all intermediate and advanced players from 8 to 80 who have a true wish to explore and grow through music, and her unique lessons offer every student an enriching and fun experience.



Rachel Franklin also has decades of experience successfully preparing students for Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams, or ABRSM.  For more information please click here: