We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Reynolds and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what do you attribute your success to?
Speaking as a voice teacher, I would say the ability to communicate clearly. This plays out in a variety of ways. Vocal technique is complex and the ability to speak about it in a proportioned and precise way spares it from becoming complicated. My teaching method is rooted firmly in the belief that our bodies are designed to sing. My role as the teacher is to make the coordination of that design more accessible to each individual student. My students will tell you that I often challenge them to describe their experiences—to put language to what they are noticing about their sound, as well as the sensations, intentions, and actions related to producing that sound. Cultivating an environment where students communicate about their own singing gives me tremendous insight as their teacher. It empowers students with the ability to self-evaluate and sing with more consistency outside of lessons. I also strive to be clear and concise in all of my marketing and correspondence with students. Voice study can be vulnerable. Smooth logistics and clear policies preserve trust and comfort. As a singer clear communication is essential to pitching yourself—how your talent fits with a particular opportunity, keeping collaborations productive, and engaging your audience through storytelling.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At the moment, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I have adapted to offering my voice lessons online. And looking ahead, even when I resume hosting students at my home studio in Eagle Rock, my online offerings will remain part of my business. I’ve had a great experience teaching online and I love being able to connect with students both inside and outside of LA. I’ll also mention that since my last feature in VoyageLA, I have launched a blog called The Vocal Precisionist. The blog is inspired by my experiences as a singer, teacher, and recovering perfectionist. The intention of the blog is to share the insights, mindfulness practices, and resources that I’ve developed from this point of view. My hope is to serve not only singers and teachers of singing, but all creatives.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Whenever I welcome friends and family to LA, I love taking them to Griffith Observatory for great views of downtown and the LA sprawl. This is often via the steep Observatory Trail hike—weather and participant permitting of course. Los Feliz was one of the first neighborhoods my husband and I lived in when we moved to LA and Lil’ Dom’s brunch, or dinner at Farfalla, are still favorites we share with guests. A drive out to Malibu is a must. We often pair this with a visit to Sycamore Cove Beach with our dogs and a drive home through Malibu Canyon. I’ve yet to take friends and family to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek Theatre, two quintessential LA concert experiences. On this last note, I’m very much looking forward to a post-Covid-19 world and the re-emergence of LA’s fabulous performing arts scene!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, my voice students! I’m so grateful for their time, trust, and curiosity. The opportunity to serve other singers by helping them find more skill, beauty, and ease is thrilling to me. I’m forever curious about vocal technique and singing as both a microcosm of life and a reflection of our whole self. All of my experiences teaching have made me a better vocal technician, singer, and human. I’m indebted to every student who has challenged me to grow in this way by inviting me to be part of their journey.