Elda Franklin holds degrees in music performance and music education from Florida State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a professor emerita of Music at Winthrop University in South Carolina, where she taught undergraduate and graduate music education courses for 25 years, and received the Distinguished Professor award in 1993. From 1999 until 2009, Franklin was assessment and evaluation specialist for the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Education Institute in Charlotte, where she was responsible for annual evaluations of the model arts integrated programs at each of the five Blumenthal Partner K-5 Schools; created and implemented assessment and evaluation tools and procedures for community-based programs; and assisted in the training of teaching artists.
Through Real Visions and her own consulting group, Franklin Arts Consultants she directs or assists with evaluation projects for various arts organizations and schools throughout the Carolinas, including an audience development project for the SC Arts Commission. Her evaluation work also includes serving on evaluation teams for Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination grant projects in Montgomery County, MD, Greenville, SC, and Beaufort, SC. She also assists with an on-going evaluation of the Woodruff Arts Center’s teaching artist training program in Atlanta, GA.Franklin has presented at national and international conferences in the arts, including the International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education, the Kennedy Center National Partnerships, the North Carolina Conference on the Arts, the South Carolina Music Educators Association and the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education. Her publications include numerous articles in national and international journals on music education and arts assessment, including assessment of teaching artists. Franklin holds a Masters Degree in Viola from Florida State University, and is active as a violist, performing regularly with local orchestras and opera groups.